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:: Internal Auditor ::

Office of the CEO

Position Code:
20081210 - Internal Auditor

Work Hours:
1.0, 52 Weeks

Application Deadline:

Position Description:


Under limited supervision, conducts independent internal audits to evaluate the effectiveness of fiscal controls, accuracy of financial records, and performance of MPS operationsvalidates the financialcontrol of MPS resources, and assures compliance with MPS policies, and state and Federal laws.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  Plans and manages the internal audit function as an independent audit and consulting activity toinspect and improve MPS operations; validates the effectiveness of internal controls.
  Audits and reconciles revenues, expenditures and technical transactions for the MPS in compliance with all applicable Federal, State and MPS rules, regulations and ordinances.
  Independently validates MPS internal accounting systems controls and control policies; evaluateseffectiveness, and presents recommendations for risk reduction and procedural improvements.
  Conducts audits of programs and departments to determine fiscal integrity, in accordance with theinternational standards of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)tests accounting records and procedures for compliance with established district policies and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  Researches, audits and analyzes technical transactions and financial models to resolve questions and validate data; documents work performed and maintains confidentiality of findings; assures fiscal accountability and fund integrity for all transactions, allocations, distributions, and documentation.
  Reviews source documents for compliance to rules and regulations, and proper handling of financial and technical transactions; reviews, investigates, and identifies errors and inconsistencies in financial entries, transactions, documents, and reports; reconciles and resolves differences.
  Prepares and presents audit findings and recommendations; coordinates special projects to resolve audit issues, and implement change recommendations; investigates complaints.
  Maintains professional competence in auditing and accounting principles and techniques; reviews and applies new or revised laws, regulations, and accounting standards.
  Exercises independent judgment within policy guidelines; analyzes issues and recommends solutions; assures compliance with state and Federal rules and regulations, and MPS policies and procedures.
  Anticipatechallenges to MPS business operations.
  Coordinates audit process and investigative issues with MPS management staff, school board,elected officials, and outside agencies; interprets and explains MPS policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment  
  Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
  Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis
  At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.



Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance; AND five years experience auditing public sector financial operations, preferably in public education; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.  


Knowledge of:

  Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) for Public Sector financial management, including internal control systems and riskmanagement.
  Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) standards, practices and policies.
  Legal, ethical and professional rules of conduct for public sector finance officers.
  Federal and state accounting regulations, procedures, and accountability standards.
  State and Federal laws governing public sector finance, including the Uniform Commercial Code.
  Specialized MPS and state agency accounting software applications, including SAP and State of Minnesota Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards (UFARS).
  Techniques and practices for efficient and cost effective management of resources.


Skill in:

  Interpreting and applying accounting and auditing standards and procedures, applicable Federal and state rules and regulations, and MPS policies and procedures.
  Reviewing and interpreting financial documents, and verifying compliance with all regulatory requirements governing public sector financial activities.
  Analyzing financial operations and applying auditing principles and standards.
  Analyzing financial issues, evaluating alternatives, and developing recommendations and strategies.
  Reviewing mathematical calculations and statistical models.
  Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  Preparing, reviewing and presenting management reports.
  Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers and clients.
  Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.




A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required.  Certified Public Accountant (CPA)Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO) designation is preferred.



Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.


 SALARY:  1.0, 52 Weeks


METHOD OF APPLICATION:  All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at (click on employment).  In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply.  Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.  Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:

- Cover Letter

- Resume

- On-Line Application

Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. 



Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.


The Minneapolis Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action School District