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Job Req ID:  17534

Sr. Internal Auditor


The General Nature or Purpose of the Job:

The Senior Internal Auditor, in addition to performing the duties and responsibilities of an Internal Auditor will: 

  • Serve as the lead in the development, implementation, and evaluation of financial, operational, and compliance internal audits for assigned organizational areas and functional activities throughout The Johns Hopkins Institutions (Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine) in accordance with the Annual Audit Plan approved by the respective Audit Committees 
  • Set clear expectations for audit team, coordinate assignments, monitor productivity, and ensure high quality output
  • Serve as technical resource to other team members


Performs Assigned Duties in Accordance with the Accepted Professional Standards Requiring: 

  • Independence and objectivity, knowledge of accounting principles and standards, proper financial and administrative control procedures and good business practices, and ability to assess risk, relative to the proper application of controls
  • Leadership and ability to act as a role model
  • Promotion of Department image through quality work, sharing knowledge and professional dealings and maintain confidentiality of information


The Primary Duties and Responsibilities of the Job:

Performs the duties and responsibilities of an Internal Auditor, such as: 

  • Document current operating practices through interviews, observation, investigation and testing
  • Test transactions (utilizing automated and/or traditional auditing methods) and analyze results of testing
  • Identify through investigation and analysis, underlying causes and contributing factors to noted problems
  • Identify and assess risks 
  • Identify appropriate solutions and formulates sound reasonable recommendations for management’s corrective action, using appropriate criteria and cost-benefit considerations
  • Prepare formal written reports, expressing conclusion on the adequacy and effectiveness of the system and the efficiency with which activities are carried out
  • Plan internal audits by gathering specific relevant background information (such as financial results, and policies and procedures) from the Institution’s information systems, web-based and other information sources
  • Utilize organizational and regulatory knowledge to identify audit constraints and shape priorities
  • Negotiate audit parameters with Manager/ Sr. Director
  • If leading a team, will ensure that all members understand their individual roles and responsibilities
  • Design appropriate internal audit programs and time budgets based upon the review and evaluation of underlying financials and business risks 
  • Thoroughly address all objectives and risks identified in audit planning and conclude on operational effectiveness and efficiency, considering industry best practices
  • Prepare clear and concise working papers and other documentation supporting discussions, operational facts and results of testing to justify conclusions
  • When serving in a project lead role, will review all working papers related to the project
  • Communicate recommendations to management through logical, clear and concise written and oral means to gain understanding and agreement on audit issues and commitment to implement corrective action
  • Perform follow-up internal audits to evaluate management’s implementation of Action Plans
  • Monitor project status and issues on a timely basis and report progress and issues to project lead or director timely and regularly
  • Evaluate feedback from customers as well as lessons learned meetings and identify possible areas for improvement
  • Implement changes in future audits as needed
  • Oversee the activities of Internal Auditors to ensure effective utilization in completing assigned projects
  • Provide day-to-day support of Internal Auditors as needed (create open lines of communication, provide regulatory updates, advise on difficult situations, etc.)
  • Participate in personnel development training and performance evaluation programs
  • May provide oral feedback to staff assigned or to the director for inclusion in staff performance or project evaluation
  • Assist other Auditors as appropriate and necessary to execute assigned projects
  • Consider multiple approaches and develop solutions to problems
  • Demonstrate project management and time management skills
  • Address difficult and sensitive issues in a timely and effective manner
  • May be responsible for more complex audits than those handled by Internal Auditors (act as lead on a multi-entity audit requiring coordination of several other auditors, implement a new audit with no available history or background, responsible for high visibility/high priority audits, etc.)
  • May also have a higher volume of audits
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of Healthcare and/or Higher Education industry
  • Monitor changes in the industry and be able to understand the impact to own work


Minimum Requirements for the Position:

Education and Related Work Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Business, or related field required
  • Five or more years Accounting or Audit experience
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) preferred
  • Supervisory experience; Non-profit, Higher Education and/or Healthcare industry experience preferred


Decision Making: 

  • On a regular and continuous basis, exercises administrative judgment and assumes responsibility for decisions, consequences and results having an impact on people, costs and/or quality of service within the functional area



  • In accordance with Department policy, can make all decisions necessary to carry out assigned projects and related internal audit and work programs to meet the audit objectives
  • May direct the activities of staff or a function and /or represent the function at meetings



  • Uses proper oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Exchanges information using tact and persuasion, as appropriate
  • Effectively shares relevant information with assigned team and fosters dialogue as necessary


Computer or Other Special Needs for the Position: 

  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Experience with ACL, Microsoft Office, SAP and automated workpapers
  • Utilize advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other business and audit-related software to conduct internal audit work, as well as the extraction of relevant business data and its analysis using ACL software


Degree of Independent Action Performed on the Job:  

  • Able to work independently and with varying levels of management
  • Manage multiple projects or single projects in complex environments
  • Manage competing priorities


Internal and External Contacts Required as Part of the Job:

  • Interact appropriately with all levels of personnel, building good working relationships, and establishing a network of organizational contacts
  • Knows the formal and informal departmental goals, standards, policies and procedures, which may include some familiarity of other departments within the JH Institution
  • Is sensitive to the interrelationship of both people and functions throughout the organization
  • Responsible for own professional development and contributes to the development of others


Physical Requirements: 

  • Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time
  • Provides own transportation


Other:  This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis.  It does not exclude other duties as assigned.


Classified Title: Sr. Internal Auditor 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: $59,000 - $81,000 annually
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F; 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 03-MD:Eastern High Campus 
Department name: 10001519-Johns Hopkins Internal Audits 
Personnel area: University Administration


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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