SMU – Senior Internal Auditor

Company: Southern Methodist University
Position: Senior Internal Auditor
Job Location: Dallas, Texas, United States
Position Type: Full-Time
Division:  Office of the President
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience


About SMU:

A nationally ranked private university located near the heart of Dallas, SMU is a distinguished center for global research with a liberal arts tradition. SMU’s 11,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through seven schools.

SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. The University’s entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new in the world – and work hard to bring their innovations to life. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for our students, faculty and alumni to make a global impact. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

SMU was founded by what is now The United Methodist Church, in partnership with civic leaders. The University is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

Job Summary:

This position provides independent appraisal activity for the review and evaluation of all operations of the University.  As such, assist administrative personnel at all levels by providing information to help them evaluate and control the operations for which they are responsible.  Internal Audit is responsible for seeing that activities throughout the University are reviewed and appraised at appropriate intervals.

Essential Functions:

  • Independently assess the adequacy of internal controls based on assigned reviews and special projects.

  • Independently work with departments or process owners to ensure processes are adequate and fully understood.

  • Independently review and test results to ensure compliance with policies and regulations.

  • Develop or complete reports regarding findings as appropriate. Communicate with Management the objectives and audit results.

  • Work with external auditors and various consultants as needed to ensure successful completion of projects and oversight.

  • Perform and assist in investigations as needed.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

A Bachelor’s degree is required for this role.  Preferably in the field of Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, or Operations Management.  An advanced degree (e.g. MBA), or audit industry related professional designation (e.g. CPA, CIA, CISA etc.) is strongly preferred.

A minimum of three years progressive auditing and accounting responsibility and experience is required.

Previous experience in operational or business management, information technology, or risk management is preferred.

Information security knowledge is a plus.

Related professional certifications are also highly desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The ideal candidate must possess a strong understanding of control procedures, methods and philosophies with a working knowledge of audit concepts. Demonstrated general understanding of accounting is highly desired.

Strong oral and written communication skills and active listening skills are strongly preferred. Candidate must be able to be flexible, and have the ability to handle multiple tasks with quickly changing priorities. Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to be organized is also preferred.

Candidates must maintain a level of professionalism and confidentiality of work and be able to adapt to working in stressful or changing situations. Must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively within a team-environment.

Candidate should be technologically adept and have the ability to use and apply audit software tools. Must also have the ability to work with all Microsoft packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint Visio, etc.)

Occasional evening and weekend work, as necessary.

Physical/Environmental Demands:

This position requires the ability to sit for long periods of time.


DEADLINE TO APPLY:  This position is open until filled.

TO APPLY: Please visit here or to view all job openings visit & select staff careers from the right-hand side menu to access the online application.

Job Requisition: OFF00000054


Southern Methodist University (SMU) will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, education activity, or admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.  The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX1   Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, including the prohibition of sex discrimination under Title IX. The Executive Director/Title IX Coordinator may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,  Inquiries   regarding   the application of Title IX may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.


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