Job Description

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Director, Internal Audit is charged with taking the lead role in managing Internal Audit activities consistent with the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing. This position is responsible for playing a key role in developing the annual risk-based Internal Audit Plan, overseeing the Internal Audit staff, and must be able to build and leverage internal and external alliances while driving results.

This position is based at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Home Office in downtown Chicago, IL and reports to the Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Audit.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Audit Function Leadership:

* Delivers world-class, value-added performance in Internal Audit consistent with the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Audit.
* Coordinates with management to gain and confirm a detailed understanding of processes and associated internal controls and ensure processes and controls are documented, well designed, effective, and efficient.
* Along with the VP, takes a lead role in developing and executing a comprehensive audit plan that is responsive to the financial, compliance and operational risks of the organization and allows for optimal reliance by external auditors.
* Determines whether functional departments are complying with the organization’s policies and procedures and makes recommendations to improve/enhance policies and procedures as appropriate.
* Along with the VP, takes a lead role in developing and maintaining audit standards and methodology for assessing business risk and evaluating the effectiveness of the established financial, operational, and compliance practices and organization controls.
* Ensures timely, effective and appropriate communication with the VP, and management and external auditors as appropriate, regarding internal audit plans, activities and results.
* Effectively monitors for fraud and take decisive and appropriate action if fraud is detected.

Management Interface:
* Consistently demonstrates a consultative approach in interactions with management.
* Builds strong relationships with management, including executive leadership, across the organization to be in a strong position of influence.
* Coordinates with management to gain and confirm a detailed understanding of processes and associated internal controls and ensure processes and controls are documented, well designed, effective, and efficient.
* Conducts risk assessment interviews with management, including executive management, for input into the annual Internal Audit Plan.
* With a high degree of professionalism, conducts internal audit opening and closing conferences with stakeholders and maintain effective communication throughout all aspects of audit projects and remediation follow-up.

 


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Education/Experience/Certifications:
* Bachelor’s degree in Business, Business Economics, Accounting, or related
* CPA, CIA, CFE or equivalent professional certification
* Minimum 10 years of relevant, progressive Internal Audit professional experience
* Minimum 5 years supervisory experience
* Big 4, large regional firm and/or Fortune 1000 experience preferred

Skills/Competencies:
* Strong command of and ability to execute the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
* Exceptional verbal and writing skills and experience required to effectively communicate with management (conducting meetings, interviews, report writing, etc.)
* Highly effective in leading, coaching and developing staff, including setting a positive work environment
* Strong technical knowledge required to understand and document a wide range of financial/operational processes and controls.
* Prior experience in improving on current systems and practices, including developing future state processes and controls with a roadmap to move from current state to future state.
* Experience in managing staff on concurrent audits or projects.
* Strong leadership and influencing skills. The ability to provide strategic direction to the internal audit department, in proper alignment with the overall strategic plans.
* A good facilitator and consensus builder who knows how to interact effectively within all areas of the organization including business groups outside of Finance.
* Credibility as an advisor to executive leadership and organizational management on issues related to management of business risk through effective internal controls and related policy and procedure development and implementation.
* Highly self-motivated individual who consistently drives to innovate and leverage the latest internal audit concepts.
* Unquestionable ethics.
* Ability to travel up to 20%.

 

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