Chief Audit Officer
University of North Carolina System Office

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Chief Audit Officer
The University of North Carolina System

The University of North Carolina System is a treasured public institution dedicated to serving the people of North Carolina through world-class teaching, research, and community engagement. Today, nearly 250,000 students are enrolled in our 16 universities across the state and at the NC School of Science and Mathematics.

Individually Remarkable. Collectively Extraordinary.
The UNC System is one of the strongest and most successful systems of public higher education in the nation. Its mission-to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address the needs of individuals and society-remains true to the University's founding ideal of shared knowledge in a free society. In addition, the UNC System has a long-standing commitment to public service. PBS North Carolina, the UNC Health Care System, the NC Arboretum, and other University affiliates and programs reap social and economic benefits for the citizens of the state.

System Office
The UNC System Office, located in central North Carolina, houses the offices of the president and senior administrative staff for the University. This core administrative staff executes the policies of the UNC Board of Governors and provides System-wide leadership and support in the areas of academic affairs, business and financial management, communications, strategy and policy, human resources, legal affairs, and government relations. The UNC System Office also has administrative oversight of a number of University affiliates.

The Opportunity
The Chief Audit Officer (CAO) reports functionally to the Board of Governors' Committee on Audit, Risk Management, and Compliance (CARMC) and administratively to the President of the UNC System. The President has delegated the administrative reporting relationship to the Chief of Staff. The purpose of this position is primarily to oversee and manage the internal audit functions for the UNC System Office, NCSSM, and NCSEAA in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards) as required by NC General Statute 143-746. Meeting this objective requires the CAO to manage professional auditing staff in the conduct of financial, compliance, information technology, and operational efficiency and effectiveness audits.

The position also serves as the primary liaison for campus chief audit officers to the UNC System Office and to the Board of Governors CARMC; provides staff support to the CARMC on audit-related matters; serves as a primary liaison from the University to the Office of the State Auditor and the Central Office of Internal Audit on audit-related matters; serves as an advisor to the System Office Risk Review Board; participates in key workgroups and committees, as requested, to advise on enterprise risk or compliance-related matters; works to create awareness of internal audit's value-added services to the University; and develops, presents, and/or participates in professional development programs across the University as well as other higher education professional organizations (i.e. ACUA, Institute of Internal Auditors, etc.). The position collaborates closely with the UNC System Office chief of staff, office of the general counsel, division of campus safety and security, information technology division, and budget and finance division.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or related field, and six years of audit experience including four years of internal audit experience and three years of supervisory experience; or,
  • Bachelor's degree in any field and certification/licensure as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with an audit focus that is accompanied by six years of audit experience including four years of internal audit experience and three years of supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Prefer CPA and/or CIA designation


  • Thorough knowledge of theories, principles, and systems design related to organizational governance, risk management, and internal controls.
  • Thorough knowledge of internal and/or government auditing standards, including principles, procedures, and techniques for conducting information system, financial, operational, compliance, and/or investigations.
  • Thorough knowledge of the business acumen, and the ability to monitor industry trends and emerging risk.
  • Thorough knowledge of the higher education operating environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of organizational and managerial practices, principles, and theories.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of data analytics and continuous auditing.
  • Ability to compile, monitor, and examine a variety of large, complex data and exercise judgement in evaluating or interpreting results.
  • Ability to manage sensitive and confidential matters with discretion.
  • Ability to recognize complex and unique risks, weaknesses, or inefficiencies and develop resolution and/or consult with leadership to achieve resolution.
  • Strong negotiation and persuasion skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective strategic relationships with senior management, agencies, committees, legislators, external auditors, federal monitors and public, adapting communication style to target audiences.
  • Ability to make effective and efficient oral and written presentations aimed at reaching a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to question assumptions and anticipate issues before they arise.
  • Mature, self-motivated, and enthusiastic, with a strong performance discipline.
  • Possess a broad knowledge of and years of experience with leading an internal audit function that has a direct reporting relationship to a governing board.
  • Ability to manage a departmental budget for the internal audit function.
  • Participate in professional organizations and activities related to internal audit, risk management, and/or higher education.
  • Possess an appreciation for the diversity and unique characteristics of the individual institutions comprising the system.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks/assignments independently.
  • Ability to lead thoughtfully, manage, promote participation and teamwork, and think strategically.

Chapel Hill, where the System Office is currently located, is part of a larger area called "The Triangle," a term that references Research Triangle Park, a globally recognized center of research, innovation and thought leadership located between, and around, the three cities of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. Each of these cities is home to one or more UNC System institutions, as well as private universities, and other centers of learning and research.

These three cities, as well as the cities and communities in the surrounding areas, offer a mix of suburban, urban, and rural living, combined with access to an outstanding array of civic, cultural, and athletic events. Outdoor enthusiasts will be thrilled with the area's comfortable climate and easy access to both mountains and sea. Food lovers will appreciate access to a thriving Triangle restaurant scene often profiled in national media.

More affordable living than many metropolitan areas and host to many vibrant businesses, the Triangle area is part of the reason North Carolina was voted #1 by Forbes as the "Best State to Do Business." Often ranked high on lists of best places to live, the Triangle area offers beauty, diversity, and interest for residents and visitors alike. For more information, see:

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted via email to Applications should consist of the following: (1) a detailed cover letter; (2) a current resume or curriculum vitae (CV); and (3) a list of three professional references (references will not be contacted until later stages of the search process and upon candidate notification). The position will remain open until filled, but applications received by June 20, 2022, will be given priority consideration.

For confidential inquiries or to request a copy of the complete position profile, please contact the UNC System Office search consultant assisting the committee: Lynn Duffy, Sr AVP for Leadership Development & Talent Acquisition: or 919.962.3134.

The UNC System Office is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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