The University of South Alabama (USA) invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of Internal Audit and Chief Financial Compliance Officer.   

Role and Responsibilities

Reporting to the President and Board of Trustees Audit Committee, the Executive Director and Chief Financial Compliance Officer provides oversight and administrative supervision to the Internal Audit and Financial Compliance Departments and will provide advice and counsel to other university administrators within the University of South Alabama academic and healthcare systems.  The Executive Director supervises and assists with the audit work performed by the staff auditors related to both the financial statement audits and appropriate government audits.  The Executive Director will work closely with the senior level University and Health system financial system and operational management and other administrators to monitor compliance, conduct periodic risk assessments and evaluate the level of risk in various areas.  The successful candidate will provide institutional leadership towards a high standard of  integrity, stay abreast of changes in federal and state regulations, perform audits and investigations related to financial, operational and system matters where fraud is suspected or in response to whistleblower complaints, manage the daily operations of the office, and will have supervisory responsibility for the staff of professional auditors and consulting responsibility for the University of South Alabama. 


The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or a directly related field from an accredited institution as approved and accepted by the University of South Alabama and significant administrative experience of directly related audit and/or university financial experience.  Certification as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is required. 

Other preferred qualifications include:

  • Diverse set of experiences in health, financial, and operational processes;
  • Strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and practices, auditing standards and practices, management practices, federal and state laws and guidelines for participating programs, grants and contracts, and general and University and/or Health Systems best practices;
  • Demonstrated experience developing, designing and executing audit plans and programs;
  • Ability to analyze problems and situations and develop workable solutions and report results to the President, Board of Trustees and executive management;
  • Strong leadership and problem-solving skills and experience working in an environment handling complex financial, operational, compliance and healthcare system components;
  • Able to investigate wrongdoing and fraud impartially;
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships across multiple constituencies and enable partnerships inside and outside of the University and Health System;
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, written communication skills and ability to convey complex information to variety of audiences.

University and Region

The University of South Alabama ( is a public institution and is classified as a doctoral university: high research activity.  The University is a major center of high-quality undergraduate, graduate, medical and professional education located on the upper Gulf Coast, enrolling approximately 15,000 students.  USA recently embarked on an ambitious strategic plan to focus on five institutional priorities: student success and access, enhancement of research and graduate education, global engagement, excellence in health care, and university-community and engagement.  The University of South Alabama offers more than 40 graduate and professional degree programs, including 13 doctoral programs, across ten colleges and schools.

USA Health helps people lead longer, better lives through its excellence in education, research, and medical care. With more than 3,600 employees, the USA Health network includes USA Health University Hospital, USA Health Children's & Women's Hospital, USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute, USA Health Physicians Group, and the USA College of Medicine. Each year, our team of 180 physicians, 240 residents and fellows, 70 advanced practice providers, and 800 nurses handles some 185,000 clinic visits and 350,000 outpatient procedures. USA Health delivers 2,800 babies a year, more than any other regional hospital, and treats patients through some 60,000 emergency room visits annually.

The University is located in Mobile, Alabama (, recognized as a vibrant business, cultural, and recreational hub, located on Mobile Bay and conveniently positioned between the Florida Panhandle and New Orleans.  Mobile is experiencing an economic surge across industry sectors, including aerospace, shipping and maritime interests, and healthcare. The University of South Alabama plays a critical role in this ongoing regional economic growth.

Applications and Nominations

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, resume/CV, and the names and contact information of five or more references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University of South Alabama.  Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to January 21, 2020.  For additional information, please contact:

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 770-804-1996 x109 or x117 |  

The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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