Syracuse University seeks an experienced leader to serve as Executive Director of Internal Audit. As a key, strategic business partner and trusted advisor responsible for addressing a wide range of business, financial, operational, and compliance risks, the Executive Director will function as the subject matter expert and thought leader responsible for promoting and instilling effective controls and industry best practices throughout the University.
The Executive Director is responsible for developing and overseeing an effective internal audit program for the University. In doing so, the Executive Director will take a disciplined approach to evaluating and improving the overall effectiveness of the University’s risk management and controls process. S/he will advise senior management and the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees on the adequacy and effectiveness of the University’s systems and controls while ensuring adherence to University policies and procedures as well as compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The Executive Director will serve the Audit Committee and the University in their efforts to mitigate risk and protect University interests.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer administratively and to the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees functionally, the Executive Director provides guidance to Ernst & Young, the University’s co-sourced internal audit partner. As the University’s internal audit liaison, the Executive Director will leverage the expertise of Ernst & Young to ensure that the University maintains a robust internal audit program that is aligned with the institution’s overarching strategic plan and senior management objectives.
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services with extensive experience in providing internal audit, risk management, and internal controls consulting services. Syracuse University benefits from Ernst & Young’s deep subject matter expertise and broad range of service offerings.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The Executive Director will be a highly effective internal audit leader with relevant senior level exposure in a complex institutional setting or related field. S/he will be expected to demonstrate many if not all of the following qualifications and experience:
A Bachelor’s degree in accounting. MBA or other advanced degree preferred, other certifications such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) strongly preferred;
Minimum of ten years of experience in internal or external audit with progressive responsibility; experience with higher education institutions is a plus; Experience with a recognized large audit and advisory firm is desirable;
Experience managing professional level staff or teams; experience managing an internal audit function;
Understanding of the changing audit practices, standards, and risk controls required. Knowledge of GAAP (especially fund accounting) required;
Thorough understanding of automated accounting systems including related auditing techniques and security procedures;
Ability to work effectively and independently at a senior management level in a highly decentralized and diverse environment, responding creatively to the challenges related to modifying organizational behavior, while remaining adept at problem solving and resolution;
Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deal effectively and tactfully with individuals at all levels;
Flexibility to change priorities of internal audit as needed;
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Unwavering integrity and professionalism to serve as a trusted unbiased resource;
Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications should be submitted in strict confidence via Isaacson, Miller’s website:
Daniel Rodas, Vice President Jane McMahon, Managing Associate
Electronic submission of material is strongly encouraged.
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