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Manager - Professional Ethics Technical Standards

Ethics/Peer Review
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About Us:        
The Association of International Certified Professional Accounts (AICPA) is the most influential body of professional accountants in the world. 
Our mission is to drive a dynamic accounting profession ready to meet the demands of a constantly changing, disruptive world. We serve 667,000 CPAs, CGMA designation holders and students in 184 countries and territories — providing the tools, resources and intelligence they need to clarify complexity, anticipate risk and create opportunity.
We are their voice, protecting the public interest and powering trust, opportunity and prosperity worldwide.
About the Team:
The AICPA requires that all members, including those in business and industry, adhere to the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct (the Code). The Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) is a senior committee of the AICPA charged with the responsibility of interpreting and enforcing the Code. The Professional Ethics Division (the Division) investigates potential disciplinary matters involving members of the AICPA and state CPA societies participating in the Joint Ethics Enforcement Program. The Division also educates members and promotes the understanding of ethical standards contained in the Code 
Could I be an Ethics Division Manager?
If you have demonstrated success as an auditor in public accounting, the Professional Ethics Division will provide you with the opportunity to use your knowledge and experience in a whole new way. Your familiarity with public accounting would serve as the basis to review working papers of AICPA members. This exposure will allow you to work with state CPA Societies and other organizations on emerging accounting, auditing and attestation issues and determine the impact these issues may have on members performing these types of engagements. Your observations and learnings would then be applied to advance and progress standard setting activities of the AICPA and member enrichment objectives of the Division, in addition to remediation through enforcement. As an Ethics Manager, you will utilize your unique perspective to better enable those in public practice to adhere to the AICPA’s Code of Professional Conduct and high standards of audit quality.   
Summary of Role
The Manager – Professional Ethics Technical Standards is responsible for all aspects of investigations of potential violations of the Code, including communicating findings to Technical Standards Subcommittee members and members under investigation. Though the work involves potential violations of the Code, the focus is not on punishing the member; rather, the intent is to determine what actions can be taken to remediate the member such that he/she performs the applicable service appropriately in the future.

We are willing to consider candidates outside of NC that are looking to relocate.
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • None
*We are willing to consider candidates outside of NC that are looking to relocate.
Core Responsibilities - Case investigations, Research and Communication
  • Investigate allegations of Association and state CPA society members who may have violated the Code of Professional Conduct relating to professional standards (e.g., Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), Uniform Guidance and Government Auditing Standards (GAS)
  • Review working papers, financial statements and/or other documents to determine compliance with professional standards.
  • Research complex technical issues.
  • Draft interrogatories to members under investigation and conduct interviews as part of gathering information while giving the members due process.
  • Prepare case summaries of investigations to expedite committee members’ review.
  • Interface with committee members and regulatory agencies in resolving technical issues and bringing cases to a resolution.
  • Present cases to committee members and before a Joint Trial Board Panel, with recommendations for appropriate remedial action.
  • Correspond with respondents and firms, prepare for and summarize interviews with respondents and case management.
Additional Responsibilities
  • Serve as specific task force liaison to the PEEC as requested.
  • Assist in analysing and responding to proposed standards, discussion papers and technical inquiries of other standard setting bodies.
  • Participate in member enrichment activities of the Division.
  • Desired Skills and Abilities
  • Strong working knowledge of GAAP, GAAS, GAS, and Uniform Guidance
  • Strong project management skills and good organizational abilities
  • Ability to deal effectively and efficiently with partners and managers of public accounting firms and officers of publicly registered entities
  • Strong written/oral communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to travel minimally 
  • Experience auditing employee benefit plans
  • Experience auditing under Uniform Guidance (Single Audits)
  • Experience auditing state and local governments
Education and Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • CPA license
  • Minimum of 5 years recent public accounting experience
Why Work for The AICPA?
At The Association we offer a competitive benefits plan, flexible work schedules and an environment that is focused on driving a positive culture for our employees and members. Our Mission is to empower the world’s most highly-skilled accountants and drive a dynamic accounting profession.  See what we are all about: https://www.aicpa-cima.com/

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All employment decisions are based on business needs without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

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