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Executive Director of Internal Audits – Cleveland Metropolitan Schools



The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is the third largest public school system in Ohio, serving more than 36,000 students.

Under The Cleveland Plan, a groundbreaking reform plan created by the community and written into state law, CMSD strives to ensure that every child receives a high-quality education, regardless of the provider. To that end, CMSD lets families choose which District schools their children attend, with options that include STEM, the arts, single-gender education, International Baccalaureate, Montessori and early college.

CMSD also makes sure students have tech and training to prepare them for the future. The District provides a free laptop or tablet to every student and connects every family that needs internet access. Graduating seniors leave commencement with not only a diploma but also a laptop.

Fast Facts:

Enrollment: 36,298

Gender: 51.7 Male, 48.3 Female

Demographics: 63.8% Black, 17.2% Hispanic, 14.5% White, 4.5% Other, 23.2%, Special Education, 100% Economically Disadvantaged, 3.8% Homeless,

5.5% Gifted


About the



As a city that continues to undergo economic transformation, Cleveland is home to a large share of young and emerging talent, passionate entrepreneurs, and skilled workers. We’re not only a great location to live and work, but we’re also a place you can flourish.

Driven by further investment in helping our business community attract, retain, and grow a stronger workforce, Cleveland is a market where employers are thriving.

Major reinvestment happening across Cleveland has uniquely positioned the City to thrive in the new era of the “Mid-Size” metropolis.




Reports to: Board of Education and the Chief Financial Officer for day-to-day operation

Directs the Internal Audit Division as an independent appraisal agency while examining and evaluating activities of the District as a service to management, the Board, and the Audit Committee.


The successful candidate will be offered a one-year contract. The salary and benefits package will be  competitive within the region and commensurate with experience and qualifications.




  • Plan, organize and direct the District’s Internal Audit Division
  • Evaluate internal controls for both school sites and central office departments and make recommendations to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of controls
  • Supervise assigned professional staff and provide on-going feedback, coaching, training, and performance evaluations for staff members
  • Review all schools and central administration support to schools at appropriate intervals to determine whether schools are efficiently and effectively planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the operation of the school
  • Determine the adequacy and effectiveness of the District’s internal accounting and operating control system need of the District’s students • Participate in the planning, design development, implementation, and operation of major computer-based systems as they affect schools to determine whether they are effective
  • Conduct periodic audits of computer-based systems and evaluate major data processing systems to determine whether these systems provide adequate technology support to District schools
  • Submit annual plans to the CFO for review and approval and to the CEO and Board (upon request)
  • Report to appropriate administrative heads the results of audit examinations, findings, and recommendations
  • Evaluate plans or actions taken by schools to correct reported conditions for satisfactory disposition of audit findings
  • Provide adequate follow-up on recommendations by obtaining written responses to audit reports from department heads to ensure that adequate, effective, and corrective action is taken
  • Conduct search and interview for the vacant position of auditor



Qualifications                        • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required

  • Certified Public Accountant required • A minimum of 3 years internal audit management experience at a professional level; financial and operational audit experience with public entities, especially school districts, preferred
  • Knowledge of Auditor of State rules and regulations
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills required
  • Working knowledge of EDP concepts and ability to use mainframe and microcomputers




Qualified candidates are asked to apply online at including the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Copy of a current Ohio Treasurer Certificate/License
  • References and transcripts


Apply at this link:     


Send a resume and cover letter to: or



Timetable                               A

Application Due Date: January 19, 2024

Finding Leaders Interviews Begin: By January 19, 2024

CMSD Interviews Begin: By January 26, 2024

CMSD  Decision: Week of February 9, 2024

Employment Begins: ASAP



Finding leaders

Contacts                                Ed Vittardi: 216-701-0500,

Lora Garrett: 216-244-2866,

Paul Pendleton, 216-225-2787,

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