Chief Audit Executive
Vacancy # 14E140
Position # 0045
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is seeking a Chief Audit Executive, to assume office on or before October 1, 2014.
The Chief Audit Executive is the lead organizational audit official reporting to the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees, with administrative reporting to the Chancellor. The Chief Audit Executive is a high level independent executive with overall responsibility for the internal audit function, with a focus on adding value to and improving the institution’s operations, risk management, and compliance. This position serves as an advisor and resource to the University’s senior management, providing strategic audit and risk assessment across the institution, and building and leading an Audit Office that provides internal audit best practices in accordance with the professional standards of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Association of College and University Auditors. S/he will assist the University in accomplishing its goals and objectives by bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to audit and risk, control and governance processes and also serves as an advisor to senior leaders throughout the organization.
The Audit Department supports the mission of the University by partnering with University Management and assisting the Board of Trustees, through role of the Audit Committee, in the effective discharge of their responsibilities to protect the assets and reputation of the University and to promote operational effectiveness and efficiency. The Audit Office is committed to promoting risk based auditing and compliance services by collaborating with the Institutional Risk Management Committee and the responsible offices. The Chief Audit Executive will serve as a member of the Institutional Risk Management Committee.
The Audit Office is comprised of four professionals including the CAE who provide information, analysis, appraisal, recommendations, and counsel concerning audits and reviews performed. The Audit Office conducts audits and reviews of all university entities and major business systems in accordance with an annual plan of coverage based on an institution-wide risk assessment; coordinates audit activities with the Internal Audit staff at General Administration and with the Office of the State Auditor.
The Chief Audit Executive will provide the necessary leadership to ensure that the function is aligned with the Audit Charter and that departmental resources are aligned and consistent with the organization’s objectives. S/he will:
- Establish appropriate policies and procedures to guide the internal audit function, and ensure the quality of the assurances services delivered.
- Build, lead, and support an integrated audit plan for all aspects of the university.
- Create an environment of communication, education, and advisory services.
- Ensure that staff has appropriate professional qualifications and skills, and opportunities for sufficient training and development to maintain and develop their professional competence.
- Communicate a clear vision, strategy, and model for internal audit.
- Mentor and support the Internal Audit staff and support their professional development.
- Work collaboratively across campus, providing education, training, networking, and skill building opportunities to faculty and staff around topics of risk assessment, best practices, and compliance.
- Develop an audit plan that considers the input of management and the Audit Committee, including:
- Coordinating internal audit activities and plans with other internal and external providers of assurance and consulting activities to ensure proper coverage and minimize duplication of effort;
- Communicating plan of engagement and resource requirements, including significant interim plan changes to the Audit Committee; and
- Ensuring resources are appropriate, sufficient, and effectively deployed to achieve the internal audit plan approved by the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees.
- Assure that appropriate supervision is provided for all engagements.
- Inform the Audit Committee of significant issues of risk, control, or management practice.
- Work with University leaders to develop the necessary controls to reduce enterprise risk.
- Serve as a member of the Institutional Risk Management Committee.
The successful candidate will be innovative and collaborative with excellent leadership, management and team-building skills. S/he will have demonstrated success and relevant experience with large, complex organizations.
The Chief Audit Executive will have the following experiences, capabilities, and attributes:
- Proven seasoned leadership success across broad and decentralized environments of comparable size and complexity, and the energy and interest to work with all divisions of the university;
- Creative ability to develop fiscal policies, procedures, programs, and systems in a complex environment;
- Solid technical skills and knowledge in the areas of financial reporting, taxes, and accounting;
- A strong and confident listener and communicator who brings a calm presence, builds consensus, and engenders trust;
- Demonstrated ability to lead strategically through influence and persuasion;
- Distinct appreciation for the mission, traditions, and culture of the University;
- Demonstrated ability to establish credibility with all constituencies – senior leadership, dean, faculty, staff, and student – based upon great integrity, critical thinking, outstanding operational performance, and excellent interpersonal skills and political savvy;
- Experience related to enterprise risk management and compliance programs;
- Success with and comfort in cultural change and re-engineering processes;
- A persistent and persuasive approach to challenges and people, an ability to work in environments with ambiguity and uncertainty;
- A manager who mentors and leads by example;
- An articulate and engaging spokesperson;
- Background in higher education is a plus but not required;
- Bachelor's degree is required. A CPA certification and/or advanced degree in a relevant field is strongly preferred.
UNCW is located in Wilmington, NC – an historic, coastal, seaport community of 100,000 between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. Founded in 1947, UNC Wilmington is one of the fastest growing institutions in the UNC system and one of the premier Comprehensive institutions in the Southeast. UNCW has approximately 14,000 degree-seeking students in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing. We have about 1,800 faculty and staff, and $278 million in total annual operating budget.
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by August 8, 2014, however applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, please complete the online application process available on the Web at http://consensus.uncw.edu A letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to the Director, University Audit Search Committee and attached to the online application – not emailed or mailed. MS Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required. For questions regarding the online application process contact Jennifer Coombs at 910-962-3196 or firstname.lastname@example.org Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and not subject to public release.
UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.