The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is an autonomous public policy organization dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets by fostering high quality performance by public company auditors; convening and collaborating with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues requiring action and intervention; and advocating policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions. Based in Washington, DC, and representing a membership of approximately 650 public company auditing firms, the CAQ is a self-supporting nonprofit organization that is entirely funded by member dues and is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs
Working closely with and under the direction of CAQ leadership:
Help coordinate activities and meetings of CAQ committees, task forces, and working groups involving member firms and
stakeholders: contribute to / lead creation of agenda packages based on input from CAQ senior staff and committee/task
force representatives; participate in / lead group calls, articulating CAQ views clearly and concisely, research, gather, analyze, and prepare discussion documents and meeting summaries/highlights; document issues arising at meetings
that are of interest to other CAQ members; follow detailed work schedules to ensure deadlines are met.
Research, gather, analyze, and prepare materials used in the preparation of CAQ comment letters on key federal regulatory policy proposals issued by the SEC and PCAOB. Bring technical knowledge to bear in drafting and editing; meet timelines for
completion of key deliverables.
Gather, analyze, and prepare information based on current market developments that can be used to craft communications for CAO stakeholders, as well as technical content, tools, and webcasts for auditors of public companies
Stay abreast of SEC and PCAOB technical and policy developments and those of federal regulatory agencies through appropriate professional meetings, outreach, and communication.
Participate in ad hoc technical meetings and contribute to related projects.
Respond to technical inquiries regarding public company auditing and direct inquiries to other sources as appropriate
When required, attend industry or regulatory meetings on issues relating to the public company auditing profession and provide summaries and highlights, including policy and strategic implications, to team members.
Help prepare and update information valuable to auditors of public companies for the members-only website
Help foster a positive working relationship between the CAQ, members of the profession, and regulatory staff
Bachelors Degree in Accounting; current CPA license strongly desired
5 - 8 years public accounting/public company auditing or comparable experience
Demonstrated ability to successfully administer projects and timelines, including the ability to work well under tight time
Demonstrated experience working in cross-functional teams to meet deadlines and achieve established goals.
Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to research
and provide information when drafting letters to regulatory agencies on technical and rulemaking issues, and to report on public and non-public meetings and events of interest to CAQ staff and members.
Project management skills; highly organized and detail-oriented with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively while handling multiple projects
Strong communication skills, including writing and editing skills
Professional discretion and flexibility to quickly adapt to changes in priorities.
Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to work collaboratively within a team environment; must be able to interact with executive-level individuals of public accounting firms and regulatory staff
Excellent judgment, decision-making, and problem solving skills
Self-starter, innovative, and resourceful
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