Who are we?
Californians rely on us—the California State Auditor—to ensure the effective and efficient use and management of public funds and programs. We provide nonpartisan, accurate, and timely assessments of California government’s financial and operational activities. Our work results in truthful, balanced, and unbiased information with recommendations for actions that lead to improving government operations.
Why should you join us?
- You want to work in a professional environment with a team dedicated to making a difference for Californians and future generations.
- You are highly collaborative, solution-oriented, and a strong communicator.
- You have a strong work ethic and thrive when working under pressure.
- You desire an annual salary range of $73,488 - $101,436.
What is the position?
As the Policy and Communication Specialist, you are responsible for ensuring the office’s policies and protocols are consistent with relevant laws, rules, regulations, and government auditing standards and serve as key advisor on audit policy and protocol. You also manage and coordinate all California Public Records Act requests and respond to all external inquiries received by the office. Due to the high profile and sensitive nature of the position, you must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to think on your feet while using discretion and good judgment, the ability to exercise diplomacy and tact, and the ability to develop and foster good working relationships.
What will you do?
- Advise the Chief of Public Affairs and Quality Assurance on marketing strategies, public relations materials, and social media messaging.
- Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate outreach and communication efforts including social media messaging, website updates, coordinate events or delegations from other states or countries, manage website content and collaborate with the design team for the office’s public facing website.
- Prepare special reports, fact sheets, press releases, briefing materials, audit highlights, and other materials for office collateral.
- Manage and respond to all external inquiries and public records requests received by the office including the determination, coordination, and maintenance of records.
- Collaborate with executive staff to develop, implement, and maintain the office’s policies, procedures, and protocols.
- Oversee, plan, coordinate, and implement the office’s quality assurance process and conduct internal audits of various aspects of the office’s policies and procedures to assure the integrity of the office’s work and to identify opportunities and make recommendations to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
- Serve as audit peer review liaison to audit entities and collaborate with others in the industry to keep abreast of current auditing practices and protocols.
- Represent the office with the public, state officials, national professional organizations, and other state auditors’ offices regarding audit standards, quality control, and professional development.
Who are you?
- You have strong analytical and communication skills with demonstrated experience synthesizing information and communicating in a clear and concise manner.
- You have previous auditing experience or a strong desire to learn auditing standards, policies, procedures, and protocols.
- You are able to review industry standards and best practices and integrate them into office policy and practices.
- You have the ability to develop strong working relationships, interact with all levels of staff and stakeholders, and exercise diplomacy and tact.
- You have experience making presentations, providing training, and communicating with the public and other stakeholders.
- You are able to manage content for both internal and external websites while keeping the end-user in mind.
- You understand the importance of meeting timelines and are committed to getting the job done even when it requires occasionally working long or irregular hours.
How do I join?
The California State Auditor is part of the merit-based California civil service selection system. The civil service selection system consists of two simple steps: exams and hiring. This job announcement is part of the hiring step in the process. Details on taking the Staff Services Manager II (Managerial) examination can be found on CalHR's website.
Even if you have not taken the exam, you can apply for the position but must complete the exam process prior to participating in a hiring interview. To be considered for the position, submit a completed STD. 678, resume, and statement of qualifications (a one page statement or letter highlighting your experience that demonstrate how you are qualified for the position) through your CalCareer account or by mail:
California State Auditor
Human Resources Office
621 Capitol Mall, Suite 1200
Sacramento, California 95814
Current state workers with eligibility are encouraged to apply. The most qualified candidates will be contacted in early January for the next step in the hiring process.
The Fine Print:
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.