Montana State Legislature
Employment with Legislative Audit Division
Professional and Personal Benefits with the Montana Legislative Auditor
Exciting and Relevant Work!
Launch your professional career in an organization recognized as a national leader in governmental auditing. Recommend changes for improving state government. Interact with various levels of staff, management, and officers of state agencies, and other public and private entities. Travel throughout Montana on assignments covering a variety of topics of vital interest to Montana's taxpayers, such as education, health and welfare, public safety, transportation,and natural resources. Audit topics of greatest concern to Montana's citizens.
A Supportive Work Environment
Work with a management team that takes an active interest in your professional development and fosters creativity and individual accountability.
Continuous Learning and Growth
Receive valuable qualifying experience to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Participate in training and continuous education to improve professional skills and fulfill professional standards, including classes on audit techniques, using computers, and writing. Participate in professional associations.
Opportunity for Early Responsibility
Become responsible for audit tasks as you demonstrate your abilities. Work towards advancement from the entry auditor level and beyond.
Qualifications of Entry Level Audit Staff
- The Legislative Audit Division maintains a program designed to hire and retain qualified personnel by planning for personnel needs, which includes promoting from within through a performance-based pay system.
- The Audit Division has qualification criteria and guidelines for evaluating potential employees at each professional level.
- The division seeks to employ individuals who are inquisitive, analytical, self-motivated, and interested in effective and efficient government.
- Professional employees must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
- All employees should be able to perform their duties efficiently, be willing to travel, and work overtime when necessary.
- The division seeks financial-compliance auditor applicants with a baccalaureate degree and six credits of upper division accounting coursework. Licensure as a CPA is preferred, but is not required.
- The division seeks performance and information systems auditor applicants with a baccalaureate degree in business, economics, finance, mathematics, public administration, computer science, information systems or related fields.
- A criminal records background check is required as a condition of employment.
- Division staff members demonstrate:
- Self-initiative and self-motivation.
- Analytical thinking and problem solving.
- Good interpersonal skills.
- High-level of curiosity, perseverance, and resourcefulness.
- Division staff members have the ability to:
- Gather and organize complex and diversified information to formulate meaningful and supported conclusions.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and clients.
- Communicate well verbally and in writing.
- Maintain respect for confidential information.
Depending on education and experience auditors earn $44,304 - $49,177 annually.