Florida State University seeks an experienced, strategic, and
collaborative audit professional to serve as the Chief Audit
As one of the nation’s most elite
research universities, and one of the largest and oldest of the 12
institutions of higher learning in the State University System of
Florida, FSU offers a distinctive academic
environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage.
With nearly 44,000 students, approximately 6,600 employees and an
operating budget of $1.62 billion, FSU provides a welcoming campus
environment on the oldest continuous site of higher education in
Florida with a prime location
in the heart of the state capital. Underlying the educational
experience at FSU is the development of new generations of citizen
leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in the University’s seal:
Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.
The Chief Audit Executive (CAE) at FSU leads a
comprehensive audit program covering the University’s entire
mission and is charged with maintaining awareness of a broad array
of industry trends and standards so as to be able to provide
proactive partnership as regulations change and drivers of risk
evolve. They are forward-thinking and proactive in considering the
impact that broader trends and external factors may have on the
plans, programs, and operations of all of the University and its
affiliates. The CAE contributes to leadership and board-level
discussion of the University’s distributed governance, notably in
the risk assessment and risk mitigation discussions with senior
leaders and the audit committees. The CAE reports directly to
the President and functionally to the Audit and Compliance
Committee of the Board of Trustees and ensures the appropriate
staffing and planning for the office. Currently, the office
has a full-time professional staff of approximately 10.
Viable candidates will have at least 8-10 years of
experience as an auditor. If they are not coming from a peer
academic or medical institution, they will demonstrate the ability
to learn quickly and will have relevant audit experience with
large, matrixed, and highly complicated organization(s).
In addition, successful candidates will bring a track
record of effective leadership of high-performing teams and can
demonstrate experience reporting to and advising executive
leadership and governing boards; the ability to establish
relationships of trust with varied constituencies; the ability to
engender trust in ambiguous situations based on integrity, critical
thinking, and interpersonal skills. An active Certified
Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor certification is
required. Additional credentials, such as a master’s degree in
accounting or business management, and CFE, CISA, or CCEP
certifications, would be valued though are not required.
For a full description of the role, please see here.
Florida State University has retained Opus Partners to support the
recruitment of this position. Katie Dean, Associate Partner; and
Marisea Rivera, Senior Associate, are leading the search.
Applications, and nominations should be sent by email to Marisea
). Applications should include a cover letter and resume that
should address your experience related to the position
responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.
FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro
Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement
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