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Performance Auditor/Policy Analyst
San Mateo County Community College District in San Mateo, California
Date Posted 06/23/2022
Salary $177,984 (annual) to $225,492 (annual) -  
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Number


Position Title

Performance Auditor/Policy Analyst


District Office


Chancellor's Office DIST (DEPT)

Position Number


Percentage of Full Time



Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year


Min Salary

$177,984 (annual)

Max Salary

$225,492 (annual)

Position Type

Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are

The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District

The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 33,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the San Mateo County Community College District’s Educational Services & Planning website.

Who We Want

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position

The Board of Trustees and the Chancellor of the San Mateo County Community College District invites applicants and nominations for the position of Performance Auditor/Policy Analyst. The Board is seeking someone who is a public policy professional who will provide independent reviews and analysis of various college and district programs, operations, and procedures. The Performance Auditor/Policy Analyst will develop findings and recommendations for review by the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor. Day-to-day direction will come from the Chancellor. There will be direct reporting to the Board of Trustees.

The primary purpose of this position is to assist the Board of Trustees and Chancellor in identifying strengths and weaknesses in various district programs and identifying best practices for the Board and Chancellor to consider.

The Performance Auditor/Policy Analyst will prepare an annual work plan in collaboration with the Board and Chancellor. A typical work plan will include undertaking a few specific programs or procedures for in-depth research, review, and analysis, and shall include benchmarking the District in comparison with other college districts and other public or private sector institutions. The Performance Auditor/Policy Analyst oversees the District’s whistleblower function and acts as the primary investigator of any alleged fiscal wrongdoing.

The Performance Auditor/Policy Analyst assists the District in preparation for external performance audits and other special reports required by external entities. The Performance Auditor/Policy Analyst plans, organizes, and conducts operational, and performance audits, and reports the results to the Board and Chancellor. This is not a financial auditor position.

Public contact is extensive, and involves staff, students, auditors, contractors, outside educational institutions, business and community representatives, and governmental agencies for the purposes of exchanging policy and procedural information. A high degree of independence and independent judgment is required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Prepare an annual work plan in collaboration with the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor
  2. Maintain a degree of independence from other District staff, and function in a manner sufficient to provide integrity of the responsibilities of the performance audit function
  3. Provide periodic reports to the Board of Trustees and to the Chancellor on the status of the annual work plan; provide reports as necessary on outcomes of specific projects
  4. Plan and conduct operational, compliance, and performance audits
  5. Prepare performance audit reports, memoranda, and other related documents to communicate audit findings and recommendations; submit documents to communicate audit findings and recommendations; submit documents to appropriate internal personnel. Recommend outside performance auditors and/or other subject matter experts to the Board of Trustees and Chancellor
  6. Oversee whistleblower infrastructure to receive, process, catalog, investigate, report whistleblower complaints
  7. Assure District hiring, compensation, separation, and promotion procedures are consistent with best practices, and assure that personnel actions are properly approved by the Board and documented
  8. Review capital expenditures to ensure they are consistent with adopted facilities master plan, budgets, specific authority provided by voters or funding agencies, and Board resolutions. Review change orders and building costs to comparable facilities and industry standards
  9. Ensure accurate reporting, transparency, ethical practices, and disclosure of potential conflicts of interest
  10. Support mandatory obligation to report irregularities
  11. Recommend and assist in the benchmarking and development of District policy and procedures and make recommendations to optimize the performance of non-academic elements of college programs. Work with stakeholders to review and recommend updates to Board policies and administrative procedures to ensure that they reflect best practices
  12. Train District personnel on and review the implementation of policy and procedures related to conflict-of-interest reporting and fraud prevention and reporting
  13. Assist with preparation for and coordination of external performance audits and serve as a liaison with external performance auditors and other experts as requested
  14. Conduct special investigations as required or deemed necessary by the Board and Chancellor
  15. Act as the primary investigator of any alleged fiscal wrongdoing by vendor, management and/or other employees
  16. Make recommendations for improved internal controls, operating procedures, and systems
  17. Examine and report on the effectiveness of management in preventing and disclosing fraud and unethical activities, conflicts of interest, safeguarding assets, and compliance with established policies and procedures
  18. Exchange information with College and District personnel at all levels regarding policies and procedures related to record-keeping areas
  19. Provide technical information as a resource to various offices within the District
  20. Attend meetings, workshops, and other gatherings to obtain the most current information
  21. Monitor and evaluate performance and other records systems and develop recommendations, in conjunction with information technology staff, to implement system improvements and upgrades and to maintain effective integration of systems
  22. Monitor and interpret federal and state regulations and guidelines and assure compliance with requirements; update and revise procedures as necessary

Minimum Qualifications

To fulfill the minimum qualifications for this position, the candidate must demonstrate that they satisfy all of the following:
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in public policy, public or business administration, education administration, institutional research, or a closely related field OR an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Successful work experience of increasing responsibility conducting independent in-depth analysis of public or private entity operations, programs, and procedures
  • Extensive public contact experience with people of diverse cultures, language groups and abilities
  • Experience in the coordination of workloads with people at various levels within an organization
  • Skill in complex data research, analysis and reporting
  • Skill in the use of spreadsheets and a variety of computer software to compose and prepare data analysis, reports, summaries, correspondence and other materials
  • Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication, including public speaking and persuasive communication
  • Skill in training, directing, supervising, and objectively evaluating the work of others
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Please see Duties and Responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Desirable Qualifications:
To fulfill the desirable qualifications for this position, the candidate must demonstrate that they satisfy the following strong preferred qualifications:
  • Graduate level degree from an accredited institution in public policy, public or business administration, educational administration, institutional research, or a closely related field
  • Project budgeting, planning and design experience
  • Knowledge of financial analysis and research procedures


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date


First Review Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions Summary

The position is open until filled, complete applications must be received by Friday, August 5, 2022, at 11:59 pm PST, to be considered in the first round. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

In order to receive consideration applicants must submit a complete application consisting of the following:
  • A letter of application which provides examples from background experience that address the Qualifications and Criteria in this job announcement
  • A current resume of professional experience, educational background, and other pertinent information
  • Transcripts of higher education course work (unofficial transcripts may be submitted with application; candidates selected for employment will be required to provide official transcripts and verification of experience prior to first day of service)
  • A job description of your most recent position
  • A list of five references, including one supervisor and one subordinate. Include business phone, cell phone and email addresses for each

In order to be considered for the position, all application materials must be submitted online. Go to https://jobs.smccd.edu and follow the instructions to establish an account to submit your completed application packet.

For confidential inquiries, contact:
Dr. Joan Smith
Search Consultant
Community College Search Services
(209) 566-5421

For general inquiries regarding the application process, contact:
David Feune
Director of Human Resources
San Mateo County Community College District
(650) 358-6775

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2021 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2021 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2021 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2021 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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