Job Details

Legislative Auditor 1


Location: 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.

The Comptroller of the Treasury maintains an ongoing recruiting program for full-time Legislative Auditor 1 positions. These positions are with the Division of State Audit or the Division of Local Government Audit and are responsible for professional external post audit work. The divisions examine the books and records of an entity and determine the entity's compliance with applicable statutes, rules and regulations. The office is comparable to an independent public accounting firm in the business sector, because as a legislative organization it is independent of the audited entity. These positions also perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the competency, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required with or without reasonable accommodation.

Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in accounting or business administration with a minimum of 30 semester hours in accounting, 150 total semester hours, and eligibility to sit for the CPA exam in the State of Tennessee. Other qualifications, if evaluated as equivalent, may qualify an applicant for consideration.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Examines the accounts or books of a state, county or local governmental department or agency, political subdivision, non-profit organization, or other organizations receiving public funds.  Such audits are to be performed in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.
  • Determines if the records have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting
    principles and applicable law. 
  • Prepares audit working papers in standard format presenting information, relative to the extent of audit tests performed and conclusions reached.
  • Writes audit findings and recommendations.
  • Assists higher level auditors in more difficult aspects of auditing.

Travel is required, with the percentage varying by the audit division and audit assignment. A substantial percentage of the positions involve travel of approximately fifty percent, generally confined to overnight stays on Monday through Wednesday evenings


Starting salary for an entry level candidate is $3,729 per month. The Comptroller’s Office also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes twelve days each of annual leave and sick leave, competitive insurance plans, pension retirement plan, 401k, college fee waivers, and much more.