Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
HAA ($141,918.40 - $177,923.20 - $213,907.20)
Job Summary

Provides executive direction to the various units in Metro′s Audit Department, and improves Metro′s operations, risk management, governance, and control processes by providing assurance and consulting services/reports containing recommendations for corrections and enhancements.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assists the Chief Auditor in revising policies and procedures and ensuring compliance with audit standards
  • Provides assistance to the Chief Auditor in directing the activities of internal audit, including staffing policy direction, establishing goals and major priorities, and advising internal customers in the development of audit strategies and resolution of major problems
  • Manages completion of all legally mandated audits, including grants, contracts, and performance audits
  • Assists the Chief Auditor in revising policies and procedures to ensure Metro audit and related administrative functions comply with policies, procedures, laws, regulations, and audit standards, including controlling expenses within approved time and budgetary constraints
  • Advises and assists the Chief Auditor and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) on studies, investigations, and analyses to assess current systems; makes recommendations for strategic changes necessary to improve and maintain standardized procedures and contract terms throughout the agency
  • Provides an effective and efficient interface on audit matters between Metro and its contractors, other agencies, and cities or county projects funded by Metro
  • Reviews, approves, and monitors work activities of the department; ensures conformance with goals and objectives of the reporting departments; and eliminates impediments to peak performance
  • Formulates policy recommendations for the Board of Directors, attends board meetings, and advises the Board
  • Represents the department and Metro in various internal and external meetings
  • Plans, schedules, and procures services necessary to complete audits in accordance with approved procurement or materiel management requirements
  • Coordinates external audit projects with Metro departments and outside audit firms
  • Resolves complex audit issues or problems; responds to inquiries on audit issues and reports
  • Recruits, retains, and provides continuous professional development and training for assigned staff
  • Communicates Metro′s safety vision and goals; oversees the implementation of agency and departmental safety rules, policies, and procedures; and maintains accountability for safety performance of all assigned employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • Theories, principles, and practices of public sector financial, compliance, performance, operational, and contract audits
  • Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, Institute of Internal Auditors International Professional Practices Framework, and AICPA Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements
  • Applicable local, state and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing public agencies
  • Applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations and Cost Accounting Standards, CalTrans and FTA Audit requirements
  • Federal, state, and local cost principles
  • Administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program and budget development and implementation, and resource management
  • Public administration
  • Capital and operating budgets
  • Project management best practices and techniques
  • Research and statistical methods, and comprehensive report writing
  • Theories, principles, and practices of ethics
  • Risk management and governance concepts
  • Modern management theory, including EEO, recruitment, retention, and management of people

Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Directing the overall activities of a major organizational function
  • Assessing current systems and creatively determining strategies for improved processes
  • Critical thinking and developing innovative solutions
  • Determining strategies to achieve goals
  • Establishing and implementing policies and procedures
  • Researching and analyzing complex data and situations, identifying and solving problems, recommending and implementing solutions, and evaluating outcomes
  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Preparing and making presentations internally and externally
  • Supervising, training, and motivating assigned staff

Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Meet tight deadlines
  • Handle confidential information
  • Represent Metro before elected officials and the public
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Plan financial and staffing needs
  • Make financial decisions within a budget
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules and regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a two-for-one year basis. A typical combination includes:


  • Bachelor′s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting, Liberal Arts, Finance or a related field


  • Five years of relevant senior management-level experience conducting internal audits in a public or government

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) preferred

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions


Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • Typical office situation

  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen

Physical Effort Required

  • Sitting at a desk or table

  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium

  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions

  • Communicating through speech in the English language required



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This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.