The Office of the Inspector General at the National Security Agency (NSA) is looking for a dynamic professional with the leadership skills necessary to direct a division within the internal audit office. As the Deputy Chief of Audits of the Operations and Support Branch, this individual would report to the Assistant Inspector General for Audits and be responsible for overseeing audits of Agency programs and operations, with emphasis on acquisition and contracting activities.
The incumbent of this position will perform the duties of a supervisory auditor and be responsible for the day-to-day management of professional staff (15-20 auditors) in conducting complex and comprehensive audits in the Operations and Support Programs Branch. Such reviews cover a wide range of activities including intelligence operations, research and development; acquisition programs; contract award and administration; finance and accounting, security, as well as other support activities. The incumbent's duties will be to:
- assist in the development of a segment of the OIG's annual plan; develop audit programs and procedures to conduct audits.
- guide and direct team members to ensure successful and timely completion of audits in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) and OIG policies.
- evaluate work performance of subordinates and provide input to the performance appraisal of each auditor assigned to the Branch; give advice, counsel and instruction to employees
- read, write and edit audit guides, debriefs and reports to ensure they are clear and concise.
- consult with the NSA OIG General Counsel on matters involving interpretation or possible violations of law, rules, or regulation.
- provide subject matter expertise; and
- perform the duties and responsibilities of the Audit Chief in his absence.
Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 9 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 7 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 5 years of relevant experience. An Associate's degree plus 11 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
Degree must be in Business, Accounting, or a related field (e.g., Finance, Economics, Management, and Information Technology). Related degree will differ depending on the type of auditing (e.g., IT vs financial).
Relevant experience must be auditing in the public or private sector and operational or IT auditing. Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) is preferred.
The ideal candidate should possess skill in planning and conducting audits by examining and testing records and management controls to determine the degree of efficiency, economy and effectiveness. The incumbent will oversee the work of assigned auditors to ensure appropriate application of audit techniques. Candidates will be evaluated on their ability to understand and assess complex issues, analyze programs and activities, and recommend appropriate action; interact with senior NSA officials; work productively in a team environment; knowledge of accounting and management concepts, principles, and techniques; and knowledge of computer applications. Qualifications may include:
- Experience and professional knowledge of practices, methods, and techniques to independently plan and conduct complex audits of Agency resources in areas such as financial management, procurement practices, logistics processes; and enterprise management.
- Skill and experience in supervising and managing a group of professional and technical personnel in the conduct and support of audits and related activities.
- Experience and ability to identify, evaluate and interpret relevant laws, policies, procedures, frameworks and guidance to be applied in developing and conducting audits.
- Experience in writing clear and persuasive written reports, debriefs, memoranda and other documents.
- Experience in presenting facts, conclusions and recommendations in a concise and logical order during debriefs to senior management.
- Knowledge of Acquisition Management.
- Knowledge and experience in control theory and professional audit practices required including the assessment of inherent risk, evaluation of control design, development and execution of audit tests, and the assessment of control deficiencies.
- Skill in using computer-assisted auditing techniques, statistical sampling, interviews and other methods of structuring data and surfacing findings to audited programs.
- Applicants with advanced degrees or who possess professional certifications such as Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiners or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certification are preferred.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary Range: $131,767-$161,900
*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.
Management strongly supports continuing education and career development.
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U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.
This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.