Senior Internal Auditor - Georgetown University

Washington D.C.
Sep 25, 2017
Dec 07, 2017
Audit and Tax
Full Time
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Senior Internal Auditor - Georgetown University

The Senior Internal Auditor, in a client-facing position, is responsible for defining, planning, and executing audits to evaluate operational, compliance, financial, and strategic risks and related internal controls.  S/he works with the CAE and the University's co-sourced internal audit services provider to ensure successful completion of the audit plan and other internal audit activities. The Senior Internal Auditor also serves as a risk and controls advisor, working across the institution to improve the control environment and solve complex issues. This unique role provides exposure to a variety of areas in a University setting, including administration, research, academics, operations and information technology. Reporting to the Chief Audit Executive (CAE), the Senior Internal Auditor performs primary duties and responsibilities that include but are not limited to:

  • Identifies and assesses financial, operational, compliance, and strategic risks, and their reputational components, and evaluates the effectiveness of policies, procedures, systems, and internal controls to mitigate these risks.
  • Understands current manual and automated operating processes and related internal controls operating centrally and at the unit level through research, interviews, observation, and testing; and effectively captures these in process flows and/or narratives.
  • Tests transactions (utilizing automated and/or traditional auditing methods) and analyzes results to identify the themes and underlying root causes.
  • Develops practical and effective solutions to improve processes, systems, and the control environment; and gains agreement on these corrective actions from management.
  • Prepares formal written reports that provide proper perspective and summarize observations that effectively communicate issues, control deficiencies, and additional opportunities to improve and mature processes and controls.  These reports will also summarize the agreed-upon risk mitigation activities. 
  • Performs activities that include interviews, inspection, and testing to determine the implementation status of agreed-upon action items.
  • Monitors project status and issues on a timely basis and reports progress and issues to the project lead or CAE.
  • Works independently and interacts appropriately with all levels of personnel, building robust working relationships, and establishing a network of institutional and industry contacts.
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the Higher Education industry and proactively monitors and incorporates industry trends and risks into audit activities.
  • Performs assigned duties in accordance with the accepted professional standards requiring:
    • Independence and objectivity,
    • Knowledge of accounting principles and standards, proper financial and administrative control procedures and good business practices, and
    • Ability to assess risk, relative to the proper application of controls.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Business, or related field
  • 3 to 5 years of External or Internal Audit experience
  • Public accounting experience - preference for Not-for-profit, Higher Education and/or Healthcare industry experience
  • Track record of risk assessment, problem identification, analytical problem solving, and issue resolution
  • Ability to learn quickly with strong foundation in understanding and assessing processes and controls
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills with the ability to regularly present to groups
  • Preference for Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Master's in Business Administrations (MBA)
  • Availability and willingness to work as needed outside of usual business hours of Georgetown University
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and audit tools (e.g., ACL)
  • Knowledge of higher education systems, applications, and software including Banner, Workday, and Georgetown Management System (GMS)

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EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.