We cannot conduct our audit work and issue results if we do not have the structure and staff in place to make it all happen! The California State Auditor employs a variety of professionals who provide support and perform all the critical tasks necessary to operate. If you would like to be part of our team, see available job announcements below under the "Exams and Vacancies" tab.
The California State Auditor is part of the merit-based California civil service selection system which is a two-phase process: exams and hiring.
Search for an exam. You can view all state exams on CalHR's website. If you're not already a state employee, you may only apply for open exams.
Apply and prepare for the exam. Review the exam bulletin and classification specifications carefully to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications, follow the "how to apply for the exam" instructions, and review the testing methods.
Take the exam and review your results. Successful exam candidates are determined eligible for a job title/classification and placed on an employment list divided into ranks by score. Only candidates in the top three ranks are immediately eligible for appointment and can apply for job openings in the classification for which they tested. Your exam results letter will tell you your score and/or rank. Once you're on an employment list, you may start receiving letters from state agencies inviting you to apply for openings. Each of these invitations will note their specific application requirements.
Apply for jobs. Use the Exams & Vacancies tab to see our available positions.
For non-audit career opportunities, the California State Auditor uses job types (classifications) established by the State and as such, individuals not already employed by the State interested in a non-audit career with the California State Auditor must first complete an examination for each job type (classification) to establish eligibility.
The State advertises for exams for these classifications using an exam bulletin. To determine which classification you qualify for, you must review the minimum qualifications described on the exam bulletin for each classification in which you are interested. You can use the State's career website to get more information on the exams.
If you are already on a list or already are a state employee and eligible to apply for one of our positions, the job announcement will have information detailed and how to apply.
The California State Auditor serves Californians by improving the performance, accountability, and transparency of government. Our core values—integrity, commitment, and leadership—are reflected in everything we do. Our office conducts independent analyses and reports its unbiased findings to the public and the Legislature with recommendations for actions that lead to improving government operations.
We are often called upon to testify before the Legislature to share the results of our work during budget deliberations, policy changes, or informational hearings. Our work is often cited by the press—locally, nationally, and sometimes internationally.
Although located in downtown Sacramento, our work may take us up and down the State. We may be assessing tax revenues in southern California, safety issues for bridges in the bay area, sexual assault and violence in various California colleges, or cybersecurity in various departments. Thus, some travel may be involved, but the variety of our work is bar none.
Our staff of approximately 200 individuals is our most valuable resource, and we offer a competitive compensation package and invest in growing our staff professionally. Nearly 80% of our staff are auditors, 10% are investigators, and the other 10% are attorneys, executives, or other professionals who ensure the daily operations of the office. Together, we work diligently to clarify issues and formulate solutions that positively impact Californians.
"As auditors for California, our staff is a trusted resource to California decision makers. California State Auditors have an essential role in helping change the way government does its work. Moreover, our office is committed to the staff's professional and personal growth."Elaine M. Howle, California State Auditor