“At Target, managing today’s evolving risks is a shared responsibility across all team members. We have a dedicated compliance and ethics team that helps develop the policies, procedures, training and monitoring to enable the business to focus on delivering the best experience for our guests. The team is trained to navigate tough issues, while also demonstrating a deep understanding of the business.

In addition, we equip our team members to watch for and manage risks as they occur within the day-to-day work. It’s a true partnership between our team and the business, which allows us to effectively mitigate risk while clearing roadblocks so the company can thrive and grow. Managing risk is all-in: a dedicated team and vigilant team members, working together every day, to do what’s right for Target.”
— Jackie Rice, executive vice president, chief risk & compliance officer, Target


The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the compliance profession will grow by 4.6 percent through 2022, adding around 11,000 new jobs. Starting salaries are on the rise as well. According to a 2017 salary survey from Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, a chief compliance officers at the largest companies (more than $3 billion in annual revenues) earned an average of $275,722, while those at small organizations (less than $5 million in annual revenues) earned $121,653. With respect to positions of director, manager, specialist or assistant, salaries ranged from $183,836 for the director level, $126,615 for manager level and $81,294 for the assistant/specialist level at the largest companies (again, more than $3 billion in annual revenues), to $116,455 for the director level, $98,989 for manager level and $69,290 for the assistant/specialist level at small companies (revenues of less than $5 million).


Compliance and ethics professionals work in many areas of business and in companies large and small. They may work in a legal, human resources, business or accounting department, or be a part of a separate compliance division.

Common job titles for compliance and ethics professionals include:

  • Compliance officer
  • Compliance analyst
  • Compliance manager
  • Senior compliance officer
  • Chief compliance officer
  • Director of ethics and compliance
  • Regulatory compliance manager
  • Ethics officer
  • Director of human resources
  • Human resources manager
  • Chief financial officer (CFO)
  • Director of operations
  • Director of quality assurance
  • Risk manager
  • Compliance engineer
  • Corporate compliance auditor
  • Data privacy and data protection specialist

The ethics and compliance professional serves as an organization’s key source of expertise on industry regulations and standards, and establishes and maintains its ethical culture. An effective leader in this role must be able to persuade and influence – key talents that are particularly well honed in the St. Thomas Law environment. Lessons in consensus- building, collaboration, and finding solutions within diverse organizational structures are built into each required course in the Organizational Ethics and Compliance program.

A successful ethics and compliance professional will excel at:

  • managing and developing high-performing teams,
  • verbal, written and interpersonal communication,
  • clearly articulating complex concepts,
  • working under pressure and meeting tight deadlines, and
  • working with senior management.

Key knowledge areas for ethics and compliance professionals vary by industry, but may include:

  • Legal and regulatory compliance
  • Ethics and culture
  • Internal investigations
  • Audit
  • Risk management and control
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance
  • Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
  • Bank Security Act compliance
  • Serve as key expert on governmental and financial regulations and laws, including anti-money laundering rules and the Bank Secrecy and Fair Credit Acts.
  • Ensure the bank’s policies and procedures comply with rules associated with mortgage lending, deposits and consumer lending.
  • Establish and maintain project plans to meet operational risk management initiatives.
  • Work with business lines to comprehend, develop and implement operational risk management processes to comply with policies and standards.
  • Identify and monitor operational risks.
  • Provide remediation suggestions and training to business lines as needed.
  • Develop awareness of other company policies and standards and how they align with areas of oversight.
  • Stay abreast of banking industry and regulatory developments.
  • Communicate emerging or changing risk and related control enhancements.
  • Lead and coordinate regulatory audits for Medicare, Medicaid and some commercial business units.
  • Conduct training on company’s Code of Ethics.
  • Conduct internal compliance audits for Medicare, Medicaid and commercial business to assess compliance with regulatory and contractual requirements and to establish the organization’s level of audit readiness.
  • Manage regulatory/external audit activity, including but not limited to: audit deliverable coordination, on-site audit coordination and management, and mock audit activities. Regulatory audits include those from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Office of Inspector General, General Accountability Office, State Departments of Insurance and other regulators responsible for oversight.
  • Ensure that third-party money managers hired to manage the investments of the company’s corporate affiliate clients remain in compliance with applicable federal securities laws and regulations.
  • Conduct on-site due diligence meetings with each entity and obtain, review and analyze materials and reporting provided by each entity.
  • Ensure that trading conducted within the company is in compliance with applicable federal securities laws and regulations.
  • Update and maintain the company’s risk assessment.
  • Conduct testing and annual review of the company’s compliance policies and procedures, and update them when necessary.
  • Ensure the company’s employees comply with the requirements of the company’s code of ethics, especially in regard to monitoring personal trading.
  • Conduct initial and annual training on the code of ethics.
  • Monitor SEC website for changes in regulations that would affect the company; read and analyze new rules; and suggest ways in which the company and its sub-advisers and third-party money managers would need to comply with the changes.