Chief Compliance Officer

Job #: TSC-02

  • TWC Job #: 16335302
  • Opening Date: 12/14/2023
  • Travel Required: 10%
  • Position Location: Austin, TX
  • Group Step: B29
  • Class: 1623
  • Status: Open

General Description

The Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) works within the Texas Space Commission and reports to the Texas Space Commission Executive Director, with independent reporting authority to Texas Space Commission Board of Directors (Board). Performs highly advanced (senior-level) managerial work providing compliance strategy direction and guidance for the Texas Space Commission (Commission). Work involves establishing the Commission’s compliance and monitoring strategy, goals, and objectives; developing policies, procedures, and guidelines; directing and overseeing the monitoring of Exploration and Aeronautics Research Fund grants to ensure compliance with Chapter 482, Texas Government Code, and rules adopted by the Board; monitoring program activities; and reporting compliance to the Board. May supervise the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


Essential Duties

  • Develops, establishes, implements, and directs the agency’s statutorily-required compliance program.
  • Develops, establishes, and implement goals and objectives that are consistent with and support overall agency strategies.
  • Reviews grant proposals for compliance with program rules established under Chapter 482, Texas Government Code, prior to submission to the Board.
  • Coordinates with the Executive Director, the Board, and the Office of the Governor regarding compliance to ensure financial programs comply with pertinent federal and state standards, including ethics, standards of conduct, and conflicts of interest.
  • Monitors the grant review process for compliance with standards, uniformity in method, and adherence to statutes and program rules.
  • Reviews, evaluates, and monitors grant recipients’ compliance with grant award contractual terms, agency statute and rules, and other applicable state policies.
  • Oversees and examines business operations, control structures and systems, and accounting records for reliability, adequacy, accuracy, efficiency, and compliance with legal regulations.
  • Identifies potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk; recommends corrective action plans and guidance for resolution of compliance issues.
  • Reviews all documents and other information that are relevant to compliance activities.
  • Prepares audit and compliance monitoring reports.
  • Provides technical advice on the requirements, liabilities, and penalties of compliance and non-compliance.
  • Develops and implements an annual compliance monitoring plan.
  • Oversees and/or conducts compliance monitoring and risk assessments.
  • Investigates suspected compliance violations.
  • Develops recommendations to improve agency processes, information systems, and procedures.
  • Develops compliance policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Acts as liaison with outside auditors and other external entities.
  • Represents the agency at business meetings, hearings, trials, legislative sessions, conferences, and seminars or on boards, panels, and committees.
  • Maintains regular work schedule.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.


Note: The Board has the statutory authority to direct the activities of the Texas Space Commission. Accordingly, the job description is subject to change after the Board is appointed.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in accounting, finance, law, business, public administration, or a related field; and
  • Four (4) years of professional experience in compliance, including one (1) year of leading a compliance and/or audit team.

Note: Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree, e.g., JD, MBA, MPA, etc.
  • Five (5) years of compliance experience in state government; and
  • Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO), Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), or Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Knowledge of statutes, rules, and other requirements relevant to program activities.
  • Knowledge of accounting, auditing, compliance monitoring methods and systems, and of generally accepted auditing standards and procedures.
  • Knowledge of risk assessment methodologies and the ability to identify and evaluate risks.
  • Knowledge of internal control frameworks, and the ability to assess and enhance internal controls.
  • Skill in the use of a computer, applicable software, and sampling techniques.
  • Skill in operating audit management software.
  • Skill operating data analysis tools.
  • Skill in establishing plans and setting objectives and goals that support an overall business strategy.
  • Ability to maintain independence, objectivity, and ethical behavior in all compliance and audit activities.
  • Ability to compose clear and concise audit and compliance monitoring reports.
  • Ability to gather and analyze accurate and relevant information.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to provide clear and well-reasoned recommendations and guidance.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.


Registration, Certification or Licensure

Valid Texas Driver’s License.


Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions

This classification functions in a standard office environment. Ability to move up to 20 Ibs. Ability to drive and travel as needed. Will need to move about the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, set up conference rooms for meetings, etc. Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate information via phone, computer and in person. Must be able to observe and evaluate data in a variety of formats, including hard copy, electronic and media formats. Must be able to work hours during a legislative session that include holidays and as needed.

How to Apply

Applications are received only through Work In Texas. The OOG requires all sections of the state application to be completed. Omission of data on the state application is grounds for disqualification of the application. Requests for accommodation should be made to the Human Resources office as early as possible in the application/employment process. 

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Equal Opportunity Employer

The Office of the Governor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all new employees to present proof of eligibility to work in the United States within three (3) days of being hired. The Office of the Governor participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. Male candidates between 18 and 25 years of age are required to show proof of Selective Service registration (or exemption) prior to an offer of employment being extended. Such proof is not required to be filed with an application but must be provided upon request by the Human Resources office. For additional information pertaining to Selective Service registration, you may visit View a copy of the Agency's Equal Employment Opportunity Utilization Report.

Notice to Applicants Who May Require Reasonable Accommodation in the Interview Process

Applicants with disabilities who may need to discuss special accommodations during the interview process should email the OOG’s Reasonable Accommodation Program Manager or call 512-463-8315 in the Human Resources Department. If reasonably possible, please call at least 48 hours in advance to afford our representative and the hiring division sufficient time to properly review and coordinate your request.

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