State of Oregon Senior Licensing Compliance Specialist in Multiple Locations (as stated in job posting), Oregon

Senior Licensing Compliance Specialist



Senior Licensing Compliance Specialist


$54,540.00 - $79,824.00 Annually


Multiple Locations (as stated in job posting), OR

Job Type



Education-Early Learning Division

Job Number



6/4/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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Announcement: EDUC18-0507

Senior Licensing Compliance Specialist (2 positions)

Early Learning Division/Office of Child Care

Oregon Department of Education

The Early Learning Division (ELD) forms an essential partnership with the Oregon Department of Education to coordinate a seamless education system that meets the diverse learning needs of Oregonians from birth to college and career readiness. Our passion extends beyond the classroom. A career with us means collaborating with talented professionals whose influence reaches teachers, administrators, parents, and most importantly children. Our culture flourishes by embracing diversity and innovation. We strive to remove systemic barriers and define success by providing more equitable opportunities for the children of Oregon.

We are recruiting for two permanent, full-time Compliance Specialist 3 positions in our Gresham and Eugene offices. These positions are classified and represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The primary purpose of the position is to promote the health, safety, and well-being of children in child care facilities through licensing. Staff conduct initial licensing visits, pre-certification consult visits, announced and unannounced review and monitoring visits, assess complaint allegations against licensed facilities and allegations of possible illegal care against unlicensed facilities. Staff apply complex federal, state, and local statutes, codes, rules, and policies related to child care licensing. Licensing Specialists provide technical assistance to providers and facility staff to aid in compliance with regulations and provide resource information on state quality initiatives intended to improve child outcomes. There is considerable contact with collateral agencies such as the local fire marshal, health and sanitation, USDA food program sponsors, child care resource and referral agencies, training resources, professional organizations and the public.

The position serves one or more counties for the purpose of licensing child care centers, certified family child care homes and registered family child care homes.

Develop standards and procedures that guide licensing actions. Develop and oversee the training of licensing staff to ensure that licensing policies, rules and standards are applied consistently in a wide variety of situations.

Conduct preliminary review of licensing actions and make determinations that effect child care programs.

Apply work solutions that require in-depth evaluation of complex child care issues and recommend level of sanctions or compliance actions not clearly defined in policy or regulation.

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Commitment to Equity

In addition to the cultivation of equitable practices across all aspects of your position description

  • Learn and apply knowledge and skills to interrupt systemic oppression.

  • Participate and engage in efforts to further Early Learning Division wide efforts to develop and implement the Equity Breakthrough Team work plans.

  • Have knowledge of and apply tools, such as the Equity Lens, Culturally Responsive Community Engagement tool, etc., to all the work to ensure that the shared vision and mission of the Early Learning Division is clearly articulated in all the work produced.

The minimum qualifications for this position are:

Five years experience doing administrative research that included compiling and evaluating facts to recommend management action, or decide compliance or eligibility with program guidelines and regulations. Three of the five years must be above the technical support level.

College-level course work may substitute for experience on the basis of 45-quarter units per year, up to a maximum of three years.

We are looking for candidates with the following skills:

  • In depth knowledge and experience with Oregon's child care administrative rules and licensing policies and procedures.

  • In depth knowledge and experience with child care systems in Oregon.

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills; professional, respectful, able to work with angry or hostile customers.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Proven ability to produce large volume of work with low error rate.

  • Experience with problem solving, mediation, and conflict management skills daily.

  • Licensing Specialists are expected to consistently treat customers, stakeholders, partners and coworkers with dignity and respect.

The working conditions for this position include:

In addition to OCC field office and other community business offices, the person in this position must travel to child care facilities in rural and urban settings. The position requires extensive work outside the field office, traveling to child care sites. This position may come into contact with individuals who may be angry or frustrated. Depending on geographic location, occasional overnight travel is required. The work is both indoors and outdoors when evaluating the premises of a facility. Field work presents potential hazards such as inclement weather and hostile animals. In addition, there may be unknown danger such as drugs, firearms, and confrontational individuals.

Office environment requires daily use of computer or data systems and web based applications to perform daily functions and services including the time system, email and calendaring, and the OCC intranet site. This position also required daily use of phones, fax, copy machines, and scanners.

This job may require an individual to work outside a regular work schedule and frequently requires adjustments to break times.

This position is subject to both Child Protective Services and Criminal History checks, including FBI fingerprinting, and will be required to enroll in the Central Background Registry. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.

To Apply:

  • Complete electronic application including supplemental questions.

  • Attach a cover letter that addresses the following: Please explain why you would be the best candidate for this position. What strengths do you bring to the position? (Note: a generic cover letter, or a cover letter that doesn't address the statement above, will not be accepted.)

  • Attach veteran documentation if you are asking for veteran points. To receive veteran preference points, you must attach appropriate documentation.

Failure to complete these steps may result in disqualification of your application.

The Oregon Department of Education has an uncompromising dedication to recruiting and retaining the highest caliber diverse workforce. Our belief in creating better outcomes for children starts with our commitment to incorporating a wide array of diverse opinions.

"The Oregon Department of Education is committed to searching for and sustaining a culturally, racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse working environment. We are dedicated to hiring and retaining a diverse staff that blends expertise and interest in supporting every student in Oregon. The Oregon Department of Education understands that an authentic focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the work place will in turn create an engaging and talented workforce devoted to creating a better education system for Oregon."

This job announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in this class of work. Apply now if you are interested in this or future vacancies.

Background Check: Applicants will be subject to a thorough background investigation which may include fingerprinting and driving record check. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification. Conviction of a crime will not automatically preclude an appointment. The circumstances involved in the conviction will be considered.

E-Recruit Application Help and Support AND Veterans Preference Information

Application Technical Issues: If you have application login problems, get an error message during the application process, or are experiencing other technical (computer related) difficulties, please call the NEOGOV help line for assistance at 1-855-524-5627.

The Department of Education does not offer VISA sponsorships. On the first day of employment, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. The Oregon Department of Education uses E-Verify to determine eligibility of our employees.

The Department of Education is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce.

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

  • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

  • Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

  • Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

  • Long-term and short-term disability

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.