San Jose Auditor’s Office
Summer 2010 Fellow: Ali McInnis
Summer 2010 Fellow E-Mail: email@example.com
Faculty Mentor: Russ Hancock
Russ Hancock is a lecture with the Public Policy department, as well as President and CEO of Silicon Valley Joint Venture.
Faculty Mentor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the Office of the City Auditor is to independently assess and report on San José’s city government operations and services. To fulfill this mission, we conduct performance audits that identify ways to strengthen public accountability, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of City government, and provide independent, reliable, accurate, and timely information to the City Council, the general public, and other stakeholders.
Our audits cover the full spectrum of City activities, including but not limited to police and fire operations, libraries, parks, housing and urban development, retirement administration, performance management, financial management, and utility services.
As a fellow, you will gain exposure to the breadth of local government work, while helping the City Auditor in achieving its critically important mission. If you have a desire to make an impact in our City and see the results of your work, have a natural curiosity and strong analytical and communication skills, you are the type of candidate we are interested in having.
Office Website: www.sanjoseca.gov/auditor/
Projects Fellow Should Expect:
The fellow will work with auditors and assist them by conducting specific audit tests and providing support for complex audit procedures. Performance audits vary in both size and scope and may include: determining whether a City department or program is operating in the most economical and efficient manner possible; assessing whether the program is meeting its stated goals and objectives; and testing for compliance with laws and regulations. During our audits, we generally:
- · Analyze complex operations, financial and organizational issues, evaluate alternatives and reach sound, logical, fact-based conclusions and recommendations.
- · Collect, evaluate and interpret myriad data, either in statistical or narrative form.
- · Assess risk and evaluate internal controls designed to mitigate those risks.
- · Research, understand, interpret and apply federal, state and local laws, regulations and court decisions
As fellow you will contribute to our office’s audit recommendations on how the City can improve its operations, save money, and deliver better services to the residents of San José.
For example, previous SIG fellows evaluated alternative staffing models for the police department, and analyzed the airport’s public safety performance in the wake of staffing cuts.
Desired Skills, Experience, and Coursework:
- · Clear, concise and convincing writing; ability to summarize complex ideas and data, and prepare presentations including appropriate graphic displays
- · Ability to interview City staff and industry experts to gather information
- · Comfort working in a wide variety of settings and with new and often complex government operations
- · Proficiency with Microsoft Office
Main Fellowship Disciplines:
- · Public Policy
- · Political Science
- · Economics
- · Management Science and Engineering
- · And related fields
All work done in English