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Company: PGE
Location: Portland, OR
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Energy, Utilities, Environmental


This is an exciting time to join Portland General Electric. As Oregon's largest electric utility, Portland General Electric is leading an energy transformation that will harness the power of clean and renewable resources. Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies: de-carbonize through investing in clean and reliable energy; modernize through a smarter more resilient grid; and empower our customers in their energy technology choices.

We're searching for innovative, customer and results-obsessed leaders to help power our mission and lead the way in championing the world's clean energy future!

Senior Ethics Specialist/Ethics Specialist

We are looking for an Ethics Specialist to join Portland General Electric's Ethics & Governance team. This is a small but mighty team that works closely together, and with other teams, to support and promote an ethical and compliant culture at PGE.

If you are a strong communicator, a creative problem solver, comfortable operating in gray areas, and a team player at your core, this may be the job for you!

What you would work on:

Communication and Training

  • Develop a company-wide communications strategy designed to increase employees' awareness and understanding of their ethics, governance, and compliance obligations. Develop and execute strategic and effective communications in support of that strategy. Update the strategy and tactics to address new issues or risks.

  • Create and deliver effective in-person and computer-based employee training on ethics and compliance issues, including training on the Code of Business Ethics and Conduct and Anti-Corruption.

Policy Management

  • Help manage the three-year corporate policy review process, which includes: advising policy owners on the process, collaborating with them to make appropriate changes, ensuring the required approvals are obtained, and assisting with communicating the changes.

  • Lead review of and revisions to the Code of Business Ethics and Conduct. Collaborate with policy owners to develop new corporate policies.

  • Enhance effectiveness and accessibility of current corporate policies by streamlining, improving consistency, and increasing clarity to help improve employee understanding and adherence. Communicate regularly about policy standards and updates.


  • Serve as subject matter expert to employees, managers, and others on ethics and compliance issues. Provide guidance on policies, including the Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, Conflict of Interest, and related subjects. Collaborate with others to develop responses to complex or non-routine issues.

Compliance Program Management

  • Help administer the Anti-Corruption and Insider Trading Prevention compliance programs so they meet the U.S. Sentencing Guideline requirements and align with best practices. Conduct regular maturity and risk assessments of those programs and collaborate with others to implement improvements as necessary.

Reporting and Investigations

  • Plan and conduct internal investigations in assigned areas in a lead or support role. This includes creating an investigation plan, interviewing witnesses, and gathering other relevant information, assessing evidence/information, determining outcomes, and completing a final investigation report. Consult and communicate with stakeholders as needed to ensure the investigation is thorough and fair. Analyze investigation data for trends and recommend changes, as necessary, based on those trends. Create effective reports for officers and relevant committees.

  • Manage reports that are made through the Ethics Point hotline.  Respond to reporters. Ensure matters are classified correctly and assign them to the appropriate area for potential investigation. Develop and run reports. Analyze trends and recommend changes, as necessary, based on those trends.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:


  • Education: Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

  • Experience:

    • For Sr. Ethics Specialist: Typically, eight or more years in compliance, ethics, Human Resources, program management or related field.

    • For Ethics Specialist, five years or more in applicable experience.

  • Certifications, Licenses and Training: Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) preferred.

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

  • Advanced knowledge of ethics and compliance principles and practices

  • Intermediate knowledge of state and federal laws related to utilities and employment

  • Intermediate knowledge of Federal Sentencing Guidelines

  • Intermediate skills in retrieving and analyzing data, identifying trends, and making recommendations

  • Advanced skills in analyzing problems

  • Intermediate skills in developing and delivering training

  • Advanced business acumen

  • Advanced problem-solving skills

  • Advanced decision-making skills

  • Advanced written and oral communication skills

  • Advanced interpersonal skills

  • Advanced organization and prioritization skills

  • Advanced analytical thinking skills

  • Advanced diplomacy skills

  • Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines, and time-sensitive tasks

  • Ability to follow accuracy standards

  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks

  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment

  • Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress

  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change

  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback

  • Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement

  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks

  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers, and others within the organization

  • Demonstrates sound memory

  • Ability to process the latest information to be applied consistently to work tasks


  • Ability to work long hours as necessary to meet work demands

  • Ability to occasionally work a variable schedule

  • Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance

Physical Capabilities

  • Driving/travel/commute: Daily within service territory - Occasionally (one to two times a month or less)

  • Computer use (use computer regularly for entire work shift)

  • Lifting/pushing/pulling: Up to 10 lbs.

Environment - Indoor

  • Office/Work from home – may work up to 3-4 days per week from home, depending on work demands

Join us today and power your potential!

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. A cover letter may be needed with your application to be considered for this position.

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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