Director of Compliance & Privacy Officer
The Office of the General Counsel is currently accepting applications for a Director of Compliance and Privacy Officer ("DCPO"). The Office of General Counsel is responsible for oversight of all legal matters at the College. The major functions of this office include providing legal counsel to the Board of Trustees, President, and other College administrators, serving as liaison to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, reviewing external vendor and agency contracts, accepting service of process of legal documents on the College, and coordinating open public record requests and subpoena responses. The Office of General Counsel assists in fulfilling the College's mission by managing potential legal risk and ensuring sound decision-making and accountability.
In addition, the Office of General Counsel is responsible for oversight of regulatory compliance and the development of compliance education and training programs at the College; provides leadership in the College's enterprise risk management program; and supports the Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee of the Board of Trustees.
The DCPO supports the College's commitment to building and sustaining a culture of compliance and ethics and protecting the privacy of personal information maintained by the College; and has the responsibility for developing, implementing and monitoring The College of New Jersey's campus-wide compliance and privacy program. As a member of the ERM Workgroup, the DCPO plays a key role in promoting the College's enterprise risk management programs. The incumbent will regularly work on a variety of highly complex and sensitive issues where analysis of situations or data requires in-depth evaluation of many factors. The DCPO will be required to develop and implement policies and procedures in the area of compliance and privacy and educate the campus community about those policies and procedures; and to work more broadly with administrators on the development of other College policies. The DCPO collaborates with key stakeholders across campus, including cabinet officers, the Director of Internal Audit, data stewards and subject matter experts with operational responsibilities. Along with the Compliance Officer, the DCPO regularly presents to the Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee of the Board.
Essential duties for this position include but are not limited to providing advice to the campus on compliance and privacy related issues and responding to or directing questions to the appropriate campus office; designing, implementing and managing the campus privacy program; advising and facilitating departments in the development of their privacy risk response programs as well as in the incorporation of privacy risk assessments into their initiatives or projects; identifying and assessing privacy risks, including new or emerging risks as well as monitoring how campus risks change over time; conducting or coordinating investigations into compliance questions, concerns, and complaints; issuing or distributing reports; and, as appropriate, recommending remedial measures; and preparing responses to certain federal or state government agencies regarding complaints and compliance issues (in consultation with the Office of General Counsel).
The DCPO is responsible for developing, coordinating and participating in educational and training programs that focus on the essential elements of a successful compliance program and best practices for privacy in higher education; identifying and developing initiatives to address specific areas of compliance and privacy; coordinating and/or supporting activities to ensure quality, consistency and effectiveness of compliance programs across the campus and maintaining and updating the College's Online Policy Manual. The DCPO also develops and maintains resources to support compliance and privacy, including web pages; maintains a campus master compliance calendar; keep abreast of activities on campus that may affect the campus risk profile, and informs the campus of privacy program updates, requirements and available resources; and prepares quarterly and annual campus compliance and privacy updates for the Board of Trustees.
Requirements for this position include:
- Bachelor's degree in a related field
- Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in a legal, audit, investigative or management position with compliance responsibilities
- Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of public sector and/or higher education institutions
- Expertise in one or more areas of compliance applicable to higher education, demonstrated leadership and managerial skills, familiarity with federal guidelines and higher education best practices for compliance programs
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals
Preferred qualifications include:
- Advanced degree (JD, MBA, MPA, PhD)
- Professional certifications in related fields (CPA, CIA, CFE, CCEP, CIPM)