Associate Vice President of Internal Audit

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DescriptionPosition Summary:
The Associate Vice President (AVP) manages CU’s Department of Internal Audit to ensure that the Board of Regents and the university receive high quality audit, investigative, educational, and consulting services across the entire university system. The AVP of Internal Audit also coordinates external audits, serves as the university's liaison with the State Auditor's Office, and assists the Regent Audit Committee in carrying out its obligations. 

The individual in this position: (1) possesses advanced knowledge associated with the professional practice of internal auditing and applies the associated theories, methods, principles, and practices; (2) provides leadership, supervision, and direction for department staff; (3) performs related duties that are predominantly intellectual and varied in nature, requiring creative, analytical, evaluative, interpretive, and/or critical thinking; and (4) exercises discretion and independent judgment, requiring only general supervision for day-to-day tasks.

This security-sensitive position requires a criminal and financial background check for initial appointments or at any time when determined by the position’s supervisory authority to be in the best interests of the university.

The AVP of Internal Audit reports functionally to the University of Colorado Board of Regents through its Regent Audit Committee and administratively to the Vice President, University Counsel & Secretary to the Board of Regents. This position is exempt from the State of Colorado Classified Staff System.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: 

Management of Internal Audit Processes and Objectives

  • Plans, develops, directs, and executes a comprehensive, independent, university-wide program of internal audit, consulting, and investigation services, with the objective of mitigating risk and adding value by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of university operations, internal control, governance and compliance.
  • Ensures all work is in accordance with the CU Department of Internal Audit Charter and professional standards promulgated by The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and using guidance from other related professional bodies as appropriate, such as the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
  • Coordinates department interaction and communication with the Board of Regents and the university president.
  • Consults with university management regarding audit planning, results and other matters, such as improving program administration. 
  • Coordinates and cooperates with external auditors and provides information on external audits to appropriate parties.
  • Coordinates the development of the agendas for Regent Audit Committee meetings. 
  • Informs the committee of important findings, developments, and activities as required by the committee’s charter and work plan.
  • Follows-up on both internal and external audit recommendations and advises management and the Regent Audit Committee as appropriate. 
Department Management

  • Develops and maintains an expertise in the areas of university audit, business, and accounting standards in order to be a resource to department staff and the university community.
  • Has oversight responsibilities for the recruiting, training, evaluating, and professional development of staff members. 
  • Ensures audit staff members have access to and knowledge of up-to-date federal, state, and university laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Develops short and long-range objectives for the Department of Internal Audit.
  • Manages fiscal and physical resources of the department effectively.
  • Supervises support staff to maximize productivity and development.
Who we are: System Administration, which also houses the Office of the President, is located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver with a few smaller offices located on the campuses.  However, this position is located in Denver.  Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses, but System Administration is not considered a campus. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty.  Learn more about CU System Administration.

The University of Colorado has been proactive in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information.

What we offer:

Salary: The salary range has been established at $180,000-$270,000.

The University of Colorado has been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and has issued furloughs for select employee groups. This position may be subject to furlough. You can visit our furlough FAQ for more information.

Benefits: The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including:

  • Medical: Multiple plan options
  • Dental: Multiple plan options
  • Additional Insurance: Disability, Life, Vision and Wellness
  • Retirement 401(a) Plan: Employer contributes 10% of your gross pay
  • Paid Time Off: Accruals over the year
    • Vacation Days: 22
    • Sick Days: 15
    • Holiday Days: 10
  • Tuition Benefit: System employees have the benefit on all campuses 
  • ECO Pass: RTD Bus and light rail service
  • Additional Perks & Programs: Click here to access a few more Perks and Programs
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Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:

  • Knowledge of CU’s organizations, fiscal management, and governance
  • Knowledge and understanding of the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing
  • Collaboration skills, including the ability to work with others from different areas and backgrounds to reach a common goal 
  • Computer skills, including the ability to utilize Microsoft Office programs (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) and learn and experiment with new software and systems
  • Interpersonal skills, including the ability to facilitate interaction, communication, and teamwork between others
  • Oral, written, and listening communication skills, including the ability to accurately interpret what others are saying and convey messages, information, concepts, and details accurately and clearly
  • Organizational skills, including the ability to set and meet goals and deadlines, manage appointments, create schedules, coordinate and facilitate meetings, and make decisions 
  • Employee management, supervision, and team building skills, including the ability to train and coach others, communicate effectively, manage conflict, reward good behavior, and establish and maintain accountability 
  • Ability to follow and uphold ethical guidelines, standards, and integrity and adhere to core character values of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship

QualificationsMinimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, or equivalent professional experience (professional experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis)
  • Thirteen (13) years’ professional experience as an internal auditor for a complex organization similar in size and scope to the University of Colorado
  • Seven (7) years’ experience in a leadership role, which includes directing a major business function, developing and implementing strategies and initiatives, and managing personnel and finances
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the field of  accounting, business, or related field 
  • Sixteen (16) years’ professional experience as an internal auditor, as indicated above
  • Nine (9) years’ experience in a leadership role, as indicated above
  • Prior work experience working with or in government or an institution of higher education

Job Category: Executive
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Nov 2, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 11/3/2020
Application Due: 12/4/2020
Work Type: Full Time