Audit Associate, Internal Audit

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Accounting / Finance
Division: Enterprise Risk Management

The Department of Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance at the University of Denver is part of the Business and Financial Affairs Division. The Department collaborates with the DU community, the Chancellor’s Cabinet, and the Trustees to cultivate responsible, collaborative, ethical, and effective practices.

The Internal Audit Department reviews and audits University operations to identify opportunities to help DU improve operations and reduce risk, ultimately increasing the chances of meeting strategic goals. Internal Audit selects areas of focus based on an organization-wide risk assessment process designed to provide an objective opinion as to whether procedures in place reasonably achieve the goals of key processes. Internal Audit also provides DU employees with information about how to comply with relevant rules and regulatory requirements and where to report suspicious or improper activity that may violate University policies.

Position Summary

This position reports directly to the Audit Manager, who reports directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer. The Audit Associate will participate in or lead the design and implementation of routine audits and consulting projects under appropriate supervision. Audit activities are generally operational and compliance related, but include financial, investigative, computer-system auditing and internal consulting. The selected candidate will assist all members of management in the effective discharge of their responsibilities by furnishing them with objective analyses, appraisals, recommendations, and pertinent comments concerning the activities reviewed. Additionally, the Audit Associate is concerned with any phase of the activity wherein they can be of service to management. Further duties and responsibilities may be assigned based on the needs and goals of the department/University.

Essential Functions

  • In addition to following the University of Denver’s policies and procedures, principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Prepare or assist in preparing professionally sound audit plans, which provide direction for the efficient and effective conduct of the audit. This requires researching the auditees operations, identifying areas of greatest risk or significance in those operations, which will define the scope of the audit, and developing an appropriate professional approach for examining those areas selected for review.
  • Perform audit procedures, including identifying and defining issues, reviewing and analyzing evidence, and documenting work papers.
  • Obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to support findings, conclusions and recommendations resulting from the audit. This requires continual application of professional judgment in ensuring professional standards are followed.
  • Apply IIA standards throughout the audit process.
  • Monitor the day-to-day progress of work assigned and update management regarding the status of audits in progress.
  • Communicates or assists in communicating the results of audit and consulting projects via written reports and oral presentations to management.
  • Maintain proficiency in audit standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Remain current with the ever-changing audit profession, including new approaches to evaluate and report on issues related specifically to Universities.
  • Perform data analytics to determine areas of risk, identify anomalies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work independently and effectively with the staff and management of the departments or areas under audit. Knowledge of accepted accounting and audit principles.
  • Proactive in researching business best practice concepts to apply as appropriate.
  • Excellent listening skills and ability to identify gaps in logic.
  • Strong organization and follow-up skills including the ability to handle competing priorities and meet all deadlines and commitments.
  • Reliability and dependability.
  • Possess an appropriate combination of technical expertise in fields such as auditing, finance, technology, operations, or investigations.
  • Ability to give and follow instructions accurately and efficiently; proactive in asking clarifying questions to ensure work effort is directed toward desired outcome.
  • Ability to recognize when learned theoretical concepts should be applied.
  • Solid understanding and ability to apply risk and control concepts.
  • Ability to identify the underlying cause of an issue raised.
  • Awareness of risk, control, and governance responsibilities and what is necessary for successful tactical collaboration and information sharing.
  • Communication, negotiation, and business writing skills.
  • Ability to identify sensitive issues and facilitate communications proactively to avoid surprises.
  • Ensures, through efficient project management, that established deadlines are met.
  • Willingness and ability to adapt to new circumstances, information, and challenges.
  • Demonstrate a positive, can-do attitude.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business administration.
  • Minimum of one year of audit experience.
  • Relevant certification (i.e., CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE), or ability to certify within two years.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience conducting risk-based operational audits.
  • Experience working in higher education.
  • Experience with AutoAudit, Cognos, and Banner preferred.

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment.
  • Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
  • The noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. In accordance with the University’s flexible work policy, this position is eligible to be considered for partial remote work. Further details regarding this plan will be determined with the hiring manager and are dependent on the division and team specific needs.

Application Deadline
For consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) June 13, 2024.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 10.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $62,000 - $72,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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