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#107291 Director of Compliance

Initial Review Date: Mon 2/1/2021

Recognized as one of the top 10 research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. Best practices, best people at the best place to work! Our team is looking to add an experienced individual as the new Director of Compliance. If you are a strategic leader with an innovative mind, we want you!


Department Overview

The UC San Diego Office of Ethics & Compliance (OEC) serves as an independent, objective internal resource responsible for coordinating and monitoring the University's ethics, compliance and enterprise risk activities. Our goal is to help the University fulfill its responsibilities to the people of California, protect the well-being of the institution and advance our educational mission by deterring misconduct and promoting honest, ethical conduct in which applicable laws, rules and regulations are followed and the public trust is maintained. OEC reports to the Chancellor and provides senior leaders with a cross-functional emerging view of risks, leading to more informed strategic decisions, better allocation of resources and stronger governance practices.

Position Overview

Under minimal direction of the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO), the Director of Compliance is responsible for providing overall guidance and oversight for the strategic development, implementation, and administration in order to promote an effective compliance program for UC San Diego. The Director of Compliance ensures that UC San Diego compliance programs are consistent with UC and UC San Diego Standards of Business Conduct, ethical principles, and core values; applicable Federal and State laws and regulations; and University policies and procedures. Additionally, the Director of Compliance oversees compliance with training mandates, promotes of a culture of compliance, and promotes an ethical culture throughout the organization. The Director of Compliance leads committees and workgroups across a variety of compliance areas, collaborating to achieve shared goals, and to ensure the enterprise risk management program works to apprise management of emerging risks that need leadership attention. Other position responsibilities include conducting risk assessments, training and education, communication and reporting, internal monitoring, and all regulatory compliance-related activities which constitute best practices in a higher education environment.

The Director of Compliance will, in partnership with CECO and other stakeholders, emphasize value through analyzing, assessing, and monitoring organizational operations, controls and risks; examine and evaluate policies, procedures and systems; and make recommendations for enhancement and improvement where needed. The incumbent will help to ensure alignment with applicable laws and ethical standards of the organization to prevent illegal, unethical and improper conduct.

The Director of Compliance may assist the CECO in presentations to senior leadership and work with various UC San Diego campus and UC San Diego Health committees. The Director of Compliance will also collaborate with many departments on a variety of projects, offer best practices and subject matter expertise on significant and emerging high-risk areas. This position also participates in the development and implementation of the ethics and compliance strategic plan.

Education Law degree (JD) from an accredited law school; or an equivalent combination of education and experience highly preferred.


Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.

Has broad and thorough knowledge of the compliance and ethics profession, theories, and standards. Experience with issues and challenges facing the educational, research and clinical components of the university with a full understanding of, and ability to adopt, institutional compliance efforts to effectively respond to legal/regulatory changes and technological trends.

Experience leading and facilitating cross-functional compliance committees to solve complex campus compliance and control issues. Experience developing, implementing, and overseeing plans for cross-functional committees.

Expertise in all aspects of assigned functions, including development and management of compliance plans, reporting systems and controls.

Ability to supervise support and professional analyses functions for compliance and ethics programs. Demonstrated experience researching and analyzing complex administrative, programmatic, personnel, and legislative issues, and to formulate and draft policy recommendations and implementation strategies.

Demonstrated experience communicating, both verbally and in writing, complex findings and recommendations in a clear and concise manner. This includes findings for specific compliance and ethics program issues and risk areas.

Experience developing recommendations for new or emerging critical risks or situations that require escalation to executive leadership for awareness and decision. Interactions involving special skills, such as negotiating, facilitating or influencing department level management.

Advanced interpersonal skills including negotiation and communication that have been demonstrated across a wide variety of audiences for different areas of ethics and compliance.

Excellent interpersonal skills to work with all levels of University personnel, including leadership and faculty, investigation complainants and subjects regarding sensitive matters. Experience establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with campus administrators, staff, faculty and students. Experience consulting with administrators, staff and faculty in assessing procedural, policy or ethical concerns in complex matters. Exceptional tact, diplomacy, discretion, professionalism, and judgment in the exercise of decision-making and higher- level communications.

Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the historical and social context of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and of the complexities of the intersections of various communities and demonstrated ability to translate that knowledge into practical applications, processes, policies, responses, and programs.

Demonstrated experience in the supervision of projects and staff. Experience providing executive/business management skills, including motivating and leading a diverse staff. Strong supervisory skills to maintain an effective staff.

Demonstrated record of integrity and strict confidentiality, and experience in advising senior management on sensitive issues. Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion, sound judgment, and maintain strict confidentiality, tact and diplomacy in handling a variety of sensitive issues.


  • Background check required.
  • This position is exempt from overtime; however, the incumbent may be required to work over 40 hours per week and nights and weekends as needed.
  • Position is designated "Confidential" within the meaning of the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement acknowledging the requirement to report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment.
  • This position has been identified as a Campus Security Authority pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), and requires immediate reporting of Clery Act crimes occurring on Clery Act geography to the UC San Diego Police Department (UCPD). It is the responsibility of the CSA to ensure they obtain proper training in order to fulfill their reporting responsibilities as required by the Clery Act and University policy, and to complete and submit the required reports to the UCPD without delay.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
b) Vacation/holidays (18 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year).
c) Work/Life Balance.
d) UC Retirement Plan.

For more information about UCSD Benefits please visit and UCSD Work/Life visit.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit smokefree.ucsd.edu for more information.

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