| This highly visible role provides critical leadership and management over the internal audit function. Exhibits leadership and routinely interacts with all levels of management throughout the University on risk assessment and mitigation efforts, cyber risk, compliance matters, emerging trends, internal control assessments and information sharing. Actively participates in University-wide initiatives regarding computer security and major systems implementations, assists in the definition of business risks associated with new business processes and acts as a business consultant on complex issues. Develops and executes a risk based strategic annual audit plan based on continual risk assessment. Provides value add audit services that supports management in control environment improvements. Develops an integrated audit staff and provides strong management skills through mentoring, training and staff development to maintain a competitive audit department. |
Duties and Responsibilities
Provides critical leadership to Internal Audit Staff; embraces vision and goals for internal audit and ensures alignment with those of the University; communicates vision and goals to staff; develops a highly cohesive Internal Audit team.
Interacts with all levels of management throughout the University; participates in University-wide initiatives and represents the RMAS Director in his/her absence.
Promotes mitigation of risk on a University wide level by performing and sharing results of University wide initiatives focused on understanding the control environment and relevant control processes.
Actively participates with management in defining business risks associated with major systems implementations, new business processes, new regulations or other change management events to support risk mitigation strategies.
Provides value-add audit results and a proactive service; presents Director with virtually complete audit reports.
Assures timely progress continues on each project and that report comments are supported by competent evidential data; plans and conducts follow-up audits within prescribed departmental guidelines.
Participates in the development of annual and long-range audit plans; completes an annual audit plan.
Responsible for developing and maintaining an "integrated" audit staff; assists director in maintaining an "integrated" department by promoting focused discussions on risk identification and mitigation strategies. Accomplishes this by bringing up risk concerns and promoting open dialogue on new, emerging or existing risks.
Develops partnerships with school management. Educates University community on critical issues using various methodologies (training, brochures, opening meetings, risk assessment meetings etc.) and promotes change management.
Assures compliance with professional standards for the practice of internal auditing.
Assures performance reviews are performed for staff; Performs performance reviews for audit managers. Mentor auditors on career opportunities.
Identifies skills required to maintain a competitive audit department and to serve the University in risk mitigation. Evaluates skill gaps and develops plan for closing the gaps. Obtains needed skill sets through training of staff or hiring outside expertise.
Identifies and oversees development of tools to promote a strong internal control environment e.g. Pcard or sponsored research analytical tools
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Engaged in client opening meetings and mid audit reviews focusing on discussion of risk and business partner relationship. Promotes a stronger University control environment by developing business partnerships with management and providing sound advice on control issues. Uses client meetings and consulting opportunities to promote RMAS as a support to the University's governance structure.
Scopes, engages and directs the work of outside consultants hired to perform highly technical audits.
Participates with Director and other RMAS management in continual risk assessment and in the development of department strategic plans and presentations to senior management
Improves internal audit processes by benchmarking current RMAS practices with other audit operations and best practices.
Combats fraud by advocating an ethical environment through training and continuous auditing techniques.
Informs Director of progress of audits, major findings, problems encountered.
Performs other related duties as required.
Please note: Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.
Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
This position has a 90-day orientation and review period.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
More about Financial Administration Department: http://finance.harvard.edu/home
Harvard's Financial Administration Department (FAD) is dedicated to supporting the teaching and research missions of Harvard University by providing outstanding financial services to the Harvard community; by providing support, guidance and consultation; by working to ensure compliance with University and federal guidelines; by mitigating risk; and by promoting the financial health of the University.
FAD is responsible for oversight of the University's finances, including efficient and accurate transaction processing, financial reporting, budgeting and financial planning, cash and debt management, internal audit services, risk management and sponsored program administration, and administrative systems services.
The department, led by the Vice President for Finance (VPF), is comprised of eight reporting units:
Financial Systems Solutions
Office of the Controller
Office of Finance and Administration
Office of Financial Strategy and Planning
Office for Sponsored Programs
Office of Treasury Management
Risk Management and Audit Services
Salary Grade: 061
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary