Director of Internal Audit and Program Assessment for the Metropolitan Council (Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN)

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Position Information

Position Title Director of Internal Audit and Program Assessment for the Metropolitan Council (Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN)
Posting Number 201200372
Organization Metropolitan Council
Position Category Council of Governments

Position Summary Information

Job Description


(Salary Range $107,162 to $152,027)
Anticipated Starting Range: $112,000 – $135,000 DOQ/E Plus Excellent Benefits!

The Metropolitan Council, a regional policy-making body that has guided strategic growth of the Twin Cities’ seven-county region for 50 years, is seeking a Director of Internal Audit and Program Assessment to lead a high performance team of audit professionals focused on executing a comprehensive annual audit plan, conducting organizational risk assessment, strategically evaluating program efficiencies, and recommending appropriate internal controls throughout the organization.

The Metropolitan Council was created as a “regional solution for regional problems” and is governed by a 17-member policy-making board that provides essential services and infrastructure for Minnesota’s largest metropolitan area, including the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The Council’s core services include public transportation, regional wastewater treatment, community and park planning and housing. The seven counties in the Council’s Twin Cities metropolitan area are Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties. This growing metropolitan area comprised of over 3 million residents and the nation’s 14th largest region, is spread over 8,000 square miles and was established around the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers in east central Minnesota.

The Metropolitan Council is a complex organization with over 4,000 employees and total annual operating expenditures of slightly over $1 billion. A significant part of the Council’s operating budget funds regional transit services and wastewater treatment. There is also a sizable amount of federal and state pass-through funding allocated to local governments, various agencies, rental property owners, transportation, regional parks, rent assistance, and a number of other programs.

The Director of Internal Audit and Program Assessment reports directly to the Regional Administrator for administrative and program evaluation purposes, and to both the Audit Committee of the Metropolitan Council and the Council Chair for audit purposes. The Director is responsible for overseeing all operations, assignments and coordination related to internal auditing, and leads a division of nine employees, including an Internal Audit Coordinator, an Audit Manager, and six additional audit professionals.

Minimum Qualifications

The ability to exercise critical, independent, and reliable judgment and make timely, quality decisions is important. The Director of Internal Audit must also possess outstanding communication, supervisory, and project management skills, and demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with departments throughout the organization to achieve shared objectives. Developing professional and collaborative relations with outside agencies conducting audits such as the Federal Transit Administration, the Minnesota State Auditor and State Office of Legislative Auditors – all balanced with ongoing internal reviews is equally important. The ideal candidate will possess a style that engenders mutual trust and openness. Demonstrated knowledge and experience designing and evaluating internal controls in a complex business environment, preferably in the public-sector, and knowledge of the Institute of Internal Auditor’s Code of Ethics and Standards is desired. Personal leadership to model integrity, deal productively with stressful situations, maintain confidentiality, and raise important issues is highly desired.

The position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance, business or public administration or related field, plus eight (8) years of increasingly responsible experience in managing an accounting or audit function. Experience in financial, operational, computer, and technology operational audits is strongly desired. Experience with construction accounting or auditing, completion of CIA (Certified Internal Audit) and/or CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certifications. Previous government or public-sector experience and experience building a diverse work unit and fostering an inclusive work environment is strongly desired.

Preferred Qualifications

Upcoming priorities for the Director of Internal Audit and Program Assessment include responding to the Federal Transit Administration’s triennial review, and to effectively engage the Council’s Audit Committee in their role to review and guide audit activity in the organization. Additional priorities include identifying and planning for various audit needs for a major federally-funded light rail project and connecting with Council business unit leaders to build strong relationships and identify priorities for program assessments.

Physical Requirements

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 03/16/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Qualified candidates should click “Apply Now” at the link above, complete the application and upload their cover letter and resume. This position is open until filled; first review deadline is Tuesday, April 24, 2018. For more information, please contact Art Davis at, or by phone at 816.868.7042; or contact Patty Heminover at, or by phone at 651.223.3058. Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to a background check prior to an on-site interview.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity? (Please be specific)

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  2. What is your current salary? Please specify any additional income benefits such as vehicle allowance, profit sharing, bonuses, commission, etc.

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  3. * Are you a current or former employee of the Metropolitan Council?

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  4. * Do you have any relatives employed by the Council?

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Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents