AVP for Compliance and Risk Management, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer
Employee Type: AP-Administrative Professional
Position Number: 130002
Work Location: Pullman
Summary of Duties: Compliance and Risk Management Unit
Compliance and Risk Management (CRM) oversees all compliance and risk management services at Washington State University (WSU), systemwide. CRM is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive compliance and risk management program and structure to help ensure compliance with laws, regulatory requirements, policies and procedures, and to reduce WSU's enterprise risks. CRM provides substantive advice and guidance and structural support for WSU's collaborative efforts in the major areas of compliance and risk management, including safety, civil rights, financial, health and medical, research, athletics, youth programs and information privacy and security.
CRM will use a collaborative model and work with WSU internal audit, other compliance organizations and the WSU Division of the State Attorney General's Office to provide substantive expertise and guidance regarding institutional compliance with a vast array of federal and state laws and regulations.
CRM is responsible for the oversight and directions of three units, the Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigations (CRCI) and Risk Management Services (RMS) and for providing comprehensive compliance and risk management services to the WSU System including oversight of personnel and compliance services within WSU Health Sciences.
CRCI is responsible for providing civil rights compliance technical guidance, training, recommendations, and oversight institution-wide, including compliance with Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Clery Act, Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), and other civil rights state and federal laws and regulations. CRCI also provides investigative and resolution processes for complaints and concerns relating to discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and sex and gender based violence, as well as interference and retaliation against participants in CRCI processes. CRCI helps to ensure compliance with state and federal employment opportunity and affirmative action mandates and works with campus partners to assess and develop, WSU's affirmative action plan in compliance with state and federal regulations.
RMS protects the assets and works to conserve the resources (people, property, and money) at WSU through the management of risk. As WSU is a state agency, the Washington State Department of Enterprises Services (DES) is involved in providing advice on insurance coverage, consulting on state and commercial insurance coverages, and resolving claims.
In addition to the specific compliance and risk management services provided by these units, CRM will provide broad compliance oversight and strategic vision needed to support WSU in accomplishing its mission with integrity and through informed decision-making.
The Chief Compliance and Risk Officer (CCRO) reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer with a dotted line reporting to the President and Board of Regents. The CCRO prepares and presents recommendations and reports to the President, University leadership and the WSU Board of Regents.
The CCRO is responsible for providing both strategic and operational leadership and working across all WSU campuses, colleges, offices, extension centers and units to support a culture of compliance and integrity. This is an outstanding opportunity for the CCRO to develop the University's inaugural coordinated compliance and risk management programs and services, to serve as WSU's top advisor and subject matter expert on University-wide compliance and risk management issues, and to provide actionable recommendations to leadership regarding compliance and risk mitigation priorities for the University.
Required Qualifications: Positions require a Master Degree in a related field and a minimum of eight (8) years of related professional experience in a complex organization, with preference given to experience in a higher education setting.
Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.