Director of Internal Audit and Compliance

Washington D.C., DC, USA
about 2 months ago
Full time role

Job Description


Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a non-profit collaborative of community organizations, government, business, and labor working together to advance a sustainable environment and creating greater economic opportunities traditionally underserved communities. Based in Washington, D.C, ECC works on a national level as well as in 5 regional markets.  ECC partners are united around the goal of rapidly greening our nation’s metropolitan regions to advance triple bottom line outcomes:  equity, environment, and economy.  ECC actively advances Economic inclusion, the creation of economic opportunities for under-served BIPOC communities that is integral to achieving a transition towards sustainable economies. 



Under the supervision of the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, the Director of Internal Audit and Compliance is responsible for ensuring that ECC is compliant with all federal, state, and local laws and funder requirements. The incumbent will assess ECC’s grant monitoring and reporting systems and make recommendations for improvement where necessary.  In collaboration with the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, this position is responsible for reviewing the accounting policies and procedures and recommending policies that will safeguard the financial assets of the organization. The Director of Internal Audit and Compliance will assist in creating internal controls, review plans that ensure compliance with federal and state regulations and identify financial and operational efficiencies. This position will work closely with various areas of the organization to monitor the implementation of recommendations, support compliance, write grant reports.

Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid 2 - 3 days a week)

Job Type: Full-Time, Exempt

Salary: $95,000 to $110,000



  1. The Director of Internal Audit and Compliance examines the overall compliance and fiscal management flow of Emerald Cities Collaborative at all locations and at all levels, which includes the review of policies and procedures, financial records and reports, and company records to ensure they are accurate.
  2. Independently and objectively evaluate the organization's operations to make improvements, and to bring a systematic and disciplined approach to the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. 
  3. Responsible for the timely execution of risk-based audits in accordance with the annual audit plan, as well as assisting with other audit matters and projects. 
  4. Their assigned work may cover any area of Emerald Cities Collaborative; however, their work will be directed by the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer.
  5. Independently and objectively evaluate the organization's operations to make improvements, and to bring a systematic and disciplined approach to the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.
  6. Performs and controls the full audit cycle including risk management and control management over operations' effectiveness, financial reliability, schedule adherence, and compliance with all applicable directives and regulations.
  7. Performance Audits: Performance audits are performed to evaluate an organization's actual performance as compared with the program and/or company's goals and objectives set by the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
  8. Compliance Audits: Compliance audits assess whether policies and procedures, and the implementation of them, comply with applicable requirements
  9. Act as an objective source of independent advice to ensure validity, legality, and goal achievement.
  10. Attend meetings with auditees to develop an understanding of business processes.
  11. Travel to different sites to meet relevant staff and obtain documents and information.
  12. Provide ad hoc advice and guidance to managers and staff at all levels, sometimes by delivering courses and training sessions.
  13. Must abide by and enforce all organizational policies and procedures.
  14. Serve as liaison to the Board of Directors for updates on grant administration and fiscal sponsorship relations.



  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in financial accounting, grant management/reporting and/or internal audit and business compliance.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a business-related field 
  • Proficient in fundamental audit skills including risk/control assessments, setting testing strategy, root cause analysis, audit documentation and audit methodology
  • Strong commitment to advancing racial, gender and social equity
  • Occasional local and regional travel required


Desired Experience and Attributes: 

  • Experience in coaching/training and providing timely written project evaluations
  • Must have strong Microsoft Office and Google Suite computer skills
  • Must have strong organizational and time management skills
  • Outstanding presentation preparation skills and public speaking ability
  • Must be extremely detail oriented
  • Must have effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be able to build strong interpersonal relationships with management throughout the organization
  • Must have excellent leadership, team building, and management skills
  • Strategic and task oriented



Complete the Indeed application, then send a resume and cover letter to Whitney Weston at Subject line should read Director of Internal Audit and Compliance " – [Your Name].


Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other people from communities traditionally underrepresented in the environmental and energy efficiency sectors, are encouraged to apply.

Emerald Cities Collaborative is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.