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Campaign Finance Auditor

Jan 28, 2019
City of Seattle

The City of Seattle's Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC) is an independent agency working to promote public confidence in government through the City's Ethics, Whistleblower, Lobbying, and Elections Codes. We are committed to integrity, impartiality, independence, and transparency.

The SEEC is charged with overseeing the City's Elections Code, which requires that all candidates for elective office in Seattle, and all proponents or opponents of ballot propositions in Seattle, file campaign disclosure reports detailing their campaign activity. In 2019, all seven District City Council seats are on the ballot and we expect to see more candidates running for office than ever before.

In 2017, we implemented the Democracy Voucher Program, a public campaign finance system to encourage more participation in local government by residents. Four $25 vouchers are mailed to registered voters, and others who have applied for them. The vouchers can be used to contribute to participating candidates. In 2019, we have more than $4 million available for candidates. This program aims to encourage more Seattle residents to donate to campaigns and/or run for elected positions.

To support the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission's oversight of the City's Election Code, we are looking for a Campaign Finance Auditor who will review electronic campaign disclosure filings to identify discrepancies or failures to comply with the Elections Code. You will use the in-house automated auditing system to review flagged issues and conduct research on campaign filings to determine if follow-up for compliance or enforcement is necessary.

Job Responsibilities

Here's more about what you'll be doing:

  • Reviewing campaign disclosure filings submitted electronically to the SEEC.
  • Reviewing automated audit software for compliance issues.
  • Researching discrepancies by using a variety of online resources including:
    • Campaign disclosure reports filed with the SEEC or the WA State Public Disclosure Commission
    • State and City Business Licensing agencies (both in and outside of WA)
    • Internet search engines
    • Social Media platforms (such as Twitter and Facebook)
    • State and City Elections Code law and rules
  • Reporting discrepancies to the Strategic Advisor or Executive Director for follow-up.
  • Compiling data on reports filed, audited, campaigns contacted for compliance or enforcement.
  • Assisting with on-site auditing during the week before the Primary Election and the week prior to the General Election.
  • Performing other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.
You will be successful in this role if you are able to:
  • Adjust your working schedule to accommodate your workload
  • Maintain confidential files and remain impartial in a political environment
  • Demonstrate your commitment to public disclosure and campaign disclosure
You will be prepared for this role if you have the following:
  • Analysis
  • Bookkeeping
  • Working in a time-sensitive environment
  • Problem-solving and research
Knowledge and Proficiencies
  • Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Internet search engines
  • Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook
  • Campaign disclosure laws, rules, and forms

In addition to the qualities described above, you will need to possess the below required qualifications (or a combination of education and/or experience and/or training which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class):

  • Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or a related field
  • 3 years of experience in compliance and enforcement, bookkeeping, or campaign treasury work 
  • 4 years of experience in compliance and enforcement, bookkeeping, or campaign treasury work
Additional Information

This temporary position is classified as a Campaign Finance Auditor and is expected to last until the end of the year.

To be considered for this position, please submit your complete application, cover letter, answers to supplemental questions, and resume at no later than 4:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. This position is open to all applicants that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, medical condition or pregnancy. The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences. If you have questions please contact Lindsey King at