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Principal Auditor (Performance)

Principal Auditor (Performance)

Sacramento, CA (remote-centered)

Final filing date: May 15, 2024

This position is eligible for our hybrid telework program with the option to be remote-centered with required residency anywhere in California.

Who are we?

We are the independent oversight arm of the California State Legislature and the custodians of California’s Whistleblower Hotline. Our mission is to provide objective evaluations and effective solutions that enhance the transparency, accountability, and performance of California government for the people it serves. We are trusted to produce unbiased, nonpartisan reports that provide recommendations to solve some of our state’s toughest problems.

At the California State Auditor’s Office, we believe that our mission to enhance the transparency, accountability, and performance of government also improves the lives of Californians. The many people helping us achieve this mission are the backbone and heart of our organization. We aspire to create a workplace that celebrates their incredible contributions and talents, and embraces their unique perspectives, identities, and values. We seek to develop an environment where everyone feels valued, respected and inspired in their commitment to public service.

Why should you join us?

What will you do?

As a Principal Auditor, you will serve an important role in promoting accountability and transparency in California government by directing the work of supervisors responsible for teams of auditors in conducting performance audits and program reviews of state organizations and other publicly-created entities ensuring that audit procedures, conclusions, and recommendations are consistent with industry and government audit standards. You will oversee multiple teams responsible for analyzing complex processes, thinking creatively about effective solutions, writing reports for the Legislature and the public, and participating in the development of presentations for the Legislature.

Specifically, you will:

  • Ensure audits performed by the California State Auditor’s office conform to industry and government audit standards, and fulfill the mission and purpose of the State Auditor.
  • Manage the ongoing work of audit teams by providing leadership and oversight, serving as a resource for guidance and development of audit professionals.
  • Oversee audit scoping and planning to ensure necessary resource allocation and that plans are consistent with audit objectives.
  • Assist executive management in policy development and strategic planning.
  • Represent the State Auditor to external parties.

Who are you?

How do I join?

The California State Auditor is part of the merit-based California civil service selection system. To complete this process, you must do the following:


Take the State Exam

Take the State exam for this position. If you are a current state employee with transfer eligibility, you can skip this step. If you are not a state employee, or your state classification is not eligible to transfer, you must take the exam to be considered for the position.


Submit an Application

Submit a completed State of California job application (STD. 678) and a copy of your resume.


Submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ)

Submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) responding to the two questions below using specific examples of your education, training and experience. Your responses will help us determine who to interview for the position. Create a document using a word processing application such as Microsoft Word, and limit your response to two pages. We may not consider applications that do not include responses to the questions.

  • Describe the most impactful audit finding that you took the lead in developing. How did you discover the issue and how did you develop it into a meaningful report finding?
  • Describe an idea that you suggested and implemented that improved an audit or organizational process. How did you come up with and implement the idea and what impact did the change have?

Apply Online

You can submit your complete application package via your CalCareer account.

Apply by Mail

California State Auditor
Human Resources Office
621 Capitol Mall, Suite 1200
Sacramento, California 95814

Current state employees with eligibility are encouraged to apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position. Additional hires may be made from this bulletin if positions become available.

The Fine Print

This position is eligible for participation in the office’s hybrid telework program. Work at the alternate work location must be in California and conducted in a space that is ergonomically sound, private, distraction-free, and has safe working conditions to be eligible to telework.

Any applicant receiving a conditional job offer will be subject to a background check, fingerprinting and an inquiry to the California Department of Justice to disclose criminal records prior to appointment. State Auditor’s Office employees are excluded from collective bargaining. The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical   leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation. It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free state work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the state, the rules governing civil service and the special trust placed in public servants. This position is not eligible for a visa sponsorship. Applicants must be authorized to work in the US without the need for a visa sponsorship by the start date of employment. The California State Auditor’s Office is not an E-Verify employer.

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