Director, Internal Audit

University of New Mexico
New Mexico, United States
Competitive Salary
Mar 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of New Mexico (UNM), the state’s flagship institution, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director, Internal Audit. UNM seeks an accomplished internal audit professional who will lead, manage, and organize all aspects of UNM’s internal audit function.

Reporting functionally to the Board of Regents and administratively to the University President, the Director of Internal Audit fulfills a key role in assisting the University to maintain a high standard of financial and operational integrity and effectiveness. Using a consultative and collaborative approach, the Director provides guidance and advice to the Board of Regents and others, and serves as a resource to promote effective controls, industry best practices, and adherence to applicable laws and regulations.

The successful candidate will have an executive presence and be a skillful leader and communicator who can effectively balance the need for independence with a spirit of collaboration. The Director will be a proven leader with the ability to establish effective working relationships with all key stakeholders, including senior leadership and the Board of Regents. The Director will bring excellent problem solving, consensus building, and written and oral communications skills; will have held leadership roles in audit, financial management, and/or consulting in complex and demanding settings; and will have worked at and reported to executive and governance levels.

Additional qualifications include a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in accounting, business management, or related field; a minimum of 7 years of demonstrated, progressive experience in auditing and compliance in a complex academic or corporate environment; an active Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor certification (preferred); and working knowledge of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

Founded in 1889, the University of New Mexico now occupies nearly 800 acres near old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a metropolitan area of more than 500,000 people. From the magnificent mesas to the west, past the banks of the historic Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains to the east, Albuquerque is a blend of culture and cuisine, styles and stories, people, pursuits and panoramas. UNM is a place where cutting-edge research and creative endeavors flourish. UNM research injects millions of dollars into New Mexico’s economy, funds new advancements in healthcare, and augments teaching – giving students valuable hands-on training in state-of-the art laboratories. UNM is one of only a dozen Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the U.S. that are also classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a R1: Doctoral Universities with very high research activity.



The University of New Mexico has retained Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this position. Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Thomas Lapierre, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent by email to Thomas (

The University of New Mexico is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. We are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and are dedicated to the goal of building an inclusive and pluralistic faculty and staff. We are committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Visit the links below for more information regarding our commitment to affirmative action and equal opportunity: Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action at the University of New Mexico Equal Employment Opportunity is THE LAW.

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