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Position OverviewThe newly formed Office of Audit, Risk & Compliance provides leadership and university-wide services that strengthen accountability, identify and mitigate significant risks, and investigate and resolve allegations of non-compliance with federal and state laws. The Risk and Compliance Program Manager works directly with the Vice Chancellor for Audit, Risk & Compliance/Chief Risk Officer and others to fulfill this mission through implementation of a sustainable integrated risk management program for the university and its affiliated entities.

The incumbent will serve as a strategic partner to leaders of compliance, internal audit, risk management, and security in the execution of the strategic vision of their programs. They will drive the development, creation and implementation of high quality, integrated cross-functional project plans for the enterprise risk management program (ERM) and multiple initiatives in support of the university's overall risk management strategy. In addition, the program manager may be asked to lead or participate in special department, cross functional, or team projects.

The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills, keen attention to detail, and the ability to work collaboratively with senior leadership and risk and compliance professionals across the university, including the Lawrence Campus and KU Medical Center. The position will enhance the university's risk function by leveraging emerging technologies and data analytics to ensure the maintenance and implementation of best-in-class risk practices. Job Description70%- Program and Project Management Responsibilities:
  • Work with and lead multiple, cross functional teams to develop, implement, and maintain an integrated risk management program that is consistent with regulatory standards and industry best practices.
  • Support the implementation of the University’s enterprise risk management (ERM) program and supporting committee structure.
  • Administer and operate GRC toolsets and supporting systems to automate processes and programs to gain efficiencies.
  • Participate in the creation and review of policies, standards and procedures/guidance documents.
  • Leverage data analytics to identify and monitor key risk and performance indicators for opportunities and threats to the achievement of organizational objectives and performance expectations.
  • Review industry, trade, and regulatory publications to remain current on compliance, operational, IT security, and other risks relevant to higher education and academic medical centers.
  • Execute with strong project management skills and steer outcomes through leadership on assigned projects and teams.
15%- Advisory:
  • Promote increased risk awareness and the value of business process change and identify opportunities to strengthen the risk mitigation strategy of the university.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the university’s operational objectives, identify barriers to achieving the objectives and contribute value by offering solutions for more successful execution.
  • Build and maintain strong client relationships through collaboration and institutional community involvement and be recognized as a solution-driven, trusted advisor.
15%- Relationships/ Personnel:
  • Maintain a strong service focus by developing productive working relationships and regular communication with university leadership and key personnel.
  • Foster a consultative role with management throughout the university and its affiliated entities.
  • Participate and partner with key personnel on advisory groups and/or steering committees.
  • Supervise, coach, and mentor graduate student interns in performance of their work to support the Office’s mission.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  1. Master’s degree in business, public administration, or a related field and three years of professional experience in project management, ERM, risk management, audit, or a related area or a bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, or related field and five years of professional experience.
  2. Experience in compliance, information security, IT audit, internal audit, or risk management.
  3. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and team collaboration applications.
  4. Experience in project management and working collaboratively within a team environment.
  5. Demonstrated experience in applying analytical methods to work products.
  6. Strong verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated by previous work history, application materials, interview and references.
  7. Experience in managing multiple tasks and maintaining detailed requirements.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Experience in the use of GRC applications or related technologies to support enterprise-wide risk management, compliance, and audit activities.
  2. Experience with the development and implementation of ERM programs.
  3. Work experience in higher education or an academic medical center.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application consists of:

A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met.
3 Professional References

Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Application deadline is Monday, December 1, 2021.
Contact Information to ApplicantsJohn Curran
[email protected] Advertised Salary RangeStarting at $80,000 Application Review Begins02-Dec-2021 Anticipated Start Date10-Jan-2022


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The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

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The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

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KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.


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Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

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