ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS, Internal Audit & Advisory Services
Location: BOSTON, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 5808
The Assistant Director of Special Projects is a key member of the Internal Audit and Advisory Services team at Boston University. This position reports to the AVP of Internal Audit and is responsible for conducting special projects, investigations, and other audit and advisory projects. This role will also play a strategic and supporting role in the enterprise risk management process and provide a practical approach to evaluating internal controls and improving organizational risk management, controls, and governance processes. The ideal candidate is a highly experienced, independent, proactive, self-starter with a strong work ethic, a high degree of motivation, and the ability to contribute to a positive team attitude with proven leadership and integrity. The candidate must have proven experience managing large, complex projects independently, presenting to senior leadership (including Audit Committee / Board of Directors), and have been a member or have participated on advisory committees as an individual contributor.
Major duties of this position include:
Oversee and lead special projects, investigations, and initiatives within IA&AS:
Prepare written reports that summarize the work and identify system control weaknesses and related risks.
Develop conclusions that may be used to make key business decisions. In conjunction with business managers and department heads, develop solutions and action plans to address areas requiring improvement.
Act as a catalyst for identifying root causes and constructive changes to administrative systems and control procedures.
Influence the development of policies and procedures for the University through the effective presentation of special projects/audit results to senior leadership.
Supporting responsibility in facilitating the University's Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program. Leverage information and understanding generated through the ERM process in order to further develop/refine the Audit and Advisory Services planning and execution process.
Manage and oversee projects conducted by Project Managers and other Audit staff when necessary; Manage external consultant activities when required.
Plan and implement departmental process improvement opportunities using technology, data analytics, and best practices.
Bachelors degree and 10+ years related experience
Proficient with auditing, internal controls, business and operations processes, finance and risk identification and management
Experience in contributing to and supporting governing boards and in working with committees or subgroups on matters of risk, internal controls, process improvement, internal audit, governance, or compliance
Ability to effectively manage multiple projects concurrently and develop audit programs and procedures without established guidance
Proven ability to critically assess, drive action, and deliver meaningful results as an individual contributor in a fast-paced environment
High level of technical and analytical capabilities, skilled at decision-making under uncertainty, combined with a commonsense approach
Ability to work optimally and collaboratively in a small, collegial, cross-functional team environment
Ability to present views effectively, persuasively, and with appropriate conviction to stakeholders and senior leadership
Leadership courage to confront difficult issues with the appropriate response and communicate appropriately and in a timely manner with all stakeholders
Strong analytical/quantitative skills. Advanced experience in analyzing data and project management across a broad range of topics and scope of responsibility
Advanced oral and written communication skills, with the proven ability to present and explain complex information and suggest process improvements to diverse audiences, including senior leadership and the Audit Committee/Board of Directors
Professional designation such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) required.
Masters degree in Project Management, Institutional Risk Management, or related field At least 10 years of progressively responsible work experience and 5+ years of leadership experience in internal audit
Experience in advisory/consulting environment
Boston University's generous benefits package includes health, dental, life insurance, and paid time off! Full-time employees are also eligible for tuition remission for courses at Boston University.
The department of Financial Affairs at Boston University values intellectual, cultural, and social diversity among its staff and students. We remain steadfast in our dedication to building a team that is inclusive and equitable and a place where all constituents can thrive.
For all positions, we are looking for individuals who enjoy working with colleagues in a collaborative environment and who are flexible and creative. We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups who share our interest in serving a university community with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities.
Interested applicants are asked to upload a resume, list of references (if available), and submit a cover letter addressed to 'Hiring Manager Assistant Director, Special Projects position #5808'. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.
We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
Boston University is no small operation. With over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 140 countries, 10,000 faculty and staff, 16 schools and colleges, and 250 fields of study, our two campuses are always humming.