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Ethics and Compliance Officer

Northern Illinois University

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to by February 16, 2018.

The Ethics and Compliance Officer (ECO) will provide university-wide oversight and coordination of an institutional ethics and compliance program that promotes the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and responsibility at Northern Illinois University. The ECO will be charged with articulating the elements of the University's ethics and compliance program and establishing standards for its implementation across functions and activities.  This is a 12-month Supportive Professional Staff position that will report directly to the President, and serves as the liaison to the Office of the Executive Inspector General and shall report periodically on the University’s ethics and compliance program to the Board of Trustees, upon the direction of the President.


The ECO will serve as the primary ethics and compliance officer and will be responsible for the development, coordination and oversight of the ethics and compliance program, which includes, but is not limited to, establishing an institutional presence, identifying applicable ethics and compliance mandates, establishing a working committee of campus ethics and compliance partners, guiding the development of the University policy library and website/educational programing. 

The ECO will provide independent oversight and coordinate campus partners to monitor the internal and external ethics and compliance environments to identify potential risks and foster a culture of University compliance with federal, state, and local legislation, rules and regulations as well as institutional policies. The ECO will institute and maintain an effective ethics and compliance communication strategy to help the University promote awareness of all institutional policies including, but not limited to the Constitution and Bylaws, the University and Board of Trustees policies and state and federal laws. 

The ECO will coordinate with the Office of the General Counsel, University Risk Management, Division of Athletics, Human Resource Services, Office of the Ombudsperson, Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships, and other units as necessary.  The ECO shall be responsible for responding to ethics and compliance inquiries from the Board of Trustees and periodically reporting to the Board on the University’s ethics and compliance program at the direction of the President.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in promoting ethical decision making and regulatory compliance at the University;
  • Research and analyze ethics and compliance-related policies at the university, state and federal levels, and contribute to the development of such policies at the University.
  • Serve as a control point for the University’s ethics and compliance programs and policies, including development of a calendar or system that allows campus to monitor compliance efforts;
  • Supervise and conduct  investigations of alleged misconduct related to ethics and compliance;
  • Develop policies and procedures necessary to maintain effective central coordination of ethics and compliance functions and maintain an efficient system of such centrality;
  • Collaborate with other university resources to provide training and education related to ethical workplace conduct, responsibilities, and leadership;
  •  Lead a committee of compliance partners to assist with identification and execution of compliance mandates; and
  • Supervise the policy librarian and support institutional efforts to establish and maintain a central repository for institutional policies that can serve as a tool for stakeholders who need to be able to quickly and accurately identify policies that impact their roles and responsibilities

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in ethics and compliance or related issues;
  • Experience conducting investigations related to ethics and compliance; 
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in financial, legal, and/or compliance; 
  • Demonstrated ability to comprehend and apply federal, state, and local legislation; 
  • Ability to develop and/or interpret complex regulatory or legal documents; 
  • Ability to communicate complex compliance and ethics concepts to administrators, faculty, staff, and students; and 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate or Graduate Degree in business, law, risk management or compliance and ethics related field; 
  • Experience working in higher education; and
  • Experience supervising staff and collaborating in teams.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to by February 16, 2018.  The review of applications will begin following the February 16, 2018 priority deadline and the position will remain open until filled. 

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.