Special Advisor

11 - 15 years

Posted 242 days ago

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Special Advisor


Our Mission

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board is a nonprofit corporation established by Congress to protect investors and the public interest by promoting informative, accurate, and independent auditreports and to oversee the audits of public companies and broker-dealers.

Job Description

The PCAOB has a 12-month rotation opportunity for a full time position for a Special Advisor at its Washington, DC headquarters in support of one of the Board Members.  The Special Advisor, advises the Board Member on matters that come before the Board. The Special Advisor will work on a wide variety of projects as assigned by the Board Member. This role will coordinate the activities of the office of the Board Member including research and analysis, and communications. This role also requires a professional candidate with advanced skills in writing and research who is willing to assume a wide range of responsibilities and be able to work both independently and in a team environment.

This role requires a seasoned candidate that strives in a creative, professional environment and exhibits the skills to collaborate with and achieve actionable results through others while maintaining the strictest confidence. The Special Advisor is an at-will employee whose term of employment is tied to the Board Member’s term of service.


  • Review, analyze and advise the Board Member on all matters that come before the Board for decision, including; proposed auditing standards; enforcement matters presented to the Board for action or on appeal; proposed inspectionreports, and other public reports and guidance regarding PCAOB activities and recommendations regarding international collaboration.
  • Provide policy advice to assist the Board Member in the development of positions.
  • Collaborate with PCAOB Staff, international colleagues and audit firm representatives in support of the Board Member leadership and working group roles within the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators. 
  • Monitor and research select topics and media coverage related to the mission of the PCAOB (e.g. international audit oversight, audit related public policy, etc.).
  • Determines best practices and determines how to improve internal processes.
  • Prepare written documents that contain sophisticated analyses and discussions of competing policy necessary for informed judgment on the issues before the Board.
  • Keep abreast of SEC, industry and other self regulator organization initiatives, and develop and maintain strong working relationships with SEC staff and other regulators.
  • Create associations of trust and respect with key stakeholders.
  • Compose and edit correspondence, speeches, reports, and external publications dealing with issues or subject matters affecting the PCAOB in ways that require considerable sensitivity, discretion, judgment, and negotiation.
  • Attend and speak at conferences and meetings on areas of subject matter expertise.
  • Plan and coordinate logistics and communications for conferences and events.
  • Perform executive level administrative support as needed.       



  • A Bachelor’s degree and a current CPA license
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in public accounting or other relevant experience;
  • Strong understanding of auditing, including through auditing public companies, developing audit methodologies and related practice materials, or teaching auditing and conducting audit research;
  • Superior technical abilities, regulatory knowledge, and verbal communications skills;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to convey complex information in a clear, concise, and accessible manner;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and excellent judgement;
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity;
  • Public Policy and or regulatory experiencepreferred;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook applications;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of management, co-workers and external parties;
  • General knowledge and/or interest in public auditing/accounting;
  • Detail oriented with solid time-management, organization, and prioritization skills;
  • Professional demeanor, ability to handle confidential matters with professionalism and discretion;
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to juggle priorities, work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, be flexible; and
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.