Senior Auditor II


: $95,430.00 - $157,490.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


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Columbia University is one of the world''s most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world. Columbia is one of the top academic and research institutions in the world, conducting path breaking research in medicine, science, the arts, and the humanities. It includes three undergraduate schools, thirteen graduate and professional schools, and a school of continuing education. We are committed to attracting and retaining the best and brightest in the workforce to support our mission of excellence in higher education and research.


Reporting to the Associate Director, Internal Audit, the Senior Auditor II performs and frequently leads complex operational, financial and compliance audits of the University while maintaining all organizational and professional ethical standards. Specific responsibilities of the Senior Auditor II include, but are not limited to:

Plan, design, lead and perform audit reviews of various units of the University in accordance with departmental and Internal Audit standards as set forth by the IIA, COSO, ISACA, and other relevant professional bodies.

Utilize experience, external research and internal sources (including internal or external data queries, financial and operational reports, interviews, information searches and other techniques) to develop preliminary risk assessment, risk control matrices, conceptual process flows and questionnaires related to assigned audits and the relationship to overall Columbia University environment (including industries of Healthcare, Academic Medicine and Research).

Coordinate and collaborate with the offices of Compliance, Security, Legal Counsel and others where necessary.

Design and deliver audit communications, including audit scope and objectives memoranda, risk control matrices, audit programs and other documents

Prepare or review all audit work paper types on a timely basis and show results in accordance with IIA and internal audit department standards.

Supervise the ac tivities of other auditors desig nated to assist in the audits assigned, and reviewing their work, as needed.

Prepare or review relevant questionnaires, interview auditees and perform walk-throughs of financial and operational functions.

Identify, discuss and resolve exceptions with the assigned audit lead, audit management and/or auditee line management and prepare related documentation and presentations that adequately explain key auditor decisions, proposed findings, support and recommendations.

o Determine, assess and conclude on design effectiveness and operating adequacy of controls in place.

o Participate in cross-functional discussions on existing process and control enhancement opportunities and provide related guidance on risk, control and process options

Collaborate with IS Auditors to identify and ensure coverage of touch points between systems and operations/financial audit activities

Manage multiple assignments, multi-task and track and report progress to Audit Management;

Perform follow-up activities for audit issues;

The Senior Auditor II must proactively keep the Associate Director informed of the progress of audit reviews, and may:

o Participate in the annual University risk assessment and audit plan creation process.

o Assist in the development and maintenance of departmental work standards and procedures

o Be responsible for leading or participating in financial, operational and technology, controls management, risk assessment or other special projects as assigned by the Senior Audit Management Team.


  • Bachelor''s degree in information systems, auditing, accounting, business, finance, economics, engineering, public administration or equivalents required (MA, MS, MBA a plus.)
  • Must have at least one certification from CPA, CA, CFE, or CISA) and must currently hold or obtain Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) status within 18 months of hire.
  • At least five years related business experience required, including at least four years from internal/external auditing.
  • Supervisory experience (minimum of one year) required.
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge of the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
  • Must be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the terminology, concepts and practices as well as the regulations, risks and controls inherent in higher education and healthcare finance, operations and technology.
  • Advanced level proficiency in Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, and Excel required. Intermediate level proficiency in Microsoft Visio, PowerPoint required. (Proficiency in Microsoft Access, SQL, ACL or similar applications a plus).

Experience with Thompson Reuters Accelus or similar automatic work paper applications a plus.

Must be able to demonstrate excellent analytical and critical thinking skills and techniques, and to evaluate information and draw logical conclusions.

Must be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication (including active listening) skills and provide excellent attention to detail.

Demonstrated ability to prepare reports, memos, summaries and analyses and to present and negotiate findings and recommendations.

Demonstrated planning and project management skills required.

  • In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work well with all levels of employees, but especially senior managers, multi-task, be flexible in nature, and use sound judgment with an open and collaborative style that encourages teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization.
  • Must be a strong role model and coach and have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.

International Travel (10-20%).

To be considered an applicant, all interested parties MUST apply through the Columbia University online employment application system. Paste the following quick link into your browser to access this position posting:

Columbia University is an Equal Employment / Affirmative Action Employer

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