Director of Audit Services

  • Portland City Auditor
  • Portland, OR, United States
Full Time Government Management

Job Description

Opens: Oct. 30, 2017

Closes: Nov. 17, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Salary range: $97,989 - $132,766

The City Auditor is hiring a transformational leader to direct the Audit Services Division. The Director of Audit Services leads a staff of 11, including 10 seasoned performance auditors, and is a member of the Auditor’s management team.

Audit Services is one of eight divisions in the Office of the City Auditor. Portland’s City Auditor is an elected official, and is independent of City Council and accountable only to the public. The Auditor’s Office promotes open and accountable government by conducting independent and impartial audits and investigations and providing access to public information.

The City Auditor has identified three priorities for the Auditor’s Office that each division director is responsible for incorporating into long-term strategic plans and day-to-day work:

  1. Incorporate equity analyses in our work;
  2. Improve communication with the public;
  3. Protect the independence of the Auditor’s Office.

The successful candidate must demonstrate capacity and commitment to conducting equity analyses, employing modern methods of communicating audit results, and proactively protecting the independence of Audit Services.

Audit Services follows Government Auditing Standards. The Director is responsible for effectively managing staff and guiding audits through the planning, fieldwork, and reporting process in accordance with these professional standards.

The position requires strong management skills, political acumen, and the ability to present audit findings clearly and persuasively. It requires a leader who initiates ideas, is dedicated to continuous improvement, can master new techniques, and implement change.

The Auditor’s Office values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in delivering public services and everyday interactions in the workplace. The Office prefers candidates with experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities.

To Qualify:

Competitive candidates typically have:

  • At least eight years of progressively responsible experience in auditing or a related field, such as journalism, performance evaluation, economics or public administration.
  • Three or more years of supervisory experience.

Competitive candidates also must have a demonstrated record of:

  • Effective management, including motivating and evaluating staff performance;
  • Synthesizing complex information and editing text;
  • Applying quantitative and qualitative analytical methods;
  • Communicating results in a variety of formats;
  • Creating a respectful environment that reflects living and working in a multicultural society.

Experience with equity issues and analysis based on race, gender, and income is a plus.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume online through the City of Portland’s electronic application system ( Your letter and resume will be the basis for the evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or unrelated information may result in disqualification. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be eligible for an interview.  

Your cover letter should include information that describes how you meet all listed qualifications in the To Qualify section of this announcement. It should provide examples to demonstrate your experience and connect to information in your resume.

If you are requesting a Veteran’s Preference, state so in your cover letter and follow additional instructions below. Your cover letter should describe skills obtained during your military service and how they meet the required minimum qualifications in the To Qualify section.

Your cover letter and resume should be no more than six pages combined.

Find instructions about the City of Portland’s online application process is here:

Additional information:

This position is exempt from Civil Service and is classified as at-will. The Director of Audit Services serves at the discretion of the City Auditor subject to Auditor’s Office administrative rules and Portland City Charter and Code.

If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, check the box stating so in the application system and attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and/or Veteran’s Administration letter stating your disability. You must request a Veteran’s Preference in your cover letter AND include a copy of your documentation with your application materials. All materials must be submitted by the deadline.

Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, please note it in your cover letter.

Questions? Contact Andrew Bryans at (503) 823-4079 or


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Salary range: $97,989 - $132,766