Staff Auditor
Full-Time Staff Auditor at Teachers Retirement Association
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Government, Financial
Pay Type: Other
Compensation: $21.43 - $31.00/hourly; $44,745 - $64,728/annually
Education Level: N/A

Job Summary

Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) has been providing pension coverage to Minnesota educators for decades, with a mission to help members and their beneficiaries plan for an independent and financially secure retirement. We are currently seeking job candidates with accounting or auditing experience for our Staff Auditor role.

This position is located in our St. Paul, Minnesota office and may require occasional travel to attend conferences. The position maybe eligible for a work schedule that includes some teleworking.

How to Apply

Visit the MN Careers site at: and search using the Job ID # 65972. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email For additional information about the application process, go to

If you have questions about the position or are an individual with a disability and need to request an accommodation for a scheduled interview, contact Justin Johnson at

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Justin Johnson at

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.


Our Staff Auditor position exists to perform operational and employer payroll audits to ensure compliance standards in accordance with state and/or federal laws, regulations, and agency policies and procedures. The incumbent will be tasked with evaluating existing internal controls and making recommendations as necessary. The incumbent will further assist with business risk assessment and the preparation of TRA's annual audit plan.


Minimum Qualifications

Two (2) years of para-professional/technical level accounting or auditing support experience.


One (1) year of professional level accounting or auditing experience.


A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field.

Education and/or experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and auditing principles.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, reconcile, and audit financial data.
  • Ability to diagnose problems and recommend solutions for process improvement purposes.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and successfully manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to train or explain complex financial concepts to a variety of audiences.
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, WebEx, and/or equivalent software packages.

Successful candidates must also be able to secure own transportation for in-state business travel.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field.
  • An Advanced degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or a related field.
  • Experience working with State of Minnesota government financial systems, such as SWIFT and SEMA4.
  • Experience conducting financial audits or analyzing financial statements to make business operation recommendations.
  • Experience working for a public pension fund or private financial services institution.
  • Proficiency in using Access, PowerPoint, and QuickBooks.

Physical Requirements

This position requires occasional transporting of articles such as file folders, ledgers and/or small tools. May be required to move or maintain a stationary position for long periods of time.

Additional Requirements

** Successful candidates must pass past-employer reference checks and a criminal background check. **.

It is the policy of TRA that all finalist(s) submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • SEMA4 Records Check (applies to current and past State employees only)
  • Criminal History Check
  • Employment Reference Check
  • Social Security and Address Verification
  • Education Verification
  • Driver's License Check

Teachers Retirement Association

Contact: Justin Johnson
60 Empire Drive
Suite 400
Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota 55103
Transit: On bus line