Systemwide Audit Director

Systemwide Audit Director

Location: OaklandFull Time
Job ID: 60879
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Department Overview
The Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Audit Services (ECAS) is located at the systemwide University of California Office of the President (UCOP) and is an independent Regental office that is responsible for developing and administering the University of California's (UC) compliance and audit programs and thereby ensuring that the University is in compliance with professional standards; internal policies and procedures; and all applicable local, national and international laws and regulations. ECAS provides this support through three core lines of service: Audit Services, Compliance Services and Investigations Services. The Audit Services Office within ECAS is responsible for the systemwide internal audit program (audits, investigations and advisory services) and for the internal audit program at UCOP. The Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance and Audit Officer (SVP) is the Principal Officer of the Board of Regents of the University of California. The SVP provides communication and updates to the Regents through the Board's Compliance and Audit Committee or the full Board if required.

Position Summary
Serves as the Systemwide Audit Director for the UC internal audit function. Oversees the establishment of operational objectives, work plans and activities for systemwide and UC Office of the President Internal Audit activities, and delegates assignments to subordinate managers or professional staff, including staff of co-sourced audit partner. Participates in the development of a risk-based systemwide audit plan as provided for by the Audit Services mission and charter, the University Audit Management Plan approved annually by the Regents, and professional standards issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Provides advice, guidance and assistance to the Systemwide Deputy Audit Officer and other senior managers. Leads systemwide internal audit projects and the systemwide internal audit quality assurance program. Provides high-level direction and guidance to staff and managers regarding audit, investigation, and advisory service projects. Represents Internal Audit in in organizational-wide and system-wide meetings and discussions. Contributes to decisions for designated programs and helps to ensure achievement of objectives. Preferred candidates will have expertise in one of the following areas: healthcare, research, construction, IT system implementations

This position is based in Oakland with a hybrid schedule.

Key Responsibilities

  • 30% Systemwide Internal Audit Program: Leads the execution of systemwide Internal Audit operations and services, including internal audits, advisory services, investigations, external audit coordination, and strategic initiatives. Oversees the development and implementation of the annual systemwide audit plan prepared on the basis of established system-wide risk assessment methodologies, and prepares presentations on the annual audit plan to the Board of Regents. Advises senior leaders on risk methodology and assessment concerns. Provides coordination and support to campus / lab internal audit departments, including requirements specified in the Internal Audit Manual. Provides systemwide status updates to the campus and lab audit committees and / or management. Manages activities through subordinate managers or professional staff, including staff of co-sourcing partner, who exercise full supervision in terms of costs, methods and employees. Advises on the financial, human resources, IT and other operational issues related to the systemwide internal audit program. May coordinate external agency audits, investigations, system certifications and compliance reviews. Develops institutional strategies to minimize adverse findings and financial liability. Represents the University in discussions of audit findings and negotiations of financial impact. Develops of periodic reporting on systemwide internal audit activities, risk and results, including the preparation of the Internal Audit section of the Annual Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services Annual Report, to systemwide leadership and the Regents. Assists the Systemwide Deputy Audit Officer in ensuring the overall execution of systemwide Internal Audit operations, including the development and maintenance of Internal Audit policies, methodologies and guidance; and the monitoring, measuring and reporting of services. Leads the development and implementation of the systemwide internal audit quality assurance program and the systemwide internal audit training program.

  • 30% UCOP Internal Audit Program: Establishes and maintains an environment that fosters professional development, teamwork, initiative and creativity as well as consistency with the University's Statement of Ethical Values. Oversees the preparation and execution of the annual UCOP audit plan prepared on the basis of established systemwide risk assessment methodologies. Through subordinate managers, ensures the completion of integrated risk assessment for all areas of UCOP and regularly interacts with senior management or executive levels on matters concerning functional areas. Manages activities through subordinate managers or professional staff, including staff of co-sourcing partner, who exercise full supervision in terms of costs, methods and employees. Advises on the financial, human resources, IT and other operational issues within the UCOP internal audit program. Directs through subordinate managers the performance of the professional audit staff and audit support staff in the conduct of a comprehensive program of financial, operational, compliance, and information systems audits; investigations, and advisory services projects in support of the audit function's mission. Through subordinate managers or professional staff, including staff of co-sourcing partner, oversees the preparation and distribution of audit, advisory service and investigation reports to management. Reviews the work of professional staff auditors for technical proficiency, reasonableness, and adequacy of documentation. Reports on UCOP Internal Audit activities, risk and results to the Systemwide Deputy Audit Officer, UCOP leadership and other stakeholders as necessary. Advises senior management on areas of high institutional risk, and matters related to University governance, facilitating discussions with and making recommendations to senior management as appropriate. Identifies and raises issues to the Systemwide Deputy Audit Officer and audit management for appropriate discussion with senior leadership. Overall responsibility to ensure management corrective action plans are monitored for completion and escalated to appropriate levels of management when required. Provides consultation to management and staff on an ad hoc basis related to business process, risk management and internal control practices.

  • 20% Strategic Leadership: In collaboration with the Systemwide Deputy Audit Officer, provides leadership and contributes to the vision, mission, and strategic direction of Internal Audit, and makes decisions regarding Internal Audit that reflect the organization as a whole. Promotes a customer service-oriented culture for Internal Audit and an environment of collaboration and cooperation within UCOP and across the UC system. Interacts with senior management on confidential and politically sensitivity issues using sound judgment and discretion, consulting with campus senior management and the Systemwide Deputy Audit Officer as appropriate. Supports the Systemwide Deputy Audit Officer in administrative and/or operational decisions to ensure effective achievement of Internal Audit department objectives. Represents Internal Audit and/or UCOP, and plays a leadership role in systemwide and campus/lab meetings, committees and workgroups.

  • 20% Resource Management: Develops long range plans for investment, deployment and management of services that integrate advances in technology and anticipate systemwide needs. Participates in the selection, development and evaluation of staff, including staff of co-sourcing partner, to ensure the efficient operation of the function. Has overall responsibility for policy / project planning, budgeting, implementing and maintaining costs, methods and employees.

    Required Qualifications

  • Min 10 years of Internal audit experience.

    Skills and Abilities
    Required Qualifications

  • Has expert knowledge of the internal audit profession, theories and systems of internal control, and professional auditing standards.

  • Demonstrated ability to direct a variety of program areas within audit.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with management to identify institutional risks, and address those risks through a comprehensive audit program.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills to communicate, both verbally and in writing, complex and technical audit information in a clear and concise manner to all levels of management, including senior leadership.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including negotiation and communication skills, and demonstrated relationship management at the senior executive level. Ability to encourage and achieve consensus across organizational lines for internal controls which impact the institution as a whole.

  • Proven ability to exercise independent judgment to handle highly sensitive and confidential issues that may require strict discretion, and maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive, confidential and / or privileged information.

  • Excellent management skills including developing policies and procedures, budgeting, organizational management, facilities management, information systems, personnel management, project management, and policy implementation.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in one of the following areas: healthcare, research, construction, IT system implementations

    Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training

    Licenses and Certifications
    Preferred Qualifications

  • CIA, CISA, CPA or other relevant certifications preferred.

    Job Title
    Audit Manager 2

    Job Code

    Salary Grade
    Grade 26

    $200,000 - $226,000 or commensurate with experience

    The University of California, Office of the President, is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range shows the growth potential for this position and the pay scale is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position.

    For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging



    Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.


    The first review date for this job isNovember 14, 2023. The position will be open until filled.


    Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP

    Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs , as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


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