Internal Audit Manager

Des Moines Public Schools   Des Moines, IA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on June 7, 2024
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For over 100 years, Des Moines Public Schools has been educating the students of Iowa’s capital city. Today, we are the largest provider of public education in Iowa, with more than 30,000 students and nearly 5,000 teachers and staff at work in more than 60 schools throughout the community.

DMPS is seeking an Internal Audit Manager
Salary range: $97,032.00 - $121,285.00
Benefits: Family health care with no monthly cost if the employee successfully participates in the district wellness program, dental, vision, and more.

BASIC FUNCTION:
Assist the Superintendent and the Board of Directors (Board) in accomplishing their objectives by
using a systematic, disciplined, and risk-based approach to evaluate and contribute to the
improvement of the district’s governance, risk management, and control process. Determines
whether District resources are being used in an efficient manner and in compliance with
applicable laws, policies, and procedures. Uses an internal quality review program to ensure that
audit conclusions are properly supported by the audit work papers. Conducts appropriate follow
up on significant engagement findings and recommendations previously issued by Internal Audit.

The DMPS Internal Audit Manager is a designated impartial, neutral, and confidential third party
who assists faculty, staff, and administrators in informal dispute resolution through informal
means, which includes consulting, negotiation, and mediation. The Internal Audit Manager
promotes communication by providing a safe, confidential place for internal and external
stakeholders to share concerns and listen without judgment. This position requires continuous
use of independent judgment. The essential functions as shown below represent only the key
areas of responsibility; specific position requirements will vary depending on the needs of the
department.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Designs and develops an internal audit plan based on a prioritization of the
    audit universe using a risk-based methodology, including input of senior
    management and the audit committee, and reporting periodically on the
    internal audit activity’s purpose, authority, responsibility, and performance
    relative to its plan.
  • Maintains a quality assurance and improvement program that covers all aspects of the
    internal audit activity.
  • Leads, researches, and conducts appropriate internal investigation, factfinding, and analysis for better understanding of an issue prior to rendering an
    opinion.
  • Research, implement and administer 3rd party whistleblower hotline,
    independently assessing and auditing issues.
  • Ensures Audit Committee, comprised of independent external professionals, is
    fulfilling its oversight responsibilities.
  • Evaluates risk exposure relating to achievement of the district’s strategic
    objectives and coordinates with the Audit Committee.
  • Monitors and assesses the effectiveness of the district’s risk management
    processes.
  • Evaluates district wide and reports significant risk exposures and control
    issues, including fraud risks, governance issues, and other matters needed or
    requested by the audit committee.
  • Analyzes the effectiveness and efficiency with which resources are employed.
  • Interprets operations and programs at the request of the Audit Committee or
    Management, as appropriate, to ascertain whether results are consistent with
    established objectives and goals, and whether these operations and programs
    are being carried out as planned.
  • Supervises, coaches, and develops the Internal Audit Staff and others in
    finance who assist in audits.
  • Evaluates the systems established to ensure compliance with those policies,
    plans, procedures, laws and regulations which could have a significant impact
    on the district.
  • Monitors and interprets governance processes.
  • Advises senior administrators responsible for policies and procedures that
    affect the welfare of the district. Make appropriate recommendations to
    modify practices in order to reduce or eliminate recurring problems. Works
    collaboratively with other offices and personnel whose responsibilities include
    policy analysis.
  • Provides confidential consultation while assisting inquirers in interpreting
    district policies and procedures.
  • Advises business areas of key internal control issues at front end of new
    system implementations.
  • Performs investigations and special projects at the request of senior
    management.
  • Implement a process of tracking audit findings and continuous monitoring of
    implementation.
  • Maintain high level of independence from all district staff levels, making
    professional judgements without compromise.
  • Present risk assessment results and audit reports to Audit Committee,
    Executive Cabinet and/or Board of Education.
  • Present information and respond to questions from groups of managers,
    constituents, and the general public.
  • Seeks and receives permission from an inquirer before taking direct action.
  • Conducts appropriate internal investigation, fact-finding, and analysis of
    complex situations to untangle issues and help construct non-adversarial
    approaches to issues.

ADDITIONAL ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (for every DMPS position):

  • Attend work on a prompt and regular basis.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Maintain satisfactory and harmonious working relationships with the public, students, and
    other employees.
  • Assist with other duties as may be assigned.

HIRING SPECIFICATIONS:

Required:
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Minimum of five to seven years’ experience in auditing procedures.
Minimum of two years’ experience in supervisory role.

Desired:
Certified Internal Auditor.
External Auditor- Yellow Book Experience.
Degree in mediation, conflict or dispute resolution, or closely related field from an accredited
institution.
An active member of professional dispute resolution association or be willing to join and
participate in such associations.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of professional standards, codes of ethics, procedures, and principles and
    techniques for informal inquiries.
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks
    seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective
    independently with limited administrative direction.
  • Strong mathematical and analytic skills.
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles for governmental entities.
  • Knowledge of school district business, budgetary. and financial practices and procedures.
  • High level of proficiency with Excel, Outlook, and other computer software programs.
  • Competency working in a culturally diverse environment or the willingness to acquire
    these skills.

Des Moines Public Schools

2100 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines , IA