Jefferson Lab

As a matter of corporate policy, all JSA employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful hires will be required to provide COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination.

Posting Date: 03/17/23

Range: $140,100 - $210,600 (SSA)

Work Location Type: Hybrid (combination of on-site and remote work based on business needs)

Come join our team at Jefferson Lab, where great minds matter.

What your job will be like:

The Chief Audit Executive (CAE) reports functionally to the Chair of the Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) Finance Committee and administratively to the JSA President/Lab Director. The CAE directs all internal audit activities for Jefferson Lab, JSA corporate operations and other JSA programs. This position provides JSA corporate and governance bodies (including the Board of Directors and various operations committees) with a thorough analysis of the financial and compliance, economy, efficiency and program results of all administrative and technical management policies, procedures, practices, and systems. As the CAE, you will provide critical feedback to JSA corporate and governance bodies, Lab management, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) cognizant contracting authorities on compliance with contract covenants, Lab policies and procedures, and applicable federal and state laws and regulations. The position liaises with DOE in implementing and maintaining the Financial Management Assurance (FMA), pursuant to OMB A-123 requirements.

In this role you will:

  • Provide independent, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve operations.
  • Utilize a risk assessment methodology that identifies the audit universe, risk criteria used and associated weight factors, coordinates the annual audit plan development and reporting process.
  • Ensure each engagement of the internal audit plan is executed, including the establishment of objectives and scope, the assignment of appropriate and adequately supervised resources, the documentation of work programs and testing results, and the communication of engagement results with applicable conclusions and recommendations to appropriate parties.
  • Follow up on engagement findings and corrective actions.
  • Ensure the principles of integrity, objectivity, confidentiality, and competency are applied and upheld.
  • Ensure the internal audit activity collectively possesses or obtains the knowledge, skills, and other competencies needed to meet the requirements of the internal audit charter.
  • Review and analyze various organizational processes, controls, adherence to policies and procedures, compliance with DOE contractual provisions, and State and Federal laws and regulations.
  • Maintain a quality assurance and improvement program that covers all aspects of the internal audit activity to ensure conformance with the Institute of Internal Audit Standards and Code of Ethics.
  • Maintain Jefferson Lab’s Internal Audit Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Design, implement and execute—including obtaining DOE approval of Jefferson Lab’s Internal Audit Implementation Design Plan.
  • Maintain Jefferson Lab’s Internal Audit Web Site.
  • Establishes, negotiates, develops strategy, and tracks progress of Performance Evaluation Measurement Plan (PEMP) as required by Contract for Internal Audit.
  • Responsible for overseeing Peer Review of the JSA Internal Audit function. Organize, plan, and direct the Peer Review process.
  • Represent JSA in DOE Contractor Peer Review Program by participating as Team Member of Peer Review Team of another DOE Contractor.
  • Represent JSA at DOE Contractor Audit Director’s Meetings.
  • Assists JSA management in strategic planning through participation in the analysis of corporate and programmatic risks and vulnerabilities.
  • Lead compliance with the DOE Enterprise Risk Management requirements.

Qualifications We Require:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance or related field*


  • Minimum of fifteen years of experience in public and/or governmental financial and operational auditing*

*Or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Must be highly proficient in preparing and presenting research and recommendations via high quality written reports and verbal presentations and discussions.
  • Strong familiarity with the full scope of contractual, administrative, and regulatory responsibilities of a federal contractor.
  • Unwavering ethical integrity
  • Thorough competent understanding of
  • OMB A-123 Internal Control Standards.
  • Professional and Governmental Auditing and Accounting Standards
  • Acquisition Regulations, e.g., FARs, DEARs
  • Wage, retirement plans, and employee benefit regulations, e.g., 403(b), 401(k), ERISA
  • Environment, Health and Safety legislation and regulations.

Qualifications We Desire:


Graduate level education in business administrations, public administration, operations research, or its equivalent in training and experience is highly desirable.


  • Experience with DOE or other governmental agency preferred.
  • Experience with integrated project driven accounting systems such as Costpoint in a Federal Government or Government contractor environment a plus.
  • Experience in data analytics is a plus.


  • Certified Internal Auditor preferred or Certified Public Accountant

About Jefferson Lab

Join a community with a common purpose of solving the most challenging scientific and engineering problems of our time. The Jefferson Lab campus is located in southeastern Virginia amidst a vibrant and growing technology community.

A career at Jefferson Lab is more than a job. You will be part of “big science” and work alongside top scientists and engineers from around the world unlocking the secrets of our visible universe. Managed by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is entering an exciting period of mission growth and is seeking new team members ready to apply their skills and passion to have an impact. You could call it work, or you could call it a mission. We call it a challenge. We do things that will change the world.

Total Rewards at Jefferson Lab

At Jefferson Lab, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave)
  • 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested
  • Flexible Work Arrangements (Hybrid & Alternate Work Schedules available)
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Live near the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region with access to nearby beaches, mountains, and all major metropolitan centers on the East Coast

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to employment @ or call (757) 269-7598 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent. Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.