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CUNY University Executive Director of Internal Audit (University Administrator) in New York, New York

Job Title: University Executive Director of Internal Audit (University Administrator)

Job ID: 22086

Location: Central Office

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Office of the Vice Chancellor for Risk, Audit and Compliance (RAC), is the first-ever University-wide office whose broad mission is to assist in the planning, development and implementation of policies and initiatives related to university-wide risk management, audit and compliance through proactive examinations and review. To achieve its mission, RAC is comprised of five distinct units: Investigations, the Office of Internal Audit and Management Services (OIAMS), Compliance & Enterprise Risk Management (COM-ERM), and University Title IX.

RAC is committed to working collaboratively with the colleges on university-wide internal investigations, ethics issues, programmatic audits, and striving to protect organizational assets against fraud and theft.

CUNY seeks a seasoned, dynamic, strategic, proactive and goal oriented professional to serve as the University Executive Director of Internal Audit for its Central Office, to manage the oversight of University's system-wide Internal audit and internal control functions, and to provide recommendations on University operations and programs to ensure that organizational goals and objectives are achieved through the performance of audits and quality assurance appraisals. The work done by OIAMS helps ensure that the University’s resources are safeguarded against loss due to waste, fraud, or abuse and that the University complies with applicable laws and regulations.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Risk, Audit, and Compliance, the University Executive Director of Internal Audit, as head of the University Office of Internal Audit and Management Services, leads a team of audit professionals in administering the internal audit activity of the University. The University Executive Director ensures operational efficiency, economy, and effectiveness, adherence to laws, regulations and policies, the safeguarding of assets and tax-levy and non-tax levy resources, and accurate and reliable data for reporting purposes as well as develops annually, in consultation with the senior and executive university leadership, an audit plan for adoption by the Board of Trustees. In addition, the Executive Director ensures compliance with federal, state, and city regulations and policies and recommends new procedures relating to internal, financial, and administrative controls.

Principal accountabilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Overseeing audits and reviews of such varied areas as tuition and fees, procurement, federal and state financial aid, campus facilities usage, information technology systems, college related entities, adult and continuing education programs and international education programs to ensure compliance with internal controls and to uncover fraud, waste, abuse, or misconduct.

  • Ensuring operational efficiency, economy, and effectiveness, adherence to laws, regulations and policies, the safeguarding of assets and tax-levy and non-tax levy resources, and accurate and reliable data for reporting purposes.

  • Establishing and maintaining guidelines and procedures for system-wide internal controls; administer internal control review process, and coordinating annual state and city internal control certifications.

  • Utilizing risk management methodologies to identify and address conditions that expose the University to potential losses of resources and liability from personal injury and recommending ways to strengthen existing safeguards.

  • Reporting regularly audit and internal control activities to the Board of Trustees’ Audit Committee.

  • Ensuring compliance with Federal, State, and City regulations and policies and recommending new procedures relating to internal, financial, and administrative controls.

  • Partnering with RAC’s Investigations Unit, the CUNY Office of General Counsel as well as other University Units and CUNY colleges both during and subsequent to specific external federal, state, city, and GAAP audits.

  • Providing advice on proposed laws, statutes and regulations that may impact CUNY in areas relevant to OIAMS.

  • Conducting and overseeing internal audit investigations of alleged fraud, waste, and abuse.

  • Organizing education and training to ensure University-wide employee awareness and understanding of internal control standards.

  • Attending monthly meetings of various college councils to provide pertinent information and status reports.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and eight to ten years of progressively responsible related experience in internal audit and control in public higher education or a related field is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree in Accounting, Business or JD from an accredited law school.

  • Professional certifications Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

  • Significant demonstrated expertise with financial aid programs, public procurement regulations and policies.

  • Experience with e-Business systems and applications.

  • Exemplary judgment and ethical standards, analytical acumen, superior problem-solving skills, decisiveness and ability to deliver timely advice.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving acumen with the ability to think critically and act strategically.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence people and establish positive working relationships across the University.

  • Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills, with ability to lead and manage teams, and use strategic and tactical judgment to make decisions and handle various situations.

  • Exceptional writing, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to produce results as an individual contributor and as part of a team.

  • Strong negotiation, mediation, consultation, presentation and group facilitation skills with experience presenting to a wide variety of audiences.

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to establish plans, manage a large workload and multiple assignments, and meet deadlines in fast-paced office; and

  • Track record of leading, managing, and mentoring staff; and ability to establish and maintain collegial and productive working relationships with diverse stakeholders, constituents, clients, and colleagues within a diverse environment


University Administrator


Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

City of New York employees, and employees of Participating Employers, hired on or after July 1, 2019, and their eligible dependents, will only be eligible to enroll in the Emblem Health HIP HMO Preferred Plan, and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365 day period. If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day

An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting an Opt-Out Request Form to Emblem Health.

An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by Emblem Health before the exemption is granted. The Opt-Out Request Form is available on the Emblem Health website.


For full consideration, submit a position focused cover letter and resume with your online application. Your cover letter should clearly explain how your experience and credentials fulfill the duties and qualifications outlined.

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Open until filled with review of resumes to begin November 3, 2020


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.