The University of North Texas System invites applications for the position of Chief Audit Executive.
This is a professional position to serve as the Chief Audit Executive, and lead Internal Audit functions for the UNT System to assist the UNTS Board of Regents, UNT System Chancellor and UNT System Institutions by furnishing independent analyses, appraisals, and recommendations about the adequacy and effectiveness of UNT System internal controls, policies, and procedures and the quality of performance in carrying out assigned responsibilities.
Internal Audit will meet the Institute of Internal Auditors standards and comply with the Texas Internal Auditing Act. Through a systematic, disciplined approach to independent, objective assurance and consulting activities, the Chief Audit Executive coordinates services that add value and improve operations at the System and its component institutions. Primarily responsible for managing the audit function through high-level analysis and decision making, setting goals and objectives, policy, strategy, and communication. The Chief Internal Auditor reports directly to the System Board of Regents on internal audit functions with dotted-line reporting on the day-to-day operations to the Chancellor.
Develops audit strategy and establishes a consolidated annual internal audit plan based on management’s enterprise risk assessment, and presents the annual audit plan to the Board of Regents for approval. *Plans and organizes effective programs of internal auditing for the System and UNT System Institutions.
Manages the Internal Audit function in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, the Code of Ethics contained in the Professional Practices Framework as promulgated by the Institute of Internal Auditors, and generally accepted government auditing standards.
Establish goals and objectives for the Internal Audit department, promote high professional standards, and effectively create, maintain and deliver a full scope, risk-focused internal audit plan.
Reviews financial and operating information for reliability and integrity including the means used to identify, measure, classify, and report such information, and provides programs to help test internal controls consistent with best practices.
Coordinates internal investigations of suspected fraud as confirmed by the Board of Regents or as appropriately assigned by the Board of Regents.
Maintains strong relationships and communications with the Board of Regents Audit Committee, and advises the Board and the Chancellor in formulating policies and procedures for the System and each component institution.
Reports material weaknesses in procedures, internal controls and recommends improvements to the Board of Regents.
Manages department budgets and financial operations in an effort to sustain the most effective and efficient operations possible.
Provides leadership and direction for the internal audit function and evaluates the performance of individuals that directly report to the Chief Audit Executive.
Serves as the facilitator and coordinator for all federal, state, and other external audit agencies.
Maintains current knowledge of the latest audit techniques, procedures, and standards that may impact the operations of the internal audit function. Identify and monitor emerging risk areas within higher education industry and beyond.
Adheres to and fosters high standards of ethical conduct, compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and appropriate financial oversight and controls.
Promotes diversity within the Internal Audit function and supports existing System programs designed to create a welcoming environment for everyone.
Oversee institutional effectiveness efforts within the internal audit function to include the assessment of results and their linkages to planning.
Provide thought leadership to executive management and the Audit Committee in terms of audit, risk management, and control practices.
Observes safety, security and confidentiality precautions appropriate to work performed.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Board of Regents or the Chancellor.
Communicates effectively at all levels of the organization and establishes a culture of collaboration with professionals across the UNT System, including senior administrators and the Board of Regents.
The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:
Proven working experience as Internal Auditor or Senior Auditor
Proven knowledge of auditing standards and procedures, laws, rules and regulations
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business, or related subject
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Strong leadership skills- ability to lead and build a strong, highly functioning team
Thorough understanding of the theory and practice of internal auditing
Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of others
Extensive research, analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving skills
Ability to make independent judgments and take appropriate actions
Strong business acumen and service orientation
Effective written and oral communication skills
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the System community
Ability to assess information and report systemic issues
The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:
Prior experience working in higher education and/or corporate auditing experience
Intellectual acuity surrounding advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and cutting-edge technologies
Certification: Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.
About University of North Texas System
The University of North Texas System includes the University of North Texas in
Denton, the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and the
University of North Texas at Dallas. The UNT System is the only public university
system headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth – the fourth-largest metropolitan area
in the United States. The UNT System is dedicated to serving our students and this
diverse region through a wide offering of degree plans and research initiatives. With
combined enrollment of nearly 44,000 students, the UNT System awards more than
9,000 degrees each year – including the largest number of master’s and doctoral
degrees in the DFW region. The UNT System has an annual budget of $1 billion and
boosts the Texas economy by $5.2 billion each year.