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We are seeking a dynamic leader to join us as the Lead Internal Performance Auditor. The Lead Internal Performance Auditor is appointed by the Portland Public Schools Board of Education and will work under the direction of the Board. The Lead Internal Performance Auditor works closely with Deputy Superintendent of Business & Operations, District management and key stakeholders to improve the District’s ability to ensure accountability for quality operational, administrative, budgetary, and organizational performance. The Lead Internal Performance Auditor manages the performance of internal audits, ensuring that internal audits comply with applicable standards, regulations, and guidance and that resulting reports are fair, impartial, and useful.
The Lead Internal Performance Auditor is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for internal performance audits in support of process accountability and safeguarding of district funds in a variety of areas related to the operation of the District, including budgeted funds, internal accounts and safeguarding district assets.
Works with the Board and District leadership to assess needs and develops, implements and maintains an internal performance auditing plan.
Maintains quality communications with the Board, Deputy Superintendent of Business & Operations and District management and key stakeholders to build consensus on a shared vision for the District’s performance improvement efforts.
Provides leadership to assigned auditor/s to develop skills, prioritize and assign projects, to support annual performance management processes.
Participates in development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short-and long-range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals.
Evaluate production processes for compliance with quality requirements.
Provides leadership in the development of the District's annual performance audit plan.
Performs preliminary planning and establishes direction for performance audits, manage project to quality outcomes, while meeting established time budget.
Develop, recommend, and implement internal audit programs that evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls and perform substantive tests with established policies and procedures.
Plan, coordinate, and work collaboratively with internal staff, external auditors, and other external agencies, as appropriate, to support and participate in investigations of fraud, waste, abuse, ethical misconduct and mismanagement, in accordance with auditing standards.
Keeps abreast of district policies and procedures, current developments in accounting and auditing professions, and changes in local, state, and federal laws, as applicable.
Create reports that are required by law, and are necessary to ascertain the nature and scope of programs/ activities and to establish a proper basis for evaluating the programs and activities;
Monitor and interpret related laws, regulations, and policies to ensure best practices.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in accounting, public or business administration, public policy, political science, statistics, economics, law, social science or related field.
Current Certified Internal Auditor certification.
3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in government/public performance.
Financial auditing, internal auditing in management analysis, financial analysis, operations or financial management, strategic planning experience.
Demonstrated knowledge of state law, or applicable federal law or regulations.
Demonstrated ability to analyze complex operations, financial and organizational issues and problems, evaluate alternatives and reach sound, logical, fact-based conclusions and recommendations.
Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, practices and standards of governmental auditing standards.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Board members, District leadership, department managers, and representatives of other governmental agencies, community groups, private enterprises and others encountered in the course of work.
Evidence of exceptional written and oral communication skills needed to prepare clear, concise and convincing documents that convey complex ideas, data, and recommendations for a variety of audiences.
Demonstrated ability to research, develop surveys, interpret and analyze complex technical and legal documents and decisions, state and federal laws and regulations.
Experience in school district, education auditing or management analysis is desirable.
Any other combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be considered.
Employer does not assist with relocation costs.
About Portland Public Schools
Every student by name prepared for college, career and participation as an active community member, regardless of race, income or zip code.
Our Schools and Programs
Portland Public Schools, founded in 1851, is a PK-12 urban school district in Portland, Oregon. With more than 49,000 students in 79 schools, we are the largest school district in the state and one of the largest school districts in the Pacific Northwest. PPS benefits from an active and engaged parent and community partners. We offer offer a wide array of programs, including language immersion, fine arts, International Baccalaureate programs, athletics, technical, and health specialties. PPS students also attend the Head Start Early Childhood Education program, 10 community-based programs, 8 charter schools, 4 alternative programs and 10 special services programs.
Portland, Oregon, has often been called the big city with the small town feel. Nestled between the beautiful Coast Range on the west and the spectacular Cascade Range on the east, Portland sits at the junction of the Columbia and Willamette rivers. From downtown Portland, it’s just a an hour-and-a-half drive to the scenic Oregon... coast or to Mt. Hood and some of the best skiing in the country, a half-an-hour to the peaceful vineyards and farms of the fertile Willamette Valley, and less than a three hour drive to see the Mariners or Seahawks play in Seattle.