Performance Auditor (Auditor 1-3)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on July 16, 2022
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Applications will be screened beginning August 1st and invitations
to test may be extended prior to closing on August 15th.

The King County Auditor’s Office is looking to hire a performance auditor who will join in our mission to improve the accountability, effectiveness, equity, and efficiency of county government. We may hire at the entry or senior level, depending on experience.

King County is an equal opportunity employer committed to advancing equity and social justice within county government and in partnership with communities. Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.

About the King County Auditor’s Office
We conduct performance audits of a wide array of county functions including transit, law enforcement, jails, wastewater, solid waste, parks, public health, elections, procurement, and others. Auditors in our office generally work on two projects concurrently in teams of two to three. New auditors receive significant coaching and support as they join the Auditor’s Office team and learn to manage large amounts of information, conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses, synthesize multi-faceted findings, present in public meetings, and interface with county leaders and staff. Examples of recent audit impacts include:
  • An audit of sex offense investigations led the Sheriff’s Office to partner with advocates to develop a handout to help sex offense victims understand the resources available to them.
  • An audit of paratransit services led to riders getting to their destinations faster and having ways to provide feedback.
  • An audit of contracting led to BIPOC- and women-owned businesses in King County having more equitable access to contracting opportunities.
  • An audit of a wastewater facility led to improved safety at work for employees because of improved training and implementation of a formal safety program.
The King County Auditor’s Office is an independent office within the Legislative Branch of government that includes the King County Council. The office conducts performance audits and oversight of capital projects of King County government. These audits are listed in the biennial work program and assess equity, efficiency, and effectiveness. Our Office is committed to equity, social justice, and ensuring that King County is an accountable, inclusive, and anti-racist government. While planning our work, we develop research questions that aim to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of King County government and to identify and help dismantle systemic racism. We follow Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards established by the US Government Accountability Office, otherwise known as the Yellow BookCurrent reports produced by our office are available on our web page. We value collaboration, supportive intellectual antagonism, and humor, along with hard work.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications:
The position requires advanced, high-level skills in researching, interviewing, analyzing data, writing, and making public presentations to county leaders while adhering to strict professional standards. A successful applicant must have a combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties of the position. A master’s degree is preferred and may substitute for some experience. Your credentials are not the only factor in successfully performing this role. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that team members bring in terms of their race, age, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nation of origin, languages spoken, veteran’s status, religion, physical ability, and beliefs.

Qualities of Ideal Candidate:

  • well-developed quantitative and qualitative analysis skills
  • well-developed organization, project management, and communication skills
  • well-developed interpersonal skills to collaborate within work teams and build relationships with auditees
  • well-developed public speaking skills to facilitate group discussions and to prepare and deliver formal presentations
  • dedication to integrity, accuracy, and transparency
  • meticulous attention to detail
  • ability to think through and discuss complicated problems while maintaining objectivity
  • ability to thoroughly critique ideas in a thoughtful and respectful way
  • ability to write clearly and concisely about complex topics
  • ability to clearly and comprehensively document work to meet both office policy and professional auditing standards
  • an understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and intersectional biases and their impact on people and communities
  • advanced working knowledge of software including, but not limited to, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • sufficient knowledge of English usage and grammar to write professional audit reports in English.
Helpful (but not required) Experience and Knowledge:
  • experience working in local government
  • statistical analysis
  • development and execution of creative methodologies
  • cybersecurity auditing
  • transportation auditing
  • criminal legal system auditing

Supplemental Information

About the Position
This position is open to all qualified applicants. Acceptable proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States are required by federal immigration law.

This is a salaried, at-will, overtime-exempt position, ineligible from the county Career Service system. The standard workweek is 35 hours. Non-traditional work hours and travel throughout King County may occasionally be required. 

Full benefits are available, some of which include the Washington State Public Employees’ Retirement System; county health insurance, dental, and vision plans; parental leave; local transit pass and other local alternative transportation incentives; and deferred compensation plan. To see all benefits, visit Benefits, Payroll and Retirement at

How to Apply
Apply through the King County Jobs website. Submit a King County application form, resume, and letter of interest detailing your background, describing how you meet or exceed the position requirements, and what you might add to office culture.

There is a three-phase applicant review process:
1) Screening submitted materials
2) Testing to evaluate technical skills
3) Conducting interviews  

We will interview finalists via video conference.  We prefer online applications. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options. If you need accommodation in the recruitment process, an alternate format of this announcement, or have questions regarding this position, please email

Conditions of Employment
The selected candidate must live in Washington state. Work is currently conducted in a hybrid (in-person and remote) environment. You must be available for periodic in-person work. The current expectation, which is subject to change, is that staff will attend in-person for events such as monthly staff meetings, project gate meetings, and presentations to council committees but otherwise work remotely. You must have a secure and reliable internet connection for remote work—a minimum of 30 megabits per second download speed to accommodate video meetings. All staff sign agreements related to independence, ethics, code of conduct, team engagement, and telework, generally annually.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Legislative Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.
 As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Equal Opportunity Employer
King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay, or other forms of compensation.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.