Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: B8006 / Dir,Internal Audit
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 19
HR Review/Approval:COMP

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under limited supervision, directs the advisory function on internal auditing and systems accounts, which serves as an independent review and appraisal of the fiscal and administrative operations of the institution. Implements, directs, and monitors auditing policies, procedures, and standards. Manages professional and administrative staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directs the overall operations of the internal audit department.
  2. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff.
  3. Assesses departmental needs, establishes priorities for audit coverage, and develops short- and long-range audit plans; monitors and periodically reports status to the president and the board of regents.
  4. Coordinates and interacts with Regents, administrators, faculty, and staff, and with external audit and law enforcement agencies, as needed; may be required to testify in court; may also be required to interact with university students and alumni, and with vendors doing business with the university.
  5. Consults with and advises university administrators, faculty, and staff on operational and administrative issues.
  6. Coordinates and/or performs audit work, approves audit plans, reviews audit reports prior to formal release, and reviews supporting workpapers to ensure reports are properly supported.
  7. Keeps abreast of university policies and procedures, current developments in accounting and auditing professions, and changes in local, state, and federal laws, as applicable.
  8. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  9. Develops and manages annual budgets for the organization and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  10. Recommends and participates in the development of university policies and procedures; may serve on university planning and policy-making committees.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct a comprehensive internal audit function in a public institutional setting.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Ability to establish, implement and evaluate short- and long-range audit plans.
  • Knowledge of court processes and legal documentation requirements.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Ability to provide legal depositions and testimony.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.
  • Ability to persuade and influence others.
  • Ability to perform and evaluate the quality of audit work.
  • Knowledge of current changes and/or developments in applicable federal, state, local laws, and university policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Must maintain certification status.
  • Must be Bondable.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/21/2021