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Use of Deadly Force Investigations (UDFI) Auditor

The Office of the Washington State Auditor (SAO) offers a chance to make a difference in how government operates. Our staff comes from a variety of professional backgrounds. We work in a collaborative manner with intelligent, creative and supportive colleagues. We value innovators and creative thinking. We continue to look for new ideas to ensure our audits are relevant and provide value to the clients we serve. We take pride in the services we perform for the government and for the citizens of Washington State.

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A job and benefits that support a healthy work/life balance.
The Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) prides itself in offering flexible schedules and a hybrid work environment that helps our staff balance work and life. We also offer a comprehensive package of health and wellness benefits to employees, including:
  • Full benefits package. Click here to learn more.
  • Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.
  • Growth and development opportunities, including 80+ hours of training each biennium
  • Educational and professional certification reimbursements
  • An agency-wide commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and respect in the workplace.
During these uncertain times, our audit work is more important than ever. Governments in Washington must navigate historic cross-current - a sudden influx of emergency federal funding and a steep drop in local tax revenue. Transparency is essential and our audits play a key role in providing this, as well as providing essential guidance and support to the governments we serve. 

Want to know if Washington’s police reform and accountability laws are working? As a UDFI Auditor, you’ll be part of the State Auditor’s newest team reviewing police use of deadly force investigations to help ensure they are conducted objectively and independently. You’ll have the opportunity to help develop the new audit program and improve how use of force investigations are conducted. 
We’re looking for candidates who can demonstrate they are inquisitive, independent and objective and have strong communication skills. A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in a relevant field such as law, public policy, sociology, or accounting/auditing. Preference may be given to applicants with experience in auditing and/or working in the criminal justice system.
The Role of a Use of Deadly Force Investigation (UDFI) Auditor

SAO’s UDFI auditors review police use of deadly force investigations for compliance with state laws and rules designed to ensure investigators conduct objective and independent investigations. Reviewing investigation files from law enforcement agencies, UDFI auditors will examine the actions of those involved in the immediate aftermath of the use of deadly force incident and with the ensuing investigation, including involved officers and witness officers and the investigation team. Washington Administrative Code 139-12-030 outlines the process for independent investigations of police use of deadly force and the qualifications for investigators.
Successful Candidate Profile
SAO is seeking candidates who are able to:
  • Persistently and inquisitively probe with professional skepticism
  • Maintain an independent and objective approach while performing audit work
  • Demonstrates high, uncompromising ethical standards of personal conduct, and acts with honesty and accountability
  • Prepares clear and convincing written documents and reports
  • Achieves thoroughness and accuracy when completing work
  • Works to build positive working relationships with audit clients, elected officials, citizens and other users of our audit reports
  • Develops and maintains a positive rapport with co-workers and customers
  • Effectively expresses ideas and information, using language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and knowledge and understanding of the audience
  • Prioritizes work assignments and/or multiple assignments and delivers products that are accurate, thorough and on time
  • Seeks out and takes advantage of opportunities to gain the necessary information about the job and continue development
UDFI Auditor 3 – Conducts use of deadly force investigation audits with some supervision.

UDFI Auditor 4 – Conducts use of deadly force investigation audits with limited supervision.

Minimum Education Requirement for UDFI Auditor 3 or UDFI Auditor 4 Positions – 
A Bachelor's degree is required. A degree with an emphasis in, business, public administration, accounting/auditing, public policy, political science, law, sociology or related field is preferred.

Preference may be given to applicants with experience in auditing and/or working in the criminal justice system.

The State Auditor’s Office COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status, having an approved medical accommodation or having an approved religious accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved accommodation.  
Supplemental Information
Application Procedure:
To apply, please submit:
  1. Your completed application, including detailed responses to the supplemental questions;
  2. Your letter of interest specifically addressing how you meet the qualifications listed in the announcement; and
  3. Your current resume
Application review will be on-going for this recruitment. It will be to your advantage to submit materials expeditiously.

Degrees awarded outside the United States must include a credential evaluation report.

If you are a US Veteran and would like to apply for Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of Form DD214 military record showing honorable discharge.

Questions may be directed to the applications unit at

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to building a team with a variety of backgrounds, skills and ideas in order to carry out the agency’s mission today and in the future. This includes ensuring every member of our team feels valued and supported. We encourage you to join us.

The Office of the Washington State Auditor is an equal opportunity employer.
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