The mission of the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA or Ethics Board) is to foster high ethical standards for District government employees and strengthen the public’s confidence that the Government’s business is conducted with impartiality and integrity. BEGA is responsible for administering the Code of Conduct applicable to all District government employees and public officials; receiving, investigating and adjudicating violations of the Code of Conduct; training District employees on ethics standards; issuing rules and regulations governing District employees and public officials; administering the financial disclosure and lobbyist registration systems; and providing formal and informal ethics advice.
This position is established to serve as Director of Government Ethics, responsible for managing and overseeing the administration and implementation of the Board’s duties and responsibilities. The Director serves as the District’s authority and key advisor on implementing the principles of government ethics and advises on government ethics issues. Also, the Director serves at the pleasure of the Ethics Board.
Duties and Responsibilities
Promulgates and maintains enforceable standards of ethical conduct to District government employees and public officials. Responsible for writing and, when deemed appropriate, revising a comprehensive and clear set of standards of conduct that shall be objective, reasonable and enforceable. The “Standards of Conduct” cover issues such as gifts, financial conflicts of interests, impartiality, outside employment, misuse of position, and outside activities – designed to address not only actual conflicts of interest but also activities that give rise to the appearance of such conflicts. Oversees a financial disclosure and lobbyist registration system. Through regulation, establishes the procedures for administering the financial disclosure and lobbyist registration systems. The financial disclosure and lobbyist registration programs are designed to help agencies spot and prevent conflicts of interest before they occur and to promote confidence in the integrity of Government decision-making.
Ensures that ethics programs are in compliance with laws and regulations. Regularly reviews agency ethics programs to ensure that each agency has an effective ethics program tailored to its mission and covering such areas as written advice and counseling, education and training, financial disclosure, gifts, and agency-specific requirements. Oversees training and coordinates with agency ethics officials. Provides education and training to both new and experienced agency ethics officials through workshops and seminars. Ensures that ethics agency officials have the knowledge required to effectively carry out their duties. The required training focuses on understanding and applying the standards of ethical conduct, the federal criminal conflict of interest statutes, and the financial disclosure regulations, as well as the tools required to run an effective ethics program. Develops and makes available ethics training courses and materials for agency ethics officials to use in conducting ethics training to their agency employees. Conducts outreach to the general public and the private sector. Works with the ethics community to provide oversight and advice. Regularly makes presentations to universities, public administration groups, etc. about the District government’s ethics program. Coordinates with academic institutions, private sector organizations, and federal and local governments to develop mutually beneficial projects and to promote ethics as a profession.
Qualifications and Education
Incumbent must be a graduate from a law school approved by the American Bar Association plus five (5) year of experience in the legal field; and must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the District of Columbia, or eligible for waiver into the bar. (If eligible for waiver, incumbent must successfully obtain admission to the D.C. Bar within one year of commencing employment). Must be a District of Columbia resident.
Work is predominately sedentary; however, some walking. standing, and bending are encountered. The work is primarily performed in a typical office setting.
Other Significant Facts
This position is an Excepted Service Appointment. Employees serving in Excepted Service positions serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.
Domicile Requirement – Excepted Service appointees must either be a District resident at the time of their appointment or become a District resident within 180 days of their appointment date.
Salary Range: $125,448 – $188,171
Candidates for the position will be subject to a background check.
Applicant should submit a cover letter and resume directly to our agency at [email protected]
Only individuals who meet minimum qualifications will be contacted.
The District of Columbia is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with DC Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, DC Official Code 2-1401.01.