A public-private partnership, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and is the world’s leading Holocaust educator. Housing the Institute for Holocaust Documentation, the David and Fela Shapell Collection, Conservation and Research Center, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the William Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education, the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, and a newly-created Office of International Affairs, the Museum’s vision is the permanence of Holocaust memory, understanding and relevance and a world where people confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. The Museum has a strategic plan that guides its efforts to fulfill this vision and expand its reach both nationally and globally.
The Museum is overseen by a 55 member presidentially-appointed Council serving as a board of trustees. With a staff of approximately 450, the Museum has an operating budget of $110 million and an endowment of approximately $400 million. While federal support (approximately $50 million annually) helps to keep the Museum building open and free to the public, its educational programs and global outreach are made possible by the generosity of donors nationwide through annual, endowment and legacy giving. The Museum has a sizable national donor base. Holocaust survivors and their families are a vitally important constituency.
The Internal Auditor is the Chief Audit Executive reporting directly to the Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and the Museum Director. The role of the Internal Auditor is to add value and help improve the Museum’s operations through independent assessments of various parts of the institution.
The Internal Auditor exhibits impeccable judgement in conducting and delivering results of independent and objective audits and investigations of all Museum operations and activities. The incumbent creates and accomplishes risk-based annual internal audit plans aligned with the Museum’s Strategic Plan. The Internal Auditor serves as an informal advisor to senior management strengthening risk management awareness, while ensuring Internal Audit’s independence.
The Internal Auditor exemplifies and fosters adherence to Museum values and an ethical climate within the Museum that builds upon an environment that sustains trust and values accountability and collegiality, thereby empowering Museum staff to confide concerns to the Internal Auditor.
This is a full-time donated position (non-Federal) paid with the Museum’s private funds. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Duties, and Responsibilities for the role
Conducts independent internal audits in compliance with Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. Develops annual internal audit plans, obtains Council’s Audit Committee approval, and audits various areas of the Museum to determine effectiveness, efficiency, and adherence to applicable Museum policies and practices, Federal laws and regulations, or other relevant criteria.
Effectively uses verbal and written communication skills for all the various intended recipients in order to enhance the impact of the internal audit function. Obtains complete and accurate evidence to support audit results. Performs effective follow-up to monitor management’s corrective actions.
Reviews and analyzes effectiveness of internal control systems and standards which govern the maintenance and operation of any financial, information, or management system. Meets with staff to review significant problems and offers achievable effective solutions to mitigate risk and improve internal controls.
Regularly assesses the various digital tools and technologies deployed throughout the Museum in order to identify areas of risk and conducts related audits.
Works under the auspices of the Audit Committee and with the Museum Director to review and update the five-year Risk & Fraud Assessment and annual Internal Audit Plans to determine effective and appropriate use of limited internal audit resources.
Investigates all complaints of alleged fraud, waste, or abuse; mismanagement; white collar-type crimes; and any specific requests from the Museum Director.
As appropriate, serves as an informal advisor to the Museum Director on risk management issues. Works closely, as appropriate, with other senior executives responsible for risk management such as the deputy director, director of Museum operations and administration, chief financial officer, and general counsel.
Thoroughly understands and maintains insight to evaluate the Museum’s risk profile and its risk-oriented culture, and consults with management and the Audit Committee about these issues.
Develops and maintains a quality assurance and improvement program for Internal Audit. Implements continuous improvement opportunities to enhance Internal Audit processes. Obtains Government Auditing Standards required external peer review every three years.
Serves as staff liaison for the Audit Committee to ensure appropriately and efficiently coordinated quarterly meetings with supporting documentation. Consistently provides comprehensive insight to Museum management and the Audit Committee
Minimum Qualifications for the role
Bachelor’s Degree and 10 years or more of proven experience in the field of internal auditing.
Expert understanding of generally accepted auditing standards in the United States and familiarity with Government Auditing Standards as prescribed by GAO.
Substantial knowledge of management principles and practices.
Excellent written and oral communications skills.
Ability to design and conduct audits and investigations independently with no staff assistance.
Critical thinker that can navigate relationships to achieve results in the Museum’s best interest.
Knowledge of current and emerging technologies in order to effectively audit the Museum’s information technology, IT security and other technology-dependent programs.
Preferred Qualifications for the role
CPA strongly preferred, and CIA a strong plus.
Experience in a not-for-profit organization is highly desirable as well as experience in a federal, state, or local government.
Demonstrated understanding of the Museum as: a living memorial to the victims of the Holocaust; a public-private partnership; and an institution that values collegiality and accountability.
About United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is looking for dedicated and passionate individuals to join the Museum’s team and help support our mission. Since opening in 1993, the Museum has been committed to serving as a living memorial to the Holocaust. We are dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Our employees are an important and integral part of the successful operation of the Museum and its programs. We welcome a variety of ideas, experiences and perspectives to ensure we continue as a leading, living memorial to the Holocaust.