PKF O'Connor Davies

Senior Audit Associate-Government

Job Locations US-NY-Harrison
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Office Location:  Any PKFOD office location / Hybrid


The Senior Audit Associate will be primarily responsible for leading and performing a variety of Public Sector audit engagements and will oversee audit staff at the client’s premises, run the engagement in the field and perform audit procedures to the appropriate extent. These duties may include (but are not limited to):

Essential Duties

  • Oversee the efforts of multiple client engagements in the public sector division and demonstrate the ability to run engagements within allotted time budgets.
  • Apply  technical  skills,  take  the  initiative  to  identify  best  practices  and  improvements,  and  consider applicability of best practices for other clients.
  • Research  complex  accounting  topics  and  form  a  conclusion  utilizing  the  Firm’s  research  tools.
  • Maintain active communication with clients to manage expectations and ensure satisfaction.
  • Identify and communicate to management suggestions to improve client internal controls and accounting procedures.
  • Understand internal control deficiencies, work on training entry level staff on internal control processes and develop comments for management letters.
  • Understand risk assessment process and apply knowledge in completing all related forms.
  • Prepare financial report (statements, notes and any supplemental information) and all other client deliverables.
  • Adhere to the highest degree of professional standards and strict client confidentiality.
  • Apply industry trends to analytics, formulate expectations and determine reasonableness.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide team with directions, play a key role in execution of audit engagement from planning to wrap-up, and develop audit program steps to identify risks to ensure that the assignment quality standards are achieved.
  • Express ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in written form and write detailed document findings.
  • Manage engagement staff to meet deliverable deadlines; identify roadblocks, and understand critical milestones to meet client service expectations.
  • Provide quality on the job training and constructive feedback to Interns and Staff.
  • Actively  participate  in  learning  and  development  opportunities,  formal  learning  (CPE)  and  training programs.
  • Attend professional development, networking events and training seminars on a regular basis.



  • BA/BS Degree in Accounting from an accredited college/university.
  • 3+ years’ of progressive audit experience in public accounting including in-charge auditing experience.
  • Public Sector (i.e. schools, municipalities, counties, etc) experience preferred.
  • CPA certification preferred or demonstrated progress towards obtaining CPA certification, including required 150-credit coursework.
  • Applied knowledge of Generally Accepted Auditing Principles (GAAP) for governments, Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).
  • General knowledge of the requirements of the Uniform Grant Guidance for federal compliance audits.
  • Proficiency in use of Excel, Word and PFX Engagement audit software.
  • Excellent analytical, technical and auditing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and strong work ethic.
  • Ability to research complex accounting and auditing issues.
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed and travel to various local client sites via personal vehicle.

The compensation for this position ranges from $80,000 - $115,000. Actual compensation will be dependent upon the specific role, office location as well as the individual’s qualifications, experience, skills and certifications.


PKFODA is an equal opportunity employer.  The Firm is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all persons in connection with hiring, assignment, promotion, compensation or other conditions of the employment relationship regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship, philosophy/religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, political affiliation or belief, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.





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