Associate VP & Chief Audit Officer

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Internal Audit
Internal Audit
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Executive Leadership
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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Reporting to the Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee of Emory University's Board of Trustees, the Associate Vice President and Chief Audit Officer (CAO) oversees execution of the enterprise internal audit strategy and day-to-day operations for the Office of Internal Audit in support of Emory University's and Emory Healthcare's mission and vision. The CAO partners with the Senior VP, Chief Risk and Administrative Officer and serves as the Internal Audit lead for Emory University and Emory Healthcare, executing the Internal Audit strategy within Emory's Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework, reporting results and outcomes to Emory leadership and the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Board of Trustees (ACC).




Directing Internal Audit staff, performing an enterprise internal audit risk assessment, executing a risk-based audit approach, maintaining effective relationships with management, writing reports/communicating results and actions plans, and leading assigned special projects, coordinating closely with Emory's Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance offices.


In conjunction with the VP, Chief Administrative Officer and senior management, the AVPIA will:

  • Execute the work of the internal audit function enterprise-wide by developing and maintaining a risk-based, systematic, and strategically focused methodology and practice.
  • Identify and evaluate risk and control issues and provide practical recommendations to ensure risks are appropriately managed.
  • Partner with process owners to develop and track the implementation of management action plans set in response to process and/or control issues identified.
  • Develop and implement annual and long-term audit plans that evaluate and improve risk management, compliance, governance, and internal controls. The internal audit plan should be based on a comprehensive risk assessment, undertaken at least annually, and be inclusive of executive management and ACC perspectives, concerns, and priorities, and informed by the input of the external auditors.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with the external auditors and the ACC to ensure effective communication of critical issues in a timely manner.
  • Actively participate in applicable executive management forums and Audit Committee meetings, advising on emerging risk and control issues. 
  • Serve as an advisor to the Enterprise Risk Management Council.
  • Actively seek the views of key stakeholders to identify and evaluate risk and control issues. Provide practical recommendations to ensure risks are appropriately managed and promote the efficiency and effectiveness of stakeholder activities.
  • Ensure timely and transparent communications related to audit issues, control gaps and potential mitigating actions; communications include periodic presentations to the ACC on status of audit plan execution.
  • Recruit, train and develop a high performing, high quality internal audit organization. Build and maintain infrastructure to support this endeavor.
  • Design and manage a program of training and continuous professional development for assigned staff and ensure that the team is appropriately resourced and staffed with qualified individuals.
  • Direct the preparation and presentation of internal audit reports and prepare and deliver presentations to stakeholders, as appropriate, tracking management follow-up.
  • Maintain the requisite knowledge of current trends and technical issues impacting the professional practice of internal audit and areas of audit responsibilities, particularly in a university setting.
  • Identify continuing opportunities for value-added improvements to the function. Develop and implement new techniques, methods and practices to improve enterprise risk management and audit effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Perform related responsibilities as required.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or other business-related field AND 10 years of audit, analysis and related experience.
  • MBA is desirable; CPA, CA and/or CIA preferred.
  • A thorough knowledge of financial and operational controls, as well as an understanding of best-in-class audit methodologies, having led and executed either internal or external audit strategies.
  • Proficient in risk and control analysis and audit concepts for a full range of areas and will be skilled at analyzing root causes of problems and anticipating 'horizon' issues.
  • Expert knowledge and experience in control theory and professional auditing practices, including the assessment of inherent risk, evaluation of control design, development and execution of audit tests, and the assessment of control deficiencies.
  • Extensive experience in providing management with observations and advice to improve business processes, increase operating efficiencies, and reduce operational risk.
  • Ability to effectively integrate business, operational, technological, regulatory and financial considerations into the design and execution of enterprise risk management and internal audit work.
  • Strategic and entrepreneurial leadership experience, team building and problem-solving expertise. Excellent communication skills.


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