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Staff Internal Auditor - Entry Level New Graduate(5160)

Category:  Manager/Supervisor/Administrator
Facility:  SEPTA Headquarters
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  Jan 12, 2023
Req ID:  3613

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the sixth largest transportation system in the United States, with a vast network of fixed route services including bus, subway/elevated, trackless trolley, light rail, and commuter rail serving a 2,200 square mile service region.     

We are currently seeking a Staff Internal Auditor - Entry Level New Graduate(5160) in the Office of Inspector General. 

SEPTA currently requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination at their pre-employment medical appointment.


Opening Date: 01/11/2023

Closing Date: 02/11/2023

Job Grade: SAM 36

Salary Range: Min: $55,302.00 - Mid: 69,134.00 - Max: $82,966.00 

*Note: Starting salary not to exceed midpoint.



As part of the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the role of the Staff Internal Auditor is to assist in efforts to root out fraud, waste and abuse at SEPTA, including among its divisions, employees, vendors and contractors. 
The Staff Internal Auditor will conduct independent appraisals of Authority-wide financial and operational systems to (i) ascertain the adequacy of existing internal controls and evaluate the effectiveness of those controls; (ii) ensure that Authority resources are being used for specifically authorized purposes and that the Authority is complying with state, local and federal regulations as applied to audit objectives. 
The Staff Internal Auditor reports to the Manager, Internal Audit. The Staff Internal Auditor is ultimately supervised by and will receive direction from the Director of Audits. As a member of the OIG, the Internal Auditor will also be part of the OIG team under the overall leadership and supervision of the Inspector General.
The Staff Internal Auditor will partner with other auditors, as well as investigators, of the OIG, as appropriate.
This is an entry level position. 


  1. Learns best practices from the Senior Internal Auditor, the Supervisor, Internal Audit, and the Manager, Internal Audit and the Director of Audits. Works with other OIG staff or in an independent capacity to engage in fieldwork and achieve objectives.
  2. Assists in all aspects of the audit program – planning, communicating, drafting correspondences and reports, meeting with the auditee, etc. Specifically, assists in the preparation of the engagement letter, opening conference, information gathering, testing, closing conference, etc. 
  3. Applies objective professional standards, including the Government Auditing Standards (GAS) (Yellow Book) and the Principles and Standards for Office of Inspector General (Green Book), when conducting all aspects of audit work.
  4. Obtains a thorough understanding of the department/system being reviewed. Conducts background research of divisions or areas being audited, including examination of relevant policies, statutes, rules and regulations. Documents this understanding through memos, flowcharts and transaction reviews.
  5. Engages in the field, and in person, whenever possible and appropriate. Travels to audit site locations and obtains audit evidence. Performs audit fieldwork to include visual examination of records.
  6. Participates in interviews of employees/contractors to elicit factual information and gains an understanding of the Authority’s processes.
  7. Examines and evaluates the adequacy and effectiveness of the Authority’s system of internal controls.
  8. Assists in developing an audit program that entails sufficient detailed testing to measure the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls.
  9. Assists in determining records or activities to analyze, the extent of tests to apply, and the working papers to prepare.
  10. Identifies, obtains and analyzes evidentiary data as a basis for an informed, objective opinion on the control systems’ adequacy and effectiveness, and on the performance efficiency of the activities being reviewed.
  11. Analyzes transactions, documents, records, reports and processes for accuracy and effectiveness.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration required by commencement of employment.
  • High academic achievement, including but not limited to, Dean's List, a cumulative GPA above 3.5 and graduated (or anticipated graduation) with honors.
  • Excellent writing skills required. A demonstrated ability to write clear, well-organized, and succinct reports required.
  • Writing sample is required that consists substantially of candidate's own original work.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel) required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to prepare and present information to large audiences required.
  • Must be detail-oriented with strong organizational skills and the ability to take initiative and timely meet deadlines.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be a team player.
  • Must possess an interest in and support the mission of public transportation.
  • Some prior work experience or internships in auditing, accounting, and/or compliance preferred.
  • Cum laude, Magna cum laude, Summa cum laude preferred.
  • Certifications or coursework toward CPA or CIA are preferred.

SEPTA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.             

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia