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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification

PRINCIPAL ETHICS OFFICER

 

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Pay Grade
H1M ($86,153.60 - $107,681.60 - $129,209.60)
Job Summary

Performs highly complex administration of ethics related compliance programs; promotes an ethical culture within the agency; provides professional advice, reports, and instruction; provides guidance to lower-level staff; and supports Metro′s Board of Directors, management, employees, and suppliers on matters relating to ethics and compliance.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Performs complex work and plans and directs major projects relating to ethics awareness programs, lobbyist regulation enforcement, Ethics Code(s) of Conduct, and statutory obligations
  • Manages the training of Metro staff on the Ethics Policy, Code(s) of Conduct, and statutory obligations
  • Develops and oversees new ethics programs and improves on existing programs
  • Oversees the ethics staff in the development and maintenance of the computer assisted ethics training and lobbyist registration programs
  • Develops and oversees the ethics training for Bus and Rail Operators
  • Conducts advanced-level administrative investigations of potential breaches of conduct, interprets regulations, and makes specific recommendations for resolution
  • Provides training and develops and oversees presentations given to outside vendors, consultants, and potential vendors at pre-bid and pre-proposal conferences on Metro′s lobby registration regulations
  • Conducts research and responds to complex issues regarding ethics principles and practical applications
  • Prepares reports, opinions, and other correspondence related to ethics policies and lobby registration regulations
  • Monitors and reviews annual financial disclosure statements filed by staff in compliance with Conflict of Interest laws
  • Advises Metro's Board of Directors, Executive Staff and staff regarding issues on the application of the ethics policy, Political Reform Act, Lobby Registration Regulations, and conflict of interest
  • Prepares Conflict of Interest reports for Board and committee meetings
  • Works with the Inspector General staff in investigating and resolving violations of the ethics policy
  • Coordinates the development and oversees the maintenance of the intranet and internet ethical web sites for staff and general public
  • Provides work direction and guidance to professional, administrative, and clerical staff when assigned
  • Acts as Safety Captain and/or floor Emergency Response Team member
  • 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, and regulations concerning conflict of interest, ethics, and lobby registration
  • Metro policies and procedures
  • California Political Reform Act of 1974, Public Records Act and Brown Act
  • Legal research and analysis
  • Investigative techniques relating to waste, fraud and abuse
  • Legal writing techniques
  • Presentation and training theories and techniques
  • 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)

  • Conducting advanced-level administrative investigations of potential breaches of conduct, interpreting regulations, and making specific recommendations for resolution
  • Analyzing situations and complex data, identifying problems, and recommending solutions
  • Analyzing and understanding complicated laws to apply to varied factual situations
  • Exercising superior judgment and demonstrating keen insight and logic in making legal conclusions
  • Taking action on various problems and issues, and giving advice or implementing policy to prevent the recurrence of unethical behavior
  • Communicating effectively, clearly, and concisely orally and in writing, including public speaking
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Agency employees, governmental representatives, and the general public
  • Conflict mediation


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

  • Advise Metro′s Board of Directors, Executive Staff and staff regarding issues on the application of the ethics policy, Political Reform Act, Lobby Registration Regulations, and conflict of interest
  • Maintain diplomacy and tack when interacting with others
  • Handle highly confidential information
  • Organize, prioritize, and multi-task under tight time constraints
  • Perform a heavy volume of work with an excellent degree of accuracy
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Understand, interpret, apply, and write sound memos using the IRAC method regarding laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Draft reconsideration and debarment opinions
  • Monitor and report monthly on department finances and budget process; reconcile purchases and ensure supplies and travel documentation; and report monthly whether expenditures are made in compliance with Purchase card rules and within budget limits
  • Make recommendations for purchases to maximize productivity within budget constraints
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in training others
  • Prepare and give training and presentations
  • Lead staff members providing work direction and guidance
  • 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, Planning, Accounting, or a related field; Master′s Degree in a related field and/or Juris Doctor Degree preferred


Experience

  • Five years of relevant experience performing work in support of ethics programs or ensuring compliance with various regulatory laws; some positions in this class may require specialized experience in area of assignment


Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • 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

  • Licensed Attorney 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


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
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required
 

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Job GroupJob Class CodeFLSA StatusDate OriginatedDate Revised
Non-Contract4229Exempt30-OCT-0606-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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