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Audit Manager
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
Date Posted 05/11/2021
Admin-Business And Financial Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position
Posting Number
Position Type
Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title
Prof/Indiv Contrib IV
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week
Proposed Annual Salary Range
Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf.

Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on
Description of Work Unit

The purpose of the Colorado State University (CSU) System Internal Audit (IA) department is to provide the CSU System Board of Governors, the Chancellor, and senior management with independent, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve the CSU System’s operations. The mission of IA is to enhance and protect organizational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight. IA helps the CSU System accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of governance, risk management, and control processes.

The CSU System is a public, higher education system focusing on teaching, research, and service and is comprised of a System Office and three distinct institutions: Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado; Colorado State University-Pueblo in Pueblo, Colorado; and Colorado State University-Global, a 100 percent online institution with headquarters in Aurora, Colorado.

Position Summary

Internal Auditing is conducting a search to fill two vacant Audit Manager positions – one at the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins, Colorado, and one at the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus in Pueblo, Colorado. Candidates should indicate in their materials the position(s) for which they would like to be considered. CSU System Internal Auditing employees are currently working remotely due to the pandemic; however, once the campuses return to fully in-person operations, it is expected the employees selected for these positions will work primarily on-site.

Under the direction of the Internal Auditing Director, the Audit Manager participates in and leads a variety of internal audit assignments and projects which may include assurance engagements, consulting activities, internal investigations, and other projects as assigned. The Audit Manager performs audit procedures for all phases of an audit engagement and provides direct supervision to the staff and senior auditors. The Audit Manager also provides significant input into the annual risk assessment and audit plan and assists with the execution of the Internal Auditing Strategic Plan. Though the majority of audit and consulting work will be performed at either CSU in Fort Collins or CSU-Pueblo in Pueblo, depending on the position, the Audit Managers may also be called upon to assist with the engagements for the other institutions.

Required Job Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. The degree must be related to Business, such as Business Administration; Accounting; Finance; Information Systems; Computer Technology, etc.
  • Verifiable employment of at least 3 years of internal auditing experience in higher education.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of constituents.
  • Ability to research, interpret, and evaluate compliance with policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Experience conducting inquiries or audit investigations of reports of suspected fraud, misuse of funds, or noncompliance with policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge and acquired skills in computer applications generally used in the field of Auditing such as Excel, IDEA, AutoAudit, etc.
  • One or more Professional Certifications closely related to the field of Auditing, such as Certified Public Accountant; Certified Internal Auditor; Certified Information System Auditor; Certified Fraud Examiner; Certified Government Auditing Professional.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
  • The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. by proposed start date; Internal Auditing will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • A related Master’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Knowledge of Colorado State University System institutional enterprise systems (e.g., Kuali Financial System, AIS, Operational Data Store, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Colorado State University System institutional policies and procedures.
  • Ability to obtain Colorado State University’s Supervisory Development Program Certificate within 3 years of hire.
Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties


Job Duty Category
Audit Engagements
  • Plans and performs internal audit engagements, which may include assurance engagements, consulting activities, internal investigations, or other projects as assigned
    • Applies the organization’s audit methodology and carries out the audit procedures to meet the specific audit engagement objectives
    • Supervises the execution of audit engagements to ensure that objectives are met and work is performed in accordance with auditing standards.
    • Manages all resources efficiently to ensure the engagement objectives are met
    • Develops, implements and monitors project plans to ensure delivery in accordance with agreed timelines
    • Selects and applies the appropriate tools and techniques to data gathering, analysis and interpretation, and reporting
    • Plans and conducts audit engagements to identify key risks and controls
    • Obtains reliable, relevant and sufficient evidence and evaluates critically
    • Elevates risks identified during the engagement to the audit director, as appropriate.
    • Ensures workpapers are well-organized, cross-referenced, and provide relevant support
    • Presents findings and proposes recommendations that deal with root cause of issues and impact to the organization
    • Provides assurance and advisory services to senior management and the board
    • Ensures that the scope of work is appropriate for the audit assignment
    • Follows up with management to ensure that management actions have been effectively implemented or that senior management has accepted the risk of not taking action
  • Promotes and applies professional ethics in accordance with professional auditing standards
    • Applies ethical principles and values to the activities being audited
    • Adheres to the organization’s key policies, practices and procedures
    • Assesses and fosters the ethical climate of the board and management through adherence to the auditing standards and completion of assigned audit work relevant to the ethical climate.
    • Treats others fairly without discrimination
    • Maintains objectivity in all situations
    • Discusses ethical conflicts with the audit director
    • Investigates ethical issues and proposes measures for resolution
    • Acts with due sensitivity when handling ethical dilemmas
    • Exercises due professional care
  • Applies the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) internal auditing standards
    • Maintains working knowledge of the IPPF
    • Demonstrates appropriate use and interpretation of the IPPF, seeking consultation if applicability is unclear
    • Adheres to the requirements of the IPPF when planning and conducting an internal audit engagement
    • Adopts a risk based approach in accordance with the IPPF for annual audit planning and makes adjustments when needed
    • Exemplifies and monitors due professional care when conducting audit assignments
    • Helps manage and supports a quality assurance and improvement program
  • Applies a thorough understanding of governance, risk and control appropriate to the organization
    • Evaluates the appropriateness of the organization’s frameworks for governance, risk and control
    • Operates within the organization’s frameworks for governance, risk and control
    • Creates audit engagement plans based on the risk and its impact on the organization
    • Applies the concepts of controls during an audit
    • Assesses IT governance
    • Ensures internal audit activities are aligned with and enhances the organization’s enterprise risk management strategy and risk profile
    • Ensures that proposals for improvements to internal controls are balanced with organizational objectives and capabilities
    • Develops a risk profile for the internal audit engagement
    • Supports a culture of fraud risk awareness at all levels of the organization
    • Assesses and accounts for the potential for fraud risk and identifies common types of fraud associated with the organization
    • Assesses and accounts for the potential for fraud risk and identifies common types of fraud associated with the internal audit engagement
    • Maintains an understanding of the processes used to support fraud investigations
  • Communicates effectively to parties internal and external to Internal Auditing.
    • Secures the trust of others through positive use of communication
    • Fosters open communication
    • Demonstrates respect for others, and customizes messages to reflect the needs of the target audience
    • Organizes and expresses ideas clearly and with confidence in order to influence others
    • Extracts key information from a variety of sources to support communication
    • Selects appropriate communication forms (verbal, non-verbal, visual, written) and media (face to face, electronic, paper-based)
    • Employs the technical conventions of language (spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.) correctly
    • Listens actively, asking questions as required to check own understanding
    • Solicits feedback from audience to gauge the effectiveness of the communication
    • Anticipates reactions to communication and plans responses in advance
    • Discusses audit findings and their impacts professionally and confidently with appropriate levels of the organization
    • Interprets and uses body language to reinforce communication
    • Delivers information in a structured fashion to foster learning and development among members of the audience
    • Applies appropriate communication skills in interviews
    • Ensures written communication, particularly complex information, is communicated in a manner that is accurate, objective, clear, concise, constructive, complete, and timely
  • Persuades and motivates others through collaboration and cooperation
    • Upholds service orientated attitude
    • Anticipates and makes allowances for the impact of own interpersonal style on others when communicating and building relationships
    • Constructively manages conflict by negotiating and resolving disagreements
    • Takes account of an organization’s culture and acts accordingly
    • Puts people at ease and builds open, constructive relationships with all parties
    • Nurtures and builds effective partnerships with audit engagement clients to achieve results
    • Identifies and manages the needs and expectations of the stakeholders
    • Collaborates with others and encourages others to work collaboratively
    • Shows resilience in difficult situations to push through resistance and then work with people in a constructive manner
    • Leads by example with regard to respect, helpfulness and cooperation
    • Makes a positive impact on others, demonstrates credibility and secures respect and cooperation
    • Recognizes own limitations and seeks advice and support where required
    • Respects confidentiality and secures the trust of other parties
    • Uses a range of strategies to build active consensus and support
    • Maintains a positive attitude and participates fully as a team player
    • Works to remove organizational barriers and identifies resources to assist the internal audit team
    • Contributes to employee morale and motivation
  • Effectively applies critical thinking through process analysis, business intelligence, and problem solving techniques
    • Maintains curiosity and exercises professional skepticism
    • Analyzes and appraises the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes
    • Ensures that the relevant tools and techniques are used during the business process analysis
    • Selects and uses appropriate research, business intelligence and problem solving techniques to analyze and solve complex situations
    • Uses critical thinking to identify and propose tactics for business process improvement
    • Assists operational management in finding practical solutions to address issues identified through audit activity
    • Applies data collection, data mining, data analysis and statistical techniques
    • Ensures that information in decision making is relevant, accurate, and sufficient.
Percentage Of Time
Job Duty Category
Talent Management
  • Contributes to enhancing collective staff knowledge, skills, and abilities of the audit function
    • Monitors staff performance and workload and provides constructive and timely feedback to help others achieve their goals
    • Acts as a role model by exemplifying high performance for team members
    • Analyzes own strengths and weaknesses to maximize personal contribution to the organization
    • Articulates clear expectations and business goals and links these to organizational strategy
    • Strives for quality and excellence and encourages others to do the same
    • Delegates tasks in a constructive and supportive fashion
    • Takes personal accountability for results delivered in areas of responsibility
    • Coaches others to enhance their competence and professional development
    • Develops and recommends a plan for professional development for subordinate staff
    • Continues professional development and utilizes relevant learning opportunities
    • Provides opportunities and proactive input in the development and career needs of others
    • Assesses self-development and career needs and takes advantage of new challenges as opportunities for personal and professional growth
    • Maintains up-to-date competencies required for effective internal audit delivery
    • Supports and contributes to the recruitment process within the internal audit function
    • Values and promotes diverse viewpoints and cultural sensitivity
    • Applies a knowledge of human resource processes and leadership styles to supporting and directing others
Percentage Of Time
Job Duty Category
Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Identifies opportunities for continuous improvement and innovation.
    • Actively participates in developing and executing the Internal Auditing strategic plan.
    • Seeks and justifies opportunities for continuous improvement
    • Accepts constructive criticism and suggestions and makes appropriate changes.
    • Initiates and manages change within sphere of responsibility
    • Encourages others to embrace change by explaining the intended benefits
    • Encourages others to propose innovative ideas and provides positive feedback to ensure new ideas are progressed
    • Contributes to insight and proposals for change and improvement
      Investigates and analyzes the reasons for change in the organization
    • Identifies the risks associated with change and adapts audit activity to manage the risks
    • Assesses the potential barriers and resources for change initiatives
    • Implements change programs across the audit function and team
    • Maintains personal performance and effectiveness in changing and ambiguous environments
    • Accommodates new priorities and implements positive changes in area of work
    • Adjusts team priorities to new and changing priorities of the organization
    • Anticipates reactions to change and adapts own style to support others
Percentage Of Time
Job Duty Category
Risk Assessment
  • Maintains expertise of the university environment, industry practices and specific organizational factors
    • Maintains knowledge of the organization and its risks through collaboration with operational units, participation in campus committees, and awareness of the organization’s strategies and initiatives.
    • Maintains industry specific knowledge appropriate to the organization
    • Assesses and takes account of macroeconomic and microeconomic factors and the impact on the organization
    • Maintains a current understanding of the latest global developments and regulatory and legal framework within which the organization operates
    • Assesses and takes account of the technical aspects of financial, managerial and cost accounting concepts, standards, systems and reporting processes appropriate to the organization
    • Assesses and takes account of how IT contributes to organizational objectives, risks associated with IT, and relevance to the audit engagements
    • Demonstrates sound working knowledge of the quality control frameworks relevant to the audit engagements
    • Takes account of cultural aspects of the organization
  • Assists Director with the annual risk assessment by providing input related to the CSU System, including any of the institutions:
    • Assesses risks across the CSUS; rank risks according to likelihood of occurrence and potential impact;
    • Annually recommends to Director the audits for the CSUS that should be included on the annual audit plan that will address highest-risk areas identified and ensure periodic coverage of other identified risks.
    • Identifies high-risk areas for potential audits.
    • Shares information related to the audit and institutional environment.
Percentage Of Time
Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, submit a cover letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact
Mariam Dosso
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.


The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.


The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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