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Chief Institutional Auditor

Kennesaw State University

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Chief Institutional Auditor

Job ID: 242191
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
Are you ready to join a community leading in innovative teaching and learning? Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. With our growing enrollment and global reach, we are enjoying increased prominence among Georgia's colleges. We offer more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to over 43,000 students. Our entrepreneurial spirit, high-impact research, and Division I athletics also draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Our university's vibrant culture, diversity, career opportunities, and rich benefits make us an employer of choice. We are searching for talented people to join our mission. Come to KSU and find your passion.

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Job Summary
Responsible for pursuing the office's mission by functioning as an integral part of the corporate governance structure by enhancing the University's ability to achieve its mission, goals, and objectives. Reports to the University President and the Vice Chancellor of Internal Audit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Serves on the University President's Cabinet. Directs the internal audit function for the University, including its cooperative organizations, by performing operational, performance, compliance, information technology and financial audits and reviews. Responsibilities include providing management with independent analysis and evaluations of internal controls to ensure compliance with policies, processes, procedures, and regulations of the University and appropriate external agencies.

1. Manages the Internal Audit Department, establishes appropriate goals and objectives for the audit department, and develops and executes a comprehensive audit plan through the use of a risk assessment to effectively identify the University's potential exposure to loss or risk

2. Plans, executes and evaluates the institution's internal auditing program

3. Conducts risk-based audits, both scheduled and unscheduled, with concentration on policies, procedures, and practices that relate to the control safeguarding, and accountability of funds and assets

4. Conducts operational, financial and information technology audits to ensure compliance with policies, processes, procedures and laws for the University, Board of Regents, State of Georgia and the federal government

5. Supervises the internal audit staff, including an IT auditor and senior investigator, to ensure that audit and investigative work is performed effectively and in accordance with professional standards

6. Enhances and maintains the proficiency of departmental personnel through coaching, continuing education and participation in training

7. Maintains the Audit Policy and Operations Manual that establishes policies, processes and procedures for the department

8. Ensures the Manual is efficient and effective and that it complies with applicable professional standards

9. On an annual basis, conduct a self-assessment of the department's operations in accordance with the Institute of Internal Auditors professional standards

10. Directs and supervises audit staff in preparing and submitting audit/investigation programs and working papers using the audit software for each engagement/investigation

11. Directs and supervises audit staff to assist with planning, organizing, monitoring, and preparing the quarterly reports (i.e., Status of Audit Findings Report and Status of Audit Plan Report) required by the Board of Regents

12. Plans and coordinates post-fieldwork activities related to each audit assignment including discussions with management regarding audit observations, preparation of the audit report, submission of client satisfaction surveys, review of management responses, and reporting to the Board of Regents' Vice Chancellor of Internal Audit

13. Prepares and distributes reports on the results of reviews and audits including recommendations for modification of management practices, fiscal policies, and accounting procedures as justified by audit findings

14. On a periodic basis, reports to the University President and the Board of Regents' Vice Chancellor or Internal Audit on the status of the current year's audit plan and outstanding audit findings

15. Performs follow-up reviews to determine whether corrective actions to audit recommendations have been implemented

16. Annually assesses the audit department's performance and effectiveness

17. Ensures the Internal Audit Department receives an external quality assurance assessment at least every five years

18. Administers the Ethics and Compliance Program; manages the University's Ethics and Compliance Hotline, including participating on the Ethics & Compliance Triage Committee, and investigating allegations when appropriate

19. Keeps the University President informed on sensitive hotline incident reports

20. Investigates allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse in collaboration with other University departments as required (Legal Affairs, Human Resources, University Police, etc.)

21. Monitors the University's Conflict of Interest/Outside Activity disclosure tool. Provides advice to personnel regarding policy and disclosure requirements

22. Coordinates and plan the USG's annual Ethics Awareness Week activities

23. Develops and manages an enterprise risk management function for the University

24. Performs special reviews or investigations as requested by management

25. Facilitates communication and coordination of stakeholders for effective governance. Advises in the establishment or revision of accounting systems and procedures in various departments, colleges, or divisions. Provides advice upon request by the campus community regarding processes, practices, policies, and/or procedures

26. Participates on campus committees to assist and remain informed of impending changes in processes or functions

27. Maintains effective communications with the University President through regularly scheduled meetings

28. Represents the University at periodic meetings with the Board of Regents' Vice Chancellor of Internal Audit

29. Presents on topics related to auditing and accounting to business classes as requested or needed

Required Qualifications
Educational Requirements
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Accounting, Auditing, Information Systems or related field

Other Required Qualifications
Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Required Experience
Ten (10) years of internal or external auditing experience

Preferred Qualifications
Additional Preferred Qualifications
Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education (MBA, MAcc, or MSIS) preferred
Internal or external auditing experience in higher education or government.
Public accounting firm experience

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Demonstrated ability to lead and manage employees
Able to identify and evaluate key risks and related internal controls
Able to motivate others and promote teamwork and foster a cooperative work environment
Able to challenge the status quo, explain the necessity for change and help others accept and implement change
Able to apply business knowledge and practical experience to the identification, analysis and solution process
Able to work independently and be a self-starter, as well as work as an effective team member
Able to interact with executive leadership at the University and the University System of Georgia
Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines

Excellent presentation skills for presenting on topics related to auditing and accounting to business classes as requested or needed
Demonstrated skills in researching, collecting, and analyzing complex data, evaluating processes and internal controls and drawing logical conclusions
Continuously develop and improve auditing skills; demonstrate reliability; exhibit honesty and integrity; hold themselves accountable for words and actions; show respect for others; follow through on commitments; participate in professional training opportunities
Ensure the protection of information and data involved in audits, investigations, and special reviews
Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e. Microsoft Office suite)
Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin race religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

Other Information
This is a supervisory position.
This position has financial responsibilities.
No, this position will not be required to drive.
This role is considered a position of trust.
This position requires a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time

Background Check
  • Credit Report
  • Standard Enhanced + Education

Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest in the University System of Georgia with more than 22,500 undergraduate and graduate students representing 142 countries.

KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 384-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus.kennesaw_state_university1.jpg

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 70 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math and graduate degree programs in nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. The university’s expanding doctoral programs currently offer a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Learning, Doctorate of Business Administration and Doctorate of Nursing.

Additionally, nursing students from Kennesaw State have one of the highest passing rates on the statewide licensing exam and are highly sought-after in the medical community, while the College of Education is the second-largest preparer of teachers in the state. The Executive MBA program, housed in the Coles College of Business, is the second-largest program in the country and has been recognized by BusinessWeek.

kennesaw_state_university2.jpgKSU’s national reputation has gained steam and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years as an “Up-and-Coming Masters University in the South,” ranking among the top ten (8th) in the 2010 issue of “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, the university’s First-Year Experience has been named an “Academic Program to Look For” by U.S.News for seven consecutive years and was named one of 12 founding institutions in a project called "Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College."

The university has committed itself to expanding the global experience of students, faculty and staff through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), known as the "Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship" initiative, which began in 2007. This program focuses on increasing opportunities for international learning experiences. In spring 2009, KSU awarded its first Global Engagement Certification to graduate and undergraduate students. This certification recognizes students’ achievements in learning global perspectives and developing intercultural skills.

As a destination campus, KSU offers students plenty of opportunities to experience campus life by participating in more than 150 student groups and organizations, including student government, sororities and fraternities, club and intramural sports, social and special-interest organizations, student publications and honor societies.


In 2009, the Kennesaw State Owls completed a reclassification from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. During the transition from 2005-2009, KSU teams have won six Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments in five sports, including men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s soccer, softball and cross-country.

Kennesaw State University has been recognized as one of the top universities in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2009 Great Colleges to Work For.” KSU was recognized among the top 10 schools in six categories – confidence in senior leadership, teaching environment, collaborative governance, professional/career development programs, physical work space conditions and post-retirement benefits.

Kennesaw State was originally established by the University System of Georgia as Kennesaw Junior College serving 1,000 students. The college became a four-year institution in 1976 and was named Kennesaw College in 1977. In 1988, on its 25th anniversary, it was named Kennesaw State College and in 1996 became Kennesaw State University.

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