Career Opportunities

The County of Santa Barbara offer many career opportunities with great benefits. To find out what jobs are currently available with the County of Santa Barbara click here: Current openingsgroup[1]

The Auditor-Controller's Office offer great career opportunities in these positions and many others:

Review our Office's Employee Orientation Manual.


Entry level Accountant-Auditors are expected to take part in the Auditor-Controller's New Auditor Training Program for the first 18 to 24 month. During the training period, the Accoutant-Auditor will have the opportunity to obtain sufficient audit hours to qualify for the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification.

The Accountant-Auditor participates in/conducts the planning, performance, and review of financial and compliance audits of internal and external government entities in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The Accountant-Audit performs operational audits of various governmental departments, determining whether internal control policies are adequate, recommending implementation of new or improved control policies, and evaluating effectiveness of departments in achieving their desired program results. The Accountant-Auditor assists the County’s external auditors in performing their annual financial statement audit of the County.

The Accountant-Auditor also performs a variety of governmental accounting tasks such as preparing complex accounting records, reviewing and analyzing accounting transactions, as well as providing consulting services on a wide variety of fiscal and operational matters. The Accountant-Auditor also participates in the preparation of financial reports, such as the Final Budget, Cost Allocation Plan, and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This position also performs various special projects such as studies of automated and manual accounting systems and internal controls, implementing new accounting systems and procedures, and assisting in new system development, conversions and upgrades.

Financial Systems Analyst

The Financial Systems Analyst participates in all aspects of design, development, implementation and support of enterprise-wide client/server financial applications. System development and support is done through a wide variety of development tools including Access, Delphi, FoxPro, Visual Basic, and Microsoft SQL Server.

This position is also responsible for evaluating manual and automated financial accounting processes, systems, and procedures to identify areas for improvement in workflow and conformance to principals of government accounting. The Financial Systems Analyst gathers information on business processes, organizational structure, policies and procedures, and computer technology in order to identify areas for process improvements, and to analyze system design alternatives for new financial accounting applications and improvements to existing systems.

Cost Analyst

Coordinates county programs whose funding crosses departmental lines with detailed cost analysis and cost reports. Reviews financial documents prepared by others for accuracy, form and content. Responds to federal and state audits by resolving audit findings. Represents and advocate department position during audits.

A cost analyst is responsible for reporting, calculating, and estimating federal and state reimbursements or service charges. Negotiates state rates for services provided. Reviews or prepares claims for reimbursement, fee proposals, and indirect cost rate proposals for departments. Advises department management and accounting personnel on a wide variety of intergovernmental and fee reimbursable cost accounting matters.

Cost analyst extract and manipulate data from databases to establish cost accounting data. A cost analyst analyzes alternative design systems for the development of a new cost accounting systems or improvements to existing systems and participates in the review and preparation of the annual countywide cost allocation plan.

Financial Office Professional

BobAndKidsFinancial Office Professional has four classification levels – I, II, III and Expert. Under direction, a Financial Office Professional staff performs paraprofessional accounting duties, such as reconciliation, maintenance, and monitoring of accounts; compilation of data based on knowledge of bookkeeping practices, departmental operations and County financial systems. Financial information is maintained manually or by computer in order to obtain an accurate balance for a given accounting period and to prepare periodic summaries of financial transactions.

A Financial Office Professional staff communicates verbally and in writing with fund recipients, departments, and other agencies in order to resolve discrepancies and exchange or relate information regarding contract budgeting compliance, financial record corrections, and inter-department/agency appropriations or expenditures. Interprets and explains rules, regulations, and policies regarding fiscal programs to staff to ensure compliance with contract terms and accounting procedures.

A Financial Office Professional staff can be promoted from level I to the next advanced level in which accountability for fiscal programs is greater in scope and complex, and is primary involved in the analysis and evaluation of financial records, and interpretation and application of financial guidelines.

New Auditor Training Program

The New Auditor Training Program provides a unique opportunity for entry level Accountant-Auditors. Not only does it provide a useful overview of the Auditor-Controller's Office but it also provides an understanding of other departments’ interaction with the Auditor-Controller’s Office. New Accountant-Auditors will usually start in the Internal Audit Division for the first six months and rotate into different divisions of the Auditor-Controller's Office and return back to the Internal Audit Division to finish their training. The training program gives the new Accountant-Auditor two unique perspectives: one from the side of auditor and the other from the auditee.

Following the training program, Accountant-Auditors may remain in Internal Audit or may be assigned to other positions within the Auditor-Controller's Office based on their individual career goals. Accountant-Auditors usually progress to higher levels in the Accountant-Auditor series or move on to careers such as Financial Systems Analyst and management positions within the department or with other county departments.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certification

During the first two years, beginning Accountant-Auditors will be able to obtain sufficient auditing hours and work exeperience to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Because the Auditor-Controller is a CPA himself, all necessary requirements can be met in order to obtain ther certification as quickly as possible. To find out more about becoming a CPA, please visit the California Board of Accountancy.