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Minimum Qualifications Preferred Qualifications:
• Extensive knowledge of auditing standards and experience in their application:
o U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Government Auditing Standards; and,
o The Institute of Internal Auditors’ International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
• Professional certification, such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
• Extensive knowledge of government and not-for-profit agency operations.
• TeamMate or other auditor management software.
• Demonstrated oral and written skills (submission of writing sample).
• Supervision experience.
Duties Description The Director of Audit Services is a member of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) Leadership Team and reports directly to the Executive Deputy Commissioner. The incumbent provides executive management and oversight to the Office of Audit Services (OAS), which is responsible for agency auditing, risk assessment, and internal controls activities. OAS is comprised of the Bureau of Internal Audit (BIA) Bureau of Compliance (BCM) and an Internal Control Unit (ICU), and has staff assigned to three offices throughout New York State, including Albany, New York City, and Rome.
Both internal and external audits are conducted in accordance with professional auditing standards (i.e., standards issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors and the United States Governmental Accountability Office). Responsibilities of each of the three OAS organizations are as follows:
The Bureau of Internal Audit
BIA provides assurance, risk management, consulting and advisory services. BIA conducts audits and reviews of state-operations that address issues identified by quantitative risk assessments and in response to issues raised by executive management, external control organizations and complaints received from outside stakeholders.
The Bureau of Compliance Management
BCM conducts voluntary provider audits and provides support services, such as limited procedure reviews, allegation and investigative work, monitoring of agencies that have been identified by OPWDD to have an inability to sustain fiscal viability and evaluations of fiscal/governance portions of new agency applications. These activities are driven by federal government mandates, risk-prioritization, and referrals from internal and external entities, and results in providing direction and guidance to providers to ensure that fiduciary responsibilities are met, and that deficiencies are addressed, and that risks are properly mitigated so as to protect voluntary provider assets, ensure appropriate use of federal and State provided resources, and provide a solid and stable operational foundation for providers to serve individuals. Information obtained during these activities allows executive management to make informed decisions regarding the fiscal affairs of the providers in the OPWDD service system. BCM operations are conducted throughout New York State with offices in Albany, Rome and New York City.
Internal Controls Unit
ICU provides internal control and enterprise risk management coverage and consulting services for state-operated functions. It also provides statewide supervision of all audits, investigations or any other reviews performed by federal and state agencies (e.g. the US HHS, FBI, CMS; NYS AG, OSC, OMIG and DOH) of OPWDD’s state and voluntary agency operated programs. The ICU will also oversee and manage the agency’s records retention, storage, and archival retrieval program.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Director of Audit Services provides leadership and direction to the OAS and reports directly to the Executive Deputy Commissioner. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Direct strategic planning activities for OAS activities, including development of annual audit plans, allocation of resources necessary to meet both planned activities and ad hoc requests for auditing services, and monitoring of corrective action plans.
• Manage and oversee all audits conducted, monitored, and overseen by OAS staff, including audits conducted on behalf of OAS by contracted auditing firms. This includes approval of audit protocols and programs, providing direction and guidance on audit priorities and technical issues, ensuring projects are completed within budgetary and time constraints, and the review and approval of all draft and final reports.
• Ensure audits are conducted in accordance with professional standards and meet the expectations of executive management and external entities including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).
• Provide technical and policy direction and support to audit teams on critical projects involving complex fieldwork, fiscal mismanagement or governance concerns.
• Provide regular and ongoing communication with OPWDD management regarding audit activities and significant findings and corrective action plans.
• Direct and oversee the development of follow-up activities to determine whether audit recommendations have been implemented or appropriately addressed.
• Direct and oversee the development and tracking of reporting metrics for executive management and CMS, including the development of an annual accomplishment report for OAS.
• Direct and oversee the coordination of audit related referrals to external oversight entities including the New York State Office of the Attorney General and OMIG.
• Ensure ongoing communication, coordination and planning of OPWDD’s audit activities with appropriate external entities, as well as, OPWDD’s Internal Control Officer and the Director of the Office of Investigations and Internal Affairs.
• Serve as a member on various OPWDD committees which monitor not-for-profit agencies with elevated risk ratings and/or fiscal or governance.
• Ensure that OAS managers are familiar and aware on an ongoing basis with/of legislative issues; new regulations, polices and emerging issues affecting the OPWDD service system; audit trends and changes to audit standards; and internal control guidelines.
• Lead design, development and implementation of new audit products as needed (e.g. emerging managed care delivery models).
• Oversee OAS activities designed to attract, develop, and retain staff. This includes developing and fostering a plan to encourage professional development (i.e. professional audit certifications and annual continuing professional education hours).
• Oversee the development of systems and procedures to ensure accountability for State assets and property including procedures, protocols, policies, and best practices regarding the issuance, receipt, return, inventorying and tracking, and usage monitoring of State assets and property for such role-users as employees, supervisors, and responsible program managers.
• Oversee the audit and review of internal controls practices to ensure that employees, supervisors, and responsible program managers are in compliance with established protocols, procedures, policies, and best practices and to ensure that issues arising from the implementation and application of these requirements appropriately mitigate risks and may be reasonably and effectively implemented in order to protect State assets and property.
• Oversee records retention activities from their creation and preservation through to disposal including the development and dissemination of records retention policies that conform to the New York State General Schedule of Records Retention and Disposal as well as other applicable laws, rules, and regulations governing agency records and information; the physical storage, preservation, retrieval, and protection of paper records and files; and the development of language and other standard operating procedures to ensure that contracted services provide means to conform to the agency’s records retention practices.
Additional Comments Please note:
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
• In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
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