Ethics Officer

Req Number: GK399
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 1/11/2019
Category: Government/Not-For-Profit : Not-For-Profit
Job Type: Permanent

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California seeks an Ethics Officer. Under the general administrative direction of Metropolitan’s Audit and Ethics Committee of the Board, the Ethics Officer is responsible for promoting and ensuring a robust and enduring ethical culture at Metropolitan.

Under the general administrative direction of Metropolitan’s Audit and Ethics Committee of the Board, the Ethics Officer is responsible for promoting and ensuring a robust and enduring ethical culture at Metropolitan.  The Ethics Office will continue to foster and maintain strong ethics programs that include, but are not limited to, the provision of ethics education and the direction of policies, programs and activities related to the administration and enforcement of Metropolitan’s ethics and conflict of interest rules. This position and its organization are responsible for making an independent determination on whether to investigate a complaint and for the conclusions for each investigation.

As a direct report to the Board of Directors, the Ethics Officer is able to fulfill the responsibilities of the role in an unbiased manner that is free of conditions that would threaten its independence or objectivity, while still remaining ultimately accountable to the Board of Directors. The Ethics Officer currently manages and supervises a total staff of four that includes managers, professionals, paraprofessional, and administrative support staff.


  • Educate, administer, develop, monitor and direct Metropolitan’s ethics program, including policies and procedures, educational and enforcement components.
  • Develop and conduct educational and training programs and materials for Board members, managers, staff and contractors/vendors.
  • Provide advice to Board members, managers, staff, or contractors/vendors on Metropolitan ethical and conflict of interest rules, California Political Reform Act ethics and conflict of interest rules and Government Code section 1090 conflict of interest laws.
  • Manage Metropolitan’s ethics and compliance program; implement initiatives to foster an ethical culture throughout Metropolitan; may propose ethical guidelines for review by the Audit and Ethics Committee and approval by the Board of Directors.
  • Review Statements of Economic Interest filed by Metropolitan Board members and managers and ensure compliance with financial disclosure by all Metropolitan personnel and, where applicable, contractors and vendors.
  • Inform the Board of Directors and senior management of risks, incidents, and initiatives driven by the ethics and compliance program; progress toward program goals in a timely manner.
  • Oversee and participate in investigations of potential ethics violations and conflict of interest rules by directors, employees and contractors/vendors in a timely manner.
  • Manage procedures to protect both complainants and the confidentiality of sources; maintain a hot line and investigate incidents reported to the hotline.
  • Propose to the Audit and Ethics Committee a biennial budget and annual business plan for the Ethics Office.
  • Manage the day-to-day administration of the Ethics Office, including supervising ethics and compliance staff.
  • Work in a collaborative manner with the Offices of the General Manager, General Counsel, and General Auditor in developing and implementing the ethics program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Audit and Ethics Committee of the Board of Directors.


Required knowledge for the role of Ethics Officer includes:

  • The field of Ethics in government and business
  • Public administration
  • Local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations related to governmental ethics and conflicts of interest
  • California Political Reform Act of 1974
  • Principles of investigation and protection of due process rights
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluations

Required skills and abilities for the role of Ethics Officer includes:

  • Oversee the operations of ethics and conflict of interest programs
  • Determine strategies to achieve goals
  • Establish and implement policies and procedures
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret complex data
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Analyze situations, identify problems, and recommend solutions
  • Exercise judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Effectively use strong oral and written communication skills
  • Represent Metropolitan before the public
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Interact professionally with various levels of Metropolitan employees and outside representatives
  • Supervise subordinate staff
  • Resolve conflict
  • Effectively use strong interpersonal relationship skills
  • Travel to offsite locations within a reasonable timeframe 


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in ethics, accounting, business administration, law, public administration or a related field.  Possess a minimum of 5 years of increasingly responsible experience in the development, management, or administration of an ethics program in either the private or public sector.

Preference is given for an advanced degree, but this is not an absolute requirement. Preference is also given for formal training in the field of ethics and conflicts of interest rules.


Employees in this position may be required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing, and registrations:

Certificates: Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) from The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics  

Licenses: Valid California Class C Driver License that allows you to drive in the course of your employment


Registrations: None



Performance expectations would typically be tailored to the job and incumbent. The general categories for this job could include, but are not limited to:

  • Budget
  • Organizational effectiveness and efficiency
  • Compliance with applicable Local, State and Federal regulatory agencies
  • Mutually beneficial working relationships with external regulatory and government agencies
  • Research development and anticipation of emerging issues
  • Selection and retention of workforce to meet Metropolitan diversity objectives
  • Legislative/regulatory impact


A competitive compensation package will be provided to attract outstanding candidates.



Korn/Ferry shall provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified candidates, and will refer candidates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected basis.