Internal Auditor

Internal Auditor
Southern California Association of Governments
 Los Angeles, California
Job Description

At Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), we are committed to fostering innovative regional solutions that improve the lives of Southern Californians through inclusive collaboration, visionary planning, regional advocacy, information sharing, and promoting best practices.

SCAG is seeking a seasoned Internal Auditor (IA) to provide highly responsible and complex staff assistance to the Audit Committee and Executive Management. Under general and administrative direction of the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Internal Auditor oversees an internal audit program that evaluates the agency’s compliance with laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, conducts all audit activities in compliance with Government Auditing Standards, while continuously improving the system of quality control to ensure continued compliance.

The Internal Auditor will closely collaborate with Executive Management, providing sound professional recommendations for consideration in formulating policies and procedures. This position leads the SCAG Audit Committee, which provides overall programmatic direction to the Internal Audit function, including approving the IA’s annual workplan, receiving the internal audit reports, and evaluating recommendations. Serving as an advisor to the COO and Audit Committee, the Internal Auditor establishes internal management controls and establishes and executes business and work plans for all audit related projects. The Internal Auditor also reviews incidents reported through SCAG’s anonymous third-party ethics reporting system, coordinating any investigations and potential follow up corrective actions.

At SCAG, we are committed to ensuring employee safety and well-being. Therefore, all SCAG staff are working remotely until further notice.

OUR LOCATION

SCAG headquarters is located in the hub of busy downtown Los Angeles, at Figueroa and 7th streets. SCAG is located at the 900 Wilshire Building, a new, multi-use hotel and office complex that features state of the art architecture and technology. The downtown area has expanded with LA Live, new restaurants, music, sports, shopping, libraries, museums and theaters. SCAG is in a culturally diverse area near Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Olvera Street and Grand Central Market. Southern California boasts near-perfect weather and close proximity to mountains, beaches and deserts, which encourages physical fitness and year-round activities.

For ease of commuting, the LA office is located across the street from the Metro Red Line 7th St. station and is easily accessible by commuter trains and buses serving surrounding areas. Metro's light rail and subway connect downtown LA to Hollywood, Universal City, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Azusa, Long Beach and many vibrant and up-and-coming neighborhoods.

WHO WE ARE

Founded in 1965, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is a Joint Powers Authority under California state law, established as an association of local governments and agencies that voluntarily convene as a forum to address regional issues. Under federal law, The SCAG region encompasses six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura) and 191 cities in an area covering more than 38,000 square miles. The agency develops long-range regional transportation plans including sustainable communities' strategy and growth forecast components, regional transportation improvement programs, regional housing needs allocations and a portion of the South Coast Air Quality management plans. Currently, the Regional Council consists of 86 members.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

MISSION

  • To foster innovative regional solutions that improve the lives of Southern Californians through inclusive collaboration, visionary planning, regional advocacy, information sharing, and promoting best practices.

VISION

  • Southern California's Catalyst for a Brighter Future.

SCAG CORE VALUES

  • Be Open: Be accessible, candid, collaborative and transparent in the work we do.
  • Lead by Example: Commit to integrity and equity in working to meet the diverse needs of all people and communities in our region.
  • Make an Impact: In all endeavors, effect positive and sustained outcomes that make our region thrive.
  • Be Courageous: Have confidence that taking deliberate, bold and purposeful risks can yield new and valuable benefits.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

May include but are not limited to the following:

  • Represent the Internal Audit Department to other SCAG departments, the Audit Committee, Regional Council, elected officials, outside agencies and organizations, and explain and interpret Internal Auditing programs, projects, and activities.
  • Provide professional advanced journey level staff assistance and coordination in support of SCAG audit functions.
  • Plan, manage, and coordinate Internal Audit program goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.
  • Direct, manage, plan, and perform internal audits including operational, compliance, and financial audits of all SCAG activities.
  • Provide the Audit Committee with timely reports of audit findings, analysis, and recommendations designed to strengthen and improve internal control and performance results.
  • Determine compliance with SCAG's fiscal policies and regulations regarding revenue, expenses, budgets, contracts, lease compliance, sub-regions, projects, and programs.
  • Evaluate the efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of SCAG division operations including the safeguarding of SCAG assets.
  • Review internal control structure to ensure compliance with SCAG management policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Participate in the review of planning, design, and development and implementation of new or revised SCAG audit programs, systems, procedures, and methods of operation of SCAG accounting systems.
  • Ensure that incidents reported to the anonymous ethics hotline are investigated thoroughly and objectively, and that corrective measures are taken if necessary.
  • Stay abreast of industry and regulatory changes.
  • Perform special assignments as directed by the Audit Committee.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • EDUCATION: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, public administration, business administration, finance, or a related field. An active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certificate or active Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Certificate issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors is required. A Master’s degree is desirable, but not required.
  • EXPERIENCE: Equivalent to eight years of progressively responsible audit management experience in the public sector. Experience spearheading projects, teams, or initiatives is desirable.

WHO YOU ARE
IDEAL CANDIDATE QUALITIES

The ideal candidate will:

  • Possess strong interpersonal skills with a positive attitude, maintaining collaborative and effective working relationships internally with both SCAG staff and management across all departments, and elected officials and stakeholders
  • Have the ability to synthesize financial data and clearly and concisely present appropriate recommendations both written and verbally
  • Possess a high level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Be a self-starter with excellent project management skills
  • Possess strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Have the ability to maintain confidentiality, while exercising sound judgment regarding sensitive matters
  • Demonstrated professional integrity, trust, and objectivity

KNOWLEDGE OF:

Auditing standards as prescribed by the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Government Accountability Office; accounting standards as prescribed by the Government Accounting Standards Board; general principles and techniques of accounting and auditing; general principles and practices of budget development, preparation, and expenditure control; organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis, evaluation, development and implementation of audit programs, policies and procedures; pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, regulations, and guidelines; management/supervisory concepts and techniques; industry best practices as derived from professional association and auditing periodicals; research and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures; sources of information related to a broad range of audit programs, services and functions; modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment; principles and procedures of financial, statistical, and administrative record keeping and reporting.

ABILITY TO:

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and efficiently implement recommendations in support of audit goals; effectively research, analyze, and evaluate programs, policies, and procedures; prepare clear and concise correspondence and reports on a variety of financial, budgetary, and administrative issues; imagine various possible outcomes arising from a set of circumstances; independently perform the full range of responsible and difficult analytical and administrative work; use independent judgment and personal initiative to prioritize and organize work to meet all deadlines; understand the organization and operation of the organization and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities; address and resolve conflicts productively; plan, organize, and carry out assignments from the Audit Committee or management staff with minimal supervision and direction; conduct research on a wide variety of administrative topics; interpret and apply administrative and audit policies and procedures.

Important Applicant Information:

Candidates must fill out the application and supplemental questions completely. Incomplete applications including references to see the resume for qualifications are incomplete and will be disqualified. Candidates are encouraged to provide accurate answers as SCAG will verify the qualifications for each candidate.

SCAG is an equal opportunity employer. SCAG's policy is to provide employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression and pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, marital status, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status.

The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provision contained in this job announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

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