Vice President Compliance and Ethics

Remote (California, United States)

The Vice President Compliance and Ethics (VP CE) is a sophisticated leader with exceptional skills of influence and execution to lead the Public Health Institute (PHI) in its mission-critical work of integrating compliance and ethics into our culture, operations, research, and in the programs we support. The position will work closely with internal teams and leaders across all functional areas of the organization to strengthen our current Compliance and Ethics Program (CEP). The Vice President Compliance and Ethics will report administratively to the President and CEO, with a direct functional reporting line to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

The VP CE will be a member of the emerging Enterprise Risk Management work group to regularly assess the greatest risks of legal, financial, operational, or reputational damage because of noncompliance. The VP CE will be aware of investigative procedures in response to alleged violations of rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and the Code of Conduct.

The VP CE will be expected to coordinate the implementation of policies and procedures essential to a robust CEP for PHI. While the VP CE will not be the ultimate owner or implementer of all policies identified, they are responsible for identifying any compliance gaps and ensuring that relevant departments are taking the proper steps to address relevant rules or requirements.  The VP CE, in conjunction with the entire Senior Management Team (SMT), is responsible for supporting the tone, code of conduct and practice of compliance throughout the organization.

Full salary range for this position: $185,331 to $292,189 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is from $185,331 (minimum) to $238,760 (midpoint), based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.

Employment Type: Full Time

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide regular updates to the President and CEO and the Board of Directors on issues of non-compliance reported, identified, and resolved inside PHI Central Administration and Programs.
  • Work closely with the President and CEO, Board of Directors, and SMT as a senior advisor, guiding the overall strategic vision for Compliance and Ethics at PHI.
  • The VP CE will be responsible for the implementation, oversight, monitoring and administration of PHI’s CEP.
  • Champion senior management capacity to strengthen the compliance and ethics vision across the organization. Work collaboratively to develop and communicate a long-term CEP strategy, manage annual action plans, monitor progress, and report on performance.
  • Work closely with the SMT to align PHI’s compliance and ethics approach to business and operational strategies.
  • activities across PHI to ensure that financial and operational procedures and personal conduct within the organization complies with all relevant and applicable laws, regulations, and grant or contract agreements.
  • Acquire and leverage deep knowledge about leading and emerging research and best practices that support PHI’s CEP goals and strategies.
  • Develop and champion PHI’s overall compliance and ethics training and communications strategy.
  • Lead the design of internal learning experiences and other opportunities to expand the knowledge capacity of PHI staff on relevant topics around compliance and ethics.
  • Develop a process to incorporate compliance and ethics responsibilities into professional development and performance plans.
  • Manage budget resources assigned to the Compliance and Ethics Department.
  • Coordinate with all central departments to ensure that compliance issues are understood, investigated if appropriate, resolved and documented for high level tracking.
  • Collaborate with departments to establish metrics for actively monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness and overall organizational compliance with PHI policies.
  • Supervise staff and manage consultants as appropriate to provide compliance and ethics trainings and perform risk assessments and compliance reviews to ensure policies and procedures are being followed.
  • Provide focused leadership and support to the PHI central research department, Principal Investigators and Program Directors, and research administration to ensure compliance and ethics training and review is responsibly communicated, integrated and managed.
  • Establish PHI as a thought leader in compliance and ethics through speaking and writing internally within PHI and externally at conferences, workshops, and related gatherings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 15 years of related experience, including 10 years of experience in a management position.
  • Bachelor’s degree in organizational development, public administration, business administration, non-profit or change management or related field required, or substitute with four additional years of related experience.

Other Qualifications

  • Experience assessing risk and the likelihood of an issue of noncompliance when assessing the resources and effort needed.
  • Experience leading organizational change management processes in complex organizations.
  • An effective relationship builder who can maintain positive relationships while enforcing compliance and ethics policies.
  • Ability to think laterally and anticipate downstream effects of activities that could impact compliance.
  • Ability to be objective, regardless of position, relationship, or title.
  • Attention to detail, with the ability to see the big picture.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • An effective communicator that can interpret/understand the intricacies of a process, regulation, or issue, and communicate to the broader organization in digestible terms.
  • Ability to translate technical terms and regulatory language into easy-to-understand rules.
  • A team player who can gain the trust and respect of the organization, who is viewed as a trusted advisor.
  • Master’s degree and Certification in SCCE or similar national credential preferred.

Preferred Experience

  • Experience in programmatic and business/operations functions in a public health organization or other nonprofit.
  • Prior audit or consulting experience, preferably related to federal grants and/or contracts.



Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.


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