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Director of Compliance and Risk Management

Holyoke Community College
Holyoke, MA, MA

Job Details

Holyoke Community College is housed on a multi-million-dollar, 135-acre campus, equipped with state-of-the art technology in specialized learning facilities. HCC serves over 9,000 students annually, and provides a variety of recreational and cultural activities, from sports programs to music festivals, for students and community members alike. The college's strongest assets continue to be an innovative spirit, a sincere concern for students and a commitment to strive for even greater success. These are the values which have created a tradition of excellence spanning more than six decades, and which are enabling Holyoke Community College to meet today's challenges.

Under the general supervision of the Comptroller, this position is responsible for identifying, evaluating, mitigating, and monitoring the College’s operational and strategic risks. Develops policies, procedures and strategies to be in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and the strategic priorities of the College. Monitors and analyzes risks performing internal audit tasks reporting findings to the College’s senior leadership and Board of Trustee leadership. The Risk/Compliance Officer will direct a risk assessment and analysis program, including facilitating discussions to identify risks and developing strategies to mitigate or manage risk within acceptable levels. The Risk/Compliance Officer will provide effective oversight and work closely with administrators to develop, implement, and maintain an effective and broad-based compliance program designed to monitor, detect, and prevent areas of non-compliance and recommend corrective action when necessary to fully meet compliance regulations. Specific areas of compliance include but not limited the following:

Campus policeEmergency preparednessEnvironmental health and safetyFinancial aidFiscal servicesInformation TechnologyPost Award Grants Administration

  • Manages the legal, ethical, and regulatory aspects for administering federal, state, and local government and privately funded programs and projects, in consultation with the Vice President of Administration and Finance/Comptroller.
  • Oversees the fiscal management and internal controls relate to spending and documenting the use of college funds including governmentally restricted funds for grant funded projects in collaboration with the Comptroller.
  • Design and implement an overall risk management process for the relevant departments, which includes an analysis of its financial impact.
  • Provides institutional leadership in establishing, writing and implementing college policies, procedures and standards for regulatory compliance and fiscal administration of sponsored programs.
  • Provides fiscal and compliance guidance and training for cost centers, deans, directors, coordinators and for faculty implementing and administering grant funded programs.
  • Identifies and organizes college-wide efforts to keep pace with new or changing regulatory compliance issues that may impact availability of funding and reimbursement, i.e. Environmental Reviews, Institutional Review Boards, and Sub-recipient Monitoring.
  • Communicates regularly with granting agencies and monitors spending as it relates to grant objectives for regulatory compliance in federal and state funded awards.
  • Identifies, organizes and maintains a high level of professional knowledge development through active associations with the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) and similar organizations.
  • Advises college committees and departments on grant-related work that directly involves institutional policy as it relates to local, federal and state compliance issues.
  • Attends meetings and represents the College externally as appropriate for fiscal and compliance issues for regional state and federal grant and earmark initiatives.
  • Conduct policy and compliance audits, which will include liaising with internal and external auditors.
  • Building risk awareness amongst staff by providing support and training.
  • Engage and develop effective working relationships to support cooperative responses to risk management matters and issues.
  • Performs special projects and related responsibilities as initiated and requested.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • EQUIVALENCY STATEMENT: We welcome and encourage applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated below, to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position. It is preferred that this document be uploaded separately from the resume, cover letter, and references. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications and do not have an equivalency statement will not be considered for the position.

    • Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or related field from an accredited institution.
    • Three (3) years of relevant experience.
    • Progressive understanding and command of technological best practices for a college compliance officer.
    • Commitment to the community college mission and serving the needs of first-generation and traditionally underserved populations.
    • Knowledge and understanding of FERPA, state and federal regulations, and other applicable laws.
    • Strong interpersonal, communication, writing, and organizational skills.
    • A commitment to embracing diversity and serving the needs of a diverse population, including the ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
    • Master’s Degree
    • Seven (7) years experience directing grant-funded programs, writing proposals, developing multi-year budgets, and managing restricting state and federal funds, monitoring regulatory compliance in accordance with the federal register, federal codes and OMB circulars.
    • CRA or CFRA (Certified (Financial) Research Administrator), or similar certification/education (e.g., CRM, CCEP) in Sponsored Research Administration, monitoring regulatory compliance in accordance with the state laws/regulations, federal register, federal codes and OMB circulars.

    Full-time, Non-Unit Professional position

    Salary Range: $74,896.26 - $94,767.67/year; plus comprehensive State benefits

    Hours: 37.5 hrs./week

    Funding Source: State

    - All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. HCC is not sponsoring H1B Visa.
    - Pre-Employment Background check, including Criminal History will be conducted for all positions.

    Holyoke Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College’s Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.


    Working at Holyoke Community College

    Since its founding in 1946, Holyoke Community College has focused on inspiring futures through education and training, access, and engagement. The goal is simple-exceptional preparation for personal and professional success through education for all learners.

    HCC's highly-qualified, committed faculty and staff engage learners through innovative, relevant instruction and comprehensive student support services, ensuring that our students are well prepared for their next step in life-whether to transfer to a four-year institution, to advance in a career, to build skills, or simply to enhance their quality of life.

    HCC faculty and staff support students in discovering their academic abilities and career aptitudes for the future they choose. We think they'll find that HCC provides the best start for attaining their goals, for one of the best dollar values in education today.


    Located in Western Massachusetts' scenic Pioneer Valley, HCC draws students from more than 70 cities and towns throughout the region and from beyond. As a gateway to quality, accessible education and career advancement, more than 100,000 students have come through the doors seeking to realize their dreams and aspirations. HCC boasts the largest enrollment and awards the highest number of associate degrees and certificates among Western Massachusetts community colleges. At the college's 65th commencement in May 2012,a total of 1,000 students received approximately 1,026 associate degrees and certificates. Graduates ranged in age from 18-80, and came from 70 Massachusetts towns, as well as Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and from as far away as Florida, Michigan, Missouri and South Carolina. Our international grads included citizens of Israel, Malawi, Peru and South Korea.


    HCC offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate options, as well as adult basic education/GED programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit community service personal and professional enrichment courses. To accommodate students' busy lives, HCC offers day, twilight, evening, weekend, and online classes. Academic programs, in a variety of disciplines, are designed for immediate career entry or for transfer to four-year institutions. Plus, for those seeking additional intellectual challenge in their coursework, HCC is known for its exceptional learning communities (team-taught interdisciplinary courses organized around a common theme) and its Commonwealth Honors program, among other programs and services.


    HCC has the highest transfer rate of any community college statewide, holding articulation agreements with more than 27 colleges and universities. Many students attend HCC with the intention of transferring to a four-year college or university. And many do so after graduating-often with generous and even full scholarships-to public and private four-year colleges and universities across the country. Locally, HCC is the largest feeder institution for Westfield State College and UMASS Amherst.

    Immediate career entry

    HCC offers short-term certificates and training for students whose goal is immediate career entry. HCC's Career Center provides additional assistance in helping students obtain employment in the region's many workplaces.

    A vibrant community resource

    Throughout the year, HCC is home to numerous recreational and cultural activities and events that are open to the community. View an art exhibit at the Taber Art Gallery, catch a live performance at the Leslie Phillips Theater, enjoy the college's annual Jazz Festival, or come watch one of HCC's competitive varsity athletic games. HCC has the largest disc golf course in Western Massachusetts, and it's free and open to the public.

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