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Director, Internal Audit, University Audit Services

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Job ID: 15314

Updated: July 31, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

University Audit Services is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Director, Internal Audit.

The internal audit function adds value and improves University operations by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of governance and oversight, risk management and internal controls. The Internal Audit team is responsible for reviewing all University units, operations and services; and is intended to determine whether the University's network of risk management, control (including computerized information controls and security), and governance processes, as represented by management, are appropriately designed and implemented effectively.

This position reports functionally to the Audit Committee and administratively to the Vice President, Finance and Services. This is a senior management position with influence over all University processes and practices. The Director has 3 direct reports responsible for the areas of Data Analytics, Information Technology and Audit. The total full-time team is approximately 8 people with the assistance of CPA students from time to time.

Position Description

Primary Purpose and Accountabilities:

The Director of Internal Audit oversees the internal audit function to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting services to assist the University of Calgary to accomplish its objectives. The mission of internal audit is to enhance and protect organizational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight.

As defined in the Internal Audit Charter, the scope of internal audit encompasses, but is not limited to, the examination and evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of the organization's governance, risk management and internal controls as well as the quality of performance in carrying out assigned responsibilities to achieve the organization’s stated goals and objectives.

This includes evaluating

  • Risk exposure relating to achievement of the organization’s strategic objectives;
  • The reliability and integrity of information and the means used to identify, measure, classify, and report such information;
  • The systems established to ensure compliance with those policies, plans, procedures, laws, and regulations which could have a significant impact on the organization;
  • The means of safeguarding assets and, as appropriate, verifying the existence of such assets;
  • The effectiveness and efficiency with which resources are employed;
  • Operations or programs to ascertain whether results are consistent with established objectives and goals and whether the operations or programs are being carried out as planned;
  • Monitoring governance processes;
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of the organization's risk management processes;
  • Specific operations at the request of the Audit Committee or management, as appropriate;
  • And assessing the impact on internal controls of significant merging/consolidating functions and new or changing services, processes, operations, and control processes coincident with their development, implementation, and/or expansion.

Required Qualifications:

  • A business or equivalent degree and a CPA designation.
  • A CIA, CISA or other relevant designation and ongoing professional development in the areas of business and leadership considered an asset.
  • Minimum 5 - 10 years’ experience in internal and/or external audit within a large complex environment, public or private sector.
  • Diverse people and business leadership and operational accountability experience in other areas of an organization would be considered an asset including but not limited to information technology, operations, business strategy/transformation or human resources.
  • You have demonstrated your ability to “get” what management is trying to accomplish. You possess business awareness, considering and understanding both the financial and non-financial audit risks. You adopt a broader business perspective to create greater value. You must have strong operational awareness.
  • You are seen as an “enabler.” Stakeholders invite you in. You have the ability to energize people around the vision and keep the bigger picture in mind. You take a strategic, risk-based and progressive approach that provides value-added audit services across the organization.
  • You have the ability to lead with humility, with genuine interest in staff development. You have mentored, built and empowered high performing teams. You can articulate ideas and build internal audit practices around a strategic vision for the institute.
  • You understand and use the power of personal interaction and language to effectively influence, inspire, and lead others. You listen carefully. You have strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • You embrace leading edge practices. You understand the value of extracting and analyzing meaningful information through the use of data analytics to identify, understand and assess internal and external risks, enhance assurance coverage and provide insights to leadership. You can look past the controls to ensure risks are mitigated.

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Additional Information

This position is classified in the Management Career Band, Level 4 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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