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Senior Director, Internal Audit & Control

Department: Executive Office
Location: Silver Spring, MD

POSITION SUMMARY:

HIAS seeks a Senior Director, Internal Audit & Control to develop and implement structured audit processes to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the internal control, risk management and governance processes. HIAS is a global nonprofit with a workforce of 1300+ professionals and offices in 16 countries. This position will support the organization by providing an independent assurance on the effectiveness of and adherence to HIAS’ organizational and procedural controls, risk management, compliance and governance mechanisms. The incumbent identifies risks that could hinder achievement of the organization's objectives, assesses the adequacy of internal control systems to reduce identified risks, and recommends appropriate internal control improvements to efficiently reduce associated risks, as well as improve systems and processes. This position will report to the Board of Directors’ Audit & Risk Committee and to the President & CEO, with an operational reporting to the Executive Vice President. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Develops and updates a risk-based internal audit charter, annual audit plan, audit manuals and standard operating guidelines for conducting audits, collaborating with the Board of Directors and other key stakeholders throughout the development process.
  • Executes financial, operational, programmatic and compliance audits in accordance with the internal audit plan, interprets, advises and evaluates internal controls, policies and procedures in accordance with professional audit standards, as defined by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • Supervises the planning, execution and completion of audit fieldwork according to the established schedule. 
  • Assists external auditors in their completion of the financial statement audit.
  • Conducts follow-up reviews and remediation testing of financial, operational or regulatory compliance deficiencies noted during audits.
  • Provides leadership to senior management on a wide variety of financial and operational issues and challenges.
  • Reviews findings of other internal oversight and assurance functions at HIAS, and tracks/reports on progress in addressing changes to internal controls and closing out findings.
  • Works with other key functions to incorporate their input into audit planning and response.
  • Prepares interim and final audit report findings in accordance with professional auditing standards, which include detailed information about the audit, findings and recommendations for remediation.
  • Performs financial, operational, fraud, system (IT) and process audits of the organization’s business units, subsidiaries, joint ventures and outsourced operations.
  • Upon request, participates in investigations into fraud/corruption and employee-related matters in coordination with the Office of the General Counsel and Human Resources.
  • Generates value added recommendations to enhance the organization’s overall internal control environment.
  • Performs special projects as requested by the Board of Directors’ Audit & Risk Committee.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, and at least 10 years of internal audit experience required.
  • Advanced knowledge and in-depth experience in internal control and audit techniques required.
  • CIA certification or similar required; membership in an internationally recognized audit, risk or accountancy body preferred.
  • Current CPA certification and strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and audit techniques preferred.
  • Experience with similar internal audit roles in large organizations or with Big 4 audit firms highly preferred.
  • Proven progressively responsible experience in international financial management & controls, internal audit, compliance, anti-fraud or risk management, and knowledge of relevant standards, including federal and state regulations.
  • Proven success in leading multi-cultural teams in complex internal audit engagements, including internal audit budget management.
  • Ability to work effectively in a highly matrixed organization, with demonstrated success in working effectively at the board level.
  • Executive presence, communication and influencing skills, with the ability to develop organizational mindsets that foster a culture of compliance, transparency and ethical practices.
  • Significant audit work experience with either government programs, donor-driven fund accounting/compliance or not-for-profit organization requirements and best practices.
  • Model a balance of self-confidence and humility; ready to argue persuasively for their view but, in the face of new information, business realities and compelling logic, will be open to modification and compromise.
  • Demonstrated understanding of donor-driven fund accounting/compliance organizations, not-for-profit organizations, UN, or public sector organizations.
  • Broad audit experience and ability to interact with management at all levels.
  • Professionally proficient written and verbal skills in English; Spanish fluency is a plus. 
  • Proven analytical and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated success as a negotiator and influencer, with the ability to deliver difficult messages with tact and confidence.
  • Demonstrated high level of integrity, encouraging openness and transparency.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally approximately 30-40% of time.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.

SAMPLE HIRING PROCESS:

We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process:

Step 1: Submit your application!

Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter.

Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager.

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees.

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey.

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening.

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS!

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.

ABOUT US:

Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values.

VISION:

HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity.

MISSION:

Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.

VALUES:

Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim

We Welcome the Stranger

Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek

We Pursue Justice

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed

We Approach our Clients with Empathy

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership

Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience

DIVERSITY:

HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation, or other legally protected status.

 

For questions, please contact Spencer Hirsch, Director, Talent Acquisition or Carolyn Hamburg, Talent Acquisition Associate.

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