Internal Auditor

Pueblo County Pueblo , CO 81001

Posted 2 weeks ago


This position is Open Until Filled and may close at any time without notice. Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately, with the first review of resumes to begin April 10, 2020. Only those candidates whose applications and resumes most clearly demonstrate the job-related experience, education, and training sought by Pueblo County shall be selected to move forward in the recruitment process. Pueblo County is motivated to hire a qualified candidate as soon as possible.

The Pueblo County Internal Auditor is an independent work function, separate from the Pueblo County Budget Office, that delivers independent, transparent and professional auditing in order to safeguard the public's investments in Pueblo County.

Under the general direction of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and County Manager, executes performance, financial, fraud, and/or compliance audits and evaluations of local government functions and activities. Provides recommendations and guidance to BOCC and County Manager concerning the best use of the accounting system and subsidiary systems; and develops, designs, revises and enhances accounting policies and procedures, including best practices at all levels.

Examples of Duties

Essential Job Functions

  • Performs highly complex professional internal auditing work assignments independently, or under general supervision, exercising substantial judgement.

  • Conducts performance, financial, fraud, and/or compliance audits and evaluations of County departments and programs that include, but are not limited to, effectiveness, efficiency, public policy assessment, governance, internal control, and compliance objectives as defined by Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) as communicated by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

  • Performs complex operational, compliance, and financial-related audits; prepares audit programs, conducts tests using established audit techniques, documents work performed, communicates results, and drafts audit reports and/or memos.

  • Performs risk assessment, audit planning, detailed fieldwork and report writing.

  • Performs audit-related presentations and briefings.

  • Identifies and utilizes optimal performance audit and research methodologies in the execution of performance audits.

  • Implements internal control system to protect county assets against fraud and theft.

  • Evaluates internal controls by conducting interviews, collecting information/evidence, determining evidence validity, identifying and mitigating risks, performing data analysis, making recommendations, and ensuring compliance with departmental and professional standards. Recommends improvements to the Board of County Commissioners and County Manager.

  • Designs and performs tests to determine the effectiveness of the internal controls in mitigating risks and in achieving management's business objectives and goals.

  • Evaluates and recommends improvements to the governance processes to the Board of County Commissioners and County Manager.

  • Performs work activities in full compliance with GAGAS, Pueblo County operating policies and procedures, ordinance and statue requirements.

  • Contributes to the development of the performance enhancement plan, documents performance, provides performance feedback, and furnishes information for the formal performance evaluation.

  • Provides applicable information to management regarding situations of concern.

  • Collaborates and develops solutions (i.e., practical and effective improvements) with customers.

  • Drafts audit reports and or memos in a clear, concise manner, and incorporates audit recommendations and management action plans.

  • Completes timely audit follow-ups of outstanding findings and retests controls and processes to ensure action plans are complete and sustainable to prevent reoccurrence, and consistent with management's expectations.

  • Assists the County Manger with the risk assessment process to help mitigate exposure, including biennial updates and /or periodic updates as necessary.

  • Maintains professional integrity, objectivity, due care, confidentiality, and competency through continued professional development in order to maintain licenses and certifications.

  • Testifies in criminal and administrative proceedings as required.

  • Plans and conducts ethics training, as assigned.

  • Performs other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.

General Requirements

  • Fills in for other staff as necessary and/or required.

  • Attends meetings, classes, and trainings as required or requested by supervisor.

  • Encouraged to recommend changes to improve procedures that would result in efficiencies, cost savings and safety.

  • Communicates actively, clearly and regularly with supervisor and co-workers on all work-related topics.

  • Understands, observes and complies with all Governmental, Pueblo County and Departmental policies, procedures and protocols when performing job duties.

  • Possesses good problem-solving skills, seeks to understand alternatives, employs logic and good judgement.

  • Possesses excellent oral and written skills to communicate effectively.

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with Pueblo County employees from same or different departments/offices, entities and customers.

  • Effectively manages multiple projects at once.

  • Easily adapts to sudden and unexpected changes in work assignments.

Typical Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Basic Proficiency:

  • Ability to operate standard office equipment, including computers, computer software, calculators, printers, copiers, scanners and facsimile machines.

  • Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and databases.

  • Modern office practices and procedures.

  • Computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office Software to include, Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.

Full Proficiency:

  • Ability to work independently developing audit scope, test work and audit reports.

  • Proficient at identifying objectives and determining the procedures and audit steps required to address the objectives.

  • Organizes and documents observations and supporting work.

  • Ability to act as a technical resource for less complicated agency issues.

  • Interprets and explains results and procedures.

  • Ability to adequately document audit follow-up results.

  • Writes communications that convey concise and comprehensive information on matters of a moderately complex nature.

  • Ability to manage confidential decisions and discussions.

  • Performs less-complex data analytics.

  • Proficient at working with others to achieve a project goal or objective.

  • Ability to maintain objectivity and high standards of conduct.

  • Maintains confidentiality; handles sensitive situations and information with tact and diplomacy.

  • Exercises organizational and analytical skills.

Expert Proficiency:

  • Correctly interprets and applies knowledge of accounting, risk management, internal controls, laws and regulations applicable to area of assignment.

  • Correctly applies knowledge of internal and/or government auditing standards, their principles, procedures and techniques.

  • Exercises considerable judgement in evaluating engagement results; plans, organize and execute efficient work programs.

  • Assists in reviewing and evaluating accounting systems by auditing various components of IT systems in County departments.

  • Applies knowledge of applicable information technology and management controls to meet work needs as appropriate.

  • Ability to develop and/or follow work programs and instructions; and recommend or perform testing or data analytics.

  • Compiles, monitors, and examines a variety of complex financial and/or program information for accuracy, integrity, and conformance to rules and regulations.

  • Effectively manages assigned projects.

  • Ability to write audit reports, specifically Single Audit recommendations and corrective actions plans.

  • Produces high quality written products that synthesize and explain complex issues to a variety of audiences, staff, and Citizens of Pueblo County.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or University in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration, Public Policy, Government Analytics, Business Administration, or related field required


Minimum of four years of professional level internal auditing experience conducting financial, performance or Federal Single Audits required.

Public Sector experience preferred

Licenses and/or Certificates:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) required

Any of the following certifications are preferred:

Certification as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) or equivalent certification

Special Requirements:

Must successfully pass background check.

Supplemental Information

Physical Demands/Work Environment

Occasionally (Less than 25% of the time)

Vehicles-Drives automobile and/or truck.

Frequently (25% to 50% of the time)

Strength-Walks and/or stands with brief periods of sitting.

Climbing-Ascends or descends using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.

Reaching-Extends hand(s) and arms(s) in any directions.

Handling-Seizes, holds, grasps, turns or otherwise works with hand(s).

Regularly (50% to 100 % of the time)

Strength-Lifts, carries, push, pulls or otherwise moves objects up to 25 pounds.

Strength-Sits with brief periods of walking and/or standing.

Stooping-Bends body downward and forward. Requires use of lower extremities and back muscles.

Fingering-Picks, pinches, types or otherwise works primarily with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm as in handling.

Equipment Utilized-Office equipment such as computer, phone, fax, copiers, scanners, adding machine, etc.

Not applicable

Strength-Lifts, carries, push, pulls or otherwise moves objects from 25 to 50 pounds.

Strength -Lifts, carries, push, pulls or otherwise moves objects from 50 to 75 pounds.




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Internal Auditor

Pueblo County