Principal Associate, Compliance (Financial Auditor

The Pew Charitable Trusts


The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on today's big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.


Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our philanthropic mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution's reputation.

Position Overview
This position will be responsible for assisting the Compliance team with its monitoring of the organization's Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program. The compliance team is comprised of professionals with public, internal and IT certifications. The organization's ERM program is based on the 2013 Internal Control Framework, and primarily includes 1) performing internal control evaluations, 2) risk assessments, 3) facilitating corrective action; and 4) monitoring resolution of corrective actions. The ideal candidate must have a mastery of risk management and/or audit (operational or financial) focusing on designing, implementing, and evaluating general and business process manual and automated internal controls. The candidate should possess strong report writing, communication, project management, and business organization skills and be adept at working both independently and with cross-organizational teams.


This position reports to the Senior Manager, Compliance and will be based in Pew's Washington, DC office.


  • Perform a variety of internal control evaluations and audits over processes affecting operations, financial reporting, and compliance with laws and regulations and make recommendations on how to improve controls.
  • Work with Legal Affairs staff to develop and implement internal control activities to prevent and/or detect instances of non-compliance with laws of applicable jurisdictions.
  • Draft policies and procedures necessary to promote compliance with Pew's code of conduct.
  • Assist in the design and delivery of annual and as-needed trainings for Pew staff to ensure their familiarity and compliance with critical policies and procedures.
  • Participate in activities and meetings and perform other tasks as assigned, including, for example, serving on institution-wide committees or performing special investigations.
  • Assist the unit in developing work routines and standards to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the department.
  • Attend professional development seminars and continuing professional education training to increase knowledge and remain properly informed of risk management, compliance and internal control issues.


  • Pew maintains a robust Enterprise Risk Management program that keeps pace with leading practices, the changes in business processes, perceived risks and applicable laws. Appropriate policies, procedures, and internal controls are in place to mitigate business risks.


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field required. Prior audit experience required. Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, or Certified Fraud Examiner strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of six years of professional experience in the field of risk assessment, evaluating internal controls, compliance and client audit, along with responsibility for project management, planning, research and analysis. Nonprofit audit experience a bonus.
  • Possesses mastery of finance, accounting and audit practices. Strong analytical skills. Experienced in evaluating various strategies to make solutions-oriented recommendations.
  • Able to thrive in a dynamic team environment.
  • Able to identify suitable controls for addressing risks.
  • Strong data analytical proficiency to include data mining and examination and manipulation of large data sets.
  • Able to provide analysis, consultation, and recommendations on internal policies and procedures.
  • Skilled in software applications including databases, spreadsheets, and presentation media. Proficient in creating and manipulating Excel spreadsheets, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • In depth knowledge of the COSO Framework and/or other frameworks, for example, Governance, Risk, and Control (GRC), related to internal control and risks management.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills. Able to set priorities, organize time and identify resources for projects.
  • Sound consultation and relationship management skills. Able to build and maintain strong relationships while coordinating potentially sensitive projects. Strong interpersonal skills. Able to quickly establish credibility and to develop and manage productive relationships with internal staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Able to conduct research, coordinate resources and synthesize in writing a broad array of information into an easy to understand, concise summary.
  • Able to manage the flow of information to Legal Affairs regarding issues and concerns.
  • Able to assess and analyze situations, make wise decisions, and determine how best to present issues.
  • Mature. Assumes full responsibility for individual decisions and work, as well as for team projects.
  • Able to handle sensitive and confidential issues in a fast-paced environment.

Minimal travel (less than ten percent) for occasional meetings and conferences.

Total Rewards
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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