Chief Audit and Compliance Officer Search Committee

University of Connecticut in Connecticut

Date Posted January 28, 2014
Type Administrative

Chief Audit and Compliance Officer

Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics (OACE)         

The University of Connecticut (UConn) invites applications for the Chief Audit and Compliance Officer.  Reporting administratively to the University president and functionally to the chair of the Joint Audit and Compliance Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees, this position serves as the Chief Audit and Compliance Officer, who heads UConn’s Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics (OACE). 

The University of Connecticut is one of the nation’s leading public research universities.  Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant college and member of the Space Grant Consortium.  It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education with its main campus in Storrs in addition to a Law School, Medical and Dental Schools, a Health Center and five regional campuses in Greater Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, Avery Point, and Torrington.  The Law School campus is located in Hartford; the Health Center campus is located in Farmington.  Both are closely linked to the main campus through academic projects.

UConn is ranked among the Top 20 public universities in the nation according to the 2014 U.S. News & Report.  The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 30,000 students which includes more than 22,000 undergraduates and nearly 8,000 graduate/professional students. 

In consultation with the Joint Audit and Compliance Committee, the Chief Audit and Compliance Officer is responsible for planning, leading, reporting on, and supervising all internal auditing activities, compliance activities and personnel within the framework of the OACE Charter.  This position will direct a comprehensive, risk-based audit and compliance program that is designed to add value and improve operations through evaluations of internal controls, risk management, and governance processes.  The Chief Audit and Compliance Officer is responsible for directing the day-to-day operation of OACE, including providing direct supervision of professional and administrative staff.  He/She is responsible for these functions at the University’s main campus as well as its regional campuses, law school and Health Center. 

The Chief Audit and Compliance Officer should have significant leadership experience in internal audit/compliance and/or financial management, preferably in a university or academic medical environment.  The successful candidate should have a demonstrated understanding of audit management, including culture, operations, financial processes, and information technology.  He/She should display a demonstrated ability to oversee and lead an organization-wide, risk-based, service-driven internal audit and compliance function that is proactive, progressive and collaboratively aligned with the many disparate organizational entities that compose a university.  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is required.  An advanced degree in a relevant field and a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor are preferred. 

Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.  The University of Connecticut will be assisted by Ellen Brown Landers, Elizabeth Ewing and Tracie Smith of Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.  For further information, please see:  Nominations and applications should be directed to:

University of Connecticut Chief Audit and Compliance Officer Search Committee

Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.

303 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 4300

Atlanta, GA 30308

Telephone: 404-682-7316




The University of Connecticut does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disabilities (including learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, past/present history of a mental disorder), prior conviction of a crime (or similar characteristic), workplace hazards to reproductive systems, gender identity or expression, or other legally protected classifications in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies.  The University of Connecticut prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence.


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