Whether you have an interest in tax, small business consulting, audit and compliance, estate planning or not-for-profit consulting, Smith Schafer has the right niche for you. As an entry-level accountant or seasoned veteran, you can find your place at Smith Schafer. 


Health insurance (medical, vision and dental) Flexible schedule options
Life insurance Business development program
Cafeteria plan Catered meals during busy season
401(k) plan with employer match Annual firm outing
Personal paid time off (PTO) Post busy season celebration
Paid holidays Holiday parties
Flex spending accounts Health Club membership reimbursement
Long and short term disability CPA exam reimbursement
  Reimbursed CPE


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  • "The best thing about working at Smith Schafer is the feel of a small firm, but the knowledge and expertise of a larger firm. Having four offices with extensive staff is nice when you need expertise on a certain subject and an individual is only a phone call away."

    Entry-level accountant

  • "Smith Schafer has taught me to be more confident. My co-workers trust me and my work and it's nice to feel important. It's great not to feel like an employee with a number, but an employee with a purpose."

    Senior accountant

  • "I thoroughly enjoy the work that is obtained through the different types of clients the Firm has established and maintains."


  • "I like being part of a team that provides the quality of work that the Firm has gained a reputation for in the community."

    Entry-level accountant

Career Opportunities

Rochester Office

Senior Auditor

Smith Schafer, a multi-office accounting & consulting firm, is seeking a full-time, experienced accountant at a senior level to service the needs in our audit department. This position will be based out of our Rochester, Minn. branch. The successful candidate in this position will manage audit staff and execute the day-to-day activities of audit and review engagement of various clients, including governmental audits.

Key Responsibilities May Include

  • Plan, lead and facilitate engagements for audits; Direct staff resources to meet the engagement budgets and client expectations.
  • Serve clients in a high impact manner, demonstrating command of their major area of specialization.
  • Demonstrate deep technical skills, general industry knowledge and knowledge of the firm’s capabilities.
  • Review all work papers, reports, financial statement drafts and letters of recommendations to ensure they are prepared in accordance with firm and professional standards.
  • Evaluate clients' internal controls and determine the extent of test-checking required in the audit; supervise testing
  • Strengthen existing client relationships by communicating with them throughout the year and advising on all concerns and relevant industry pronouncements.
  • Develop new business opportunities by participating in strategic business development initiatives, relevant organizations, attending networking and professional development events, and leading educational programs.
  • Understand the firm’s financial model and ensure profitable delivery of engagements.
  • Serve as a critical leader in the firm by managing, developing, and training staff members and participating in recruiting efforts.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
  • CPA certification required; 5-7 years of experience working in external audit in public accounting
  • Plan, coordinate and manage audits in compliance with applicable GAAS, GAAP and regulatory requirements.
  • Prior experience with governmental audits (including single audits)
  • School district auditing is a plus for potential candidates.
  • Familiarity with ProSystem fx Engagement is preferred.
  • Comprehensive understanding of financial statement preparation, audits, reviews and compilations.
  • Advanced knowledge in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and Adobe Acrobat).
  • Demonstrated track record of developing positive client relationships.
  • Established success in professional development of individuals at all levels involved in audit engagements.
  • High level of organization, focus, exceptional attention to detail and strong follow-up skills.
  • Superior communication and proofreading skills.
  • Customer-service oriented, shown by the following attributes:  proactive, observant, knowledgeable and reliable.
  • Professional demeanor and appearance necessary at all times.


  • Apply independent thought process and work on special projects such as research and drafting documents.
  • Manage multiple engagements in a fast paced environment.
  • Prioritize work flow and manage multiple deadlines within required time constraints.
  • Work efficiently and have flexibility to changes in schedule and work hours during “busy season.”
  • Handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Work in team environment with principals, managers and staff; Perform effectively in a team environment with all levels of client personnel supporting various industries.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds, stand or sit for extended periods of time, as well as type/enter data at a keyboard regularly.
  • Travel to client sites.

As a recent recipient of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Southeast Minnesota, it is our goal at Smith Schafer to continue to hire the most talented individuals who will make a positive impact on our clients and contribute to the success of our Firm. Smith Schafer offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Please submit cover letter/resume to: or complete the online form on the right side of the page.

Maplewood Office

No positions available at this time.

Edina Office

No positions available at this time.

Red Wing Office

No positions available at this time.