Audit Director, Office of Audit and Compliance

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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The Audit Director performs varied and complex administrative duties, directs the audit projects and human resources of the Office of Audit and Compliance (OAC) for East Tennessee units and operations, conducts risk assessments and identifies projects for the annual audit plan, and serves as a resource to campus management, primarily at UT Knoxville, the Institute for Public Service, the Institute of Agriculture, and System Administration on matters of university policy and best business practices. This position oversees and administers the offices located in Knoxville. The Director is responsible for recruitment, supervision, and retention of Knoxville-area team members (principal auditor and an audit manager who supervises two senior auditors and two staff auditors) and may supervise and direct other UT System auditors for specific projects or to accomplish the department’s mission. The Director oversees the audit function for East Tennessee by directing, supervising, and conducting complex  audit work, including audit, consulting, and investigative projects for UT Knoxville and System Administration, including those of the Institute of Agriculture and Institute of Public Service. The director may also oversee system-wide projects and initiatives to accomplish the annual audit plan. This position concurrently directs, manages, and conducts multiple projects to completion, including drafting, editing, and finalizing written reports. The work conducted requires extensive interaction with coworkers and clients, excellent oral and written communication skills, sound judgment, and experience in handling personnel matters. This work requires a high degree of initiative and is performed under very limited supervision. This position is a member of the OAC leadership team, reporting directly to the chief audit and compliance officer.

Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in accounting or other relevant business field, information systems, public administration, higher education administration, or other field with related professional experience
  • Ten years of experience in progressively responsible leadership position(s) within a public or private college or university, a state or federal agency, an accounting/auditing firm, or with a private industry, including at least five years of supervisory/management experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Knowledge of current internal audit philosophy and practices
  • Skill in preparing or monitoring the preparation of comprehensive reports, interpreting and applying policies and regulations, and conducting interviews
  • Ability to present training and information on fraud prevention, effective controls, and best practices to faculty, staff, and management
  • Ability to organize work; to conceptualize and prioritize objectives; to evaluate evidence; to exercise independent judgment based on University of Tennessee policies and regulations; to plan, implement, evaluate and report activities; to allocate the workload of employees; to provide training and supervision; to establish and maintain work relationships
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining working relationships and managing and resolving conflicts
  • Ability to supervise multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining quality and timeliness
  • Willingness to travel
  • Ability to coach, motivate, and provide performance feedback to team members
  • Knowledge and awareness of necessity to maintain confidentiality and objectivity
  • Demonstrated soundness of judgment necessary to act on behalf of the Executive Director
  • Ability to interact with and communicate information to senior management and the Audit and Compliance Committee 
  • Sense of urgency in approaching responsibilities
  • Competent in Microsoft Office Word and Excel
Preferred Qualifications:

  • A  master's degree 
  • Professional certification such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) also preferred
  • Experience with a large public university system 
  • Experience auditing in a higher education environment
  • Experience working with data analysis tools
  • Active participation in professional organizations in a leadership role, speaking, writing articles, or active committee participation
  • Experience in building, training, and developing strong audit teams.

Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Office Of Audit And Compliance
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 14, 2021, 10:54:02 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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