County Privacy Officer/Ethics Officer

  • San Bernardino, California
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Human and Social Services
  • Salary: $97,156.80 - $132,308.80 Annually USD

Job Description

The Job

San Bernardino County seeks an experienced information privacy expert with policy and program development experience to serve as the County's new Privacy Officer/Ethics Officer.

Priority Review Date:Friday November 1, 2019

Apply ASAP, as this recruitment may close without notice.

San Bernardino County offers an excellent compensation and benefits program.Our Exempt Salary and Benefits Package for County Privacy Officer/Ethics Officer is valued up to approximately $162,948 annually and includes: County pension and retirement reciprocity with CalPERS, CalSTRS, and Act 1937 plans, 401Kand 457 plans; medical, dental and vision coverage for employee and dependents; paid vacation, sick, and administrative leave; 14 paid holidays; life insurance and a host of other generousbenefits.

Click HERE to view our brochure, including a detailed list of benefits.

The County Privacy Officer/Ethics Officer (CPO/EO) will report to the County Chief Operating Officer and administer the activities of the County's newly established Office of Compliance and Ethics. This key position will act as the County Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Officer and provide leadership in the development and implementation of County-wide privacy standards, initiatives and best practices. The CPO/EO will be charged with coordinating County-wide regulatory compliance programs and developing policies and procedures designed to ensure County-wide and departmental adherence to information privacy laws and specifically, protected health information and personally identifiable information regulations.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Plan, direct, organize, coordinate, and evaluate the overall activities of the Office of Compliance and Ethics and its staff.
  • Act as the County HIPAA Privacy Officer, fulfilling all requirements established by County Policy and regulations pertaining to this role; establish and maintain a Countywide process for reporting, reviewing and investigating incidents and breaches of protected health information and personally identifiable information.
  • Lead the County Compliance Oversight Committee and collaborate with County departments to ensure compliance with legal mandates, regulations and County privacy standards.
  • Plan, oversee, and conduct internal reviews of County and department operations and business practices to identify compliance with privacy policies, procedures and laws and identify gaps in privacy compliance; work collaboratively with department management to bring standardization across County departments.
  • Collaborate with legal counsel, department managers, and committees to ensure the County has and maintains appropriate privacy and confidentiality consent, authorization forms, and information notices and materials reflecting current organization and legal practices and requirements.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and promote activities to foster information privacy awareness within the County and related entities.
  • Oversee the implementation of the County policy on Ethical and Legal Standards and manage County-wide ethics training; administer the County's Ethics Hotline; investigate complaints alleging improper County government activity and discrimination.
  • Work collaboratively with the County Chief Information Security Officer on duties prescribed above that concern security.
The County Privacy Officer/Ethics Officer (CPO/EO) is an Unclassified, at-will position

The County and the County Administrative Office

Located in the heart of Southern California, San Bernardino County thrives on the diversity of our communities that offer families affordable housing, excellent schools and community resources, including libraries, parks, hospitals and international airports. The County provides a safe, clean and healthy environment with access to a variety of business and shopping opportunities, as well as, cultural and educational enrichment opportunities through museums, theater and higher education, including California State University San Bernardino, University of Redlands, and California Baptist University.

As the largest County in the contiguous United States, the County encompasses over 20,160 miles of diverse geography and climate that includes snowcapped mountains, flowering deserts, pristine valleys and lakes; our temperatures range between from the 30s to the 60s in winter and from the 50s to 100s in summer. Adjacent to Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the County is but a short drive away from Southern California's premier beaches, resort destinations, and major metropolitan centers.

San Bernardino County is a dynamic charter county governed by a full time, five-member Board of Supervisors, who, working through our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the County Administrative Office, is committed to sustaining a vision of "a complete county that capitalizes on the diversity of its people, its geography, and its economy to create a broad range of choices for its residents in how they live, work, and play."

The CEO, through the County Administrative Office (CAO), is responsible for providing direction to County departments and ensuring their vigorous pursuit of the Board's vision, goals and objectives and implementation of Board-approved programs in an effective and efficient manner. Additionally, the CAO ensures that departmental staff provides the Board of Supervisors with timely and accurate information and their best professional advice on policies and programs.

The newly created Office of Compliance and Ethics within the CAO will be responsible for the coordination and standardization of County-wide compliance with statutory and regulatory mandates regarding privacy and data protection as well as adherence to County ethical standards. The Office will also be responsible for the development and execution of a County-wide privacy program, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Federal, State and local laws related to personally identifiable information and protected health information as maintained for a variety of different purposes by a multitude of County departments.

As an employer, the County strives to provide its employees work-life balance, where in addition to excellent career opportunities, a supportive work environment, and lucrative benefits and compensation, they are able to enjoy all the amenities our County has to offer.

To learn more about our County and our Vision, go to:

Desired Qualifications

The Qualifications
  • Five (5) years of highly responsible administrative and/or management experience in a large, complex organization with primary responsibility for the development and administration of privacy and compliance programs, leading organization-wide privacy initiatives, and developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Federal, State and local laws, regulations and mandates.
  • Bachelor's degree in Public/Business/Healthcare Administration, Information Technology, Legal Studies or other relevant field; A Master's Degree or Juris Doctorate is highly desired.

Key Competencies and attributes of the Ideal Candidate:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to build trust and influence County leadership, elected officials and other stakeholders to effect change and ensure collaboration and organizational compliance.
  • Keen awareness of the range of legal, regulatory, contractual, and other factors that affect an organization's privacy strategy and risk mitigation.
  • Experience leading and resolving privacy issues affecting large multidisciplinary agencies/organizations with varying and unique privacy concerns and mandates (e.g., DOJ, HIPPA, PHI); experience in a public sector agency is highly desired.
  • Impeccable integrity and ethical standards in order to lead by example as the County's Ethics Officer.
  • Certification in one or more of the following is highly desired, but not required: Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC), or other applicable certifications.

Selection Process

Qualified candidates are invited to apply online at: or submit a detailed resume and cover letter to:

The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the appointing authority for further consideration.

A first review of applications is scheduled for Friday, November 1, 2019.Subsequent reviews may be conducted until a sufficient number of qualified applications are received

For additional information contact:
Silvia Zayas, Sr. Human Resources Analyst

Please click HERE for important Applicant Information and the County Employment Process .

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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