Chief Auditor

The University of Oregon (UO), an AAU-member research university and Oregon's flagship institution, seeks a Chief Auditor to provide strategic, operational and collaborative leadership for its office of internal audit.

The Position

The Chief Auditor directs the university’s independent internal audit program and coordinates a broad range of audit functions in support of the needs of the university. The Chief Auditor is responsible for creating and managing a program to deliver financial, operational, performance, and compliance audits as needed. The Chief Auditor is responsible for managing a team of professionals to achieve the unit’s responsibilities and goals. The Chief Auditor reports directly to the Board of Trustees and is managed administratively by the President.

The Chief Auditor will provide strategic leadership and direction to the audit program, while also providing effective audit project management when necessary. The Chief Auditor will collaborate with campus partners to address complex issues effectively and efficiently and will be an advisory and trusted partner to stakeholders across the university. In addition, the Chief Auditor will mentor and develop the talent within the office.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution in accounting, finance or closely related field and seven years of progressively responsible experience in internal auditing or;
  • An unrelated bachelor’s degree and ten years of progressively responsible experience in internal auditing.
  • CPA or CIA, or similar professional certification.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in accounting,finance,or closely related.
  • Experience in management, leadership, and team building.
  • Experience in audit of sponsored research expenditures and compliance.
  • Additional relevant certifications (e.g., CISA or CFE).
  • Audit or related experience in higher education.

Professional Competencies

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • The ability to successfully manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to attract, retain, and manage a high performing team of employees.
  • A detail-oriented and analytical approach.
  • Knowledge of financial and operational controls.
  • Experience with best-in-class audit methodologies, leading internal or external audit strategies.
  • Ability to be collaborative and solution-oriented while maintaining appropriate independence.
  • Enjoys problem solving and creating efficiencies.
  • Established reputation for honesty, candor, and high ethical conduct.
  • Strong project management and communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully navigate complex and decentralized institutions, with a proven track record of building effective relationships, including at senior management level.

For a full description of the role, please see here.

To Apply

The University of Oregon has engaged Opus Partners to assist this search. Katie Dean, Associate Partner and Chris Stadler, Senior Associate, are leading the search. To apply, seek additional information, or nominate qualified candidates, please email Chris at To be considered for the position, candidates must formally apply via Opus Partners and must provide a resume and cover letter addressing the responsibilities, expectations, and requirements of the role.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.