Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A8106 / Chief Compliance Officer
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 99
HR Review/Approval:COMP

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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.


Provides leadership, direction, and integration of compliance activities to fulfill university needs and state and federal regulations. Directs the formulation of strategic compliance planning in support of the university's vision, mission and values. Directs integrated implementation and evaluation of compliance initiatives and on-going activities for compliance units including the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), Dispute Resolution, and Internal Audit and other compliance partners as may be identified to serve future needs. Interfaces with senior administration, faculty, staff and government agency officials in the representation and development of various strategic compliance programs, policies, services and initiatives. Serves as the University's chief representative and advocate for excellence in compliance functions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides integrative leadership and strategic direction to various compliance units. Supervises unit directors, coordinates short- and long-term goals of participating units, oversees strategic budgeting within units.
  2. Solicits internal and external funding sources in support of the compliance mission.
  3. Provides strategic guidance and representation to leadership on changing governmental requirements in the areas of civil rights, affirmative action, equal opportunity, reporting obligations under the Clery Act, dispute resolution and internal auditing and reporting and related areas as may be identified in the future.
  4. Directs and oversees the university's integrated strategic compliance planning process, to include short and long term strategic plan development, review, approval, implementation and evaluation.
  5. Provides expert guidance, collaboration and support to the implementation process for key compliance strategies, initiatives and action plans.
  6. Leads the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the various compliance areas of oversight in alignment with government laws and regulations.
  7. Plans, develops, monitors, revises and implements the university's compliance initiatives in response to changes in the law; consults with various representatives as necessary to ensure program effectiveness.
  8. Directs and collaborates in the development of multifaceted compliance educational and training programs so that employees and management are knowledgeable of institutional policies and pertinent federal and state standards.
  9. Oversees compliance reviews in collaboration with constituent divisions, departments, and units.
  10. Interacts with senior management, faculty, staff and/or government agency officials, to represent and promote the development of strategic compliance programs to further university awareness on related initiatives.
  11. Directs the development of periodic compliance reports of the areas of oversight to other senior leadership members and various committees.
  12. Develops an ongoing campaign to heighten awareness of the various university's main campus compliance programs, disseminates compliance information and collects employee feedback as appropriate.
  13. Leads the development of internal reviews to assess university compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  14. Oversees adequate record maintenance and processes are in place to document compliance efforts.
  15. Directs the assessment of targeted compliance issues, investigations, or potential problems.
  16. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  17. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 10 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Juris Doctor (JD).
  • 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

  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging equal opportunity and affirmative action legislation, issues, and trends
  • Knowledge of public policies, legislation, guidelines, and standards pertaining to discrimination and sexual harassment in the work place.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop institutional policies and procedures.
  • Supervisory, employee development, and leadership skills.
  • Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data.
  • Knowledge of concepts, practices, principles and procedures of strategic business planning and reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Strong analytical, evaluative, and objective critical thinking skills.
  • Knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations, and public sector employment policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated understanding of compliance systems and controls.
  • Detailed knowledge of laws and regulations affecting business operations.
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal accounting and auditing compliance laws.
  • Knowledge of employment and educational regulatory requirements, guidelines, and procedures for the administration of federal and state laws on civil rights, such as ADA, VEVRAA, 503/504, Title II, Title VI, Title VII and Title IX, and the Clery Act.
  • Ability to interpret and advice on the application of various laws and regulations.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of investigation, negotiation, mediation and complaint resolution process of high level/sensitive claims on behalf of the university.
  • Knowledge of team building principles and techniques
  • Knowledge of fiscal principles to oversee budgets and financial activity within the areas of oversight.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Must obtain certification as a Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA) within 12 months of date of hire.
  • Must maintain certification status.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

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: 09/23/2020