Manager, Investigations and Special Projects

Yale University

New Haven, CT

ID: 7075398
Posted: February 23, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Focus:

Evaluate administrative and financial internal controls throughout the University for compliance with University policies, procedures, Yale Standards of Business Conduct and applicable state and federal regulations. Conducts or assists in conducting audits, special projects, and investigations. Effectively manages multiple projects concurrently. Handles difficult and sensitive matters with the highest level of confidentiality and discretion. Develops audit programs and procedures without established guidance.

Essential Duties

1. Participate and/or take lead role in planning, organizing, and executing confidential investigative audits and other special assignments; conduct interviews of departmental personnel; examine relevant documentation and verify internal control procedures. Develop, implement, and execute audit programs and procedures relating to a wide variety of University activities. Research and analyze transactions and other relevant information and identify potential policy violations or other anomalies. Interview individuals that are the subject of investigations or who possess specialized knowledge related to the case Document audit work and draft reports detailing audit recommendations for management. 2. Prepare written reports that summarize the audit work and identify system control weaknesses and the related risks if any. Develop conclusions that may be used to make key personnel decisions and business decisions. In conjunction with business managers and department heads, develop solutions and action plans to address areas requiring improvement. Act as a catalyst for identifying root causes and constructive changes to administrative systems and control procedures. Present investigation results to upper management as deemed necessary. 3. Prepare materials to support and/or testify at grievance hearings or legal proceedings. 4. Work closely with members of other University Departments, including the Office of the General Counsel, Human Resources, and the Yale Police. 5. Handle difficult and sensitive matters with the highest level of confidentiality and discretion. 6. Manage and oversee projects conducted by Senior Auditor – Special Projects and Investigations and other Audit staff when necessary; Manage external consultant activities when necessary. 7. Influence the development of policies and procedures for the University through the effective presentation of the audit results to the administration. 8. May conduct internal operational and financial audits. 9. Research audit related topics and issues using web-based tools that provide access to information available from state and federal agencies, higher education industry groups, professional organizations and other authoritative sources. 10. Perform other duties as assigned, including operational and financial audits.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting or business administration and eight years of previous experience in financial or operational auditing or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Knowledge of generally accepted accounting and audit principles. Ability to handle difficult and sensitive matters with the highest level of confidentiality and discretion.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Experience/proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word and other computer-based accounting and financial applications. Knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations applicable to business operations.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Developed negotiating, organizational and oral and written communication skills. Developed analytical, financial analysis and research skills.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team environment. Ability to work effectively with the staff and management of the departments or areas under audit.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently and independently.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Experience conducting financial and operational audits and knowledge of Yale University's policies, procedures and financial systems; CPA, CIA, or CFE. Experience conducting investigative audits.


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