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Senior Auditor

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The Department of Internal Audit reports directly to the University of Colorado (CU) Board of Regents through its Regent Audit Committee to ensure the University receives high quality audit, investigative, educational, and consulting services across the entire CU system.  The Senior Auditor is responsible for planning and executing audit, investigative, and consultative engagements for the benefit of the university.  

Position Summary:

The individual in this position: (1) possesses knowledge associated with the professional practice of internal auditing; (2) applies theories, methods, principles, and practices associated with professional internal auditing; (3) performs duties associated with professional auditing 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.  In addition, this position requires adherence to the Code of Ethics promulgated by The Institute of Internal Auditors and the University’s Fiscal Code of Ethics.

This position reports functionally to the Director of Internal Audit and administratively to the Associate Vice President of Internal Audit (AVP) and 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: 

Functional and Technical Project Management

  • Able to identify, classify, rate, and communicate risks and issues on assigned audit areas accurately and succinctly.
  • Accountable for timely completion of audit activities throughout the audit cycle/process, ensuring testing is complete in a manner that clearly supports audit objectives.
  • Manages own time effectively.
  • Understands the annual risk assessment/audit plan, and individual audit objectives in relation to their role.
  • Takes responsibility for ownership of information and drives projects to timely completion.
  • Identifies and communicates creative approaches to overcome data or information challenges.
  • Familiar with and accurately apply the department’s testing methodology.
  • Uses insights for risk identification and audit completion.
  • Responsible for complete and error free audit project file.
  • Helps draft clear, concise, well-organized, and factual observations and reports.
  • Leverages technology and audit tools necessary to efficiently and effectively complete projects.
  • Communicates risks and issues to auditees timely throughout the audit.
  • Identifies project risks and barriers, and communicates them timely to the Senior Manager, Director and AVP.
  • Conducts self in a professional manner and delivers high quality work product that is consistent with project objectives, scope, and The Institute of Internal Auditors’ International Professional Practices Framework.
  • Develops project and work stream communications with minimal support.
  • Comfortable presenting to project team and stakeholders.
  • Exercises professional judgement and maintains confidentiality of sensitive and privileged information and communications.
  • Counsels the auditees regarding process quality, risk mitigation, and university objective achievement.
Department Planning and Administration

  • Stewards project resources, expenses, and budget.
  • Assists in the development of other audit team members.
Communication and Collaboration

  • Maintains personal independence/objectivity and appropriately handles related concerns in projects.
  • Identifies and takes action on opportunities to build strategic relationships between teams/departments to help achieve university goals.
  • Manages interpersonal conflict proactively.
  • Maintains professional appearance and attitude.
Education and Counseling

  • Seeks opportunities to support managers, directors and AVP in providing counsel and education to the university community through such mechanisms as workshops, committee participation, and consultation projects, to enhance the university’s understanding of sound business practices that improve process quality, risk mitigation, and university objective achievement, and strengthens the control environment.
  • Shares knowledge by preparing and delivering development sessions, counseling and education to department staff, peers, and others.
Continuous Improvement and Adaptability

  • Regularly assesses own competencies and acts on self-identified gaps and feedback from others.
  • Continuously improves knowledge and skills related to the theories, methods, and principles of the profession of internal auditing, and knowledge of the university environment.
  • Demonstrates improvement by consistently learning from and applying changes expressed through received feedback.
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. This position is located in Denver with the ability to work in a hybrid environment. 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 $70,000-$82,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

(if applicable) 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
Click here to access our Total Compensation Calculator to see what your total rewards could be at CU. This position is a University Staff position.

Additional taxable fringe benefits may be available.

More information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:

  • Knowledge, understanding, and ability to conduct work in accordance with the International Professional Practices Framework of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • 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 
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to examine and summarize complex data and trends to resolve issues, produce results, and draw broader conclusions (i.e., business acumen)
  • 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
  • Proficiency with the use of Microsoft Office programs and data analytics tools.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from and accredited institution of higher education, or equivalent professional experience (professional experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis)
  • Three (3) years’ professional audit related experience.
  • Local and regional travel to CU campuses. Travel is required on an “as needed” basis.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s of post-baccalaureate degree in business or field of study related to the work performed. 
  • Five (5) years’ professional audit related experience. 
  • Prior work experience in government, higher education, or research institution.
  • Health care, compliance, or fraud investigation experience.
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), or relevant audit-related certification.

Job Category: Audit and Legal
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jul 23, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing
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