Reporting directly to the Port of Seattle Commission Audit Committee with dotted line reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, and with regular interaction with Port executives, the Director of Internal Audit will lead and direct independent and comprehensive Port-wide audits including internal control, accountability, financial, legal compliance (federal, state and local), performance and fraud.
This position is considered at-will and will be appointed by the Port Commission based on recommendation by the Port of Seattle Audit Committee.
This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Effectively mentor staff, communicate decisions and give direction within the divisions to champion Port values, goals, strategies and objectives that are specific to the Port’s Audit program.
The Director will ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, Port policies and procedures and provide independent and objective assurance to the Port Audit Committee, Chief Executive Officer, Port leaders and the public regarding potential risk exposures and provide recommendations for risk mitigation. Effectively partner with executive leaders and Port department leaders to leverage commitment and support for audit recommendations and implementation of processes and/or programs for risk mitigation.
Develop and present audit findings to the Audit Committee. Develop, implement and maintain the Internal Audit charter that defines Internal Audit’s purpose, authority and responsibility. The Director will make recommendations for amendments to the charter as new developments occur in either the Port’s organizational structure or changes to best practices in audit methodologies.
Establish partnerships and act as lead liaison with other ports, local, state and federal government agencies. Foster positive working relationships with Port leadership, Port tenants, stakeholders and the community.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The candidate will have a breadth of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects in order to lead and manage a staff in all functional assigned areas. They will be able to develop, manage, and direct senior level leaders and the work of assigned departments, complex programs and functional areas. An experienced leader, this person will be able to effectively and appropriately delegate as needed.
This person will have demonstrated knowledge of auditing, accounting, governmental oversight, information technology and applicable professional auditing standards including but not limited to GAGAS (Yellow Book) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (Red Book). Knowledge of laws and regulations applicable to municipal corporations- especially ports and airports. Demonstrated knowledge in Enterprise Risk Managements for risk identification and mitigation processes. Knowledge of federal financial assistance/grant management to include familiarity with the Single Audit Act.
The candidate will have highly effective leadership skills, including the ability to provide coaching and direction to staff. Using their well- developed persuasion and negotiation skills, written and verbal communication skills and public speaking skills, they will be able to persuade others to adopt new processes, methodologies or ways of thinking. They will be able to make sound decisions in a rapidly changing environment.
The candidate will be able to handle ambiguous situations and determine best approaches; effectively balance multiple competing priorities. While doing so, they will be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Audit Committee, Port staff, external agencies, community interest groups and local and federal government officials. Strong track record in building effective teams and project management. The ideal candidate will have an unblemished record as it relates to his or her ethical integrity, and that of the organizations he or she has served.