Brown University seeks an experienced leader and hands-on audit professional to serve as the Chief University Auditor. The Chief University Auditor is responsible for providing objective assurance and consulting services focused on improving University operations and controls and supporting the University's risk management, compliance and governance processes. The Chief University Auditor directs the four-person office of Internal Audit Services (IAS), which functions as a service to the Brown University Corporation and those charged with major leadership and administrative responsibilities for the University, in accordance with an established Internal Audit Services Charter, University policy, and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing. The Chief University Auditor reports administratively to Brownâ™s Chief Risk Officer and is accountable to the Corporation through the Committee on Risk and Audit, and to the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and the President of the University.
Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, along with the Warren Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and School of Professional Studies.
Brown was founded in 1764 â“ the third college in New England. Originally located in Warren, Rhode Island, and called the College of Rhode Island, Brown moved to its current location on College Hill overlooking Providence in 1770 and was renamed in 1804 in recognition of a $5,000 gift from Nicholas Brown, a prominent Providence businessman and alumnus, Class of 1786.
Today, Brownâ™s vibrant, diverse community consists of 6,700 undergraduates, 2,280 graduate students, 520 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting, and online students, over 1,100 faculty members, and more than 3,000 administrative and research staff. Students come to the university from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting. Undergraduates pursue bachelorâ™s degrees in more than 75 concentrations, ranging from Egyptology to cognitive neuroscience. The universityâ™s commitment to undergraduate freedom means students must take responsibility as architects of their courses of study. Graduate students study in more than 70 programs.
Brown is undertaking an ambitious $3 billion comprehensive campaign, BrownTogether, to realize the universityâ™s strategic vision of advancing knowledge to help the community, nation, and world meet 21st-century challenges. BrownTogether has three areas of focus:
â¢ People. The diverse community of scholars â“ faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates â“ united in pursuing excellence
â¢ Programs. The ability to address critical questions from a multidisciplinary perspective.
â¢ Campus. The site of innovation, openness, collaboration, and sustainability.
This vision is articulated in the universityâ™s strategic plan, Building on Distinction, which gives further definition to the mission of Brown University, which is to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation.
A key component of these initiatives is articulated in Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University (DIAP). The plan was initiated in February 2016 and acknowledges that institutions of higher education, including Brown, have traditionally failed to fully include people of all races, ethnicities, creeds, socioeconomic classes, gender identities, sexual orientations, and disability statuses. To confront this reality and its enduring legacies, Brown is committing to transform the policies, structures, and practices that have led to the exclusion â“ rather than the meaningful inclusion â“ of members of its community.
Brown is located in Providenceâ™s East Side on the picturesque College Hill, surrounded by dozens of historic homes and landmarks. Close to campus are the vibrant Thayer Street, Wickenden Street, and Wayland Square, where students and residents find ample shopping, dining, and entertainment. The capital of Rhode Island and the second-largest city in New England, Providence combines the accessibility and friendliness of a small town with the culture and sophistication of a big city. With a thriving arts community, six institutions of higher learning, and a vibrant mix of galleries, theaters and museums, Providence deserves its reputation as the Creative Capital. Ranked a âœTop Food Cityâ by Travel and Leisure, the culinary scene in Providence is nationally known. Easy to explore by foot and bicycle friendly, Rhode Islandâ™s historic capital city boasts an impressive array of green space and recreational opportunities, including the four-acre Waterplace Park, focal point of Providence's revitalized downtown. With easy train access to Boston and New York City, and beaches a short drive away, Providence offers something for everyone. To learn more about Brown University, visit: www.brown.edu.
Coordinates IAS activities in conjunction with all University constituents and in consideration of the work of external auditors, regulators, and other independent reviewers.
Consults regularly with the Chief Risk Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and others with significant risk management responsibilities on behalf of the University, and participates as an advisor in meetings of the primary University-wide risk management committee.
Develops a flexible annual plan of IAS activities in coordination with the primary University-wide risk management committee, and submits that plan to the Committee on Risk and Audit for review and approval.
Implements the annual audit plan as approved, and provides timely notice and justification to the Committee on Risk and Audit of any changes in the plan that may be required during the year.
Undertakes special tasks or assignments as requested by the Committee on Risk and Audit, President, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Chief Risk Officer.
Provides information periodically to the Committee on Risk and Audit and senior administration on the status and results of the annual Audit Plan.
Maintains a professional audit staff with sufficient knowledge, skills, experience, and professional certification to meet the requirements of the Internal Audit Services Charter.
Keeps the Committee on Risk and Audit informed of emerging trends and successful practices in internal auditing.
Assists in the investigation of significant suspected fraudulent activities within the University and notifies senior management and/or the Committee on Risk and Audit of the results.
Qualified candidates for this role will bring at least 10 years of experience working in or with a research university or other relevant audit and leadership experience in a large complex organization; strong knowledge of auditing standards, accounting principles, and legal and regulatory issues pertinent to university operations; demonstrated experience developing and delivering training programs regarding internal controls and regulatory matters; knowledge and skills related to information technology and systems auditing so as to structure audits that assess the adequacy of control within the entire scope of information systems organization and systems administration.
The candidate must be able to work well with senior administrators and faculty; have strong interpersonal, communication and management skills plus the diplomatic skills necessary to function effectively in a decentralized institutional setting; and be able to work collaboratively. Possession of an applicable professional certification such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is required, with additional certification as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) preferred.
Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume.
Criminal and Education background check requirement.
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Chief University Auditor
Institutional Risk Management, Audit & Compliance
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Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Internal Number: REQ154543
About Brown University
Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Engineering, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership and the IE Brown Executive MBA.