Associate Director - Internal Audit
University of Delaware - Newark, DE

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Pay Grade: 33E


Internal Audit assists the University in accomplishing its objectives by bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of business risk management, control, and internal operating processes that support the University’s core missions of teaching, research, and service. The University is a complex diversified organization with approximately 300 departments having a wide range of operations with unique internal control and audit considerations, an annual operating budget of nearly $1 billion – approximately $200 million is federal research funding -- and $3 billion in assets.

Under the limited direction of the Director, and as a member of the senior Internal Audit professional team, the Associate Director manages a staff of professional auditors who perform audits to evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls, compliance with University policies and procedures, and adherence to government contract/grant requirements.

The Associate Director assists the Director in determining and meeting the needs of the Board of Trustees Audit Visiting Committee and senior administrators relative to audits and controls. This position works with the Director to formulate Audit Department policy, practices, and with the development of the Internal Audit Plan. This position also contributes to the Audit Visiting Committee package and attends, participates, and presents to the Audit Visiting Committee.

The Associate Director is responsible for managing the systematic, independent, and objective verification, analysis, and appraisal of the University's systems, financial transactions, and internal operating controls, with emphasis on critical University-wide systems and compliance with University policies, procedures, applicable laws and regulations. This position also conducts sensitive investigations of alleged improprieties received through the University's Financial Compliance Hotline and other sources.

This position represents Internal Audit in the absence of the Director, coordinates audit testing with external auditors, undertakes special projects at the request of senior management, and assists in the administration of the Internal Auditing Department as requested.

  • Acts in the absence of the Director.
  • Assists the Director in developing and implementing Internal Audit policies, procedures and training programs.

  • Manages a staff of auditors and also conducts audit work directly as needed.

  • Assists the Director in administering the Internal Audit Department in the areas of Audit Visiting Committee presentations, personnel selection, supervision and annual evaluations.

  • Independently communicates and presents to senior administrators and the Audit Visiting Committee on behalf of the Audit Department.

  • Through use of risk assessment, identifies and evaluates financial, IT, operations, and federal grant compliance issues to develop overall audit strategy.

  • Executes IT, financial, operational, and federal grant compliance audit reviews of various types of complex computer systems and business processes to maintain compliance with applicable University policy, laws and regulations.

  • Performs sensitive and confidential special investigations arising from reports received from the University's Compliance Hotline and other sources.

  • Supervises staff members assigned to audit projects and reviews audit work papers to ensure adherence to professional standards, including sufficient documentation to support formal reports to management and the Board of Trustees Audit Visiting Committee.

  • Writes clear, effective and actionable audit reports.

  • Reviews findings and recommendations with University administrators and accountable managers in a way that gains their acceptance of the proposed changes and promotes professional rapport.

  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, computer science, or other related discipline with a minimum of eight years audit and people management experience in a complex business environment.

  • Current CPA, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or comparable certification.

  • Internal or external audit experience in a University environment is preferred.

  • Relationship management skills as demonstrated by the ability to cultivate and maintain value-added relationships with senior administrators, project leaders and departments.

  • Demonstrated staff development skills through history of having recruited, led, and advanced careers of staff auditors.

  • Experience in conducting investigations is preferred.

  • Project management skills and the ability to work independently to balance and manage multiple assignments and set priorities.

  • High degree of analytical ability to delve into detail while maintaining a broader business perspective on issues.

  • Flexibility and the ability to change priorities quickly and capacity to handle multiple tasks.

  • Effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Experience in using data analysis tools preferred.

How To Apply

When applying please submit a one-page cover letter and your resume as one document. Also, please remember to provide names, addresses and telephone number of at least three references in the online application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

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