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Senior Internal Auditor

University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 25, 2024

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Posting Details

This position is designated as Exempt from the Human Resources Act ( EHRA ).

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​Benefits of Working at UNCW

Want to become a soaring UNCW Seahawk and work at one of the best universities on the East Coast? Want to put your toes in the sand after a day of work? The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers a wonderfully vibrant university community along with a beautiful location just miles from the beach.

Employees of UNCW are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other programs, resources, policies, and practices that help to support a work/life balance. Our programs have been designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Full time employees are eligible for dental, vision and health insurance plans. Health insurance benefit plans eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Full time employees are also eligible for the tuition waiver program which covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to three (3) undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year at UNCW or any other university within the UNC System. In addition, UNCW covers the cost of tuition and fees for one UNCW course each summer session.

As a full time employee, UNCW also offers a free membership to the Campus Recreation Center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, meditation and yoga sessions, voluntary supplemental insurance coverages, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays, 24 hours of paid community service leave time, paid vacation and sick leave accrual and family medical leave after 12 months of continuous service.

We also offer an abundance of training and development programs through our Dare to Learn Academy , and the employee assistance program , many of which are offered free of charge.

Working Title
Senior Internal Auditor

External Link to Posting

Vacancy Number

Position Number

Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus

Home Department
Internal Audit - 25400

Chancellor - 25000 Division

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Senior Internal Auditor position performs advanced audit activities across a full range of programmatic functions, processes, and systems to support the Office of Internal Audit. The position is tasked with planning and conducting 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, and 3) assets of the university are properly protected. This position will be expected to perform as Auditor-in-Charge on assigned engagements and ensure audits follow prescribed audit standards and timelines.

The position also serves as a technical resource for the Internal Audit office to interpret and assess unprecedented issues and act as an advisor and resource to campus constituents in risk identification and resolution. This may include, but is not limited to, interpreting policies and procedures, participating on standing committees, completing limited-life projects, attending ad hoc meetings, and engaging in routine information exchange.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

A Master’s degree in accounting or a discipline related to the program area with at least 2 years of related experience or a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a discipline related to the program area and 3 years related experience, or will accept a combination of equivalent education and experience in substitution. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Professional certification also required – see Required Certifications section

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous experience in internal or external audit and assurance services.
  • Previous experience working in higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience in risk assessment, analyzing business processes, and internal controls evaluation.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to be successful in the position include:
  • Knowledge and skill in applying the Principles of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards.
  • 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 plan, assign and/or complete audit activities within established deadlines and meet established goals and objectives.
  • 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.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple assignments to effectively manage a fast paced and changing work environment without compromising accuracy.
  • Ability to identify problems and risks and recommend modifications and solutions.
  • 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 experience with presenting 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.
  • Ability to build mutual trust, respect, and cooperation within the university’s formal and informal structures.
  • Ability to consistently meet internal and external customer needs and expectations in a professional manner.
  • Acts in the best interest of the university, maintain confidentiality and continually strive to improve self and job performance.
Required Certifications or Licensures

Position requires certification, to include one of the following:
  • Certified Internal Auditor ( CIA );
  • Certified Public Accountant ( CPA );
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor ( CISA );
  • Certified Fraud Examiner ( CFE ).
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.

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.

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.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Number of Openings
Single Incumbent

Special Notes to Applicants

PLEASE NOTE : This posting will close at 11:59PM (Eastern time) on the posted closing date. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application, including the ‘Work History’ section before you apply for this position. Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

Months Per Year
12 Months

1.0 (40 hours per week)

Type of Position

Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited Positions

Job Posting Date

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

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * 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)

  4. * Please describe your experience providing leadership/mentorship to professional staff where you do not have direct authority (i.e. leading through influence).

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNCW? (2024)
    • UNCW Website
    • UNCW LinkedIn Page
    • UNCW X Account (formerly Twitter)
    • UNCW Employee Referral
    • UNCW Instagram Account (UNCW_jobs)
    • UNCW Job Alert
    • Chronical of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Glassdoor
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • North Carolina Job Network
    • Women in Higher Education
    • Craigslist
    • Career Events/Job Fairs
    • Billboards/Marquee
    • Other
  6. * If you selected 'Other' to the question above, please explain how you found out about this opportunity. Enter N/A if not applicable.

    (Open Ended Question)


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