Executive Director of Internal Audit
Under the guidance of the Vice Chancellor & Chief Audit Officer, assists in the leadership and operations of the internal audit department, including annual risk assessment and audit planning/scheduling. Performs work that is consistent with the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Code of Ethics, International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and Statement of Responsibilities. Develops and maintains constructive business relationships with all levels of management and operational employees, supports departmental goals, and manages ongoing projects.
• Support the Chief Audit Officer in the development of the annual audit plan using input from stakeholders. Conducting Engagements
• Oversee and provide quality control for the department’s audits to ensure departmental goals and objectives are met and that professional standards are maintained at all times.
• Ensure completion of audit assignments to provide independent and objective assurance.
• Direct the performance of staff in the conduct of a comprehensive program of audits.
• Consult, as requested, on internal control aspects of business practices and policies. Reporting
• Ensure that the follow-up status of material issues are reported to senior management and the Committee on Internal Audit, Risk, and Compliance.
• Facilitate reporting to the Committee on Internal Audit, Risk, and Compliance on any concerns, accomplishments or what is in progress for reporting period.
• Contributes to the enhancement of the system-wide audit program through participation of system-wide initiatives and sharing of best practices.
People Management and Development
• Manage and oversee team performance through performance planning and coaching.
• Hold project managers accountable for managing and developing their assignments.
• Provide ongoing feedback to the team to ensure they develop the skills and competencies required for effective planning and individual professional career growth.
• Inspire the team by providing them with the information and tools they need to do their jobs and meet customer expectations.
• Deal with performance issues, discipline as necessary and address poor standards, ensuring department goals and customer satisfaction is not compromised.
• Deploy resources as necessary to ensure the right mix of skills and strengths are being leveraged as effectively as possible. Improving the Practice of Audits/Championing Risk Management
• Build relationships with leaders across the University System of Georgia to understand issues and identify areas for improvement for the University System of Georgia as a whole.
• Support and encourage team members to be proactive in identifying opportunities to share best practices to improve the control environment.
• Develop new methodologies to improve the audit process.
• Formulate plans that ensure application of system-wide philosophy and vision.
• Contribute to the improvement and enhancement of the system-wide audit function through relationships with campus audit directors and through participation in workgroups and meetings.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field, from an accredited college or university.
Six years related professional/managerial experience.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Leadership – Demonstrate, practice and implement constructive leadership techniques for complex situations. Ability to assume projects in progress and reach satisfactory conclusions. Identify training and development opportunities for staff auditors.
Supervision - Provide direct and constructive supervision of audit team members; Apply appropriate disciplinary action when needed. Motivate and mentor team members; Evaluate staff auditor’s performance. Assign audit teams based on audit team member’s strengths, weaknesses, and training/development needs.
Analytical – Collect, research and analyze complex data in order to reach a logical and constructive conclusion. Apply multiple analytical and statistical protocols to challenge reported conclusions.
Design - Generate solutions/recommendations; Write, edit and test audit programs; Translate concepts and information into images (flowcharts, graphs, charts, etc.); Demonstrate strong attention to detail; Assemble reports in appropriate context. Re-engineer audit processes as needed to accomplish annual audit schedule and priorities.
Problem Solving - Identify and resolve problems in a timely and practical manner; Work with audit team in problem solving situations. Conduct mediation sessions as needed to resolve conflict.
Project Management - Complete assigned audit program and special projects within deadlines. Change scope and/or additional resources needed to complete projects within deadlines; Summarize and report status of audits. Compile final audit statistics, including analysis of hours budgeted and hours used. Compile and present annual auditing productivity reports to Vice Chancellor.
Client Services - Respond appropriately to auditee’s requests for information and professional advice and/or needs; Solicit client feedback to improve quality of audit work. Interpersonal Skills – Ability to work cooperatively, professionally and constructively in teams and diverse audit environments; Maintain open communication with audit team members and management; Maintain confidentiality; Practice excellent listening skills and allow other to complete communication without interruption; Keep emotions under control; Remain open to and respect for ideas of others.
Oral Communication – Discuss, evaluate and resolve barriers to completing assigned work and/or meeting deadlines. Coach staff auditors in auditing techniques and quality improvement opportunities.
Written Communication – Review final audit reports in appropriate context as related to the mission of the institution audited; Provide appropriate coaching notes to staff auditors when necessary; Vary writing style to fit appropriate situations; Present financial and statistical data effectively.
Teamwork – Work cooperatively and effectively with audit team members; Assist other team members when needed to complete audit programs and/or meet deadlines; Balance team and individual responsibilities; Exhibit objectivity and openness to new ideas; Accept direction and feedback and provide direction and feedback to the audit team; Contribute to building a positive team spirit.
Judgment – Make sound decisions; Exhibit sound and accurate judgment; Support and explain rationale for decisions made; Make timely and constructive decisions; Apply and facilitate appropriate problem solving and conflict resolution techniques.
Planning/Organizing – High competency in time management and resource analysis.
Professionalism - Approach others in a tactful manner; React well under pressure; Treat others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accept responsibility for one’s own actions; Follow through on commitments; Participate in the auditing profession; Strive for professional certification(s).
Quality - Demonstrate very high quality in work performed; Identify and implement new methods for improving quality; Apply feedback to improve quality of work and performance;
Dependability – Meet deadlines; Report to work on time; Keep commitments; Commit to extra work hours when necessary to meet deadlines; Stay in close communication with Vice Chancellor at all times and perform additional duties as assigned.
Ethics – Performs professional work in compliance with the Institute of Internal Audit Code of Ethics; Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and upholds organizational values.
Professional Development – Participates in local, regional, and/or national professional training opportunities.
Computer Skills: Expert-level use of audit and financial software; Expert-level use of department’s analytical and word processing software.
Language Skills: Excellent understanding of appropriate audit jargon and diverse writing styles; Ability to speak concisely and effectively with senior management.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to apply complex statistical principals and concepts to produce high quality audit findings and reports.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to analyze complex situations and/or problems and resolve conflict to an appropriate conclusion.