Compliance Specialist 4 (University Ethics Officer)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – K – Exempt
Work Unit:
Finance and Business
Ethics and Compliance
Full/Part Time:


Penn State is seeking a University Ethics Officer to help communicate the University’s ethical values, and develop and communicate standards, policies and practices to a broad number of University constituents. The University Ethics Officer develops, implements and supports programs and policies involving the University ethics, values and culture. The University Ethics Officer will work with a broad cross section of functional groups to review and assess all University ethics and related policies, codes of conduct, and related materials; provide research, guidance, leadership, and assess the feasibility of development of ethics statements, policies, and procedures; work with relevant stakeholders to regularly assess and enhance commitment to the organization's ethics and values; consult with relevant stakeholders (including but not limited to the Rock Ethics Institute, Office of Human Resources, The Graduate School, Student Affairs, and Office of Undergraduate Education) to create educational resources and provide ethics training materials; coordinate the ongoing development, administration, and dissemination of results of the Penn State Values & Culture Survey; coordinate AD 86 approval requests and provide with consultation with the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer on conflict-of-interest matters; attend relevant conferences and review literature in order to update procedures based on current best practices, legal updates, and/or other benchmark data. In addition, this position will work with the internal and external Ethics & Compliance professionals to coordinate, assess and improve the ethics programs, policies and procedures. The ideal candidate will also have experience in conflict of interest situations and relatable experience in higher education. This position is located at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State is Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution with a strong focus on access and affordability, cutting-edge research, and making a difference and impact in the community, the Commonwealth, and the world. With an annual budget of $6.5 billion, Penn State is one university geographically dispersed across 24 campuses throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and online, comprising 100,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and 45,000 full- and part-time faculty, staff, and technical service employees. A leading public research university, Penn State’s research expenditures exceeded $900 million in 2018, while its academic health center and system – Penn State Health – serves more than 2.8 million residents. As a member of the University Ethics Office, you will be joining a team of individuals who have the ambition to help Penn State succeed. Workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness, and employment equity are deeply rooted in Penn State's historic mission. Just as we are committed to a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to being a diverse working community. As a community, we endeavor to be a mixture of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, and individual perspectives, that add variety and vitality to the workplace. The University believes that we can learn from each other’s differences and break down the barriers that separate us. Penn State is a place where everyone can be themselves, together. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree and/or J.D. is preferred. This position requires excellent written and oral communication skills, organizational skills and the ability to multi-task, as well as experience conducting ethics/misconduct investigations.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088