Department: Internal Audit
Assistant Director, Internal Audit
George Mason University—an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields—seeks an experienced and skilled audit professional with exceptional leadership and strategic and collaboration skills to become our next Assistant Director of Internal Audit. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls over 34,000 students from over 135 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century; and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility. Mason faculty have been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the world, including the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, twice. Since 2008, Mason is honored to have been annually recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education in their "Great Colleges to Work For" program.
The incumbent provides operational leadership and supervision of the implementation of a high quality, coordinated, risk-based internal audit program which provides university executives and board members with assurance related to university governance, risk management and control processes. This position is also responsible for developing Internal Audit team effectiveness through recruiting, talent development, performance management, and overall leadership.
The Assistant Director reports to the Director of Internal Audit, who reports functionally to the Audit Committee of the Board of Visitors and administratively to the University President.
- Direct, lead, supervise and perform high-quality, coordinated, risk-based internal audit projects which provide university executives and board members with assurance related to university governance, risk management and control processes (including core university infrastructure processes, and enterprise-level innovation, and venture and change activities). Among other things, this includes planning work, coordinating with team members and other university personnel, evaluating risks and controls, testing control effectiveness, supervising and documenting work, and communicating audit results and potential improvements through verbal communications and written audit reports;
- Maintain a current university-wide audit universe and audit risk assessment through ongoing monitoring of business processes and activities so as to evaluate risks and identify potential risk responses and audit activities;
- Direct, lead, supervise and perform procedures to validate implementation of management's actions to remediate significant issues and recommendations;
- Conduct, coordinate and oversee investigations of potential fraudulent activities and matters referred through the commonwealth of Virginia hotline process;
- Coordinate with other control and monitoring functions (e.g., risk management, compliance, security, legal, ethics, environmental and/or external audit);
- Develop Internal Audit talent through recruiting and providing performance management, experiential development and training; and manage co-sourced resources to provide specialized expertise and supplemental resourcing;
- Maintain and enhance a culture of professionalism and integrity within the department;
- Ensure work conforms to the mandatory professional guidance of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA); and
- Manage costs effectively.
- Master's degree or training and work experience at a level that equates to a master's degree;
- Demonstrated strong ability to lead small, high-performing teams, including setting clear, aligned goals; coaching and supporting for superior performance; and providing feedback for talent development and continuous improvement, preferably in a professional services firm, higher education, or decentralized corporate environment providing risk-based audit programs, risk-based auditing services and/or risk advisory services (at least five years of experience is strongly desired);
- Demonstrated strong ability to audit business processes, programs and operations which often span organizational departments (at least 10 years of experience is strongly desired);
- Knowledge of relevant auditing and risk management standards and principles, such as the IIA's Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing; U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; COBIT (Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology); and existing federal, state and industry legislation and regulation governing the operations of higher educational institutions;
- Knowledge and demonstrated ability to audit, or supervise audits of, large-scale IT business environments, user-developed applications and environments, networks, application controls, information security, and related control frameworks;
- Sound ability to identify and assess enterprise-wide risks, including those related to enterprise-level innovation, ventures and change activities; and provide sound recommendations to achieve business/educational goals;
- Superior skills in the areas of communication, relationship-building, collaboration and problem-solving; and strong ability to communicate and collaborate with executive and operational management and auditors, including business-focused auditors and IT specialist auditors;
- Highest levels of integrity; strong initiative and professionalism with a results-oriented work style; and ability to drive professional culture enhancements;
- Strong analytical skills, with ability to identify and assess risks and exposures across a wide variety of processes, diverse operations, and complex technology environments; and
- Demonstrated continuous improvement focus with a strong customer-centric mindset.
Special License, Registration or Certification:
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) is required.
- Familiarity with Ellucian Banner systems.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check, Financial Background Check
Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!
George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA460z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.