California University of Science and Medicine — Compliance Director

Compliance Director

California University of Science and Medicine


Position Description

Under the general direction of the Senior Associate Dean of Educational Operations, the Compliance Director directs all compliance activities to fulfill university needs and state and federal regulations.  


Essential Functions

Duties and Responsibilities


Information provided below is a general description of responsibilities; it is not intended to provide an all-inclusive list of responsibilities and may change depending on the needs of CUSM.

  • Lead the formulation of strategic compliance planning in support of the university's vision, mission and values.
  • Leads the integrated implementation and evaluation of compliance initiatives and on-going activities for compliance.
  • Interfaces with senior administration, faculty, staff and government agency officials in the representation and development of various strategic compliance programs, policies, services and initiatives.
  • 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, healthcare privacy, Medicare, HIPAA, research (including federal grants management) and reporting and related areas as may be identified in the future.
  • Develops the university's integrated strategic compliance planning process, to include short- and long-term strategic plan development, review, approval, implementation and evaluation.
  • Provides expert guidance, collaboration and support to the implementation process for key compliance strategies, initiatives and action plans.
  • Drives the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the various compliance areas of oversight in alignment with government laws and regulations in all aspects of university operations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiates compliance reviews in collaboration with constituent divisions and departments.
  • 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.
  • Develops periodic compliance reports of the areas of oversight to other senior leadership members and various committees.
  • Develops an ongoing campaign to heighten awareness of the various university's compliance programs, disseminates compliance information and collects employee feedback as appropriate.
  • Ensures and directs adequate record maintenance and processes are in place to document compliance efforts.
  • Directly informs the Dean or President of urgent or emergent compliance concerns that have the potential to impact the university.  
  • Recognizes when legal advice is needed or necessary and reaches out directly to legal resources for counsel.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
  • Knowledge of all compliance related laws, codes, and regulations as they apply to universities, schools of medicine, research, and clinical practice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated understanding of compliance systems and controls.
  • Detailed knowledge of laws and regulations affecting business, education and research 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, Title VI, Title VII and Title IX, and the Clery Act.
  • Ability to interpret and advise on the application of various laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of team building principles and techniques

Education and Experience

  • SCCE Certification (CCEP, CHC, or CHRC) strongly preferred.   If not certified, must be willing to obtain certification within 2 years of hire.
  • Undergraduate Degree required.   Master's degree in law, public policy, business or health administration preferred. JD optional   
  • 7 to 10 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Experience in higher education or health care required, with School of Medicine experience strongly preferred. 


 Environmental Conditions


General office environment


Physical Demands


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to use hands to fingers, reach, climb stairs, walk, sit for long periods of time, talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM) supports the principles of equal opportunity, inclusion and diversity in employment and education. The University seeks to ensure that no person will encounter discrimination in employment or education on the basis of age, skin color, ability status, biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, or Veteran's status. This policy is applicable to both the employment practices and administration of programs and activities within the University. It is the policy of the University that no person shall be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or in any way be subject to discrimination in any program or activity at the University. Further, CUSM is committed to being an antiracist institution that continuously works to end oppression in all forms.  Therefore, CUSM actively maintains institutional structures and learning opportunities to prevent incidents of bias or discrimination, and to address them with individual and collective accountability should they occur.


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