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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 156A
Category: Financial Services

Class Series Concept

Within the Washington State Auditor’s Office, conducts, assists in conducting or supervises financial, compliance information technology or performance audits for the purpose of providing an independent assessment of government organizations, programs, activities or functions in order to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and public accountability.  

Audits are conducted in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards as prescribed by the United States Government Accountability Office, and other applicable laws, regulations, and professional standards.


This is the entry level of the series for financial and compliance audit positions.  Auditors complete audit assignments under the ongoing guidance and supervision of a higher level auditor. Work assignments are well defined and intended to encourage development of professional judgment and analytical thought processes , such as performing audit testing and gathering information through interviews and research.

Typical Work

Performs audit testing which is verifying or cross-checking data or figures using one or more documents to check against another; 

Assesses audit risk by evaluating systems, procedures, and controls which support an entities' financial records; 

Evaluates and verifies financial records; determines if auditee is in compliance with legal requirements; 

Drafts working papers and portions of audit reports for review by supervisors; 

Notifies auditor in charge of any apparent inaccuracies, shortages, or discrepancies; 

Participates in entrance or exit conferences; 

Travels to and works at multiple audit sites, bringing a portable computer, reference materials, and supplies to each location.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting or other related field which included 10 semester or 15 quarter hours of college level accounting.

Class Specification History

New class effective January 1, 2006; Assistant State Auditor 1 (replaces 13510 Assistant State Auditor 1).
Revised desirable qualifications for levels 1 through 4, effective April 19, 2007.
Revised class concept, delete distinguishing characteristics, and add definition, effective February 11, 2011.
Salary adjustment adopted 11/9/2017, effective 1/1/2018; previously range 42, professionals.
Revised class concept adopted 6/13/2019; effective 6/14/2019.




Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.