PURPOSE: Provide in-depth auditing and analytical support to the co-directors of Internal Audit and WKKF leadership, to ensure consistent and fair application of policies, procedures and organization-wide systems to accomplish WKKF’s mission. Internal Audit serves as an independent function that performs procedures to verify accuracy and efficiency of internal functions to protect WKKF assets. Additionally, this position has responsibility to audit the internal operations and fiscal records of grantee organizations to verify compliance with WKKF regulations and make recommendations for increased efficiency and strengthening of internal controls. This position engages in a collaborative process that is intended to add value and build capacity within WKKF and grantee organizations.
Representing Internal Audit both internally and externally, perform independent audit activities to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of financial and operational internal control systems; review operational adherence to WKKF policies and procedures and compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations.
Assist co-directors with the planning, coordination and implementation of financial and operational audits. This includes determining the scope of the audit and developing the audit program, as necessary.
Assist co-directors in determining recommendations for system improvements, corrective actions and/or policy revisions to accurately account for and safeguard WKKF resources.
Perform on-site audits of grantee accounting records and documentation supporting WKKF grant expenditures to ensure compliance with the conditions of the WKKF grant agreement, including consistency with the approved grantee proposed activities.
In consultation with the co-directors, recommend to WKKF grantees, improvements in management controls and operation efficiencies designed to accurately account for and safeguard foundation and grantee resources.
Communicate both verbally and in writing the results of audits, in a manner consistent with established Internal Audit protocols and WKKF’s mission and core values, including reports on findings and recommendations for management consideration and action.
Assist the co-directors with the maintenance of Internal Audit plans, policies and procedures.
Serve as liaison with all areas of WKKF regarding services provided by the Internal Audit department, as well as WKKF external auditors in a comprehensive and knowledgeable manner.
Assist the co-directors with the development, interpretation and dissemination of WKKF policies and procedures that strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of the organization’s operations.
Collaborate with WKKF staff in the evaluation of the internal controls of new or revised systems and procedures prior to implementation.
Perform audits that complement WKKF’s external auditor’s procedures, to allow the external auditors to provide reliance on Internal Audit’s work.
Participate in professional development activities and stay abreast of local, national and international trends, current issues and required competencies, maintaining networks with expert resources on various topics related to area of responsibility.
Maintain CPA certificate in active status.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, management or other relevant field is preferred.
Minimum of five years of professional work experience related to internal auditing and internal financial functions including the writing of audit reports and knowledge of accounting and computerized data systems.
CPA certification required. CIA certification desired.
Experience working and communicating effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.
Experience working in a high performing and agile organization with a team-oriented culture.
Core Competency Requirements
Demonstrate high level of ethics, absolute integrity and confidentiality required. Must adhere to WKKF values, principles and mission.
Strong analytical and technical skills.
Ability to work independently, make decisions and exercise sound judgement to carry out functions.
Ability to interact effectively with individuals at all levels, including senior leadership (both internal and external)
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups.
Reflect a commitment to continuous improvement principles.
Ability to identify deficiencies and noncompliance with established policies, rules, regulations and protocols.
High degree of organizational skills and initiative.
Ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Awareness of international cultures and systems.
Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.