SVP of Internal Audit

Washington, DC
Sep 13, 2021
Sep 15, 2021
Audit and Tax
Full Time
Business Unit Description

AARP is the nation's largest non-profit, non-partisan organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people 50+ by changing the way America defines aging. As a trusted source for news and information, we work to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families, such as healthcare security, financial security, and personal fulfillment.


The SVP of Internal Audit oversees the department that performs independent oversight of the internal control environment at AARP, supporting the Audit and Finance Committee of the AARP Board and the Audit Committees of AARP's affiliates. This position reports administratively to the CEO and has a direct reporting relationship to the AARP Board of Directors.
  • Recognizes, analyzes, and interprets business/enterprise risk and provides guidance and recommendations on courses of action to accept, mitigate, or otherwise manage identified risk.
  • Leads the management and operation of the Internal Audit department in performing independent oversight of the internal control environment of AARP and its affiliated entities.
  • Provides support for the Audit and Finance Committee of the AARP Board of Directors and to the audit committees of AARP affiliate boards.
  • Maintains a deep understanding of the organization, develops broad relationships across the organization, and establishes Internal Audit as a trusted business partner and a strong catalyst for change. Ensures that Internal Audit adds significant value for the organization.
  • Sets the strategic direction of the Internal Audit function. Develops comprehensive multi-year audit plans to monitor and assess management's controls. Takes recommendations to mitigate weaknesses as appropriate, with a focus on financial, operational, and information technology issues.
  • Manages special audits requested by executive leadership or the Audit Committees, in addition to annual audit plans.
  • Directs the audit staff and external resources, providing appropriate training, mentoring, and supervision of internal staff, as further described below, and appropriate direction, oversight, and management of co-source providers, consultants, and other vendors.
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related discipline required (advanced degree preferred) and 15 years of proven experience using technical skills to successfully manage internal and external audits. Also, 15 years of progressively responsible management experience in the operations and direction of complex internal audit activities covering a wide range of disciplines (e.g., technology, operational, financial, etc.); or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position. Professional certification (e.g., CPA, CIA, CISA) required.
  • Demonstrated executive leadership and management skills.
  • Skills and experience in leading a team and in building relationships across the organization.
  • Strong communications skills and executive presence. Ability to constructively and appropriately challenge senior executives and deliver good news and bad in a relevant, concise, and clear manner, with a high level of credibility at the top management and board level.
  • Strategic thinker who understands the big picture and business issues.
  • Highly analytical performer who can quickly assimilate and synthesize complex data and information into a decision-making framework.
  • Flexible problem solver and proactive self-starter who can manage a large and diverse portfolio of projects and issues, with the ability to rapidly assess situations with multiple outcomes and consequences.
  • Absolute discretion and confidentiality regarding sensitive information. Highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity.
Compensation and Benefits

AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401(k); 100% company-funded pension plan; health, dental, and vision plans; life insurance paid time off to include company and individual holidays, vacation, sick, caregiving, and parental leave; performance-based and peer-based recognition; tuition reimbursement; among others. Visit for more information.

As a result of the COVID pandemic, all interviews will be held virtually and all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.
Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.