SEIU 1021

Senior Internal Auditor
Northern California (Posted 10/03/2023)


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SEIU Local 1021 was founded in 2007 when ten local unions came together in Northern California to form one larger, more powerful union. Together our members are building a true 21st-century union fighting to empower our members and improve our society. We are over 60,000 strong, organizing and representing public service workers in cities, counties, courts, schools, private non-profits, special districts, public health care, nursing, and higher education. We are looking for energetic, hard-working staff who are committed to real change, who believe in the value of work and the value of public services, and who want to be part of the team that wins for workers, their families, and their communities.

LOCATION: Northern California

Job Summary: Under the general supervision of the Finance Director, the Senior Internal Auditor is responsible for completing internal audit activities consistent with the standards established by the Local, including meeting the Local’s compliance requirements, assisting the Local to effectively manage its resources, and ensuring quality and efficient internal controls.  This position prepares, conducts, and supervises regular internal audits and investigates a wide variety of programs, contracts, functions, processes, policies, and activities to evaluate their effectiveness and compliance. The auditor exercises discretion and independent judgment while performing auditing engagements. The auditor manages assigned Finance staff.

Duties: The following are examples of duties performed by the Senior Internal Auditor.

  • Assist in the design and execution of operational audits to ensure adequacy and effectiveness of the internal control environment, compliance with Local policies and procedures, and identify opportunities for process improvements and risk mitigation;
  • Develop preliminary findings and realistic recommendations to improve/enhance the internal control environment;
  • Plan and oversee the annual audit, compliance, and internal controls review work plan;
  • Develop audit scope and objectives, and prepare detailed audit programs;
  • Perform and lead audit, compliance, and internal controls review projects;
  • Prepare audit reports including the audit findings and appropriate corrective actions and recommendations to a variety of audiences, including follow-up and monitoring of the progress of action plans;
  • Review and interpret the application and impact of policy, laws, regulations, and legislation;
  • Leverage insights and understanding of the Local in identifying risks and potential areas for audit;
  • Assist in operationalizing and implementing recommendations;
  • Perform work in accordance with professional, industry, and departmental standards;
  • Supervise, develop, and evaluate the work of assigned finance staff to perform;
  • Educate staff, management, member leaders, and contractors regarding compliance and best practices;
  • Assist in preparing a variety of accounting, financial, and resource management reports 
  • Lead the organization’s inventory management work;
  • Track and record consultant contracts;
  • Assist in upgrading, modifying, or changing the financial management information system;
  • May liaise with management and/or member leaders to establish new policies and revise existing policies;
  • Maintain a paperless organization system for the auditing work;
  • Maintain professional proficiency through continuing professional education;
  • Performs all duties in a professional manner while treating all co-workers, staff, and management with courtesy, respect, and dignity;
  • May be responsible for other non-audit Finance Department duties;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Duties: These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Performs complex and detailed audit work independently and serves as the team lead on assigned projects;
  2. Plans and conducts audits, and prepares findings and recommendations;
  3. Plans and conducts investigations, and prepares findings and recommendations;
  4. Ensures that all audit and administrative assignments are completed within budgeted hours and by assigned due dates.

Knowledge of:

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), including theory, terminology, and methods of application;
  • Methods of preparing, evaluating, and interpreting financial statements and transactions 
  • Principles of implementing and maintaining internal controls;
  • Advanced analytical tools including triangulation of data, statistical analysis, etc.;
  • Applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and court decisions governing financial operations.

Ability to:

  • Prepare and conduct a complex audit, compliance, and internal controls review assignment in accordance with GAAP and/or GAAS;
  • Lead, train, and manage a team to perform to deadline;
  • Review, analyze, balance, interpret, and reconcile financial reports and transactions
  • Prepare clear, concise, and effective written reports, correspondence, and other materials;
  • Analyze, evaluate, and summarize simple-to-complex financial and statistical data 
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships;
  • Exercise sound decision-making, judgment, and initiative;
  • Use advanced computer systems and applications; including financial management, auditing, electronic work paper, and accounting software.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • 4+ years’ experience in auditing or finance-related analytical experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively build teamwork;
  • Ability to work well with others;
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior supervisory experience;
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors OR Certified Public Accountant (CPA) issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants;
  • 1+ years’ of working for the Finance department of a Labor Union;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Dynamics.


  • Salaried position; may require non-standard work hours and/or weekend and holiday work;
  • Extensive travel may be required, primarily within Northern California;
  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license; must pass a DMV check and have a good driving record; must have auto insurance that covers business driving (minimum coverage of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident of bodily injury liability/$50,000 property damage liability, and list SEIU Local 1021 as an “additional insured” or “interested party” in order to trigger a notification in the event the policy is canceled); and must possess an automobile for business use.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range starts at $111,658 based on qualifications and experience. SEIU Local 1021 offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply: Visit our online Career Center found HERE to apply. You must include a detailed résumé, a cover letter indicating the position you are applying for, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) references. This position is open until filled; however, the posting/acceptance of applications may close at any time. No phone calls, please.

Your cover letter should answer the following questions:

  1. Describe how your experience prepares you for the “responsibilities” specified in this job announcement;
  2. Give examples of your work experience that demonstrates your mastery of some of the “skills and abilities” listed in this job announcement;
  3. Describe how your work experience meets the “preferred experience” listed in the job announcement.


SEIU Local 1021 is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. Local 1021 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.