Overview Under the general direction of the Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance, the Director of Internal Audit will provide independent and objective assurance and consulting services to protect, add value, and strengthen management and oversight of the university and all affiliated entities (including Cal Poly Foundation, Cal Poly Corporation, and Associated Students, Inc.). The Director will conduct periodic risk assessments, determine priorities in consultation with senior leadership, and develop and execute an internal audit plan to mitigate risk as appropriate.
Primary Opportunities and Challenges The selected candidate will have a unique opportunity in this newly-created role to design and build the first Internal Audit operation for the university and affiliated entities. This will include developing a risk assessment function and audit programs, selecting software, and building a strong IA team.
Initial challenges will be establishing strong, collaborative relationships with key campus stakeholders, creating awareness of IA's role and value to campus, building a desire to embed audit into the daily business of the campus, and actively developing a reputation as a partner to the campus.
Top Candidate Qualifications Cal Poly is seeking a seasoned Internal Audit leader with a thorough understanding of effective Internal Audit operations and people management expertise. As the top candidate, you will be able to share examples of your positive and collaborative work style and your success in establishing and achieving common goals; you will be able to demonstrate your drive for results and your ability to do the work as well as hire and lead a high-performing, diverse team; and you will be able to share examples of building or improving the IA function.
Minimum Qualifications, Education And Experience:
A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field
6 years of progressively responsible experience in auditing or a closely related area
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
The Benefits As part of the CSU system, Cal Poly offers a very generous benefits package, including the following:
Enrollment in CalPERS (Public Employee Retirement System)
Health, dental, and vision insurance at competitive rates or no cost to employee
Program to allow employee or an eligible family member to attend classes at any of the CSUs for reduced fees
U.S. News Names Cal Poly Best in the West for 24th Consecutive Year
Cal Poly is ranked as the No. 1 public, master's-level university in the West by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges guidebook again this year ? a ranking awarded to Cal Poly every year since 1993.
The 2017 guidebook lists Cal Poly in a tie with Saint Mary's College for ninth place overall in the West of regional universities, public and private. This is up from 10th place last year.
"Our continued inclusion in the prestigious U.S. News rankings is a testament to the Cal Poly community's unwavering passion for providing the best possible Learn by Doing experience for all of our students," said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. "Only through our faculty's innovation and dedication to Learn by Doing; our staff members' commitment to daily excellence; and our alumni, industry and friends' support are we able to help our students become the industry and community leaders of tomorrow."
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Minimum Qualifications (Staff Only):
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field and 6 years of progressively responsible experience in auditing or a closely related area.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, DEGREES, CREDENTIALS: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
Working knowledge of financial recordkeeping methods, procedures, and practices including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
Working knowledge of internal control standards and their application in financial or administrative contexts.
Working knowledge of accounting databases for the purposes of data collection, extraction, analysis, and reporting.
Knowledge of governmental financial accounting methods and related laws, rules, and regulations, particularly those established by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
Skilled at identifying, compiling, extracting, and analyzing complex financial data and creating clear, coherent financial statements.
Demonstrated ability to apply accounting principles to analysis of complex accounting problems.
Demonstrated ability to provide direction and supervise the work of others, including guiding, mentoring, and providing professional development opportunities.
Demonstrated ability to conduct information security audits
Ability to engage in strategic conversations with leaders and others regarding audit findings, recommendations, and action plans and to influence the completion of projects and initiatives.
Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems.
Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in and outside the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrated ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality in a variety of sensitive settings.
Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
Excellent computer skills and proficiency with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, on-line systems, Internet as well as online calendaring and email.
Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University infrastructure, policies and procedures.
A Master's Degree in accounting, finance, or related field.
Experience with PeopleSoft
Experience in a university, governmental, or other complex regulatory environment.
Experience in the development of university or governmental GAAP reporting packages and/or stand-alone financial statements.
Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment utilizing a customer-oriented and service-centered attitude.
***THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED***
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work overtime, occasional holidays, and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
Full-time MPP employees are required to disclose outside employment at time of hire or within 30 days of taking additional outside employment subsequent to time of hire.
This position classification has been defined as "Exempt" and is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Retired CalPERS members selected for this vacancy must request and be approved for reinstatement from retirement prior to the start date. Employment of retired CalPERS members will typically be for 90 days or less and must be for work requiring specialized skills or for a bona fide emergency to prevent stoppage of business.
May be required to complete a Supplemental Employment Application Questionnaire, which contains questions pertaining to conviction history, and submit it when requested by Cal Poly. This disclosure is confidential and will not necessarily preclude applicants from employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.
For health and wellbeing, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.
About Us Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university. Founded in 1901, the 6,000-acre campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, along California's scenic central coast and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With a budget of $168.5 million, the university has a student enrollment exceeding 17,000 students and employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff members. Cal Poly is part of the 23-campus California State University system.
At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.
Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.