Chief, Audit, and Program Reviews, Manager III

Website Montgomery County Office of the Inspector General

IRC 56051
Closing Date: November 17, 2022

About the Office of the Inspector General

The Montgomery County Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is an independent agency created by the County Council in 1997. The Inspector General is charged with reviewing the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and operations within County government and independent County agencies. The Office conducts independent audits, investigations, inspections, and reviews with a goal of preventing, detecting, and deterring fraud, waste, and abuse in government activities. Through its work, the OIG proposes ways to increase the legal, fiscal, and ethical accountability of County government departments and County-funded agencies and improve the overall integrity of County government.

The OIG is seeking to fill one position of Chief, Audit and Program Reviews (Manager III). The Chief of the Audit and Program Reviews manage a team of 4-5 professional staff auditors in the Audit and Program Review Division and reports to the Deputy Inspector General.  The Audit and Program Review Division was created following legislation passed by the Montgomery County Council in October 2019 that requires the OIG to conduct risk-based audits and reviews of the County’s internal accounting and contracting processes and controls, as well as conduct audits of high-risk contracts and agreements.

This position will coordinate the execution of the OIG’s audit work plan through the direction and supervision of a team’s work to achieve optimal productivity, quality, consistency, timeliness, and accuracy; ensures audit reports are precise, concise, and thorough through careful review; and assists in the planning and implementation of the OIG’s mission-related functions.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Managing a professional staff of auditors, including setting priorities for their work, assessing auditing strategies, delegating tasks, and monitoring workloads to manage a number of competing needs
Ensuring training and expertise in audit skills is maintained by staff, coaching auditors in performance and completion of audits following robust government auditing standards
Facilitating the development, planning and implementation of fiscal and compliance, and performance audits and budgetary analysis and reviews of County Programs and departmental activities in accordance with professional quality assurance standards and practices and generally accepted accounting procedures
Serving as a technical expert on audits, evaluations, and reviews of the various programs, operations, and functions of Montgomery County Government and other publicly funded agencies
Performing auditing duties or assisting with auditing of a highly complex or sensitive nature; gathering data; conducting interviews; reviewing spreadsheets or databases and making recommendations for corrective action
Assisting in the drafting of audit procedures and technical audit programs. Recommending new audit approaches and policies, as well as revision to audit policies and procedures based on technical expertise and operating experience. Collaborating with management to craft audit plans and risk assessments
Providing feedback to audit staff and checking work papers for appropriate documentation and support and ensuring that conclusions, findings and recommendations are supported, free from influence and appropriately referenced
Reviewing, editing, and evaluating written findings and analysis developed by staff including the interpretation and application of relevant laws, rules, regulations and standards to facts and data gathered in audits and reviews
Preparing audit work papers, memos, letters and other correspondence. Drafting reports of findings and recommendations. Writing in a clear, concise fashion. Contributing to other OIG mission related activities including the preparation of the annual report and Work Plan
Representing the Inspector General on task forces, advisory bodies, or other groups that the Inspector General determines will assist in the performance of the office’s mission
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with departmental administrators and managers, government employees, and the public. Acting as a liaison with departmental points of contact and management during the course of the audits in all assigned areas of responsibility; and
Assuming the lead role in briefing conferences (e.g., entrance, exit and updates) with MCG officials to present findings and recommendations as appropriate.
Additional information

This position requires the ability to work in high performance/high morale teams. The selected applicant must possess unimpeachable integrity and personal ethics. In addition, this position requires the ability to attend meetings or perform work outside of normal work hours as part of a 40-hour week.
The OIG offers a hybrid work environment that includes telework and flexible work schedules commensurate with Montgomery County policies.
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Effective August 30, 2021 all new hires will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus prior to their first date of employment. Individuals who are unable to be vaccinated should contact to discuss possible accommodations.

OHR reviews the minimum qualifications of all applicants, irrespective of whether the candidate has previously been found to have met the minimum requirements for the job or been temporarily promoted to the same position. This evaluation is based solely on the information contained in the application/resume submitted for this specific position/IRC.

Montgomery County Government is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity. Accordingly, as it relates to employment opportunities, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the law. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email to Individual determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made in accordance with all applicable laws.

Montgomery County Government also provides hiring preference to certain categories of veterans and veterans/persons with a disability. For more information and to claim employment preference, please refer to the Careers webpage on Hiring Preference.

All applicants will respond to a series of questions related to their education, relevant experience, knowledge, skills and abilities required to minimally perform the job. The applicant’s responses in conjunction with their resume and all other information provided in the employment application process will be evaluated to determine the minimum qualifications and preferred criteria status. Based on the results, the highest qualified applicants will be placed on an Eligible List and may be considered for an interview. Employees meeting minimum qualifications who are the same grade will be placed on Eligible List as a “Lateral Transfer” candidate and may be considered for interview.

If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.

Montgomery County Ethics Law: Except as provided by law or regulation, the County’s “Public Employees” (which does not include employees of the Sheriff’s office) are subject to the County’s ethics law including the requirements to obtain advanced approval of any outside employment and the prohibitions on certain outside employment. The outside employment requirements of the ethics law can be found at 19A-12 of the County Code. Additional information about outside employment can be obtained from the Ethics Commission website.

Experience: Five years of progressively responsible professional experience in conducting complex performance and/or financial audits in a public sector environment.

Education:   Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree.

Equivalency:  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

There are no preferred criteria for this recruitment.  All applicants will be reviewed by OHR for minimum qualifications.  Applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be rated “Qualified,” placed on the Eligible List, and may be considered for interview.  The selection interview will evaluate the items highlighted below.  Taking the time to address these areas in your resume is recommended.

Knowledge of Government Functions and Operations;
Conducting Financial and Compliance Audits;
Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAGAS);
Applying Internal Procedures and Processes; and
Supervising and Leading Employees

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