Director, Office of Ethics and Compliance

/Director, Office of Ethics and Compliance
Organization: County of San Diego
City: San Diego
State: CA
Country: US
The County of San Diego is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director, Office of Ethics and Compliance. This executive management position reports to the Chief Administrative Officer and is responsible for administering the activities of the Office of Ethics and Compliance. This position:
  • Plans, directs, organizes, coordinates, and evaluates the overall activities of the Office of Ethics and Compliance, which conducts complex and sensitive investigations
  • Coordinates investigative activities with County departments and conducts investigations of complaints alleging improper government activity and discrimination
  • Oversees the County-wide compliance program, including the development of standards, training, monitoring, reporting, and enforcement
  • Analyzes complex or sensitive problems or issues and recommends solutions to the Chief Administrative Officer, department managers, supervisors and executives
  • Prepares executive-level reports and correspondence
  • Oversees the implementation of the County policy on Ethical and Legal Standards Acts
    as liaison with other public and private agencies and provides information to County departments, the public, and agency representatives on departmental activities


The ideal candidate will have executive level judgement, decision making skills, and political acumen in order to advise and provide direction for the Office of Ethics and Compliance. A professional history that demonstrates the following necessary leadership competencies and attributes is desirable:
  • Demonstrates and upholds the highest levels of integrity, ethical conduct and stewardship
  • Ability to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the overall activities related to the conduct of complex and sensitive investigations of County-wide significance
  • Experience identifying and resolving operational problems and recommending solutions
  • Strong advocacy and persuasion skills, including experience/knowledge/ability to lead mediation sessions
  • Ability to exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendation
  • Understanding of handling sensitive human resources and legal matters which require confidentiality and discretion
  • Ability to develop and implement strategic plans
  • Understanding the current best practices and trends related to effective ethics and compliance programs
  • Knowledge of and experience with responding to EEOC and DFEH complaints and complaint resolution methodologies
  • Ability to assess the customer’s immediate needs and ensure customer’s receipt of needed services through personal service or making appropriate referral
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing at all levels of the organization and excellent interpersonal skills


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency AND five (5) years of management level experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the classification.
Notes: 10 years of experience in an organizational leadership role and a strong legal/human resources background is highly desirable. A master’s degree or higher degree may substitute for a total of one (1) year of experience.
The Office of Ethics and Compliance is responsible for managing the County’s ethics and compliance programs with an emphasis on program oversight, education, training, monitoring and reporting. As such, the Office of Ethics and Compliance plays a key role in assisting the County in continuing to promote an organizational culture of ethical conduct and compliance with federal and State laws, rules, regulations, ethical standards, statutes, County of San Diego-specific policies and procedures, and the identification of alleged non-compliance for corrective action purposes. The Office of Ethics and Compliance receives and is responsible for investigating and managing complaints alleging improper gov ernment activity, including but not limited to: abuse of authority, gross mismanagement, significant waste of County funds, improper and inappropriate billings, conflicts of interest, patient and client privacy, employee, patient and client safety, alleged violations of federal or state-funding requirements and potential danger to public safety or health. The Office of Ethics and Compliance is also responsible for investigating and managing complaints of discrimination and will make appropriate recommendations and establish written procedures to address such complaints.
Salary placement for this position is dependent upon the qualifications of the successful candidate. Salary reviews are performance-based and goal oriented.


The County provides fifteen days of paid vacation, thirteen days of paid sick leave, and thirteen paid holidays. The County pays up to $17,000 annually towards health insurance, depending on your level of coverage (increasing by 7% up to $18,000 in 2019). Employees may choose benefit options through a cafeteria plan. Employees may also choose to waive health insurance and receive up to $5,000 annually in a Health Reimbursement Account or in a Dependent Daycare flex spending account. You have flexibility with seven medical plan s to choose from, which include the following networks: Kaiser, Scripps, UCSD, and Rady Children’s Hospital. Employees may also select from two dental plans (one includes orthodontia coverage) and VSP Signature Vision Plan, which includes glasses, contacts, and coverage for Lasik surgery. The County also provides Life Insurance and Supplemental AD&D up to 2x your salary, as well as a Long-term Disability Insurance plan at no cost. You have the option to elect from additional voluntary benefit plans: Short-Term Disability and Critical Illness/Cancer plans. In addition, the County offers deferred compensation 457 and 401 a plans as well as a defined benefit Retirement plan. Please click here for information related to Retirement. Additionally, Relocation Allowance may be available.


The County engages in a continuous cycle of planning, implementing, evaluating, and renewing the planning process. The County’s comprehensive guide for managing this cyclic process is called the General Management System (GMS). By communicating and adhering to this business model, the County of San Diego is able to maintain an organized culture that values transparency, accountability, innovation, and fiscal discipline which provides focused, meaningful public services.


Résumés may be submitted online at; select the link for jobs. Résumés should include academic degrees held and dates conferred, employment history and positions held, dates of service, areas of experience, levels of responsibility, reporting structure, key duties performed, and number of direct reports or staff. An evaluation panel will convene to review submittals and identify top competitors to be considered for further evaluation. This recruitment will remain open until filled. Interested candi-dates are encouraged to submit a resume as soon as possible for consideration.


Persons serving in positions in the Unclassified Service do not accrue tenure and serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. The provisions of this job announcement may be modified or revoked and do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Qualified women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable an individual with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis. The County of San Diego and its employees embrace the Live Well San Diego vision: A region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely and Thriving. For more information visit