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Director of Internal Audit

CWS Global
New York, United States
$140,000.00 - $150,000.00
Closing date
Oct 8, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Accounting and Finance
Social Services
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Title:                          Director of Internal Audit

Reports To:                              President and CEO 

Division:                                  Senior Management Team

Department:                             Office of CEO

Job Location:                           WDC, NYC, Remote 

Grade Level:                            12

Salary Range:                          $140,000.00 To 150,000.00 Annually

FLSA & Union Status:              Exempt / Non-bargaining 



Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit, faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable solutions to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, genetic information, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in the provision of services.


Primary Purpose

Senior level responsibility for the internal audit function reporting to the CEO, with dotted lines to the CFO and Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committee. Is responsible for internal audit function for the organization, and includes, directing and developing a risk-based annual internal audit plan and budget, and annual risk-based enterprise risk management analysis. Regularly evaluates departments/divisions of the organization and ensures internal audit training program for management and staff is established and regularly updated. 


Essential Duties:

  • Directs and develops a risk-based annual internal audit plan and budget for evaluating the effectiveness of controls in place to manage significant financial reporting and other critical risk exposures, safeguard company assets, and compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Regularly evaluates departments/divisions and project/country offices of the organization to determine if they are performing in compliance with recommended processes, procedures, and business controls. Monitors to ensure implementation plan on findings and recommendations are created and delivered.
  • Suggests new initiatives, controls, and procedures to ensure good business practices are in place.
  • Provide support to management in the remediation of identified control weaknesses
  • Manage the follow-up and reporting of internal audit findings until deficiencies are remediated. Work with department heads, to ensure follow up on findings and corrective actions.
  • Tracks findings from various internal and external audits and examinations and ensure corrective action has been taken
    • Responsible for the Enterprise Risk Management heat map that defines risk categories and tolerance then recommends actions and mitigation plans on identified risks in coordination with Senior Management and the Board Audit and Risk Committee.
    • Ensures internal audit and compliance training programs for management and staff are established and regularly updated.
    • Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function.
    • Provides strategic leadership to the internal audit staff at the regional or organization-wide level. Sets departmental operational plans, goals, and policies.
    • Works with multiple country finance and operations departments and generates “best practices” for internal audit projects. Leverages support and buy-in for major initiatives.
    • Works with internal audit and other managers to establish strategic workflow plans. Oversees the departmental budget.
    • Executes the department’s operational plan and is responsible for the performance and goal achievement of the group.
    • Collaborates with senior leadership on critical and complex aspects of internal audit and makes operational recommendations.
    • Compiles and analyzes data on risk and organizational trends as well as external trends that may elevate risk areas.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.


    Applied Knowledge & Skills:

    • Well-versed in state, federal, and international laws and regulations that have impact on internal audit, general accounting, and management controls.
    • Expert level knowledge and previous experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), practices and reporting guidelines.
    • Provides innovative and strategic leadership to multiple divisions and can gain cross- functional support for major projects, improvements, or changes.
    • Possesses a full understanding of the organizational structure, policies and practices, and the impact on own area and the entire organization.
    • Well-attuned to external trends that can elevate risk to organization in CWS’ sectors.
    • Must have excellent communication, diplomatic and negotiation skills.
    • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and accomplish goals.
    • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English.


    Problem Solving & Impact:

    • Decisions and actions have a direct impact on the outcomes of own department and possibly the entire organization.
    • Problems encountered are often complex, broad in scope, and implications are often unprecedented with no clear resolution.
    • Must be able to provide accurate, expert level advice to reach outcomes that will enable achievement of overall department and organization goals.



    • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or Related Field.
    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation strongly preferred. Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designations preferred.



    • Typically requires 10+ years of related work experience at the corporate or organization level; 8 years managing an internal audit department and employee management is required.
    • Must have experience working on US Government funded projects, specifically US State Department or USAID funded projects. Non-USG experience, especially with UN and EU, and major private sector risk areas preferred.
    • Significant experience with automated financial reporting, government accounting practices, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Uniform Guidance (2cFr200), and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) systems.
    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation strongly preferred. Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designations preferred.
    • Experience working with a global, international organization preferred.
    • Experience working in a non-governmental organization (NGO) preferred.
    • Minimum of 10+ years management and leadership experience


    Travel Requirements:

    • 10 to 25% (most likely 2 international trips/year for 2-week periods, and 2 domestic trips per year for one week)


    CWS’ U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires all new staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as soon as reasonable, no longer than 60 days of employment. Any employee who is pregnant, who is nursing, who has a disability, or who has a medical condition that prevents them from safe vaccination, or who rejects vaccination because of sincerely held religious beliefs, may contact the CWS Benefits Administrator to request reasonable accommodation as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).


    CWS offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

    • 403 (b) Retirement Plan

    • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

    • Paid Time Off

    • Life Insurance and AD&D

    • Long Term and Short Term Disability

    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    • Health Savings Account

    • Flexible Spending Accounts

    • Commuter Benefits

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