The University of Southern California’s (USC) Office of the Senior Vice President, Administration (SVP) is seeking an Associate Senior Vice President (ASVP) of Audit Services to develop and oversee the internal audit program for the University. Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President, the ASVP will provide Senior Management and the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Board of Trustees with information and guidance regarding the adequacy and effectiveness of the University’s system of internal administrative and accounting controls, adherence with university policies and procedures, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and the quality of operating performance when compared to established standards. As such, the ASVP will serve as the University’s internal audit liaison with the responsibility for performing special investigations related to such matters, and facilitating the overall internal audit function, which is currently outsourced to EY.
Specific/Additional Accountabilities Include:
Serves as the University’s internal audit liaison, collaborating with Senior Management, Operating Management, the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Board of Trustees and Internal Audit Providers (EY) when appropriate. Will utilize outside specialists if/when necessary and coordinate with University Counsel as needed.
Performs special investigations related to matters involving internal administrative and accounting controls, accounting policies and procedures and operating performance, and will provide confidential information to Senior Management and the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Board of Trustees regarding the adequacy and effectiveness of such programs.
Determines priorities, scope and frequency of internal auditing activities for Internal Audit Providers and monitors and tracks disposition of audit findings and corrective action. Will obtain necessary approvals of Senior Management as required.
Interfaces with management to ensure effective communication of internal audit plans, schedules and issues, and provides Internal Audit Providers with feedback and organizational insights.
Authorizes the publication of internal audit reports; analyzes and evaluates the necessity versus cost/practicality of controls; assesses recommendations to ensure compliance with the University’s policies and procedures, GAAP, and applicable laws and regulations. Makes and discusses recommendations and resulting ramifications with management related to the function under review.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
The Ideal Candidate will have:
Minimum of bachelor’s degree in accounting or masters/doctoral level degree (MBA/EdD) and CPA designation
10 or more years of experience performing and/or overseeing examination of financial statements, compliance reviews, and internal audits, preferably from a Big 4 firm
Experience with higher education is preferred
Thorough knowledge of management principles and skills to effectively manage an internal audit process and conduct special investigations; thorough knowledge of GAAP (especially fund accounting)
Thorough understanding of automated accounting systems and computer operations including related auditing techniques and security procedures
Ability to work effectively and independently at a senior management level in a highly decentralized and diverse environment, responding creatively to the challenges of modifying organizational behavior, while remaining adept in problem formulation and resolution
Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills to deal effectively and tactfully with individuals at all levels
Internal Number: REQ20059061
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