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State of Montana MUS Internal Auditor in Helena, Montana

Position Title: Montana University System Internal Auditor

Location: Helena, Montana

Salary Range: $80,000 to $90,000

The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) in the Montana University System (MUS) invites applications for the position of MUS Internal Auditor.

The MUS is the state-supported system of higher education in Montana governed by the Board of Regents and administered by the Commissioner of Higher Education. The MUS enrolls more than 40,000 students at 16 public universities and colleges in one of the most beautiful and geographically diverse states in the nation.

This position is a full-time, term-contract position renewable annually in accordance with Board of Regents personnel policies. The position is eligible for employee benefits (health insurance, sick leave and vacation leave, state holidays, retirement program, staff & dependent tuition waivers in accordance with state law and Board of Regents policy). Helena, the state’s capital city, is located along the Rocky Mountains continental divide near the scenic Missouri River about half-way between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.


The MUS Internal Auditor will administratively report to the Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Administration and Planning, with a functional reporting line to the Board of Regents’ Budget, Administration, and Finance Committee. The Commissioner of Higher Education is the hiring authority and he and/or his designees will be responsible for the annual performance review of this position.

The MUS Internal Auditor will:

Establish Internal Audit functions at the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education for the institutions of higher education in the Montana University System. This includes Montana State University and its affiliated campuses as well as the University of Montana and its affiliated campuses.

The MUS Internal Auditor will serve as the lead auditor for the Montana University System, directing, facilitating and assisting campus-level internal auditors in all matters.

Develop protocol and procedures for System-level coordination, facilitation, and execution of Internal Audit, including developing a system-level audit charter, annual work schedules, and operational procedures.

Work closely with Internal Audit Offices located at Montana State University and at University of Montana to establish the necessary structure and reporting lines to implement Board of Regents’ Policy 204.2.1, delineating the governance and organizational structure for MUS Internal Audit.

Coordinate, direct, and assist audit teams in the timely completion of financial, operational and compliance audits.

Key Responsibilities

*Oversee and manage system-wide performance, compliance, and financial audits.

*Interpret the policies of the Montana University System and statutes of the State of Montana in relation to the execution of internal audits.

*Plan and execute complex financial, operational, and compliance audits, internal control reviews, special projects, and investigations.

*Develop detailed test procedures and audit programs to verify compliance with applicable regulations, policies and procedures.

*Make oral or written presentations to management during and at the conclusion of the audit or review, discussing deficiencies and recommending corrective action.

*Evaluate the adequacy of internal controls over business processes and collaborate with management to form workable solutions.

*Communicate the progress of the audits, reviews, projects, and investigations to the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Board of Regents.

*Assist in developing the annual audit plan.

*Monitor and report on implementation of responses to audit findings.

*Complete audits, special projects, and reports within appropriate timeframes.

*Designated the MUS Administrator for the Department of Education eZ Audit system and coordinate with the Legislative Auditor and Governor’s Office of Budget and Program Planning Single Audit Coordinator on the submission of the State of Montana’s/MUS’ biennial single audit.


The successful candidate will have:

*Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with a variety of levels of personnel.

*Ability to identify and evaluate key risks and related internal controls.

*Ability to prepare planning activities for audits and special projects; ability to demonstrate initiative in developing audit objectives and procedures for the conduct of audits; ability to prepare/review audit programs necessary to fulfill audit objectives; and ability to assist with risk assessment and audit plan development process.

*Demonstrated ability in planning and managing multiple projects simultaneously.

*Ability to develop and implement audit plans and schedules.

*Demonstrated skills in researching, collecting and analyzing complex data, evaluating processes and internal controls and drawing logical conclusions.

*Ability to apply business knowledge and practical experience to the identification, analysis and solution process.

*Ability to work independently and be a self-starter, as well as work as an effective team member.

*Ensure the protection of information and data involved in audits, investigations, and special projects

*Ability to interact with executive leadership at the Universities, OCHE, and Board of Regents.

Minimum Experience Required

*Five (5) years of internal or external auditing experience


*Experience in higher education

Application Requirements

Please submit (1.) a cover letter that addresses the candidate’s qualifications and abilities to perform the listed duties and responsibilities (2.) a comprehensive resume including relevant education and experience, and (3.) a list of three professional references. Applications may be submitted by mail or email to: Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, Attention: Human Resources, PO Box 203201, Helena, MT 59620-3201, email address:

The position is open until filled. Candidates should submit applications by March 29, 2019, to receive early consideration in an initial screening of applications. This position is eligible for veterans’ preference in accordance with state law. Approval will be obtained before contacting the candidates’ current employer.

Reasonable Accommodations: Under state and federal law qualified applicants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Modifications or adjustments may be provided to assist applicants to compete in the recruitment and selection process. An applicant must request an accommodation when needed. If you need any such accommodation, contact the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education at 406-449-9155. TDD users may use the relay service by dialing 711.

An EEO Employer

Job: *Accounting/Finance

Title: MUS Internal Auditor

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 19140700