Job Closing Date First review will begin on or around May 23, 2022. Position will close upon selection.
About UC Merced
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable, and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities for highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project nearly doubled the physical capacity of the campus, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
To set the course of UC Merced's evolution, in 2021 UC Merced will enact its first-ever 10-year strategic plan. This plan will guide how the values of equity and justice influence our pathway toward earning Carnegie R1 research status, growing enrollment, upholding our identity as a minority-serving institution, and operationalizing how commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion are enacted within each campus unit. UC Merced is expected to engage in sophisticated thinking, planning, and implementation of actions that effectively diversify the professoriate and staff, improve campus climate for all campus constituency groups, and strengthen our equity, diversity, and inclusion infrastructure and capacity.
About the Job
Internal Audit and Advisory Services (IAS) is an independent and objective internal audit function that provides the Regents, President, and campus Chancellor with information and assurance on the governance, risk management, and internal control processes of the University. It provides audit, advisory and investigative services that assist the chancellor and senior management in the discharge of their oversight, management, and operating responsibilities. IAS is an integral part of the University's shared governance structure.
The Internal Audit Director serves as the local campus Internal Audit Director (IAD). Overall responsibility for the conduct of the internal audit program at the campus as provided for by the Audit Services mission and charter, the University Audit Management Plan approved annually by the Regents, and professional standards issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Provides high-level direction and guidance to staff and managers regarding audit, investigation, and advisory service projects.
1. Oversees through subordinate managers and/or professionals, the overall coordination and support to campus local audit oversight committee, including requirements specified in the Internal Audit Manual.
2. Participates in the selection, development, and evaluation of staff to ensure the efficient operation of the function. Establishes and maintains an environment that fosters professional development, teamwork, initiative, creativity, and consistency with the University's Statement on Ethical Values. Directs through subordinate staff, manages financial, operational, compliance, and information systems audits; investigations, and advisory services projects in support of the audit function's mission. Has overall responsibility for policy/project planning, budgeting, implementing and maintaining costs, methods, and employees.
3. Through subordinate staff, ensures the completion of integrated risk assessment for all areas of the campus. Advises senior leaders on risk methodology and assessment concerns. Oversees the preparation and execution of an annual campus audit plan, prepared on the basis of established systemwide risk assessment methodologies.
4. Overall responsibility to ensure management corrective action plans are monitored for completion and escalated to appropriate levels of management when required. Provides consultation to management and staff on an ad hoc basis related to business processes, risk management, and internal control practices.
5. Overall responsibility for coordination with external agency audits, investigations, system certifications, and compliance reviews. Develops institutional strategies to minimize adverse findings and financial liability. Represents the University in discussions of audit findings and negotiations of financial impact.
6. Advises senior management on areas of high institutional risk, and matters related to University governance, facilitating discussions with and making recommendations to senior management as appropriate.
Bachelor's degree in a related area and 8 years of directly related, progressively responsible experience, or 12 years of directly related, progressively responsible experience/training
Professional specialized license/certification and education such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA)- Required.
Other professional certification(s), such as Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) - Preferred.
CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCIES:
Has expert knowledge of the internal audit profession, theories and systems of internal control, and professional auditing standards.
Demonstrated ability to direct a variety of program areas within audit. Demonstrated ability to work with management to identify institutional risks and address those risks through a comprehensive audit program.
Excellent communication and presentation skills to communicate, both verbally and in writing, complex and technical audit information in a clear and concise manner to all levels of management, including senior leadership.
Exceptional interpersonal skills, including negotiation and communication skills, and demonstrated relationship management at the senior executive level. Ability to encourage and achieve consensus across organizational lines for internal controls which impact the institution as a whole.
Proven ability to exercise independent judgment to handle highly sensitive and confidential issues that may require strict discretion, and maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive, confidential and / or privileged information.
Excellent management skills including developing policies and procedures, budgeting, organizational management, facilities management, information systems, personnel management, project management, and policy implementation.
Background check and fingerprinting will be required.
Position requires annual filing of State of Economic Interests (Form 700).
How to Apply: An online application is required for each position to apply.The University of California, Merced is aware that some web-based application processes may be cumbersome for differently abled applicants. Where appropriate, alternative accommodations will be provided. For applicants with disabilities who need additional assistance using TAM, or reasonable accommodations during the interview or search process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, pregnancy, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected categories covered by the UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy. UC Merced intentionally promotes and maintains a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace by demonstrating it neither condones nor tolerates employment practices that discriminate against or harass any person or specific group of persons on the basis listed above. We seek candidates who will support our vision to cultivate a vibrant, equity-minded, inclusive excellence university community. When applying to UC Merced, we strongly encourage you to reflect on our Principles of Community and our 2021 strategic plan.
Vaccination Program Policy:
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.
Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy: The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu.
E-Verify: All employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.