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Senior Internal Auditor

University of the Pacific
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 26, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Senior Internal Auditor

Primary Purpose:
Senior Internal Auditor position is responsible for performing or supervising full scope auditing and advisory services that encompass financial, compliance, economy and efficiency, and effectiveness reviews as a service to management according to professional auditing standards. Responsible for assisting and advising Director of Internal Audit and others in management with objective, timely and accurate analyses, recommendation, counsel and information concerning University activities and compliance with rules, regulations, policies and procedures including federal, state or other regulations and standard accounting practices.

Essential Functions:
  1. Plans the scope of the audit, prepares the audit program, and determines the appropriate auditing procedures and examination techniques to be applied in compliance with established guidelines, IIA Standards, and principles of auditing.
  2. Performs and directs audit assignments which involve contacting operating personnel, conducting fieldwork, preparing workpapers, drafting reports, and following up on observations and recommendations.
  3. Researches and analyzes University policy and procedures, accounting principles, governance practices, and regulatory obligations to evaluate compliance with laws, policies, procedures and regulation, and evaluates audit related documentation as a basis for an objective opinion on the effectiveness and efficiency of operations and the adequacy of internal control.
  4. Prepares and organizes audit workpapers that adequately support audit conclusions and recommendations and which adhere to prescribed internal and IIA auditing standards for workpaper content and presentation.
  5. Directs, counsels and instructs auditors assigned to assist on audit projects and review their work for technical proficiency, reasonableness and adequacy of documentation.
  6. Makes oral presentation to auditees and other campus administrators during and at the conclusion of the audit covering the results of the audit and recommendations for corrective action.
  7. Exercises independent decision making and professional judgment in assessing the level of risk in findings and appropriate recommendations to remediate identified issues.
  8. Prepares formal written reports covering the results of assigned audit projects and participates in report reviews with auditees and campus management.
  9. Conducts or assists in fraud investigations requiring strict confidentiality and the ability to deal with sensitive personnel situations.

Marginal Functions:
  1. Assists in identifying the audit universe and assess risks for the development of the annual and long-range audit plans and assists the Director of Internal Audit in the continual risk assessment of university and fraud risks.
  2. Prepares or assembles audit workpapers and reports for use by the External Auditors in conducting the audit of the University’s financial statements.
  3. Presents training programs and acts as consultant to individuals regarding control issues for financial and administrative systems and aids in developing efficient and effective control systems as assigned.
  4. Pursues professional development opportunities, including external and internal training and professional association memberships, and shares information gained with co-workers.
  5. Contributes to the overall success of the University by working as a team member or independently on audits and special projects and performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  6. Maintains currency of all certifications and maintains knowledge of new technology, changing control risks, and related control techniques through appropriate continuing professional education.
University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty, and staff.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or related field.
  • Three (3) years of work experience in formal auditing.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Certification as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
  • Experience related to Internal Auditing, IT Auditing, Compliance, or Governance.
  • Strong knowledge of IIA Core Principles, Standards, and Code of Ethics.

Skills/Knowledge and Expertise:
  • Professionalism, initiative, and objectivity under all circumstances.
  • Advanced knowledge of theories and systems of internal controls (financial, management, and information systems), financial analysis, auditing practices and procedures, and legal compliance.
  • Excellent project management skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and achieve audit objectives on multiple, complex projects running simultaneously and complete projects by required due dates.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills to analyze data with professional skepticism.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including proven ability to prepare and present clear and concise reports to senior management and Audit Committee, articulate complex and/or technical issues to various levels of university stakeholders, and handle sensitive discussions.
  • Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting.
  • Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Requires extended periods of sitting and repetitive hand/wrist motion while using computer keyboard and phone. Occasional to frequent standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending, stooping and reaching. Occasional lifting up to twenty-five (25) pounds.

Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:
Work is primarily performed in a standard office environment with use of computer and phone. Work performed during standard business hours. Additional hours may be required to meet business needs or deadlines. Some in-state travel required.

Valid driver’s license required. Incumbent must also be able to meet the University’s fleet rules and be eligible to drive for University business. The University’s insurance carrier reserves the right to exclude applicants based on their driving record.

Hiring Range: $66,150 - $90,960 per year. We consider factors such as, but not limited to, scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s qualifications, internal equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

Background Check Statement:
All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment are required to execute a release and authorization for a background screening.

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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.


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