Executive Director of Internal Audit
Western Washington University (Western) invites applications and
nominations for the position of Executive Director of Internal
Audit. Western seeks an accomplished internal audit professional
who will lead, manage, and organize all aspects of Western’s
internal audit function.
About the University
Western Washington University enrolls over sixteen thousand
students in more than 160 academic programs at the Bellingham
campus and seven satellite locations around the Puget Sound
area. Western, which first opened its doors in 1899, is
perennially ranked as the best public, master's granting university
in the Pacific Northwest and No. 2 in the West, according to the
U.S. News & World Report college rankings. Kiplinger's
ranks Western among the top 100 public colleges and universities in
the nation that offer the best quality and affordability.
U.S. News and World Report has named Western one of the most
cost-efficient in the country among highly-ranked universities and
for several years in a row the Chronicle of Higher Education has
recognized Western as a "Great Place to Work."
Western is particularly proud if its position as a leader in
multidisciplinary environmental education and sustainable campus
operations. Western provides an active student-centered learning
environment with a liberal arts and sciences foundation and robust
co-curricular, internship, research, creative, and service learning
opportunities. There is a widely shared vision that Western
will be a higher education leader in a culturally responsive 21st
century learning environment, applying its critical strengths to
societal issues as well as creating a welcoming community for a
diversity of people, ideas, and programs. To that end,
Western has embraced a stole that is collegial, transparent, and
timely in its engagement and communication with on- and off-campus
The main campus of Western is located on 212 picturesque
acres in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000
overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North
Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of
Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia.
About the Department
The Office of the Internal Auditor is committed to assisting
Western management and staff in achieving their oversight,
operating and management responsibilities through independent
reviews designed to evaluate and promote the system of internal
controls established by management. In addition to formal
audits and investigations, Internal Audit provides advisory
services on university policies and federal and state
regulations. Internal Audit also works proactively as a
consultant in areas of cash handling, ethics, compliance and
operational internal controls.
About the Position
The Executive Director of Internal Audit fulfills a key role in
assisting the University to maintain a high standard of financial
and operational effectiveness. The Executive Director plans,
develops, directs and executes a comprehensive University-wide
internal audit function to help identify and mitigate risk and
identify opportunities to improve controls and operational
efficiencies. The Executive Director serves as a resource to
promote effective controls, best industry practices, and adherence
to applicable laws and regulations.
The Executive Director develops and implements internal auditing
policies and procedures to ensure compliance with identified
objectives, standards and laws. The Executive Director
ensures that the Internal Audit program provides reasonable
assurance that the University uses resources efficiently and
effectively, maintains appropriate internal control systems and
stewardship over assets, and conducts program operations in
compliance with University policies and Board of Trustees Rules of
The Executive Director is a key strategic business partner and
trusted advisor to academic and business unit leaders who have
responsibility for programs involving complex financial,
operational, compliance, and information systems components.
The Executive Director is responsible for preparing and
presenting periodic reports to the University Administration and
the Board of Trustees, including plans for proposed internal
audits, results of completed audits, and informational briefings on
relevant trends and best practices.
The Executive Director of Internal Audit reports functionally to
the Board of Trustees Finance, Audit and Enterprise Risk Management
Committee to provide an independent audit function through
activities that include the Committee's periodic review of Internal
Audit Charter and annual review and approval of annual audit plan,
and administratively to the President for activities that include
evaluation, remuneration and office structure.
- Plans, develops, directs, and executes a comprehensive,
independent, university-wide program of internal audit, consulting
and investigation services, with the objective of adding value by
improving the efficiency and effectiveness of University
operations, risk management, internal control, governance and
- Fosters a culture of compliance at the University through a
shared commitment to quality audit programs and customer service in
support of the institutional mission and goals.
- Develops an audit plan that focuses on high risk areas
identified through an inclusive risk assessment process.
- Develops, promotes and maintains productive and collaborative
relationships with internal and external stakeholders to provide
subject matter expertise and consultation, including participation
in University compliance committees and task forces.
- Provides leadership, supervision, and direction for assigned
- Serves as the University's Ethics Officer.
- Acts as Western's liaison for the State Auditor's Office
Whistleblower Program. Maintains an anonymous complaint
reporting tool on the Office of the Internal Auditor's web page,
and processes all complaints in accordance with protocols.
The successful candidate will be a skillful leader and
communicator who can effectively balance the need for independence
with a spirit of collaboration. Working with and through
others, the successful candidate is expected to demonstrated the
following skills and qualifications:
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
- Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible auditing
- Thorough understanding and practical experience of auditing
standards and enterprise risk management, ideally in an academic or
complex and distributed organization.
- Demonstrated leadership/supervisory experience.
- Strong skills for effective and positive communication with
management, faculty and staff across all operational areas within a
- Demonstrated experience and judgment to develop effective
recommendations in a variety of different and complex
- Ability and willingness to adopt a high-level, institutional
perspective while also working independently in a hands-on,
- Demonstrated ability to effectively present information and
respond to questions from the Board of Trustees, management, staff,
and the general public.
- Strong analytical skills including collecting and analyzing
complex data, evaluating information systems and drawing
- An appreciation and understanding of the benefits of a diverse
and inclusive workplace and experience promoting diversity and
inclusion within an organization.
- Unwavering integrity, ethics, and professionalism.
- Master's degree in accounting, finance, or business.
- Two years public sector audit experience.
- Professional Certifications relevant to position, such as
Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified
Fraud Examiner, or Certified Information Systems Auditor.
- Relevant experience in a public or private college or
university, a state or federal agency, an accounting/auditing firm,
or within a similarly complex organization.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience; includes
an excellent benefits package.
Western Washington University has
engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this
position. Katie Dean, Associate Partner, is leading the
search. Inquiries, applications and nominations should be
sent by email to Katie (email@example.com).
Applications should include a cover letter, resume and contact
information for a minimum of three professional references to be
considered. Position is open until filled; only applications
received by April 24, 2020 can be assured full consideration.
Western Washington University (WWU)
is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed
to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women,
minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly
encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in
furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that
welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex
(including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age,
veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
marital status or genetic information in its programs or
activities, including employment, admissions, and educational
programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring
Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and
Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for
Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA
Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington
University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA
98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington
WWU is committed to providing
reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with
disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate
format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human
Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington
Annual Security and Fire Safety
Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery
Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics
Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous
three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on
Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned
or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or
immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report
also includes institutional policies concerning campus security,
such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention,
the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can
obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by
contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and
Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. The report
can be found at: Annual Security
and Fire Safety Report.
All new employees must comply with
the immunization policy and show employment eligibility
verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration
Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check
will be conducted on all new hires.
Location/Region: Bellingham, WA (98225)