Job Details

Legislative Auditor

Nashville, Tennessee

About Our Office

The Office of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury is responsible for the audit of state and local governmental entities and participates in the general financial and administrative management and oversight of state government. The Office is led by Comptroller Justin P. Wilson, a constitutional officer who is elected by the Tennessee General Assembly.

In the Comptroller’s Office, we strive to deliver on our mission to make government work better. We believe our success as an office depends on finding opportunities for employees to accomplish our office’s goals and answer challenges to make things better.

We want every member of our team to be excited to come to work every day and be challenged. Through dedicated hard work and commitment, every Comptroller’s Office employee accepts personal responsibility to accomplish our mission and uphold it.

Position

The Comptroller of the Treasury maintains an ongoing recruiting program for full-time Legislative Auditor positions. These positions are with the Division of State Audit or the Division of Local Government Audit and are responsible for external audit work in accordance with professional auditing standards.  Responsibilities may include examining and reviewing records, reports, financial statements, and management practices for state and local government entities and other organizations receiving public funds.  Legislative Auditors may assist in evaluating:

  • The fairness of financial statement presentation,
  • The adequacy of internal controls,
  • Compliance with laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements, and/or
  • The efficiency and effectiveness of an entity’s operations; and
  • Rate setting, cost settlements, and other support for the state’s Medicaid program.

This position also performs other related duties as assigned.

Major responsibilities will include:

  • Produce high quality work and take ownership of the various audit tasks or projects to which assigned. Work well individually and in a team environment.
  • Produce neat, concise, logical and well-supported working papers that comply with auditing standards and best practices.
  • Perform quality data analyses that accurately support the audit opinion and findings with proper perspective.
  • Contribute to a results-oriented culture through active participation in meetings and collaboration with coworkers.
  • Ensure that written and verbal communications are clear and easily understood by all stakeholders, such as the General Assembly, local governing bodies, elected officials, the media, citizens of the State of Tennessee, and the federal government.
  • Show initiative by being responsive to feedback and new assignments. Seek opportunities for innovation and increased efficiency to improve and support the office’s mission to make government work better.
  • Demonstrate continuous improvement and seek challenging work.
  • Strive for growth by seizing opportunities for personal and professional development, pursuing the expertise of supervisors and peers, and following through on commitments to improve. Aid in the growth of peers by sharing time, energy, and knowledge. Auditors are expected to actively participate in defining their career path as best fits their talents and contributions.
  • Make effective use of the auditee’s time, professionally represent the Comptroller’s Office, and communicate clearly to the auditee, coworkers, members of the General Assembly, and other customers.

Education and Experience

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The qualifications listed are representative of the competency, knowledge, skill, and ability required to be a successful candidate for this position.

Graduation from an accredited college or university.

  • Financial and TennCare/Medicaid auditors will generally be required to have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration with a minimum of 24 semester hours in accounting. Candidates should note that while a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license (requiring 30 semester hours in accounting) is not required for employment, the CPA license is strongly encouraged for further advancement as an auditor in our office.
  • Performance auditors will generally be required to have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration with a minimum of 24 semester hours in accounting; a master’s degree in accounting, business administration, public administration, quantitative methods, data analytics, social science; or a Juris Doctor. Candidates should note that while a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license (requiring 30 semester hours in accounting) is not required for employment, the CPA license is strongly encouraged for further advancement as an auditor in our office.

Other qualifications, including other combinations of education and experience if evaluated as equivalent, may qualify an applicant for consideration.

A successful employee in this role possesses the competencies to learn quickly, be open to change, pay attention to detail, ensure accuracy, think critically and problem solve, apply logic and produce high-quality results. Candidates should also possess the ability to deal tactfully with the auditee, coworkers, and others. Auditors must be able to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions, and to express ideas clearly, concisely and convincingly.

Travel

For Local Government Auditors, travel is required but is generally confined to same day commutes to and from a job site. Overnight stays may be required as necessary.

For State Auditors, Financial audits require frequent travel year-round and TennCare/Medicaid audits require frequent travel on a seasonal basis. Overnight stays for both audits are generally confined to Monday through Wednesday evenings.

Compensation

The Comptroller’s Office offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package that includes twelve days each of annual leave and sick leave, insurance plans, pension retirement plan, 401(k), college fee waivers, and much more.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Pursuant to the Comptroller of the Treasury’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the Office is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace.  It is the Comptroller’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.