Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A2126 / Compliance Splst
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Plans, develops, and implements strategies for controlling risk exposure related to compliance for the university. Provides guidance and expert interpretation of policy and procedures to ensure that the requirements for an effective compliance program at the university are met; provides training to members of the university community in accordance with applicable policies and procedures to minimize legal liability. As appropriate, analyzes current compliance legislation and regulations that impact higher education; keeps updated on current and relevant topics regarding compliance. May collect information on compliance claims of varying degrees of difficulty; may conduct investigations, negotiate corrective action settlements, and develop and prepare narrative reports.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Determines, gathers, and analyzes evidentiary information necessary to evaluate compliance issues.
  2. Conducts investigations of internal compliance claims and prepares letters of determination with conclusions based on findings.
  3. Creates, produces, and delivers a range of promotional, educational, and informational presentations, and/or resource materials related to program activities and initiatives.
  4. Reviews, monitors, audits, and approves processes and paperwork in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and guidelines, and UNM policies and procedures.
  5. Provides guidance, expert interpretation of policy, and training to the university community to minimize potential adverse impact of lawsuits and compliance complaints, and to resolve disputes at the lowest administration level.
  6. Participates in planning and developing strategies for controlling risk exposure related to compliance for the university.
  7. Researches current legislation and regulations; develops material for educational programs and/or for the formulation of the university policies and procedures.
  8. Researches and prepares periodic and ad hoc reports on general and specific compliance issues as required by management.
  9. Serves on internal and external committees and other academic or employment related organizations that support the mission of the University.
  10. Develops and implements systems and processes to establish and maintain records and applicable databases.
  11. Reviews and collects data for legal or risk management analyses, studies, and monitoring related to organizational compliance; performs and/or participates in the performance of root-cause analysis.
  12. May provide guidance and support to constituent departments conducting their own internal compliance audits; may help departments to prepare interpretive reports based on findings and recommends appropriate solutions or actions.
  13. May respond to requests from departments for compliance evaluations; coordinates with departments to ensure timely completion of indicated corrective actions.
  14. May work with New Mexico Higher Education department and/or state regulators across the nation to research state regulations and process authorization and licensure applications.
  15. May lead lower level employees; may supervise the day-to-day activities of departmental staff as required in the absence of management.
  16. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  17. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to interpret, analyze, and advise on the application of compliance laws and regulations as appropriate.
  • Ability to write reports containing technical information.
  • Ability to document work in progress.
  • Ability to lead and train staff and/or students.
  • Conflict resolution and/or mediation skills.
  • Interviewing and data collection skills.
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and university compliance laws, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Skill in developing policy and procedure documentation.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    a) Gathering and analyzing information to evaluate compliance issues and preparing reports; b) Creating and delivering a range of promotional, educational, and informational presentations, and/or resource materials related to program activities and initiatives. c) Overseeing research of legislation and regulations on employment and academic practices; d) providing guidance and expert interpretation of policy and training in employment and academic issues; and e) analyzing data and creating periodic and ad hoc reports.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017