Assistant Audit Director

State of Washington
Full Time, Permanent 8 per week $101,232 - $111,252 Per year WA 7345 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501, United States


We are looking for teammates who share our vision of public service, committed to an equitable and inclusive culture that fosters and inspires excellence, while promoting innovation, engagement, and safety, leading to better outcomes for our incarcerated population, our agency, and our community.

As the Assistant Audit Director, some of your duties will include: 

  • Assessing the effectiveness of facility operations which could include: 
    1. Managing responsibilities and multiple concurrent projects with tight timelines and limited resources
    2. Serving as the lead for conducting internal audit reviews on all prisons, work releases and community corrections offices throughout the state
    3. Traveling throughout the state to various facilities and offices in order to conduct audits and provide objective, professional analysis of selected agency operations and processes within all prisons, work releases, and community corrections offices
    4. Deciding which functional areas and policies to include in Operation Reviews and including any area of operations or policy affecting any Division
  • Remaining up to date of changes to laws, policies, standards, and guidelines that apply to Department operations and audit work including:
    1. Maintaining an expert-level knowledge of federal/state laws and DOC policy as they apply to Department operations
    2. Working with policy authors to provide clarification and/or updates to policies
    3. Submitting recommended policy changes to the policy office when appropriate
  • Provides guidance and advice on audits, audit standards, and/or state ethics laws
  • Conducts other investigations or audits as requested


What we need (required qualifications):

  • Associate’s degree with a major in accounting, business administration, public administration, information technology, economics, criminal justice, or another related field**
  • Four (4) years of professional corrections experience including expert knowledge of DOC and correctional operations
  • Two (2) years of professional audit/review or inspection/investigation experience, preferably in a federal, state or local government environment, which includes: 
    1. Managing complex engagements or projects, including planning and objective setting
    2. Using effective techniques for communicating and asking questions to enhance clarity, information flow, and reliability of information.
      • Identifying, collecting, organizing, and analyzing information in ways that are useful for achieving accurate results, while giving appropriate attention to detail and accuracy
      • Drawing conclusions and recommendations that are professionally sound and add value
      • Employing expertise, credibility, and effective partnering to proactively identify agency needs and to help clients evaluate, and resolve complex or sensitive issues
  • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, demonstrated by the ability to prepare polished, objective summaries of observations made and conclusions reached as part of a project, and the ability to communicate those observations and conclusions verbally in a positive, professional manner
  • Must model high, uncompromising ethical standards of personal and professional conduct, including acting with integrity and honesty
  • Follows the Code of Ethics established by the Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Earns the trust, respect, and confidence of those who rely on internal audit services through consistent, tactful, honesty and professionalism in all interactions
  • Takes responsibility for actions and performance
  • Must be able to demonstrate interpersonal awareness and the ability to be inclusive
  • Able to influence others to voluntarily accept and implement recommendations for improvement
  • Must have knowledge of the following subject areas: 
    1. RCWs, WACs Merit Syst0dsfem Rules, applicable bargaining agreements and DOC policies
    2. State Ethics Act laws, including opinions and interpretations of the laws as published by the Executive Ethics Board (EEB)

** An equivalent combination of related training and experience may substitute year for year for education

What will make your application stand out (preferred qualifications): 

  • Knowledge of risk assessment of internal controls and governance processes
  • Knowledge of professional auditing standards such as IIA standards, the auditing discipline, and the COSO internal control framework, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS), generally accepted governmental auditing standards (“Yellow Book”), or State of Washington’s Administrative and Accounting Manual (SAAM). Project management experience
  • Professional certification such as Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Audit Professional, etc.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint