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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 159D
Category: Financial Services


Positions supervise professional staff engaged in all aspects of audits or investigations of occupational licensees OR positions serve as an agency technical expert for agency staff, law enforcement, prosecutors, federal agencies, and attorney generals by providing testimony in administrative and judicial proceedings as an expert witness. Incumbents use independent judgment in allocating and managing resources for complex audit/investigation assignments for a unit that is typically in the field 95 percent of the time. Positions perform complex audits and will assume responsibility for cases that require advanced knowledge of the profession(s).

Typical Work

Supervises an audit unit responsible for a major geographic area of the state to assure the safekeeping of public funds held in trust in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, generally accepted auditing standards, department policies, guidelines, state statutes, and administrative codes;

Plans, directs, reviews, and coordinates complex audits and investigations dealing with fraud, theft, and conversion of trust funds, and/or licensed practice; obtains statements or confessions and prepares audit findings;

Identifies and secures documents in accordance with the rules of evidence;

Solicits and secures necessary transaction documents, accounting records, written statements, and other information from uncooperative licenses and management staff;

Assists, trains, develops, mentors, and coaches professional auditors;

Analyzes, reviews, and approves audits, projects, and investigative work produced by staff; authorizes approval of final reports;

Participates in making policy applicable throughout the agency/state;

Responsible for strategic planning to administer the financial resources/budget available for travel that includes lodging, per diems, mileage reimbursements costs, supplies, vehicles, equipment, and cell phone usage by staff when traveling statewide;

Evaluates system controls, policies, and procedures and makes recommendations to reduce exposure to loss, public embarrassment, violations of laws and regulations, and eliminate or mitigate management risks;

Represents the agency/state with local, municipal, state and federal criminal agencies in conducting a variety of complex audit, compliance, and performance reviews;

Prepares and delivers technical/educational program presentations promoting compliance with agency policies/ state laws and rules while building and maintaining internal and external relationships;

Provides statewide audit, technical, and educational support; makes decisions regarding administration of audit program area;

Provides expert technical assistance to licensees, new business firms, and other agencies;

Responsible for the development and maintenance of individualized emergency plans for professional audit staff;

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.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting, business administration, public administration, or other related field that includes 20 semester or 30 quarter hours of college-level accounting and three years of professional experience in accounting, auditing, finance, banking, or investigations.

A Master’s degree in a related field or a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) will substitute for two years of experience.

Class Specification History

New class adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007