Senior Auditor for Special Projects

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Accounting
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Posted on July 12, 2021

Job Description

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech is committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim, Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT, serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech is a comprehensive and progressive organization with a decentralized management environment to promote innovation and accountability at all levels of the organization. The Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance (OARC) protects the university by independently and objectively identifying business risks and connects with key leaders and stakeholders to evaluate risk-mitigation strategies.

The Senior Auditor for Special Projects reports to the Auditor Manager for Special Projects and is responsible for conducting investigations resulting from internal and external allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse; consulting and advisory reviews; and other special projects as assigned by leadership. The incumbent is responsible for conducting all aspects of a project including, intake, planning, fieldwork, and communicating results, including the preparation of written reports.

The incumbent is expected to fulfill their responsibilities with limited supervision while maintaining effective communication with audit leadership. The complexity and size of engagements will vary significantly. This position, in conjunction with audit leadership, will determine the scope of work performed, nature of testing completed, and the reporting disposition of results. The incumbent will ensure timely progress and successful completion of projects and ensure their work meets established standards for documentation, thoroughness, accuracy, etc.

This is a hands-on position that interfaces with the most senior levels of management. In performing consulting and advisory reviews, the incumbent must have the ability to plan, conduct, and/or direct engagements that will support the university’s strategic alignment. The incumbent must ensure compliance with the Code of Virginia, university policy and procedure, OARC standards and procedures, and the requirements of the Office of the State Inspector General.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in business, accounting, finance, information technology, criminal justice, or related field.
• Significant experience in investigative and/or audit.
• CFE, CPA, CIA, CISA, or other relevant professional certification.
• Demonstrated experience conducting fraud, waste, and abuse investigations, forensic accounting investigations, and/or strategic organizational reviews.
• Demonstrated ability to successfully handle sensitive discussions; professionalism in working with confidential and sensitive matters with the utmost discretion and tact; strong personal ethics commitment; and sound judgment.
• Exceptional interpersonal communication skills (both in writing and verbally) to effectively communicate at all levels within the organization, including executive level management and administrators.
• Ability to prepare error-free documentation and correspondence in a professional and timely manner.
• Demonstrated time management skills to plan, manage, and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
• Demonstrated ability to work in ambiguous and stressful situations while maintaining flexibility, ability to change priorities quickly, and capacity to handle multiple concurrent tasks.
• Proficiency in current office software such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software and relational databases.
• Periodic in-state travel may be required.
• Ability to successfully pass a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

• Significant audit and/or investigative experience of or in a higher education, not-for-profit, or government organization.
• Previous experience evaluating business processes of large, decentralized organizations.
• Knowledge of the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
• In-depth understanding of key applicable federal, state, and local legislation.
• Demonstrated ability to establish collaborative partnerships with varied leaders at multiple levels of the organization.
• Experience using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems such as Banner, PeopleSoft, or SAP.
• Experience using ACL, IDEA, or similar computer assisted audit techniques to aid in working more efficiently and effectively.

 

Appointment Type

Regular

Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

8/16/21

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Justin Noble at jtnoble@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.