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Information Systems Auditor

at Ventura County

Posted: 9/25/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2579400

Job Description

Overall Job Objective



The County of Ventura offers an attractive compensation and benefits package.  In addition to the salary of approximately $78,647 to $110,106 annually an employee within this position will also be eligible for the following:

  • Educational Incentive - An educational incentive of 2.5% for completion of an associate's degree, 3.5% for completion of a bachelor's degree, OR 5% for completion of a graduate's degree. Alternatively, an incumbent accredited as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) may receive a 5% incentive but not both the Educational and CPA incentives at the same time.
  • Bi-lingual Incentive - Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational needs and certification skills.
  • Administrative Leave - 208 hours per year, increasing to 288 hours after 5 years of service.
  • Annual Leave Redemption - The ability to "cash in" or redeem up to 100 hours of Annual Leave per year after using 80 hours.
  • Deferred Compensation - Eligible to participate in the County's 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. This position is eligible for up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions.
  • Health Plans – Flexible credit allowance of up to $11,622 annually for purchasing medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Choice of participation in the Flexible Spending Accounts which increase spending power through reimbursement of pre-tax dollars for IRS approved dependent care and health care expenses.
  • Pension Plan - Both the County and employees contribute to the County's Retirement Plan and to Social Security.  If eligible, reciprocity may be established with other public retirement systems, such as PERS.  
  • Holidays - 10 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday.

The County
Ventura County is located on California's "Gold Coast," approximately 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 20 miles southeast of Santa Barbara.  Residents enjoy rolling hills and sweeping ocean views in a nearly perfect Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 74.2 degrees.  The beauty and weather combined with a wonderful quality of life are among the many reasons our residents choose to call Ventura County "home."
Ventura County is a "general law" county, governed by a five-member, elected–by-district Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors appoint a County Executive Officer (CEO) to oversee the County budget, day-to-day operations, as well as to advise, assist and act as an agent for the Board of Supervisors in all matters under the Board's jurisdiction. 
County operations have an operating budget of approximately $2.3 billion with a staffing allocation of 8,900. The County has excellent financial standing with its Aaa and AAA rating, the highest possible long-term bond rating, from Moody's and Standard & Poor's respectively. The County excels in its financial and business operations which are based in continuous process improvement

By State Law, the Auditor-Controller is charged with the responsibilities normally associated with that of the Chief Financial Officer.  The office is charged with the establishment and supervision of the accounting and financial operations of all activities under control of the Board of Supervisors.  The Auditor-Controller provides the County with professional fiscal leadership to protect the interests of the citizens of Ventura County; promotes public oversight; and provides accountability. These services are performed in a customer oriented, efficient, economical, and effective manner.
Under general direction, the Information Systems Auditor reviews information systems for best practices; plans, organizes, directs, and performs complex audits of information systems infrastructure, operations, security, and application systems; and provides specialized technical support for internal auditing activities, including data analytics. 

This employee performs audits of automated information processing systems and operations that require specialized knowledge of computer operations and systems analysis.  The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to interact professionally with all levels of the organization, and possess a proven track record of successfully completing information technology audits that resulted in increased efficiencies and/or strengthened internal control design and effectiveness.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • Extensive experience in the application of sound principles and practices in information technology.
  • Ability to easily adapt between working independently or collaboratively.
  • Strong report writing, presentation, and research skills.
  • Ability to seize the initiative with confidence to set objectives, and drive results.
  • Passion for the profession and good stewardship of public dollars.
  • Possession of the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation.

Incumbents may be eligible for an educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree not required by the classification.

The Information Systems Auditor is a management classification and is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Examples Of Duties

The following duties are considered characteristic but not inclusive, and are examples only:

  • Serves as project manager responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and performing a wide range of information systems audits, including audits of infrastructure, operations, security, and application systems.
  • Extracts, manipulates, and analyzes data from mainframes, mid-sized computers, client servers, and PCs, using audit software and ad hoc reporting tools.
  • Plans, leads, schedules, assigns, monitors and reviews the work of assigned professional and technical staff.
  • Identifies and develops recommendations to improve controls and enhance operations.
  • Advises Internal Audit staff on information systems matters related to their audits.
  • Communicates findings and recommendations to all levels of County government and the public verbally and through concisely written reports.
  • Maintains awareness of new developments in the field of information systems auditing and incorporates new developments as appropriate into programs.
  • Conducts evaluation, sourcing, and implementation of specialty audit applications.
  • Develops information systems training programs for Internal Audit staff.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
Any combination of education and experience which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
The required knowledge, skills, and abilities can also be obtained by
A) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in computer science, information systems/information technology, accounting, business administration, or a closely related field
Four (4) years of progressively responsible professional experience in information systems auditing, control or security, or a related field
B) An Associate's degree in computer science, information systems/information technology, accounting, business administration, or a closely related field
Six (6) years of progressively responsible professional experience in information systems auditing, control or security, or a related field
C) Eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional experience in information systems auditing, control or security, or a related field.
Experience Substitution
The following may substitute for one (1) year of professional information systems auditing experience for a maximum substitution limit of one (1) year experience. Current certificates are to be submitted with the application in the same name as shown on the application. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license;
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certificate;
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certificate;
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certificate; or a
  • Master's Degree in computer science, information systems/information technology, accounting, business administration, or a closely related field.

Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain a valid California driver license.

If a degree is being used to qualify for this recruitment, verification of the required college degree is required.  Transcripts, grade reports or a diploma from an institute of higher learning recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation which include your name and reflect the date your degree was conferred is to be submitted to County Human Resources prior to the closing date of this recruitment.  If they are not submitted, your application may be screened out and you may not be allowed to continue in the process.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:  Applicants who attended a college or university that is accredited by a foreign or non-U.S. accrediting agency must have their educational units evaluated by an educational evaluation service.  The result is to be submitted to Human Resources no later than the closing date of this recruitment.
You must submit this documentation with your application, a hard copy with a paper application or a scanned copy as an attachment for an online application.  If you submit a hard copy with a paper application, be sure it's a copy. Whatever you submit will not be returned to you. To attach a scanned copy to an online application, use the Add Attachment(s) link in the Attachments section at the bottom of the page where you can edit the various sections of your application.
If the name on this documentation is different from the name on your application, include documents that show the name change.

Advanced training, as evidenced by a Master's degree in computer science, information systems/information technology, accounting, business administration, or a closely related field
Relevant certification:
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Knowledge of:
  • Information systems auditing standards and techniques;
  • Information systems governance, including security and related standards, guidelines and practices;
  • General information technology processes including security administration and management, change management, backup and recovery, data center operations, business continuity, database management, system development methodology and outsourced IT services;
  • Risk assessment/risk management tools and processes;
  • Information systems internal control principles and frameworks;
  • Methods, techniques, and standards used in performing internal audits;
  • Operations, services and activities found in County government;
  • Project management techniques;
  • Principles of lead supervision and training;
  • Methods of effective team building;
  • Different instructional and coaching techniques.
Skilled in:
  • Risk-based audit planning and audit project management techniques;
  • Sampling methodologies and other substantive/data analytical procedures.
Ability to:
  • Develop and manage risk based audit programs focused on critical IT risk and control considerations;
  • Perform complex technical information systems auditing functions;
  • Collect, compile, analyze, interpret and present data and audit findings;
  • Organize and direct the work of professional and technical staff;
  • Lead complex audit projects while managing timelines;
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with employees and management;
  • Balance competing priorities with both internally and externally imposed deadlines;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Conduct oral technical presentations to a wide variety of individuals and groups;
  • Prepare clear and concise reports for management, public officials, and the general public;
  • Provide training and technical support for non-information technology audit staff;
  • Exercise sound judgment in sensitive situations.

Recruitment Process

This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it.  Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.
A first review of applications is anticipated to occur on or around Monday, 10/14/2019.  If interested, apply as soon as possible to be included in that review.  Subsequent reviews may be conducted to establish a viable pool of candidates.
To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.
Note to Applicants: Sufficient information must be provided under the Education/Work Experience portion of the application and supplemental questionnaire to thoroughly and accurately demonstrate your qualifications to determine eligibilityA resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above-referenced sections; however, it may not be submitted in lieu of the application.
NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible.  If interested, please click here for additional information.
All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination at the time of filing. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in removal of the application from further consideration.
All applications will be reviewed to determine whether the stated requirements are met.  Applicants meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the examination process.
A Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) is a structured evaluation of the job application materials submitted by a candidate, including the written responses to supplemental questions. The T&E is a method for determining the better qualified applicants among those shown to meet the stated requirements. Using a T&E, applicants are scored, or ranked, according to criteria that most closely meet the business needs of the department. When the pool of candidates is exceptionally strong and large candidates are typically scored, or ranked, in relation to one another.

Candidates successfully completing the Training and Experience Evaluation process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.

The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill present and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-term), Intermittent and Extra Help vacancies. There is currently one (1) Regular vacancy.
A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information, and driving record may be required for this position.
For further information about this recruitment, please contact Katie Reynolds by e-mail at or by telephone at (805) 654-2563.