Assistant Director, Internal Audit & Control

Remote, Silver Spring, or New York
22 Jun 2022
22 Jul 2022
Employer Sector
Not For Profit & Charities
Contract Type
Full Time


HIAS is seeking an Assistant Director, Internal Audit & Control to be part of HIAS’ Internal Audit & Control (IAC) team. This team reports functionally to the Audit & Risk Committee (ARC) and administratively to the Executive Office. The Assistant Director, IAC is responsible for performing individual internal audit projects as part of the total internal audit plan. This responsibility includes developing internal audit scope, performing internal audit procedures and preparing internal audit reports reflecting the results of the work performed. Work performed will include coverage of functional and operating units, focusing on operational, financial and IT processes. The Assistant Director, IAC will also assist with periodic reporting to the ARC, developing of the internal audit plan and strategy, and championing internal control, risk management and corporate governance concepts agency wide. The Assistant Director, IAC may often direct and review the work performed by other personnel, including co-sourced auditors or guest auditors from within the agency.

Note, this position is based at our headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland or our office in New York, New York, and we will consider a remote option for applicants who live outside of commuting distance to either of our offices and are based in other states in which we are registered (Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin).



  • Works closely with the Senior Director, IAC to plan, conduct, report on and follow-up audit engagements of emergency operations, ensuring timely delivery, adherence to budget and compliance with professional standards.
  • Supports annual planning exercise at IAC to provide reasonable assurance over the adequacy, efficiency and effectiveness of financial and operating systems, internal controls, risk management practices, domestic operations, and overseas programming, particularly emergency response programs.
  • Leads audit projects as assigned to deliver high quality assurance/advisory outcomes; this includes developing internal audit scope, performing internal audit procedures, and preparing internal audit reports reflecting the results of the work performed; work will cover functional and operating units and primarily focus on operations, finance, and IT processes.
  • Performs follow-up on the status of outstanding internal audit and other management reviews, including implementation progress reviews, agreed upon procedures and others.
  • Contributes to systems development work within HIAS by providing independent advice regarding appropriate levels of internal control and oversight.
  • Contributes to and works toward delivering on IAC’s function plans, particularly in relation to a collaborative approach and methodology for delivering audit and advisory work across HIAS and its branded entities.
  • Supports the Senior Director, IAC to prepare reports on IAC’s plan and strategy to the board’s ARC and to the Leadership Team.


  • Socializes IAC function with the objective of ensuring it ultimately becomes a trusted advisor for HIAS management, particularly in regard to emergency operations capacity; key internal collaborators include regional and country offices leaders, in-country function and process leaders and HQ Operation Support process owners.
  • Collaborates with other risk control and assurance functions to include Data Protection, Safety & Security, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL), Accountability to Affect Populations (AAP) and Information Technology departments to strengthen HIAS’ Governance, Risk & Control (GRC) framework and support a robust framework for emergency operations.
  • Provides advice on internal control and oversight matters, and as required, attends key governance committee meetings in an advisory capacity, including being key IAC staff for specific segments/functions.
  • Builds and maintains professional and productive relationships with management and organizational stakeholders with goal to strengthen HIAS’ internal control framework.
  • Provides internal control and other compliance trainings for staff working with management.


  • Engages in professional development opportunities, ensuring that learning is identified and that good practices are actively taken up within IAC and throughout HIAS and its branded entities.
  • Takes the lead in self-development and development of others to ensure IAC’s success by actively participating in the performance management processes; this also includes providing developmental feedback and opportunities for coaching for others within the team.
  • Remains current on HIAS’ organizational changes, and actively seeks engagement with issues that have a significant impact on IAC’s current and future activities.


  • Undergraduate degree in Business or Management or equivalent work experience; graduate degree strongly preferred.
  • 5-7 years of internal audit, risk management and compliance experience, and at least 3 years of relevant experience working on internal auditing, preferably with an international nonprofit organization or experience in a commercial/public sector international organization.
  • Related professional certification (CIA, CPA, CISA, CRMA, CFE or equivalent) and membership in an internationally recognized audit, risk, or accounting organization.
  • Understanding of internal control concepts, COSO framework and risk management practices, and experience in applying them to plan, perform, manage, and report on the evaluation of various business processes/areas/functions.
  • Leadership skills needed to sell ideas and obtain management buy-in for constructive change.
  • Experience in producing high-quality, effective written communication and reports.
  • Understanding of technical aspects of accounting, financial reporting, and IT controls.
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 35% of the time to complex operating environments.
  • Proven ability to work independently, with limited required direction and guidance, and ability to provide appropriate direction to other internal audit project team members.
  • English fluency required; Spanish and/or French fluency preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Knowledge of relevant standards, including federal and state regulations preferred.
  • Familiarity with technical areas of emergency response programming a plus, including localization, Sphere Standards and Common Humanitarian Standards,


We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process:

Step 1: Submit your application!

Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter.

Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager.

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees.

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey.

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening.

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS!

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values.


HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.


Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim

We Welcome the Stranger 

Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek

We Pursue Justice 

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed 

We Approach our Clients with Empathy 

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership 

Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World 

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach 

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience 


HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status.