Director of Investigations

UC San Diego
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 28, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

UC San Diego

Director of Investigations

Filing Deadline: Fri 8/21/2020

Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience


Department Overview

The UC San Diego Office of Ethics & Compliance serves as an independent, objective internal resource responsible for coordinating and monitoring the University's ethics, compliance and enterprise risk activities. The Office of Ethics & Compliance reports to the Chancellor and provides senior leaders with a cross-functional emerging view of risks, leading to more informed strategic decisions, better allocation of resources and stronger governance practices. Our goal is to help the University fulfill its responsibilities to the people of California, protect the well-being of the institution and advance our educational mission by deterring misconduct and promoting honest, ethical conduct in which applicable laws, rules and regulations are followed and the public trust is maintained.


Position Overview

The Director of Investigations manages an investigations unit within the Office of Ethics & Compliance that is responsible for conducting a wide variety of complex investigations into matters arising on the UC San Diego and UC San Diego Health campuses. Reporting to the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer and Locally Designated Official for the Whistleblower and Whistleblower Protection Policy (CECO/LDO), the Director manages all investigations unit staff and oversees all investigations charged under the Whistleblower Policy and Whistleblower Protection Policy for UC San Diego. The Director is responsible for ensuring investigations are conducted and completed in compliance with University policies and expectations. The Director serves as the investigations subject matter expert and conducts investigations into the most complex allegations that arise under the above policies and procedures. The Director is also responsible for implementing the University's program and procedures for reviewing whistleblower retaliation complaints.


Position is designated "Confidential" within the meaning of the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act.


• Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.



• Experience and knowledge of best practices and methodologies for conducting investigations, including interviewing, gathering and analyzing evidence, and writing investigation reports.

• Expert-level knowledge of and experience in applying appropriate policy standards, employment laws, and/or labor contracts and other applicable laws in an investigation or fact-finding process. Experience reading and interpreting complex legal documents such as court cases, laws and guidelines to evaluate their impact on University policy and procedures.

• Experience developing policies and procedures in a complex organization.

• Experience gathering and organizing information, conducting analysis, and making recommendations on issues that are complex in nature; clear, critical thinker.

• Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with all levels of University personnel, including leadership and faculty, investigation complainants and subjects regarding sensitive matters. Experience establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with campus administrators, staff, faculty and students.

• Experience consulting with administrators, staff and faculty in assessing procedural, policy or ethical concerns in complex matters. Exceptional tact, diplomacy, discretion, professionalism, and judgment in the exercise of decision-making and higher- level communications.

• Expert writing cogent, objective and persuasive reports, and presenting analyses both orally and in writing.

• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the historical and social context of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and of the complexities of the intersections of various communities and demonstrated ability to translate that knowledge into practical applications, processes, policies, responses, and programs.

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and experience in researching and interpreting data. Experience synthesizing large amounts of data (qualitative and quantitative).

• Experience in handling a large volume of cases and managing multiple assignments by effectively planning, organizing and prioritizing assignments with demanding time frames and deadlines. Demonstrated professional judgment in the supervision of projects and staff.

• Experience managing professionals who conduct investigations and determining, delegating, coordinating and evaluating workload, assignments and staffing. as well as other case management applications.

• Law degree (JD) from an accredited law school; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



• Background check required.

• Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement acknowledging the requirement to report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment.

• This position has been identified as a Campus Security Authority pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), and requires immediate reporting of Clery Act crimes occurring on Clery Act geography to the UC San Diego Police Department (UCPD). It is the responsibility of the CSA to ensure they obtain proper training in order to fulfill their reporting responsibilities as required by the Clery Act and University policy, and to complete and submit the required reports to the UCPD without delay.


Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.


This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:

a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.

b) Vacation/holidays (18 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year).

c) Work/Life Balance.

d) UC Retirement Plan

e) Pet insurance.


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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: