Chief Audit Executive

The University of Rochester seeks an experienced, strategic, and collaborative professional to serve as the Chief Audit Executive, leading a comprehensive audit program covering the University’s entire mission in education, research, and patient care.

The Chief Audit Executive reports functionally to the Audit and Risk Assessment Committee of the Board of Trustees and administratively to the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer. The Audit Executive has direct access to the President, the Audit and Risk Assessment Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Medical Center Audit and Risk Assessment Committee, and the Audit and Risk Assessment Committees of the affiliated entities.

The Chief Audit Executive is forward-thinking in considering the impact that changing regulations and external factors may have on the plans, programs, and operations of the University and its affiliates. They are a collaborative leader in risk assessment and risk mitigation discussions with senior leaders and the audit committees, and they ensure the appropriate staffing and planning for the Office of University Audit, building and mentoring their team while engaging external resources on a contract basis as required. Currently, the Office has a full-time professional staff of approximately 15.


The Chief Audit Executive will have compelling leadership, management, and collaboration qualities along with experience working with executive management and governance boards. They will have the highest level of integrity and will demonstrate strong listening and communication skills along with a track record of developing, mentoring, and supporting diverse and high-functioning teams.

Viable candidates will have at least 10 years of experience as an auditor as well as an active Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor certification. If not coming from a peer academic or medical institution, they will demonstrate the ability to learn quickly and will have relevant audit experience with large, matrixed, and highly complicated organization(s).

Successful candidates will bring a track record of effective leadership and can demonstrate the ability to make hard decisions and take a stand when required. Additionally, they will demonstrate:

  • The ability to establish relationships and engender trust with varied constituencies;
  • Experience developing and leading motivated staff with diverse professional skills, including by supporting professional development, and fostering an environment of equity and inclusion;
  • Competence in managing processes to achieve institutional goals; the ability to focus decision-making on relevant points in a highly complex, dynamic, and diverse environment;
  • Long-range planning, systems thinking, and strategic vision; a commitment to exploring what is coming next for the University and being proactive and forward-looking in planning;
  • A data-driven orientation and skills and knowledge regarding the latest tools, resources, and technology that can further enhance and streamline the University’s audit program;
  • The knowledge and judgement necessary to assess and manage enterprise-wide risks;
  • An orientation towards continuous improvement and change management.

University of Rochester and the Region

The University of Rochester is an R1 doctoral institution located in Rochester, New York. Founded in 1851, the University is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and enrolls nearly 12,000 undergraduate and graduate/professional students. Over 30,000 people are employed by the University and its affiliates, including its academic campuses, medical center, and hospital system, making it the largest employer in the Rochester region and the fifth largest private sector employer in New York State.

Supported by $2.7 billion in endowment and investments, the University of Rochester’s overall annual consolidated budget is approximately $5 billion, including all aspects of University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Hospital and patient care activities represent more than 75% of total revenues.

The University believes that a diverse workforce and an equitable, respectful, and inclusive workplace culture enhance the performance of the organization and its ability to fulfill its missions. You can read more about the University’s commitment to equity and inclusion here, and explore its various University Resource Groups here.

Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region features a range of affordable housing options, one of the best public school systems in New York State, and endless cultural opportunities. Rochester’s vibrant restaurant and food scene offers many cuisines to explore and enjoy, while the Finger Lakes Region offers parks, lakes, and trails, with opportunities for running, biking, hiking, and water sports. The Finger Lakes are also nationally known for viniculture and excellent independent wineries. You can read more about living and working in Rochester here.

To Apply

The University of Rochester has retained Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this position. Craig Smith, Partner; Sarah Gaines, Associate Partner; and Chris Stadler, Associate, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent by email to Chris (

The University of Rochester values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for persons regardless of age, color, disability, domestic violence status, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. Further, the University complies with all applicable nondiscrimination laws in the administration of its policies, admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in university programs and activities.