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State of Montana Associate or Senior Information Systems Auditor in Helena, Montana

We are looking for technology-oriented people to join our team of information systems auditors working to improve systems and operations within state government. Information systems audits are designed to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the state’s IT systems, and to assess compliance with IT industry standards. Information systems auditors do not need to have strong technical expertise in specific systems or technologies, but they do need to be analytical, inquisitive, and interested in the role of technology in government policy and operations.

Information systems auditors examine various aspects of state computer systems and technologies to identify areas of potential risk that could negatively impact operations. Information systems audit assignments address diverse topics ranging from system controls, data integrity, information security, project management, and IT governance. These assignments offer staff continuing variety, challenging and meaningful work, and opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

Information systems auditors perform analysis of operations and data, interpret and apply various industry standards, and make recommendations to state agencies to improve operations. Auditors document their analysis and findings in audit workpapers, compose summaries and conclusions for their work, write reports, and present results to agency personnel and legislative committees. Specific tasks can include:

  • Assessing the risks to various state programs and systems and evaluating the controls in place to mitigate those risks

  • Conducting individual and group interviews with state agencies

  • Analyzing agency technology policies and practices

  • Extracting and examining database information

  • Evaluating information technology controls

  • Conducting automated systems testing

  • Analyzing compliance with associated laws, rules, policies, industry standards, and relevant best practices

  • Actively pursue certifications and continuing professional education in line with the division’s needs and personal career development.

We are looking for individuals skilled in the following areas:

  • analytical thinking and problem solving,

  • gathering and analyzing information to formulate and support decisions and opinions,

  • clear articulation in communication and presentation skills,

  • establishing and maintaining effective working relationships,

  • successful conflict resolution, and

  • self-initiative and self-motivation.

Applicants should possess the ability and work ethic to function well independently, but also work effectively as part of an audit team. They should also have a strong interest in learning about state government.

We are recruiting Information Systems Auditors at the Associate and Senior levels; experience at hiring determines initial placement and salary. An applicant gains the knowledge and abilities required for this position through a bachelor’s degree in information systems, computer science, public administration, mathematics, business, management, or related field. Applicants with course work and/or relevant work experience in information systems auditing, analysis of IT control frameworks, use of data analysis software, quantitative analysis, management and development of information systems, and information security will be given more consideration. A completed bachelor’s degree is required by July 1, 2021.

Associate Information Systems Auditor: 0-3 years of relevant experience

Senior Information Systems Auditor: 2-5 years of relevant experience

These positions provide an opportunity for salary adjustments and career advancement based on merit. Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. A comprehensive benefits package is also offered, including a state contribution of more than $12,000/year for health, life, dental, and optional vision insurance; contribution to a retirement fund; and paid vacation and sick leave.

The Legislative Audit Division is an independent, nonpolitical, nonpartisan audit organization in the legislative branch of Montana state government. Directed by the Legislative Auditor, the office is responsible for auditing information systems, governance, and technology of state executive and judicial branch programs in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The office is also responsible for conducting management and program analysis and financial audits.

Please provide the following four items with your application:

  1. Cover Letter

  2. Resume

  3. College Transcripts -Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes. If hired, official copies will be required on start date.

  4. References - Provide the name and contact information for three professional references. Note that we will not contact references until after the interview process.

The office evaluates application materials, and based on qualifications, selects applicants for further consideration. Qualified applicants will be asked to participate in an initial telephone interview. If criteria is met, the candidate will move on to a structured oral interview which includes a case study. Some stages of the selection process may be conducted via zoom to protect the health of participants. This position requires periodic travel and overtime. Staff must possess a valid driver’s license. A criminal records background check will be required as a condition of employment. If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Please direct specific questions about the position to Will Soller at wsoller@mt.gov, or Miki Cestnik at mcestnik@mt.gov.

Job: *Information Technology/Computer Science

Title: Associate or Senior Information Systems Auditor

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 21140063

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