Chief Audit Executive

The Internal Audit department is an independent function within Virginia State University that reports functionally to the VSU Board of Visitors (BOV) and administratively to the President to ensure independence and objectivity. The incumbent will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the Internal Audit Department in planning and performing financial, operational, compliance and IT audits. The position will provide objective, value added assurance and consulting services to improve enterprise operations, key controls and that support the enterprise risk management, compliance, and governance processes.

This position will be responsible for providing independent and objective analyses, appraisals, recommendations, and counsel concerning the University activities to management and ultimately to the Board of Visitors through executive level reporting resulting from the performance of financial, compliance, operational, and program audits and investigations and special assignments/projects to include other duties as necessary. This role evaluates enterprise activities and develops an annual risk-based audit plan based on an assessment of the various risks associated with enterprise operations and perceived areas of concern. 


Must possess a Master’s degree in Accounting or related field or a related Bachelor’s degree with experience equivalent to a Master’s degree. Extensive experience in managing an internal audit program. Comprehensive knowledge of auditing principles, theory and practices, including IIA Standards for Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Standards, applicable AICPA and GASB Industry Guides and Pronouncements. Ability to identify problems from a large field of data to recommend solutions or corrective action. Knowledge of and experience using different accounting systems, enterprise resources planning applications, or other applications software. Ability to interpret and apply pertinent State and Federal laws and University policies to specific audit issues. Considerable knowledge and computer skills in the use of spreadsheet, word processing, database, presentation, electronic mail, and internet applications.  


Considerable knowledge of business processes and fiscal management and analyzing accounting and operational systems, preferably through working or auditing in a government or in a higher education environment. Experience using computerized audit tools and programs is a plus. Certification as a CPA, CMA, CIA, CISA, CFE, and/or other relevant professional certification, highly desired.


Virginia State University only accepts applications for this position through the on-line state Recruitment Management System (RMS). Faxed, e-mailed, and mailed applications and/or attachments will not be accepted. Visit to complete an online application. 
Virginia State University does not discriminate on the basis of age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification); color; disability; gender identity or expression; genetic information; military service; national origin; political affiliation; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation; race (or traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locs, and twists); religion; sex; sexual orientation; veteran status; or any other non-merit based factor in its employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. 
The selected candidate will be subject to an extensive and complete background check, which may include fingerprinting and is subject to the COVID-19 guidelines. The candidate may be required to complete a Statement of Economic Interest as a condition of employment, if applicable. 


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