This is entry-level work as a state audit accountant in the Field Auditor series. During the period of orientation and training, the educational requirements must be supplemented with direct and supervised on-the-job training. Field Auditor I's must be instructed in the course of daily activities by higher-level auditors. Training is supplemented with periodic lectures by managing auditing accountants and other professionals on specific subjects, general staff meetings on matters of common interest, and department bulletins, manuals, and laws. In addition to the thorough knowledge in the principles of accounting standards, the Filed Auditor I's training develops knowledge of state and federal laws in relation to the financial administration of public offices, familiarity with various accounting systems in the agencies' accounting procedures, efficiency in operations, and better internal control. The work requires a viewpoint of complete objectivity in performance of duties and independent judgment. Work is performed under the general supervision of an administrative superior.
Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:
Reviews work papers of audit for prior fiscal year with accountant-in-charge to develop an understanding of the audit program.
Reviews previous fiscal years' correspondence with an accountant-in-charge to develop an understanding of the audit program.
Reads and have a basic knowledge of laws and regulations of state agencies, counties, and school districts, other boards, and institutions to which a work assignment is given.
Performs any work detail for an engagement assigned by the accountant-in-charge.
Attends brainstorming sessions and audits planning meetings.
Arranges temporary office/work space.
Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum of twenty-four (24) semester hours in Accounting.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is base salary; some flexibility based on experience and education.
About Mississippi Office of the State Auditor
The Department of Audit, which employs some 150 persons, including approximately 40 Certified Public Accountants, comprises one of the largest auditing firms in the state. The Office is widely regarded as the definitive authority in matters pertaining to the use of public funds, and the recommendations offered by its auditors and other expert personnel are readily adhered to and respected throughout the state. The employees of the Department of Audit are mindful of the grave responsibility of upholding the public trust and strive to maintain the level of competence expected of them by virtue of their positions.
The Mississippi Constitution grants specific duties and powers related to prescribing systems of accounting, budgeting, and financial reporting for public offices in Mississippi. It also enumerates other statutory responsibilities including study and analysis of existing public managerial policies and practices; pre-audit and post-audit functions; investigation of suspected fiscal violations; recovering misspent and stolen funds; and a variety of related duties and responsibilities.
The mission of the Office of the State Auditor is to serve its customers and protect th...e public’s trust by independently assessing state and local governmental and other entities to ensure that public funds are properly received, are legally, effectively, and efficiently spent and are accounted for and reported accurately.