Reporting to the Chief Audit Executive (CAE), this client-facing position will be responsible for defining, planning, and executing audits to evaluate operational, compliance, financial, and strategic risks and related internal controls. This position will work with the CAE and the University’s co-sourced internal audit services provider to ensure successful completion of the audit plan and other internal audit activities. The Senior Internal Auditor will also serve as a risk and controls advisor, working across the institution to improve the control environment and solve complex issues. This unique role will provide exposure to a variety of areas in a University setting, including administration, research, academics, operations and information technology.
The Senior Internal Auditor will perform primary duties and responsibilities, such as: •Identify and assess financial, operational, compliance, and strategic risks, and their reputational components, and evaluate the effectiveness of policies, procedures, systems, and internal controls to mitigate these risks. •Understand current manual and automated operating processes and related internal controls operating centrally and at the unit level through research, interviews, observation, and testing and be able to effectively capture these in process flows and/or narratives. •Test transactions (utilizing automated and/or traditional auditing methods) and analyze results to identify the themes and underlying root causes. •Develop practical and effective solutions to improve processes, systems, and the control environment and gain agreement on these corrective actions from management. •Prepare formal written reports that provide proper perspective and summarize observations that effectively communicate issues, control deficiencies, and additional opportunities to improve and mature processes and controls. These reports will also summarize the agreed-upon risk mitigation activities. •Perform activities that include interviews, inspection, and testing to determine the implementation status of agreed-upon action items. •Monitor project status and issues on a timely basis and report progress and issues to the project lead or CAE. •Work independently and interact appropriately with all levels of personnel, building robust working relationships, and establishing a network of institutional and industry contacts. •Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Higher Education industry and proactively monitor and incorporate industry trends and risks into audit activities. •Perform assigned duties in accordance with the accepted professional standards requiring: •Independence and objectivity, •Knowledge of accounting principles and standards, proper financial and administrative control procedures and good business practices, and •Ability to assess risk, relative to the proper application of controls.
- Three to five years of External or Internal Audit experience - Public accounting experience; Not-for-profit, Higher Education and/or Healthcare industry experience. - Track record of risk assessment, problem identification, analytical problem solving, and issue resolution. - The ability to learn quickly with strong foundation in understanding and assessing processes and controls - Excellent written/verbal communication skills with the ability to regularly present to groups - Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) - Availability and willingness to work as needed outside of usual business hours of Georgetown University. - Experience with Microsoft Office and audit tools (e.g., ACL). Knowledge of higher education systems, applications, and software including Banner, WorkDay, and GMS.
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