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Director of Internal Audit

Employer
Christopher Newport University
Location
Newport News, Virginia
Salary
Commensurate with education and experience.
Date posted
Apr 19, 2024
Website
https://cnu.edu/

Job Details

Chief Objective of Position

The Director of Internal Audit supports governance functions and executive management in advancing the goals and mission of the university. This position provides leadership and direction for the internal audit function/department, including managing professional staffing, practices and activities, in accordance with the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) professional standards. This position independently plans and conducts operational, compliance, financial, information technology, special audits or consultations.

Work Tasks

  • Develops, plans, and recommends the utilization of internal audit resources to address key control risks and areas for operational improvement within the University. Meets with the Operations, Audit and Risk Committee approximately quarterly. Reports to the Committee and the President on the activities of the internal audit department.
  • Keep university leadership abreast of university and industry issues and trends to ensure appropriate risk assessment, follow-up, and resolution.
  • Evaluates and manages the annual risk assessment. Using the risk-based methodology, develops and implements an annual audit plan.
  • Analyze critical business processes, evaluating design and operational effectiveness of internal controls, and identifying potential process improvement opportunities. Evaluate compliance with federal, state, local and university laws, policies, and standards.
  • Plans, schedules, and performs financial, compliance, operational, information technology and special reviews of appropriate University departments and operations. Reports observations and recommendations to management. Performs follow-up reviews to determine if adequate corrective action has been taken by management in response to recommendations made by Internal Audit. Assists departments in implementing approved recommended actions, following completed internal audits.
  • Coordinates and serves as a liaison for external audit and reviews. Coordinates audit activities with those of other control and monitoring functions including the Auditor of Public Accounts, the State Inspector General, federal and state regulatory agencies, general counsel, and risk management, and other university departments to avoid duplicative audit activities. Reports follow up to recommendations made by the Auditor of Public Accounts.
  • Conducts investigations and special reviews as necessary or requested by the Board or senior leadership. Conducts special investigations of a confidential nature related to circumstances discovered by University officials and employees, as well as calls received through the Office of the State Inspector General’s Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline. Reports findings to appropriate authorities and makes recommendations to resolve any control weaknesses noted during these investigations.
  • Provides advice and counsel to management regarding new initiatives and strategies. Evaluate significant new or changing processes, systems, and controls coincident with their development, implementation, or expansion. May perform management advisory services such as special analyses and appraisals of specific control or operational concerns. Ascertains the reasonableness of planned controls and where necessary recommends enhanced controls. Additionally, may conduct research into specific accounting, tax, internal control, information technology and operational issues. Reports results of these activities and recommendations to appropriate levels of management.
  • Supervise the activities of the internal audit team as well as third party service providers. Directs, coordinates and reviews work performed and generated by audit staff, to include review of all memos, audit programs, working papers and official correspondence.
  • Establishes and maintains active and continuous quality control programs. Institute continual quality assurance processes and periodic external reviews to ensure that the departmental activities are conducted in accordance with the IIA standards.
  • Develops departmental policies and procedures, preparing and monitoring the department’s financial budget, and maintaining appropriate departmental files.
  • Works professionally with the University community and maintains a technical base of knowledge, staying current on industry practices. Meet or exceed IIA standards for all audit work performed. Demonstrate a willingness to develop new skills and learn new methodologies.
  • Develops a customer service approach to more effectively promote the “students first” initiative ensuring that all constituents are served in a fast, friendly, efficient and effective manner. Develops and maintains very positive and professional customer service and/or relations within the office/department and with all constituencies to include students, faculty, staff, guests, and employees.
  • Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Fully supports CNU Traditions and the “Students First” value at CNU and routinely goes the extra mile in providing service.
  • This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
  • Follow workplace safety regulations and adhere to applicable standards, processes, and programs established for your position.
  • Immediately report unsafe work conditions and work-related incidents to your supervisor and participate in accident investigation requests.
  • Promote a safe and healthy work environment by ensuring the implementation of safety regulations and applicable standards, processes, and programs established for employees under your supervision.
  • Ensure employees under your supervision are trained in safety standards and procedures for their positions.
  • Report work-related incidents within 24 hours according to the procedures established by the university, state and federal guidelines.
  • Performs special project work and other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) related to position

  • Knowledge of current accounting standards; thorough knowledge and experience with complex integrated financial systems and related applications; problem solving skills; working knowledge of Microsoft applications or similar products.
  • Strong leadership, team building, collaboration, strategic planning, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to set work priorities, manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, hands-on environment while meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability for programming and public speaking.
  • Knowledge and awareness of necessity to maintain confidentiality and objectivity.
  • Ability to effectively collect and analyze data, draw conclusions and develop recommendations; demonstrated logic and reasoning ability necessary to perform analysis of information obtained during the audit; exhibit high degree of organizational skills and attention to detail.

Required Education

Master’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or related field (such as, finance, information systems, public administration, leadership, higher education administration) and a CPA or CIA certification or a directly related area; or a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration (such as, finance, information systems, public administration, leadership, higher education administration) and CPA or CIA certification, in a directly related area, and significantly relevant work experience that equates to an advanced degree.

Additional Consideration - Education

Certification as a CISA, CISSP, CFE, CIA, CPA, CFE, CISA or equivalent.

Experience Required

Management experience in accounting and/or operations areas; experience in public accounting, internal auditing, governmental auditing, compliance and/or accounting. Experience preparing or monitoring the preparation of comprehensive reports, interpreting and applying policies and regulations.

Additional Consideration - Experience

Audit experience in a higher education environment or information technology, experience with the Banner system, governmental accounting experience; and experience with IIA Standards, IT Security Standards, and experience with data analytics.

Salary Information

Commensurate with education and experience.

CNU Information

Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in the 388 Best Colleges: 2023 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 4,500 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as the #1 public regional university in Virginia and #3 in the South. The campus, convenient to neighborhoods, parks and the James River, features stunning public art and grounds and classical architecture.

Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored, and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit www.cnu.edu.

Application Instructions

Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application.

This position will be posted until filled, however for priority consideration, please apply by May 13, 2024.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Company

<p><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">S​elected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 388​ Best Colleges: 2023 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News &amp; World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide​ as 2nd among public regional universities in the South and 5th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus.<br /> <br /> Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored, and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><a href="https://www.cnu.edu/"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#207ab6"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none">www.cnu.edu</span></span></span></span></span></span></b></a></span></span></span><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">.</span></span></span></span></p>

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