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Internal Auditor

Arlington, Virginia

Internal Auditor
Position Type: Full Time
State: Virginia City: Arlington
Zip Code: 22203


AvalonBay Communities, Inc., an equity REIT, has a long-term track record of developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing distinctive apartment homes in some of the best U.S. markets, and delivering outsized, risk-adjusted returns to shareholders. With equal parts experience and vision, we’ve established a leadership position rooted in our purpose of creating a better way to live and that is always focused on building value for the long term.

Creating a better way to live is the purpose that binds AvalonBay associates. We take that purpose seriously and expect you will as well. By focusing on collaboration, innovation, and taking ownership of our choices and actions, we act in ways that focus on creating value for our customers, investors and associates. Your positive, professional, and consistent personal interactions make AvalonBay a great place to work.

The Role

This Internal Auditor role will primarily be responsible for supporting and assisting Internal Audit (IA) leadership and team members across a wide and varied number of activities.  This includes, but is not limited to – administering, implementing, and performing the annual audit plan; achieving the IA team’s goals and objectives; performing various special projects, tasks, and assignments as circumstances and situations require; and to continually evolve and adapt within the role.  

The position’s activities will include assisting with developing and executing various audit programs; reviewing and analyzing transactions, activities, and systems; improving the process and control environment of the Company; continuous internal control monitoring and improvements; advancing innovation within the IA team; researching and resolving issues,  audit findings, and other related items; compiling supporting documentation and schedules; raising awareness of the importance of internal controls; and developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships.

The Internal Audit role will support and contribute to all aspects of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance (with a strong focus on IT general controls); IT audits, reviews, and special projects; financial and operational audits to include new business initiatives, property operations, shared service center, construction, development, and various capital expenditures (these will involve traveling to on-site locations throughout the U.S.).

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated and engaged contributor with a positive and helpful outlook who takes initiative, while also taking directions, to support IA leadership, IA team members, and Company leadership to meet their responsibilities, goals, and objectives. This individual will be eager to learn and pitch in with a helping hand, wherever and whenever needed.  Additional attributes include excellent listening skills; effective written and verbal communication abilities; flexibility; adaptability; analytical and problem-solving skills, effective time management and organizational skills; a willingness to travel approximately 30% of the time; the ability to multi-task with minimal supervision; highly collaborative within the IA department and across the Company; an effective relationship builder; and conduct themselves at the highest level of ethics with an ability to successfully operate within AVB’s cultural norms and core values.

You Have...

Education:  Bachelor’s degree required preferably in Accounting, Finance, Business, and/or Information Systems.

ProfessionalCertification:  Optional, but preferred include CPA, CIA, CFE, CISA, CISSP, CCP, CCA

Experience:2-3 years of relevant audit work experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Basic & working-level knowledge of audit, accounting, IT, & internal control fundamentals. Familiarity of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and requirements is a plus.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent active listing skills & the ability to comprehend & successfully implement instructions.
  • Highly effective interpersonal, collaboration, & relationship-building skills & proficiency.
  • High level of professionalism & business acumen
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel), including Visio.
  • Working knowledge of data analytics fundamentals & software is a plus.
  • Experience with Workday is a plus.
  • The desire and enthusiasm to continue learning and advancing in technology based skills and abilities a plus.

How AvalonBay Supports You

We know that our teams are the beating heart of our success and we’re committed to showing our appreciation.

We offer:

  • Comprehensive benefits — health, dental and vision, 401(k) with company match, paid vacation and holidays, tuition reimbursement, an employee stock purchase plan and more. Click on Benefits for information.
  • Growth based on achievement and promotion from within.
  • Associate recognition (a company-wide recognition program that celebrates associate efforts and successes in contributing to the overall success of the organization – including destination awards, ‘AvalonBay’s Very Best’ recognition program and others!).
  • A 20% discount on our incredible apartment homes.
  • A culture built on purpose and our core values - A Commitment to Integrity, A Spirit of Caring, and A Focus on Continuous Improvement.

Additional Info

AvalonBay is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an inclusive and diverse work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  We believe that in order to achieve our purpose of creating a better way to live, we must  recruit, develop and retain associates with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives and create an environment that encourages all voices to be heard, understood and appreciated.  With this we know we can do great things.

AvalonBay makes employment decisions without regard to a person’s  race,  ethnicity,  color,  religion, sex, national  origin,  sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation or related medical conditions), age, physical or mental disability, genetic  information (including  characteristics or  testing),  citizenship  status, military or veteran status, or any other status protected by the law.

AvalonBay will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with requirements under the law.


For California residents, if you elect to apply to AvalonBay you accept the AvalonBay California Personnel Privacy Notice

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