Senior Director, Internal Audit and Global Assurance (9885) New York, New York

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian relief and development organizations. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC today responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps uprooted people survive, recover and rebuild their lives in the aftermath of armed conflict and natural disaster. We are committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and thorough accountability to those we serve.

With operations in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, the IRC is the only refugee assistance agency with large-scale international and domestic operations. Projections call for the IRC’s 2014 budget to exceed $460 million.

Job Overview:

The  Senior Director, Internal Audit and Global Assurance is responsible for leading the overall direction and leadership  of the internal audit function for the organization and  responsible for planning and conducting operational, financial and compliance audits to  evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls and organizational risk.  The Senior Director makes recommendations to senior management to increase efficiency and/or effectiveness of the control systems of functions reviewed.  The work will include managing audits including evaluating internal controls, performing and documenting audit test work, communicating audit issues to management, writing audit reports, identifying and evaluating emerging areas of organizational risk.  This individual will lead a staff whose scope of activities will be comprehensive including providing value-added analysis on business operations, internal controls and risk management and ensures audit work conforms to the Standards of the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors.  The Senior Director, reports functionally to the Audit Committee of IRC’s Board of Directors and administratively to the President/CEO. 

Major Responsibilities:         

  • Manage all internal audit activity to coordinate audit projects, assessments, and regulatory audit requirements to fulfill the purposes and responsibilities approved by senior management, Risk Management Committee and the Audit Committee of the Board.
  • Provide risk management and internal control leadership and support regarding effective operating and designed controls, risk mitigation strategies and overall compliance with IRC policies and procedures.  
  • Manage and review all test work, including the internal control environment and promoting continuous enhancements and improvement of financial and operational controls, processes and system capabilities.
  • Responsible for the overall work quality of the internal audit unit, which includes maintaining or updating, as necessary, the unit’s quality assurance standards. 
  • Perform annual risk assessment during audit planning and development of the audit strategy, audit plan and audit scope.
  • Establish and maintain key relationships throughout the organization as a means of obtaining information needed to perform functional  duties, provide business advisory service and to provide strategic recommendations.
  • Professionally communicates both verbally and in writing and prepares formal presentations with executive summaries and recommendations based on audit results to senior management and the Audit Committee of the board.
  • Hires, develops, and manages a high performing audit team of 4 whose consultation and advice is sought out by the organization as it conducts activities to improve compliance and performance.
  • Oversee the execution of other tasks or special projects when required by management such as review of system implementations, due diligence reviews, and internal investigations.

Job Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field
  • Certification: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or related designation.
  • 7-10 years of work experience in a professional audit capacity.  Relevant experience includes work in the areas of internal audit or audit experience in a public accounting firm, and at least 5 years in the not-for-profit industry.
  • 7 years of staff management experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of audit principles and theory, the Institute of Internal Auditing (IIA) standards, Statutory Accounting Principles, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, American Institute of Certified Public Accounting standards, and internal audit department policies.
  • Excellent leadership to inspire and motivate others to perform well. Ability to provide continuous performance feedback and encourage growth and development of staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the proven ability to present and explain complex information and suggest process improvements to diverse audiences including senior level staff and the Board of Directors.
  • Ability to effectively establish and maintain working relationships with peers, senior leadership and all levels of the organization, with a positive and professional image.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office products including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Visio.

Working Environment:

  • Up to 40% travel as required