Employment Type:
Full time
Posted:
3/15/2018
Job Category:
Information Services
Industry:
Government
Compensation:
$45,972 - $73,105
Auditor - Entry to Experienced Level (30000724)
(This job is no longer available)
National Security Agency | Fort Meade, MD
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Job Description

NSA Overview

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation.  The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense.  The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes.  The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive of classified national security information.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts oversight of the NSA mission.  Within the OIG, the Audit branch performs independent audits and related reviews of Agency programs and operations in accordance with government auditing standards, designed to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards and to improve the Agency's efficiency and effectiveness.

Description of Position(s)

The Audit branch has three functions: Financial, Performance, Cyber/IT.

Auditor (Financial)

As an Auditor in the Financial branch, you will be part of a team that oversees and conducts audits of NSA's Financial Statements and related financial activities.  Responsibilities of Auditors working in the Financial branch include:

- Assisting in the performance of complex and comprehensive audits of NSA financial statements and  NSA financial operations
- Overseeing the planning and execution of financial audits contracted to an independent public accounting firm to perform the audit of the Agency's financial statements
- Evaluating the work of external auditors to ensure their work complies with generally accepted government auditing standards (GAGAS), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) performance and reporting standards, and relevant statements on auditing standards (SASs)
- Assisting in the development of formal reports and recommendations to Agency officials for corrective actions
- Consulting with the NSA Office of General Counsel on matters involving interpretation or possible violations of laws, rules, or regulations

Auditor (Financial Systems)

As an Auditor on the Financial Systems team, a component of the Financial branch, you will be part of a team that oversees and conducts audits and examinations of NSA's financial general and application information technology controls.  Responsibilities of Auditors working on the Financial Systems team include:

- As part of the annual financial statement audit, overseeing the planning and execution of the assessment of NSA financial IT controls in accordance with the Federal Information System Controls Audit Manual
- Overseeing the planning and execution of the assessment of NSA financial IT and business controls as identified by NSA as part of a Type II Service Organization 1 examination in accordance with Standards for Attestation Engagement 18the Federal Information System Controls Audit Manual
- Evaluating the work of external auditors to ensure their work complies with generally accepted government auditing standards (GAGAS), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) performance and reporting standards, and relevant statements on auditing standards (SASs)
- Assisting in the development of formal reports and recommendations to Agency officials for corrective actions
- Consulting with the NSA Office of General Counsel on matters involving interpretation or possible violations of laws, rules, or regulations

Auditor (Performance, Cyber/IT)

As an Auditor in the Performance branch, you will be part of a team that oversees and conducts audits of NSA's program operations, contract compliance, and Agency's mission.  As an Auditor in the Cyber/IT branch, you will be part of a team that oversees and conducts audits of NSA's IT programs, systems, and policies.  Responsibilities of Auditors working in the Performance and Cyber/IT branches include:

- Conducting risk assessments on Agency programs and processes
- Researching, planning, and developing audit objectives, audit approach and scope
- Assessing and evaluating internal controls within the context of the audit objective
- Identifying and evaluating criteria to measure performance and evaluate compliance
- Conducting interviews within the context of an audit or review
- Gathering and analyzing audit evidence and compare observed results to specified requirements in the criteria
- Identifying problems and developing recommendations to improve the Agency's efficiency and effectiveness
- Writing reports outlining results and findings from assessments and evaluations

All Auditors are required to complete 80 hours of training every two years to maintain the requisite knowledge, skills, abilities, and professional development.
    
Skills
    
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continuous learning, strong problem-solving, communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills who is:

- accountable
- detail-oriented
- able to adapt to changing requirements
- able to manage multiple tasks and assignments
- able to work effectively (independently or within teams) across functional areas in a professional and collaborative environment

Specialized knowledge and experience in any of the following is desired:

- applying auditing standards, principles and appropriate methods in analyzing processes and evaluating internal management controls
- applying techniques of interviewing, elicitation, and debriefing in a systematic manner
- obtaining, evaluating, organizing, and maintaining information
- leading an audit team

The following certifications are preferred:

- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
- Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
- Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
- Certified Information System Auditor (CISA)
- Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
    
Qualifications
    
Salary Range:  $45,972 - $73,105 (Entry/Developmental)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

-Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. An Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
-Degree must be in Business, Accounting, or a related field (e.g., Finance, Economics, Management, and Information Technology). Related degree will differ depending on the type of auditing (e.g., IT vs financial).
-Relevant experience must be auditing in the public or private sector and/or IT auditing. Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) is preferred.

Salary Range:  $68,036 - $106,012 (Full Performance)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

-Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. An Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
-Degree must be in Business, Accounting, or a related field (e.g., Finance, Economics, Management, and Information Technology). Related degree will differ depending on the type of auditing (e.g., IT vs financial).
-Relevant experience must be auditing in the public or private sector and operational or IT auditing. Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) is preferred.

Salary Range:  $96,970 - $148,967 (Senior)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

-Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. An Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
-Degree must be in Business, Accounting, or a related field (e.g., Finance, Economics, Management, and Information Technology). Related degree will differ depending on the type of auditing (e.g., IT vs financial).
-Relevant experience must be auditing in the public or private sector and operational or IT auditing. Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) is preferred.

Salary Range:  $134,789 - $164,200 (Expert)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

-Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 9 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 7 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 5 years of relevant experience. An Associate's degree plus 11 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
-Degree must be in Business, Accounting, or a related field (e.g., Finance, Economics, Management, and Information Technology). Related degree will differ depending on the type of auditing (e.g., IT vs financial).
-Relevant experience must be auditing in the public or private sector and operational or IT auditing. Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) is preferred.
    
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
    
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).

About National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in Signals Intelligence. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies. 

We have two primary missions. Our Information Assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our Signals Intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

At the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are also the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research.