Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Internal Audit, the Director, Internal Audit assists the AVP in the overall management of the department based on established guidelines and organizational and professional ethical standards. The Director will be part of the Senior Audit Management Team that will work collaboratively to define strategy and programs, set goals, objectives and work plans to achieve the desired performance, and represent the Office of Internal Audit to the University. The Director will ensure that the department adheres to project timelines and quality standards.
Collaborates with other Internal Audit Director, Associate Directors, staff, and AVP to define overarching strategies and design-related programs and methodologies for Internal Audit, Advisory, Analytics, and Investigative functions.
Establishes programmatic and integrative approaches to Internal Audit, Advisory, Analytics, and Investigative functions that maximize operational efficiency, agility, and quality.
Collaborates with other Internal Audit Director and AVP, as well as other University stakeholders, to define the Internal Audit Universe and to prepare and perform the yearly University-wide Risk Assessment process.
Performs a driving role in developing the annual Internal Audit Plan through collaboration with Senior University Officials and others as appropriate.
Collaborates with external auditors in support of an audit plan that addresses risks and controls that support their interests.
Prepares and performs risk and control-based guidance and education presentations to all levels of the University and peer group organizations.
Collaborates with the AVP and peer Internal Audit Level 4s, and University Leadership to develop Issues tracking, follow-up assessment and reporting program, and continuous controls monitoring and anti-fraud programs.
Oversees activities, and manage associated staff, for operational (including regulatory compliance and systems technology) and financial audits, fraud, and internal control investigations, and advisory (incl. analytics) projects, including scheduling, research and communication with stakeholders and advisors, and design/approval of objectives and scope, risk/control matrices, work and test plans, work paper quality review, and project management and reporting.
Collaborates with the Office of General Counsel and other stakeholders to develop and document the investigations process. Coordinate all investigations that come to the department in conjunction with the Office of General Counsel. Manage internal or external resources as needed.
Drives the use of Internal Audit department system tools in support of the established audit process.
Reports regularly to the AVP on all audit activities including significant issues and action plans.
Independently interacts with Deans, Faculty, VPs/AVPs, OGC, External Auditors and Regulators
Ensures the conclusion of audits on a timely basis in accordance with performance measures established for staff.
Assist with the creation of Management and Audit Committee Reports.
Responsible for the overall departmental quality program and tone of IA communications.
Mentors staff and coordinates training and continuous education to support certifications, career goals, and performance.
Performs recruiting, performance appraisals, and other managerial duties.
Performs and manages special projects as assigned.
Bachelor's degree, preferably in accounting, finance, or other related fields;
CIA plus MBA and/or CPA required;
A minimum of ten years of related experience is required, including at least five in a managerial role, in accounting, auditing, financial management, and or consulting.
Experience in higher education or health care environment desirable.
CFE and CISA are preferred.
Strong knowledge of the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA); the Codes of Professional Standards and Ethics established by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and the professional standards of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
Demonstrated experience in management information systems and related terminology, concepts, and practices.
Must have experience with continuous control monitoring to further assist the development of the analytics program.
Proficient to advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio), ACL, audit management software, and data visualization tools (such as Tableau).
Knowledge of industry program policies, procedures, regulations, and laws.
Demonstrated success, within Internal Audit, or education/healthcare business operations, in developing programmatic level strategies to drive operational efficiency, agility, and quality.
Success in leading change management projects focused on functionally and organizationally integrating teams and leveraging shared resource pools.
Must be able to understand the strategic plan for the department and the organization and translate it into a tactical approach for communicating and accomplishing departmental goals as well as organizational goals in respect of a well-structured control environment.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple teams in planning, performing, and project tracking simultaneously occurring audits, investigations, and advisory projects.
Ability to collect and analyze data, evaluate information and systems, and draw logical conclusions.
Demonstrated ability to present audit findings in a way that is indicative of a deep understanding of broader strategic issues facing an organization and to convey appropriate clarity for the various target audiences.
Ability to prepare reports, memos, summaries, and analyses and present findings and recommendations.
Must have excellent analytical, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
Experience working in an electronic environment.
Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
Must also have active listening skills, and the ability to negotiate issues and resolve problems at all levels of the organization.
In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work well with all levels of employees, but especially senior managers, be flexible in nature, and have sound judgment with an open and collaborative style of leadership that encourages teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization, and be a strong role model, manager, and coach.
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