Chancellor's Division

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 Position

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:

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:

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  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 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.



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