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Auditor – Legal/Forensic

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WSBA or Washington State Bar Association

wsba.org
Job Name
Auditor – Legal/Forensic
Brief Description
Purpose and Position Summary:
An Auditor, as an integral part of the WSBA’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC), plays a lead role in investigating lawyers’ handling of client funds by examining trust-account records, in connection with disciplinary investigations, to determine compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC). An Auditor also educates legal professionals regarding the trust-account rules.
Job Type
Full-Time
Education Level Required
Bachelors
Location City
Seattle, WA 98101, United states
Contact Person
Lisa Williams
Contact Email
lisaw@wsba.org
Contact Phone
12062392132
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should follow the instructions within the job posting and apply here:
https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=790d666b-2716-4019-93d2-8ef1fd449e62&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=456724&lang=en_US&source=EN
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Job Details
Auditor – Legal/Forensic
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel

Salary: $61,360 + WA State Employees Benefits
FLSA: Full-Time, Exempt

The WSBA's mission is to serve the public and the members of the Bar; ensure the integrity and equity of the legal profession; and dedicated to champion justice.

About the Washington State Bar Association

The Washington State Bar Association operates under the delegated authority of the Washington Supreme Court and exercises a governmental function authorized by the Washington Supreme Court to license and regulate the state’s nearly 40,000 legal professionals, including lawyers, limited practice officers, and limited license legal technicians. The WSBA both regulates legal professionals under the authority of the Court and serves its members as a professional association — all without public funding.  The WSBA administers the bar admission process, including the bar exam; provides record-keeping and licensing functions; administers the lawyer discipline system. and provides continuing legal education for legal professionals, in addition to numerous other educational and member-service activities.

Purpose and Position Summary:

An Auditor, as an integral part of the WSBA’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC), plays a lead role in investigating lawyers’ handling of client funds by examining trust-account records, in connection with disciplinary investigations, to determine compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC). An Auditor also educates legal professionals regarding the trust-account rules.

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Performs audit investigations of lawyers’ handling of client funds, recordkeeping, and practices, including reconstructing the financial records, performing forensic auditing, and complex analysis of the funds to determine compliance with the RPC
  • Prepares auditor reports
  • Monitors lawyers in diversion or probation matters 
  • Manages multiple cases simultaneously, with an eye for detail and organization
  • Assists disciplinary counsel in preparing for disciplinary hearings, and may testify in depositions or disciplinary hearings as needed
  • Educates legal professionals regarding the trust-account rules and establishing proper procedures, by responding to inquiries, teaching Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars, and participating in other proactive prevention programs

Education Required:

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, finance, or related field, or equivalent and relevant experience.

Licensing/Certification Preferred:

Certified Fraud Examiner certification.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:

  • Minimum of three years of experience in financial accounting and/or bookkeeping, including account and bank reconciliations, preferably in the legal profession (including lawyers’ trust accounts). 
  • Forensic auditing experience, as well as other advanced investigative skills
  • Knowledge of, and experience with government rules, legal regulations, and compliance auditing
  • Experience in public speaking
  • Adherence to strict confidentiality 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, with particular emphasis on Excel
  • Proficiency with QuickBooks software
  • Skilled in performing bank-account reconciliations manually
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Must demonstrate high level of integrity
  • Good judgment and decision-making skills
  • Analytical skills and the ability to understand and resolve complex issues
  • Strong organization and time-management skills; detail and task-oriented

Work Location: An Auditor may work primarily remotely (upon approval by the Audit Manager) after the completion of initial training and onboarding activities, provided that the Auditor has an adequate home and work environment for performing and attending online meetings regarding confidential work during scheduled work hours. An Auditor must be able to attend in-person trainings, meetings, hearings, and/or seminars as needed. Occasional travel around the State and locally, including overnight travel, may be necessary (must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and auto insurance).

WSBA Benefits:

  • Flexible work environment with the ability to work remotely, in office, or hybrid (employees must reside in WA state and maintain regular scheduled hours)
  • State of Washington Retirement system (PERS) including an optional Deferred Compensation Plan through DRS
  • Medical benefits through the WA Healthcare Authority, with WSBA paying a majority of the premium cost
  • 100% coverage for employee Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Long-term and Short-term Disability
  • Generous Paid Time Off Benefits
  • Transportation benefit through the ORCA Passport system, based on work selection option
  • Allowance to set up a home office based on a Remote work selection option
  • Free Employee Assistance Program 
  • You will be working with a team of supportive, collaborative, creative, and dedicated colleagues driven to accomplish our WSBA Mission

For immediate consideration, interested and qualified candidates are required to apply online HERE and submit the following required materials: online application, and both a comprehensive cover letter and resume. Applications sent without a cover letter will not be considered complete.

WSBA employees must have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of November 1, 2021. All new employees are required to present proof of vaccination status on their first day of employment, unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption, and an approved accommodation by Human Resources.

The WSBA is committed to fostering 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.