Director, Internal Audit

Job Category:  Management/Executive
Department:  Compliance

Los Angeles, CA, US, 90017

Position Type:  Full Time
Requisition ID:  3945


Established in 1997, L.A. Care Health Plan is an independent public agency created by the state of California to provide health coverage to low-income Los Angeles County residents. We are the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan. Serving more than 2 million members in five health plans, we make sure our members get the right care at the right place at the right time.

Mission: L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for Los Angeles County's vulnerable and low-income communities and residents and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose.

Job Summary

The Director of Internal Audit is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and management of all aspects of the internal audit function through a systematic and disciplined approach to identify risks, monitor compliance with internal controls, evaluate whether such internal controls/governance practices are working effectively, and educate and train staff. This position will participate with, and support the Sr. Director of Compliance (Audit Services) in the continuous assessment process and in the development and maintenance of the Internal Audit Plan approved by the Internal Compliance Committee and Board of Governors.  Position reports to the Sr. Director of Compliance (Audit Services).


Directs and manages the Internal Audits based on industry best practices and in accordance with the Institute of Internal Auditor’s International Professional Standards for the Practice of Internal Audit.

Conducts follow-up to determine whether identified findings have been resolved and that corrective action has occurred to minimize risks.

Establishes and maintains a Quality Assurance (QA) and Improvement Program that covers all aspects of the internal audit activity.

Ensures appropriate allocation of existing audit resources for adequate audit coverage and completion of the Annual Audit Plan.

Provides quarterly updates to the Compliance leadership regarding the status of the Audit Plan and communicates factors that could impact completion of the plan or necessitate revisions to the annual Audit Plan.

Ensures the work product of direct reports, consultants, temporary employees, and other team members, is performed in accordance with acceptable audit standards, project plans, budgets and schedules.

Provides guidance, mentoring and coaching to direct reports. Resolves conflicts and manages staff performance issues, as needed.  

Participates in the hiring and termination of staff with Sr. Director and in Conjunction with HR as required. 

Develops and implements departmental policies and procedures, desk procedures and workflows as required; 

Develops and implements trainings for staff and other stake holders as needed; partners with other internal partners as needed. Ensures staff has access to appropriate training and education opportunities  

Perform other duties as assigned. 


High School Diploma


With Bachelor's Degree:  At least 7 years of progressive audit experience including extensive management and auditing in health care or other highly regulated industry. 

With Master's Degree: At least 5 years of progressive audit experience including extensive management and auditing in health care or other highly regulated industry. 

Equivalent Experience:
With High School Diploma/GED: At least 14 years of progressive audit experience including extensive management and auditing in health care or other highly regulated industry. 

With Associate's Degree: At least 10 years of progressive audit experience including extensive management and auditing in health care or other highly regulated industry. 


Knowledge of Professional Audit Standards: Institute of Internal Auditors Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (SPPIA); AICPA Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS); ISACA Standards; and IIA Code of Ethics. 

High level of tact and ability to communicate complex and potentially sensitive issues to various levels of management. Excellent presentation, relationship building and interaction skills. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of leadership.

Demonstrated project management, organization and facilitation skills.

Strategic thinker with business risk awareness and outstanding analytical and problem-solving capabilities.

Ability to analyze data and unique situations, determine errors and potential problems arising from the analyses, and formulate practical and workable solutions to problems identified.

Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.

High level of personal integrity, and the ability to professionally handle confidential matters and exude the appropriate level of judgment and maturity.

Must be able to work effectively with all levels of management and manage interdisciplinary projects and teams.

Knowledge of finance, accounting, assurance and control principles. 

Knowledge of Medicare, Medi-Cal, and Managed Care regulations.

Knowledge of DHCS, DMHC, and CMS regulatory requirements.

Professional Certifications

Certifications (at least one of the following): Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Certified Internal Auditor (CIA); Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE); or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).


L.A. Care offers a wide range of benefits including

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Retirement Plans
  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • Wellness Program
  • Volunteer Time Off (VTO)

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles

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