The Internal Auditor is responsible for participating in or leading complex financial, operational, and compliance audits. Plans, prioritizes, manages, and performs multiple projects and tasks. This position has high visibility and exposure and is directly accountable to the President of the college. Incumbent must be able to influence and advocate recommendations to management for the areas examined.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Performs internal audit projects per approved audit plan in accordance with professional standards; plans projects appropriately, including determining objectives, scope and criteria; gathers sufficient, reliable and relevant evidence from individuals or systems, documents the conditions noted and the related findings, analyses the information/data so that conclusions can be reached, develops actionable recommendations for improvement, compliance, or resolution.
Prepares audit reports for review and issuance by the President.
Performs internal quality assessment reviews for projects, as assigned.
Works as a team member or individually in conducting audit projects.
Works collaboratively with internal and external contacts, utilizing excellent interpersonal and communication skills; responsible for following up on the status of management’s corrective action plans.
Assists in performing a comprehensive, annual, system-wide risk assessment and in developing an annual audit plan based on risk assessment.
Performs special projects as necessary, including investigations of complaints/allegations analyzing confidential and sensitive information.
Directs and assists external consultants and auditors as needed.
Keep abreast of industry practices, rules, and regulations related to the internal auditing profession.
Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Perform other duties as assigned.
Excellent benefits accrue with this full-time position. This is a security sensitive position.
Lee College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, race, color, age, religion, national origin, or veteran status.
Bachelor’s (or higher) degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or a related field
Five (5) years of full-time experience in auditing, including four (4) years of supervisory or project management experience
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
Advanced knowledge and practice of the governmental general accepted auditing standards (GAAS), International Professional Practices Framework, accounting and auditing pronouncements, and the Committee of Sponsoring (COSO) internal controls framework, and fraud deterrence guidance
Knowledge of laws, regulations, or standards that affect students, employees, or vendors, including Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology, Project Management Body of Knowledge, federal and state laws, regulations and rules, and various government and higher education industry standards or best practices, such as the Texas Administrative Code
Skill in using information technology hardware/devices, Microsoft products, and project management tools, and knowledge of and skill in using data mining/analysis software to extract and report information
Knowledge of how routine business processes should be integrated with administrative system functions, such as PeopleSoft, etc.
Interpersonal skills to achieve desired outcomes with the Lee College staff, faculty, and leadership at all levels, as well as with students, vendors, and other external agencies, etc.
Skill in identifying problems and formulating actionable recommendations for process improvements or for problem resolution
Excellent negotiating, advocating, and verbal and written communication skills
Ability to display personal initiative and to adapt, handle multiple priorities, and meet deadlines
Ability to handle sensitive, confidential information dealing with students, employees, and vendors to work independently and in a team environment
Must have the ability to influence and advocate recommendations to management for the areas examined
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary commensurate with education and related work experience.
Internal Number: 0000761
About Lee College
Lee College was established in 1934, and when registration was completed for that first semester, 177 students had enrolled in the inaugural session of Lee Junior College of Goose Creek, Texas. The Board of Trustees of the Goose Creek Independent School District had agreed as early as 1931 that a junior college should be established to provide educational opportunity to students who could not otherwise afford it.
The first graduation was on May 24, 1935, with four women receiving diplomas: Juanita Barrington (Mrs. David Holm), Byrtis Avey (Mrs. Elmer Brinkley), La Del Payne (Mrs. Barney Hillard) and Hudnall Spence (Mrs. Robert Southwick). A 33 percent increase in the fall of 1935 boosted enrollment to 236.
The founders of the college were interested in providing a strong academic curriculum and a comprehensive technical/vocational curriculum. In 1936, the vocational program was initiated. Later, it became known as the Robert E. Lee Institute, Vocational Division of Lee Junior College. No college credit was given for work in the institute until 1941, and it did not become an integral part of the college until 1945, following a two-year period when no technical/vocational cours...es were offered.
By the mid-1940s, the administration and faculty of the college had become increasingly aware that the college needed its own governing board. In 1945, Walter Rundell, one of the original faculty members, became Dean of Lee College. Dean Rundell became the guiding force behind major developments for the two decades which followed. In 1948, the name was changed to Lee College. In the same year, Lee College gained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The association urged Lee College to develop a campus facility separate from the high school.
A successful bond election in 1949 led to the completion of the first two buildings, the administration building and the gymnasium. The college moved to the new campus in 1951. Following the move to a separate campus, the growth of the college exceeded the expectations of the leaders, and plans for additional buildings had to be accelerated. A Liberal Arts Building, now Social Sciences, was added in 1958. By 1961, the campus had doubled in size. The library was completed and the gymnasium expanded in 1962. Moler Hall, Technical Vocational Building One, and Bonner Hall followed.
Under the leadership of Dean Rundell, Lee College successfully separated from the local public school district in 1965. On August 18, 1965, Lee College’s first Board of Regents, appointed by the public school board, assumed governance of the college.
A significant event in the history of Lee College occurred in 1966, when the college, under the leadership of Dean Rundell and George Beto, in cooperation with the Texas Department of Corrections, began a program of courses in the state’s prison system. This program has grown from 182 students that first year to a current enrollment which exceeds 1000 students.
In 1966, Dr. Richard Strahan became the first full-time president of Lee College. Since the separation from the local public school district, the college has had eight presidents: Dr. Strahan, 1966-71; Dr. Raymond Cleveland, 1971-73; Dr. Jim Sturgeon, 1973-76; Dr. Robert Cloud, 1976- 86; Dr. Vivian B. Blevins, 1986-1991; Dr. Jackson N. Sasser, 1992-2001, Dr. Martha M. Ellis, 2002-2008; Dr. Michael Murphy, 2008-2012; and Dr. Dennis Brown, 2012-present.
In 1969, Lee College, in cooperation with two Liberty County school districts, began offering courses at Liberty and Dayton. Another milestone in the history of Lee College was the offering of community education courses in 1972. These community-oriented, short-term courses have experienced a dramatic growth in popularity and are further evidence of the flexibility of the community college concept. The College also established a program for senior adults in 1972.
In 1986, Lee College began two new programs to serve not only Lee College’s district constituents, but also interested citizens outside the college’s service area. The San Jacinto Mall site was the result of cooperation between the mall and the College.
Coordination with local groups led to the formation of the Hispanic Educational Access Committee and the Black Educational Access Committee in the fall of 1986. The work of these committees has received favorable national recognition and has served to encourage educational access to these underrepresented groups.
The Lee College Foundation, established in 1968 to provide scholarships to deserving Lee College students, today has assets of more than $3.5 million and provides more than 275 scholarships each year.
In order to provide funds and volunteers to support educational programs, the Friends of Lee College was founded in late fall of 1986. This group of community volunteers, under the leadership of John B. Tucker, has raised more than $2 million to support College programs and has had a major impact on facilities and programs.
A focus on economic development resulted in the Small Business Development Center being opened in 1987. In response to needs of local industries, Lee College began to institute new industrial programs and to revise existing ones.
Obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing became possible through an agreement with the University of Texas School of Nursing at Galveston in 1987 for registered nurses in the area.
A successful bond election in 1988 enabled the college to initiate a construction program which featured a new science building, a lecture hall, and major renovations to several campus facilities.
The 711 West Texas property, acquired in 1990, was renovated to house a performing and fine arts complex in addition to an allied health suite named the McNulty-Haddick Complex in honor of Alma Haddick and her husband Luther.
In February 2000, local voters passed a $20 million bond election to build a new advanced technology center/library, a completely renovated gymnasium and newly constructed sports/wellness complex. Other renovations and additional parking were also included.
Today over 9,000 Lee College students are enrolled in academic, technical education, and non-credit community education programs each semester. Basic education is available for those seeking to improve skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and language in addition to a regionally acclaimed honors curriculum.