Director of Internal Audit

Position Summary:


The Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia seeks a Director of Internal Audit to provide assurance and consulting services to the diocese and affiliates.  To lead the department in providing assurance services, the Director plans and conducts risk-based operational/compliance audits of the internal controls of Diocesan administrative and program activities, major construction/capital improvement projects, and diocesan parishes, schools and affiliates.  The purpose is to ensure that financial reporting is reliable, that internal controls are consistent with diocesan guidelines, that the risk of defalcations or inappropriate use of parish funds is minimized, and that the assets and funds of the diocese and its affiliates are properly managed and accounted for.

The understanding of risks and issues that is gained from regular interaction with constituents and ongoing risk assessment make Internal Audit an effective provider of consulting services. To fulfill this role, this position advises and trains parishes and affiliates in maintaining sound financial and management operations.  The Director also coordinates Chancery resources teams to support this objective.




  • Using enterprise-wide, risk-based analyses, develops an annual audit plan based on identifying audits of parishes, schools, Chancery, and diocesan affiliates with planned start and completion dates including expected audit resources ( i.e., external accounting firm, outside auditors, or use of full-time audit staff) and presents the plan to the Audit Committee for approval.  
  • Updates and develops internal audit programs used in performing audits of parishes and schools and Chancery operations; reviews and approves audit programs prepared by other auditors engaged to assist in performing audits of diocesan operations and/or affiliates.  As requested, reviews audit programs with the Audit Committee to obtain approval.  
  • Directs on-site audits – prepares and reviews field audit work papers in conformance with diocesan audit programs and internal audit standards and identifies exceptions; conducts exit conferences with auditees; and prepares and reviews draft and final reports that communicate management comments as well as material weaknesses in the internal control.  Obtains and considers auditee comments before issuing final reports.  
  • Performs operational/financial compliance audits of selected Chancery operations and its affiliates.  Inquires as to auditee’s internal control processes, including (in conjunction with General Counsel) compliance with laws and regulations.  
  • Reviews major construction/capital improvement and provides recommendations to the CFO/Controller.  
  • Evaluates the implementation of post-audit recommendations and corrective action plans to correct deficiencies identified in the audit reports.  
  • Responds to special requests from the Audit Committee and CFO.  
  • Participates in Audit Committee meetings; provides reports on significant audit issues and trends; and makes recommendations to reduce risk in diocesan operations and affiliates.  
  • Works with external auditors to facilitate their financial statement audit.  
  • Monitors business environment to identify and recommend appropriate levels of organizational transparency and accountability.  
  • Participates, as requested, in the research and recommendations of tools and/or systems designed to improve administrative/financial management operations in the parishes, schools, and affiliates.  
  • Interprets and explains Diocesan policies to pastors/administrators and their staffs, providing expertise in the areas of banking, financial management practices, and tax solutions and accounting issues.  
  • Assist with special projects, such as coordination and implementation of a uniform chart of accounts and accounting software in all parishes.  
  • Review selected parish financial reports to evaluate their financial position and recommend appropriate action, if needed.  
  • Interact with Federal, State and local governmental agencies to help ensure that parishes comply with regulations and that parishes receive appropriate tax treatment as a religious not for profit entity.
  • Keep current on diocesan policies and procedures, developments in the accounting and auditing professions, and changes in local, state and federal laws.


  • Knowledge/Skills: Ability to maintain confidentiality and interact effectively with others especially with senior pastoral management.)  Strong written and oral communication skills.  Ability to plan and direct/conduct and complete audits effectively and efficiently.  Knowledge of church and/or school operations.  Proficient in Microsoft Excel, as well as other Microsoft Office Products.

  • Education Required: BS/BA in Accounting; MBA a plus. CPA and/or certified internal auditor (CIA) preferred. 

  • Years and Types of Experience: 10 or more years of audit experience with a medium-sized firm or non-profit organization, or ten or more years progressive experience applying a broad knowledge of best business practices to Chancery and parish operations.


To Apply

Candidates interested in joining this dynamic, faith-filled organization are invited to submit a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to with Director of Internal Audit in the subject line. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Applications will be accepted through June 4, 2017.  No phone calls please.