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Associate Vice President and Chief Audit Officer

Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

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Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents, Other Executive Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Emory University seeks an experienced leader to serve as Associate Vice President and Chief Audit Officer (AVP/CAO). The next AVP/CAO will bring subject-matter expertise, sound judgment, and a strategic understanding of risk-based audit approaches to their leadership of this important area. They will join a newly reconfigured office that integrates Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management, University Ethics and Compliance, Public Safety, and University Data Analytics to inform and advise the University’s board of trustees and leadership on its financial integrity, operational efficiency and effectiveness, and regulatory positioning. Through excellence in this enterprise-wide function, the AVP/CAO contributes to Emory’s tripartite mission of education, research, and patient care. 

The Internal Audit Division (IAD) is organized into three main teams: University and Research, Healthcare and Information Technology, and Analytics. Reporting to the Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, the AVP/CAO oversees execution of the enterprise internal audit strategy and day-to-day operations for the IAD, within its Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework, in support of Emory University’s and Emory Healthcare’s mission and vision. The AVP/CAO reports results and outcomes to Emory leadership and to the Audit and Compliance Committee (ACC) of the Board of Trustees. The AVP/CAO has the fiduciary responsibility to generate important insights into Emory’s operational, financial, and reputational integrity.

The AVP/CAO role presents significant opportunities to drive change and enhance organizational effectiveness across Emory University and Emory Healthcare. The AVP/CAO will build upon and support existing initiatives towards implementing best practices across the institution, linking them to risk frameworks that cover both the university and academic medical center environments. They will guide a risk-based approach that responds to rapidly emerging areas, such as privacy, third-party risk, and cybersecurity – all alongside the wide array of challenges always faced by a large, dynamic, decentralized, world-class university and academic medical center. Partnership with key offices across the enterprise will be critical to achieve the vision of Internal Audit’s support and enabling of a best-in-class institution.

The AVP/CAO will be required to have a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or other business-related field from a respected college or university and while an MBA is desirable, a CPA, CA and/or CIA is preferred.


For a full description of the role, please see here.


To Apply

Emory University has retained Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this position. Craig Smith, Partner; Kenna Boyd, Associate Partner; and Chris Stadler, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Applications and nominations should be sent by email to  Applications should include a cover letter and resume that should address the candidate’s experience related to the responsibilities and qualifications outlined in this position description.


Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in university programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity, and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone: 404-727-9867 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD). Emory University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Department of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD). Please note that one week's advance notice is preferred.

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