Director of Internal Audit

Cleveland State Community College   Cleveland, TN   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on June 4, 2024


Number of Openings:             1

Employee Classification:         Exempt

Institution:                            Cleveland State Community College

Department:                          Department of Internal Audit

Campus Location:                   Cleveland, TN

Salary Range:                          $59,820-$74,770



The overall purpose of the Director of Internal Audit role is to assist the college in accomplishing its goals by providing objective and relevant assurance regarding risk management, control, and governance processes to college management and the Tennessee Board of Regents.  This position reports administratively to the college President and functionally to the TBR Audit Committee through the TBR Chief Audit Executive (CAE). 

The Director is responsible for developing the college’s annual audit plan and conducting internal financial, operational, and compliance audits as outlined in the plan, or as directed by the President or the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Audit Committee.  The audits are for the purpose of determining the adequacy of the institution’s systems of internal control for continuous improvement; risk management; fraud awareness; efficiency and effectiveness of financial, administrative and academic management; and verification of compliance with policies, requirements, and laws of the college, Tennessee Board of Regents, State of Tennessee, Federal Regulations, and accreditation standards.

If you are interested, click on the link to Apply. 

Applications can be assured full consideration if submitted by July 1, 2024. 



  • Direct a comprehensive program of internal audit for the college, reporting results and other information to the Audit Committee through the TBR CAE.
  • Comply with the Institute of Internal Auditors Standards and Code of Ethics.
  • Prepare annual audit plans based on discussions with the president and senior leadership and audit risk assessments.  Submit to the CAE for presentation to and approval by the TBR Audit Committee.
  • Develop audit programs, internal control questionnaires, audit procedures, working papers, and audit reports.
  • Examine college records and test for compliance with TBR and college policies and with state and federal laws or regulations.
  • Meet as needed with management to discuss findings, observations, and recommendations.
  • Conduct audit follow-up work as required or needed, including follow-up audits for Comptroller of the Treasury findings.
  • Maintain audit working papers according to records retention requirements. 
  • Provide required monthly, quarterly, and annual reports, including status reports on management’s corrective actions, audit plan revisions, audit status, audit reports, and other information to the Audit Committee through the CAE.
  • Meet regularly with the president and other senior management to discuss college strategic initiatives, risks, internal controls, audit planning and status, and other management issues.
  • Assist the president in maintaining operations which are fiscally well-controlled, efficient, and effective.
  • Provide management advisory services, including interpreting TBR policies and guidelines, state and federal laws and regulations, and contractual agreements.
  • Coordinate special assignments from the president and develop suggestions for enhancements.
  • Analyze systems and processes for efficiency; make recommendations to appropriate administrators, as necessary.
  • Report allegations of fraud, waste, or abuse to the TBR Audit Committee through the TBR Office of System-wide Internal Audit.
  • Conduct fraud, waste, or abuse investigations as required and make recommendations for improved controls, operating procedures, account records, and system designs.
  • Assist and coordinate with the Tennessee Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury and other external auditors, as necessary.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with college personnel, system-wide counterparts, TBR staff, and external contacts.
  • Attend TBR Internal Audit Directors meetings.
  • Serve on college committees and system-wide auditor group committees as required or requested.
  • Plan and execute a documented Quality Assurance and Improvement Plan (QAIP) in compliance with the Institute of Internal Auditors Standards. 
  • Plan and oversee the internal audit budget based on goals and objectives congruent with the strategic plan, college initiatives, and internal audit plan.
  • Fulfill applicable requirements including continuing professional education, necessary to maintain certifications to meet position requirements.



  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communications skills.
  • Documented experience working independently.
  • Possess effective personal computing skills including Microsoft Office software programs.
  • Possess knowledge of and skill in the use of integrated information systems for student and administrative functions.
  • Possess effective analytical skills.
  • Proven ability to exercise professional judgment in evaluating information and making recommendations.
  • Excellent organizational and management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication and presentation skills with effective communication in written and spoken English.
  • Demonstrated professional experience in managing projects.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse populations including college faculty, staff, and community groups.
  • Preferred experience working in public higher education.
  • Preferred demonstrated effective skills and abilities for using ERP systems such as Ellucian Banner.



  • Required Certifications: Active CPA or CIA, or CISA
  • Required Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher in Accounting or a related business field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Required Experience: At least 5 years professional experience in auditing; up to 2 years professional experience in accounting or a related business field may be substituted for 2 years in auditing.



Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tennessee, is the primary workplace. The incumbent will be obligated to attend meetings as deemed necessary to support the programs of the division. Travel to off-campus instructional sites within the College's five-county service area is anticipated.


Cleveland State offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:

Insurance: Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability (long and short term), FSA/HSA
Wellness Incentive Program (if enrolled in health)
Educational Assistance: Fee Waiver, Spouse/Dependent Discounts, Tuition Reimbursement
Employee Assistance Program
Longevity Pay
Retirement Options: State of TN Pension (TCRS), 401a, 401k with $100 match, 403b, and 457
14 Paid Holidays/Year
Sick and Annual Leave
Sick Leave Bank
State Employee Discount Program with over 900 merchants

If you are interested, click on the link to Apply. 

Applications can be assured full consideration if submitted by July 1, 2024. 


Cleveland State Community College does not discriminate against students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class with respect to all employment, programs and activities sponsored by Cleveland State Community College. Cleveland State Community College's policy on nondiscrimination can be found at: