The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
The director of Internal Audit plans, manages, and directs performance of independent audit and advisory service engagements and reporting results to management and to the board of directors. The director of Internal Audit is functionally considered the Chief Audit Executive at NREL. Planned engagements are identified at least annually through strategic and operational risk assessment and by direction of the Department of Energy. The annual plan may be modified throughout the year to respond to management requests for analyses, audits, and investigations. The director of Internal Audit is responsible for adherence to the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing. The position is chartered to report functionally to the Alliance for Sustainable Energy Board Finance and Audit Committee and administratively to the NREL Laboratory Director.
The director of Internal Audit is to assure that the audit activity maintains strict accountability for confidentiality and safeguarding records and information, is authorized full, free, and unrestricted access to any and all records, physical properties, and personnel pertinent to carrying out any engagement. The internal audit activity will also have free and unrestricted access to the Board.
The director of Internal Audit is to assure that the internal audit activity remains free from interference by any element in the organization, including matters of audit selection, scope, procedures, frequency, timing, or report content to permit maintenance of a necessary independent and objective mental attitude. The director of Internal Audit further assures that internal auditors exhibit the highest level of professional objectivity in gathering, evaluating, and communicating information about the activity or process being examined.
The scope of internal auditing at NREL encompasses, but is not limited to, the examination and evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of the organization's governance, risk management, and internal process as well as the quality of performance in carrying out assigned responsibilities to achieve stated goals and objectives. In addition, the director of Internal Audit is to communicate to senior management and the Board on the internal audit activity’s quality assurance and improvement program, including results of ongoing internal assessments and external assessments conducted at least every five years.
Required Education and Experience
Previous management, budget development and/or significant leadership in an individual contributor role required. Degree in appropriate field may be required.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
Demonstrated skill in dealing with legal and ethical management issues and practices. Broad and in-depth knowledge of the issues and best practices in the applicable field of expertise.
Excellent organization, project management, budgeting, interpersonal and communication skills. Proven problem-solving and negotiation skills. Ability to collaborate with individuals at all levels of the organization. Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and direct personnel with diverse skills, work styles and values, both directly and through subordinate management.
Additional Required Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
The internal audit activity at NREL is comprised of the director, three senior to principal auditors, and one intern. Required candidate qualifications include a master’s degree in business, accounting, or public administration; at least 10 years in a management position; and experience in federal government contractor organizations. At least one professional certification is required in accounting, auditing, or fraud examination.
Preferred candidate qualifications include CPA, CIA, CMA, CFM, CGFM, CFE, CICA, or CCS. Also preferred is experience in evaluating organizational compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations, Statements of Federal Financial Accounting Standards, and federal appropriations law.
NREL is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. NREL promotes a work environment that does not discriminate against workers or job applicants and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, ancestry, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or veteran status, including special disabled veterans.
NREL validates right to work using E-Verify. NREL will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. For additional information, please see www.nrel.gov/employment/eeo.html .