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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification

ETHICS OFFICER

 

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Pay Grade
H1I ($62,316.80 - $77,875.20 - $93,454.40)
Job Summary

Provides professional ethics related compliance work, including advice, memoranda, and instruction, to Metro's Board of Directors, management, and employees to support/ensure compliance with state law, the Metro Administrative Code and Metro policies, and promotes an ethical culture within Metro.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Prepares confidential memos to Metro's Board of Directors, executive staff, and employees regarding ethics related matters
  • Prepares conflict of interest reports for Metro's Board of Directors and committee meetings
  • Provides instruction to Metro's bidders to ensure that the integrity of the procurement process is not compromised
  • Provides guidance to Metro lobbyist employers, lobbying firms, and lobbyists to promote compliance with filing requirements under state law
  • Prepares reports on lobbyist activity to identify issues needing clarification and conducts research regarding possible violations of law or policy
  • Documents intake interviews on hotline contacts and recommends whether further investigation is warranted to senior management; prepares reports for review by the senior management for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recommending steps to be taken for enforcement of Metro′s ethics policy
  • Performs legal research pertaining to complex ethics and compliance issues
  • Develops quarterly ethics newsletter and prepares training materials for ethics training which are reviewed by senior staff
  • Conducts training on Metro′s Codes of Conduct and statutory obligations
  • Develops and maintains ethics awareness programs and computer-assisted lobbyist registration training programs for all staff
  • Compiles Public Records Act requests from the press and general public regarding economic financial disclosure forms and lobbyists records
  • Compiles and prepares monthly reports for Metro′s Board of Directors and staff regarding procurement activity for voting conflict of interest issues or laws and board agenda issues
  • Collects and reviews Annual Statement of Economic Interest Forms for Metro′s employees, consultants, Board of Directors and staff
  • Consults with senior staff to conduct research on ethical issues upon receipt of inquiries from Board Members and executive staff
  • Coordinates the development and oversees the maintenance of the intranet and internet ethical websites for staff and general public
  • Provides work direction and guidance to entry level, administrative, and clerical staff when assigned
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out


    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

 

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • Ethical theories and practices
  • Applicable local, state and federal laws, rules, regulations, Metro Administrative Code and Metro policies concerning ethics
  • Legal research practices and procedures
  • Applicable state laws and Metro Code concerning Metro Lobbyist registration and reporting requirements.
  • Public Records Act, The Brown Act and rules governing Board Rules
  • Presentation and training theories and techniques
  • Basic public speaking skills
  • General office practices and procedures
  • Applicable business software applications


Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Identifying and analyzing complex legal issues, and providing guidance to remain in compliance with state law, the Metro Administrative Code, and Metro policy
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, and recommending solutions
  • Identifying and maintaining the confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Performing legal research, gathering facts, and reaching a conclusion based on law
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Maintaining diplomacy and tact when interacting with various levels of agency employees, governmental representatives and the general public
  • Explaining and supporting ethical rules and regulations


Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, policies and procedures concerning ethics
  • Meet tight time constraints and deadlines.
  • Think and act independently
  • Perform a substantial volume of work with a high degree of accuracy
  • Prepare comprehensive and confidential reports and correspondence
  • Compile and analyze complex data
  • Exercise creativity in developing ethics training and awareness programs
  • Develop materials and coordinate, schedule, and present ethics training programs
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis. A typical combination includes:

Education

  • Bachelor′s Degree in Business, Public Administration, Accounting, or Political Science; Juris Doctor Degree preferred


Experience

  • One year of relevant experience supporting ethics programs or regulatory law compliance activities or one year as a practicing attorney performing legal work


Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • Licensed Attorney preferred
  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions preferred
Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • Typical office situation
  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen
  • Local Travel


Physical Effort Required

  • Sitting at a desk or table
  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Standing
  • Walking (distance 5' to 100')
  • Intermittently sitting, standing, stooping
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required

 

 

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Job GroupJob Class CodeFLSA StatusDate OriginatedDate Revised
Non-Contract4223Exempt13-APR-9806-AUG-19

Disclaimer
This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority when classified as an Intermittent, Emergency, or Temporary employee and/or is assigned to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) or Board Clerk's Office.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

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