Director of Audit

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Title:  Director of Audit                                            Level: 1551


Job Summary:


The Director of Audit provides assurance and advisory services through independent and objective reviews to continuously improve systems and processes across the district.  As a dual report to the Chicago Park District (“District”) Board of Commissioners (“Board”) and the General Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), the Director of Audit will provide strategic leadership and oversight of the District’s audit function in compliance with applicable audit standards, regulations, governmental requirements and policies consistent with the organization’s strategic and operational objectives, mission, and vision. The Director of Audit is responsible for the internal audit plan. The Director of Audit conducts internal audits and improves the internal audit process.




Provides direction and guidance to personnel performing audits.
Identifies and assesses risks, controls, and compliance with applicable rules, regulations and law.
Recommends policies, procedures, and systems for improved overall District accountability and efficiency.
Assists District management in developing and maintains processes to mitigate risk and improve operational efficiency in achieving District’s mission.
Evaluates the effectiveness of financial controls throughout the District.
Works with relevant members of management to inform an annual Audit Plan designed to maximize the utilization of assets, reduce liabilities and improve the general fiscal health of District operations.
Implements the approved Audit Plan.
Prepares and reviews confidential financial management reports.
Makes recommendations to department heads and managers regarding improvements for revenue collection, procurement of goods and services and other such District activities.
Recommends training to ensure that employees are in full compliance with District policies and determines compliance with other training mandated by law.
·       Provides quarterly reports to Board and CEO on the status of completed and ongoing audits. Provides an annual report to Board and CEO of all audit activities for the prior year.

·       Prepares and distributes reports on the results of reviews and audits to relevant management including recommendations for modification of management practices, fiscal policies, and accounting procedures as informed by audit findings.

·       Conducts risk-based audits, both scheduled and unscheduled, with concentration on policies, procedures, and practices that relate to the control, safeguarding, and accountability for funds and assets.




Training and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related field required.  Master’s degree preferred.
Ten years performing audit work, with at least five years in a supervisory capacity
Certification Requirement:
CPA (Certified Public Accountant).
CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·       Ability to effectively communicate accounting information, policies, and/or procedures.

·       Thorough understanding of U.S. GAAP, IIA Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, and Government Auditing Standards (“The Yellow Book”).

·       Strong background in identifying risks, controls and opportunities for improvements associated with business processes, developing and executing audit test plans, and drafting audit reports with summary results for executives.

·       Strong communication skills required to present complex issues and alternatives to Management and the Board of Commissioners.

·       Experience leading internal audit teams within a large organization, preferably public sector experience, covering relevant financial, operational, compliance and technology risks.

·       Commitment to high ethical and professional standards.

·       High degree of personal integrity and sound judgment.



Conditions of Employment

As a condition of employment with the Chicago Park District, employees are required to:


Establish/Maintain Chicago Residency – Employees are required to live full-time within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago at the time of appointment or provide written agreement at the time of initial appointment to establish full-time place of residence within the City of Chicago within a thirty-day period.





CPD is an equal opportunity employer.


It is the policy of the Chicago Park District that no employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, unfavorable military discharge or disability.   CPD will make reasonable accommodations for the known disabilities of otherwise qualified applicants for employment as well as its employees, unless undue hardship would result.



Senior Executive Service          EEO: Officials/Administrators   FLSA: Exempt



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