Assistant Director, Office of Internal Audit

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 27, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Vacancy Number
Position Title
Working Title
Assistant Director, Office of Internal Audit
Competency Level
Internal Audit - 25400
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Office of Internal Audit provides independent, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve the operations of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The Office of Internal Audit assists the university in accomplishing its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. The Office of Internal Audit supports the mission of the university by partnering with university management and assisting the Board of Trustees, through the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, in the effective discharge of their responsibilities to protect the assets and reputation of the university and to promote operational effectiveness and efficiency.

The Office of Internal Audit conducts audits, consultations, and investigations related to all university entities, systems, and functions in accordance with an annual plan of coverage based on an institution-wide risk assessment. Internal Audit also coordinates audit activities with the Internal Audit staff at the UNC System Office and with the Office of the State Auditor.

Chancellor - 25000 College
College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus
Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The primary purpose of this Assistant Director position is to conduct operational, compliance, financial, and special audits or consultations with the objective of providing assurance that:

1. Internal controls are adequate and effective
2. Operations promote efficiency and compliance with policies, applicable laws and regulations
3. Assets of the university are properly protected.

This position also provides routine consultation and advisory services to university campus units. This may include but is not limited to interpreting policies and procedures, participation on standing committees, completing limited-life projects, attending ad-hoc meetings, and engaging in routine information exchange.

As Assistant Director, this position assists the Chief Audit Officer in supporting and managing the day to day operations of the office, including oversight of audit engagements, training and support for Internal Audit staff, and ensuring the Standards of the office are being followed. The position also serves as a technical resource for the Internal Audit office to interpret and assess unprecedented issues and an advisor and resource to campus constituents in risk identification and resolution.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or discipline related to the program area, with nine credit hours of accounting coursework; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

As per General Statute: 143-746
( c ) Appointment and Qualifications of Internal Auditors. – Any State employee who performs the Internal Audit function shall meet the minimum qualifications for Internal Auditors established by the Office of State Human Resources, in consultation with the Council of Internal Auditing. The required education and experience requirements are:

Internal Auditor Advanced:
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a discipline related to the program area assigned and three years of related experience; or a Bachelor’s degree in any field and certification/licensure as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Information System Auditor or related certification/licensure and three years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities include:

•Thorough knowledge and skill in applying the Principles of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards
•Thorough knowledge of the International Professional Practices Framework of Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors
•Ability to read and interpret policies, procedures, and regulations and ability to test conformance to those standards
•Considerable skill in collecting and analyzing complex data, evaluating information and systems, and drawing logical conclusions
•Considerable skill in planning and project management, and in maintaining composure under pressure while meeting multiple deadlines
•Ability to independently identify complex problems and risks and recommend modifications and solutions
•Ability to manage complex and/or high-risk engagements
•Ability to negotiate issues and resolve problems
•Proficiency with using Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Access, and SharePoint and experience in using data analytic tools
•Strong and effective verbal and written communications, including active listening skills, interviewing skills, and skill in presenting complex findings and recommendations
•Ability to write communications that convey concise and comprehensive information
•Demonstrated ability to establish, cultivate and maintain harmonious working relationships with co-workers, staff, faculty, students, and external contacts, and to work effectively in a professional team environment

Preferred education, professional skills and experience

Previous experience in auditing or higher education

Relevant professional certifications ( CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE )

Previous experience in audit and assurance services in one of the big four accounting firms

Experience using data analytics and data visualization tools

Supervisory audit experience

Information Technology (IT) audit experience

Required Certifications or licensure

Certified Internal Auditor ( CIA ), Certified Public Accountant ( CPA ), Certified Information Systems Auditor ( CISA ), Certified Fraud Examiner ( CFE ); or a minimum of five years’ experience in internal or external auditing. See General Statute 143-746.

Recruitment Range
$65,924 - $84,714
1.0 (40 hours per week)
Months Per Year
12 Months
Work Days
Monday - Friday
Work Hours
Office Hours
Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited

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Job Posting Date
Posting Close Date
Special Notes to Applicants

PLEASE NOTE : This posting will close at 11:59PM on the posted closing date. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application before you apply for this position. Failure to answer all required questions will cause the system to disqualify your application.

For more info/to apply visit Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

You will be required to attach a cover letter and resume to successfully apply for this position. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have completed the ‘Work History’ section of the application before you apply for this position.

This position is being recruited at the advanced level. If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of 3 Professional References
Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please provide a brief statement on your work experience regarding the International Professional Practices Framework of Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Describe your experience in the management of multiple projects in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities. What specific strategies have you used to manage such an environment?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have any previous supervising or leadership experience? If so, please explain.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please explain your experience with managing complex and/or high risk audit engagements?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Briefly describe your experience with using data analysis tools to inform your work.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNC Wilmington (2021)?
    • UNCW Website
    • UNCW Facebook Page
    • UNCW Linkedin Page
    • UNCW Twitter Account
    • UNCW Employee Referral
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Craigslist
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Glassdoor
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • North Carolina Job Network
    • Women In Higher Education
    • Other

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