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VP, Enterprise Risk Management & Internal Audit

Job Location

Chicago, IL

General Summary

About the Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. We're the largest private funder of Alzheimer research and the premier source of information and support for the estimated 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease, their families and caregivers.

At the Alzheimer's Association we are the brains behind saving yours.  Many of us who work for the Alzheimer's Association have some connection with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. It's what drives us to make the extra effort in the daunting task of modifying a disease that currently has no cure. With 78 million baby boomers entering the age of greatest risk for Alzheimer's, we need passionate, hardworking people committed to helping the Association meet the increasing demand for care and support and fund vital Alzheimer's research.

Why join us? We have been recognized as a Best Nonprofit to Work For by the Nonprofit Times seven consecutive years and offer a great mission, excellent benefits and a positive, engaging work culture

The Opportunity
As a result of our growth, the Association is looking for a leader to oversee organizational risk management and internal audit.  Reporting to the COO, this new role serves the Home Office in Chicago, our Public Policy office in Washington DC, and our 78 chapters located in all 50 states.  

This position designs, develops and implements internal audit plans, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with identified strategic goals and objectives, operating standards and applicable laws. The Vice President manages a team that performs audits of control protocols around financial transactions and processes. In addition, this position provides internal consulting activities to assist management and governance with improving business process efficiency and effectiveness and in assessing and managing enterprise-wide risks.

Essential Job Functions

  • In consultation with senior management and the Audit Committee, define the charter, scope of authority and priorities for the organizational risk and internal audit function.
  • Establish an effective, comprehensive internal audit and organizational risk program to be applied Association-wide based on an identified risk assessment process; develop procedures to support the function.
  • Assess risks and develop an annual and long-term audit plan approved by the Audit Committee.
  • Define the structure of internal controls, observations, identified business risks and practical recommendations to mitigate and manage institutional risks.
  • Develop a communication plan and strategy about the function, and develop an education plan for stakeholders about their roles and responsibilities.
  • Direct audits, advisory service projects and investigations in accordance with the Standards for Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the code of ethics of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
  • Develop and communicate verbal and written findings and recommendations to the Audit Committee, senior management and other appropriate stakeholders.
  • Assess and monitor administrative, financial, strategic, technology, compliance and privacy risks related to internal processes and systems in support of enhancing operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Collaborate with the Finance, Legal and Human Resources functions to develop and monitor risk-based audit programs as regulatory requirements change.
  • Coordinate and provide support to the various external agencies conducting audits.
  • Develop action plans, timelines, metrics and measures to assess implementation of recommended remedies.
  • Establish budget and ensure that the initiatives meet the overall objectives of the organization.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, Public Administration, or related field required. Advance degree preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible experience conducting operational, financial, compliance, strategic, information, technology and privacy audits.
  • Designation such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), required. 
  • Experience working in a voluntary health organization, non-profit or higher education environment preferred. 
  • Experience in assessing an organization's risk profile and developing strategies to mitigate those risks.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted accounting and audit principles. Developed analytical financial analysis and research skills.
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations applicable to non-profit organizations.
  • Must be self-directed, innovative, and able to assess financial and operational data applying quantitative and qualitative analytical audit techniques.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively with the staff and management of the departments or areas under audit.
  • Superior verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, to interface with all levels of staff and leadership including ability to write with simplicity and clarity.
  • Excellent presentation and training skills including the ability to engage audiences with credibility. 
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with others to reach mutually agreeable outcomes.
  • Professional, self-motivated, results oriented and approachable. 
  • Effective time management skills to meet deadlines. Capacity to multi-task and shift priorities in a changing environment.
  • Proven ability with MS Office, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; understanding of Google platform/Gmail. Experience with computer based accounting and financial applications.
  • Availability to travel approximately 25%.
  • Valid driver's license, good driving record, and proof of current automobile insurance

Or mail resume and cover letter to:

Send resume to:
Alzheimer's Association, Home Office
225 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60601

We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and we appreciate your interest in the Alzheimer's Association.




Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.