Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents alike. If you are looking for a culture that embraces innovation, empowerment, and collaborative involvement, Somerville not only embraces these talents but encourages them. Creative, hands-on collaboration with passionate dedication are at the core of the City’s workplace culture.  Challenging and fast paced, Somerville also offers a generous benefits package that embodies a strong work-life balance. Not only is it a “Model City”, as termed by The Boston Globe, but it is also a model employer.

Statement of Duties

The Internal Auditor is responsible for the evaluation, design, and implementation of an effective internal control structure that protects the City’s fiscal, capital, and operational assets.

Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Ensures that a working system of internal checks and balances is in place for city departmental financial functions including, but not limited to, the monitoring of signatory approval for time sheets; the segregation of duties involving financial transactions such as collecting, receiving, and disbursements of funds and city property; the use of passwords to restrict access to authorized users; and the appropriate documentation of financial transactions
  • Conducts a variety of audits, reviews, investigations, and assessments of city departmental fiscal and operational records, processes, and procedures to ensure effective administration, compliance, and reporting pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, GAAP, GASB, and federal and state regulations.
  • Performs operational, financial, and compliance audits through examination of departmental fiscal and operational records, processes, procedures, and controls.
  • Conducts the following audits on an ongoing basis: cash, payroll, post payroll, supply, and assets.
  • Develops a plan to maintain physical security over the city’s assets (cash and property)
  • Develops a plan to properly inventory assets.
  • Establishes and maintains an effective internal control structure to prevent fraud.
  • Identifies errors or irregularities that could occur in a given control cycle
  • Ensures prompt follow up on all indications of potential errors or irregularities.
  • Communicates observations and develops recommendations for appropriate improvements to fiscal and operational systems, conducting subsequent evaluations to determine the adequacy of corrective actions
  • Evaluates vendor compliance with the “Pay-to-Play” Ordinance
  • Evaluates vendor compliance with the “Living Wage” Ordinance

Minimum Qualifications                                                                 

Education and Experience: College Degree and (3) years’ experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Audit experience in government is strongly preferred.

Special Requirements
Must be able to receive and maintain a Massachusetts Accountants & Auditors Certification

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of municipal accounting and auditing principles, practices and procedures; thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, promulgation’s of UMAS, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and GAAP accounting standards and  applicable Massachusetts General Laws, regarding finance, insurance and procurement; knowledge of municipal budgetary functions; knowledge of financial software applications; thorough knowledge of the operations of city departments.

Abilities: Ability to develop effective working relationships with department personnel, subordinates and with the general public; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely orally and in writing.  Ability to use office equipment efficiently.

Skill: Excellent organizational skills; excellent data processing skill in the use of personal computers and financial software including word processing and spreadsheet applications. Excellent analytical skills.

Work Environment                                                                                                 

The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices, with occasional exposure to outside elements.  Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant.  Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours in response to attend evening meetings or complete work assignments.

Physical and Mental Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.

Physical Skills
Few physical demands are required to perform the work. Work effort principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing.  May also be some occasional lifting of objects such as office equipment and computer paper (up to 30 lbs.)

Motor Skills
Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone, personal computer and/or most other office equipment including word processing, filing and sorting of papers.

Visual Skills
Visual demands require constantly reading documents for general understanding and analytical purposes.

Application Procedure: 

Send your resume and cover letter by March 16, 2018 to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Full Time
$65,000 per year plus benefits
Open Until Filled: 
Application Start Date: 
Monday, March 5, 2018
Application End Date: 
Friday, March 16, 2018