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Enforcement Officer

Oregon Department of Education, Salem, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 10/20/2019

Enforcement Officer
Application Deadline: 10/20/2019
Agency: Oregon Department of Education
Salary Range: $5,454 - $7,982
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The Early Learning Division prides itself on supporting all of Oregon's young children and families to learn and thrive. When you consider a career with us, you will be joining a team who values equity, making a positive impact for children and families, dedication, integrity and collective wisdom to benefit Oregon children and families. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive. If you are organized, detail oriented and enjoy working in a fast paced environment, then we want to hear from you!

We are seeking an Enforcement Officer (Operations and Policy Analyst 4) in our Salem office of the Early Learning Division. This permanent, full-time position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

What you will do!
As the Enforcement Officer, you review, analyze, and evaluate evidence alleging violations of the statutes, rules and laws relating to licensed, exempt, and illegal child care providers and the eligibility of individuals to be enrolled in the agency’s Central background Registry (CBR), preparing and participating in cases for administrative hearing, civil and criminal enforcement, and criminal referrals. Further, you provide expertise to the public, other state agencies, and to OCC staff. You also provide supervisory oversight of the administrative specialists working on public records requests and case preparation in the Legal and Enforcement unit.

Guide and Assist Compliance and Investigation Teams
• Providing guidance and analysis for compliance and investigative staff. Evaluating, developing and preparing cases for administrative actions and hearings by directing and participating in investigations; drafting or reviewing various enforcement tools, including subpoenas; conducting analysis of potential enforcement matters, using state statutes, case law, attorney general opinions, and agency rules and regulations; gathering, reviewing and analyzing evidence gathered during investigation; interviewing and preparing witnesses; coordinating the gathering of evidence; interpreting and applying enforcement theories; analyzing facts to determine sufficiency of the evidence to support alleged violations; and outlining potential courses of action.

Provide Leadership and Supervise the Employees
• Lead in a manner congruent with the department’s values of integrity, expertise, personal accountability, outstanding customer service, collaborative problem solving, and respect.
• Perform supervisory functions by interviewing, recommending hiring, and providing training for new staff; planning, delegation and overall work duties; completing performance appraisals; counseling of staff and initiating personnel actions and resolving grievances.

Contested Case Development
• Draft administrative orders to take enforcement action against providers for violation of Oregon child care laws and rules by summarizing case history, findings of facts, and conclusions of law; meeting with investigative and compliance staff to ensure Orders reflect facts accurately and accomplish intended results; submitting drafts to the Legal and Enforcement Director and revising, as needed; reviewing and revising, as needed, preliminary drafts of enforcement orders prepared by compliance staff; representing the agency at planning meetings regarding joint investigations and criminal inquiries.
• Participating in the development and presentation of administrative hearings by assisting the assigned Assistant Attorney General in preparation of witnesses and documentary evidence; serving as case agent or OCC representative at hearings, testifying to OCC records and other supporting information; providing input on negotiations and settlements with respondents.
• Ensuring that administrative actions are appropriately tracked and recorded in the ELD/OCC databases. Following receipt of the ALJ’s proposed order and exceptions, drafting a recommended final order and presenting to Legal and Enforcement Director or agency director. Initiating and monitoring collection of civil penalties.

Court Case Development
• Participating in the development of referrals and cases for criminal actions filed by district attorneys or law enforcement agencies by working in cooperation with, assisting, or serving as a specially-appointed district attorney or special prosecutor; Developing and assisting in preparation of cases for civil injunctive actions filed on behalf of ELD/OCC by DOJ.

Enforcement-Related Guidance:
• Provide advice and assistance in complaint processing and investigations for other OCC staff, particularly compliance and licensing. Review proposed childcare safety rules and licensing procedures to ensure effectiveness of proposed rules. Assist in the development of enforcement rules and legislative concepts. Respond to telephone and written inquiries from the public, attorneys and government agencies concerning relevant aspects of Oregon childcare laws and rules.
• Maintain proficiency and knowledge of state and federal statutes and rules, and current trends applicable to provision of child care, public records law, Oregon administrative procedures and case law concerning administrative procedures and due process.

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.

Working Conditions
Work days will include a combination of significant desk and computer time with interspersed meetings and off-site events. Travel within the state will be required.

What we are looking for:
Candidates with a Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or any degree demonstrating the capacity for the knowledge and skills; and five years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work; OR any combination of experience and education equivalent to eight years of experience related to evaluative, analytical and planning.

Preference may be given to candidates with the following:
• Law degree and membership in the Oregon State Bar
• Attorneys with experience working on administrative and regulatory matters
• Knowledge of child care rules and regulations

Our Amazing Benefits!
When you join the Oregon Department of Education, you are joining a fast-paced, creative environment with colleagues who are passionate about public service and impact the lives of children and families statewide.
• Excellent medical, vision and dental benefit package for the employee and qualified family members with very low monthly out-of-pocket cost
• Paid days off –
o 10 paid holidays per year
o 3 additional paid "Personal Business Days" per year
o 8 hours of sick leave accumulated every month
o Progressive vacation leave accrual, starting at 8 hours per month, with increases every 5 years
• In addition to standard medical benefits and employee leave, the state also provides additional optional benefits, such as basic life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and child care expenses.
If you have a desire to make a difference in the lives of Oregonians, apply today!

How to apply:
To apply for this position, follow the “Apply” link above and attach a resume and cover letter. Failure to attach a cover letter and resume may result in disqualification of your application. Please contact if you have any questions on the application process.

For additional information you may contact us by e-mail at or call 503-947-5635.
The Department of Education is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce. The Department strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet every one of our qualifications listed. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us to discuss your application.

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