Elections Investigations Lead (Compliance Specialist 3)

In-state hybrid remote work is available for this position with supervisor approval.

See definition and requirements of remote work for the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office: Remote work with the Secretary of State’s Office

$5,736 – $8,811/per month Non-PERS Rate
$6,079 – $9,338/per month PERS Rate

In this role, you will help enforce Oregon election laws and rules by investigating complaints and requests for investigation. This is accomplished in part by, but not limited to:
Reviewing investigation requests/complaints alleging possible violations of Oregon election laws/rules
Evaluating and determining whether the division should proceed with an investigation
Establishing team workload and prioritization of cases
Conducting thorough investigations into possible violations
Recommending Division action and outcome of cases
Assessing civil penalties for non-compliance with Oregon election laws/rules
Maintaining internal program-related standard operating procedures

For explicit duties, please request a copy of the position description from HR.SOS@SOS.oregon.gov.

This recruitment may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t meet every one of our desired qualifications listed.

Your application must demonstrate education and/or experience in the following:

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*.

* “Above Technical Support level” means you had the authority to make independent decisions about your course of action.

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

**All applicants using their education to meet the position requirements must submit a copy of all transcripts no later than interview to receive credit for college degrees or coursework. Credits must be from an accredited college or university. Transcripts must include name, coursework and indicate that a degree was obtained. On-line transcripts are acceptable for application. A copy of official transcripts will be required at time of hire.

As the most competitive candidate, your application will demonstrate the following requested skills and experience:
Experience conducting investigations into alleged misconduct or violations of laws, rules and/or policies.
Resiliency – ability to deescalate confrontational conversations.
Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of, or the aptitude to quickly obtain an in-depth knowledge of Oregon election laws.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills – ability to communicate clearly and concisely to engage with a wide and diverse audience.
Strong interpersonal skills – ability to build rapport with others.
Organizational skills – ability to plan work and follow up on task assignments while meeting overlapping deadlines in a fast-paced, politically sensitive environment.
Proven ability to promote a team-oriented environment by engaging in proactive understanding of elections issues, procedures, and program functions
Demonstrated understanding of supporting teams in a hybrid work environment

Preference may be given to candidates with experience with election laws/rules and/or experience conducting investigations under ORS chapter 260, chapter 183 and applicable administrative rules.

The Oregon Secretary of State is one of three constitutional offices created at statehood. As an independent constitutional officer, the Secretary of State answers directly and solely to the people of Oregon.

The Secretary of State employs approximately 245 full-time, part-time, and temporary employees. The Secretary oversees the functions of seven program divisions: Archives, Audits, Corporation, Elections, Business Services, Information Systems, and Human Resources.

Build trust between the people of Oregon and our state government so that public services can make a positive impact in peoples’ lives.

We envision an Oregon without barriers, where we lead with our values and believe every voice should be heard. We do so by:
Building equitable access to our democracy.
Making tools easily available to achieve economic success.
Ensuring state resources are used sustainably, efficiently and accountable to the public.
Honestly acknowledging Oregon’s history.

Access for all
We elevate equity through identifying and actively eliminating barriers.

We have integrity and are honest and true to ourselves and others.

We share stories, using plain language to increase understanding and impact.

We are committed to serving the people of Oregon and strive to understand all viewpoints.

We are responsive and prioritize the needs of current and future Oregonians we serve.

Family Friendly Work Life Balance (paid time off, 12 holidays, 3 personal days, short and long term disability benefits)

Take Care of Yourself and Your Family (comprehensive employee benefits, choice of medical plans, vision plan, life insurance, child care flexible spending account, employee assistance program)

Celebrate Uniqueness: Diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of our values. We recognize that diversity and inclusion are critical to developing a talented, high-performing workforce and are committed to providing a supportive work environment in which all of our employees can thrive and reach their full potential. We strive to maintain a culture that attracts, develops and retains a diverse workforce that closely mirrors the residents of our community. We learn from and respect the cultures in which we operate and value the uniqueness of individual talents, experiences and ideas.

Invest in Your Future: (Pension plan, deferred comp, short and long term disability plan, flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care)

Be Appreciated (employee recognition events, agency unique employee recognition program allowing for additional leave options such as vacation buy-out and sick leave roll-over, dynamic employees doing impactful work)

ADA: At the Secretary of State, we value community and foster a sense of belonging for our employees

See our current job listings and internship opportunities, compensation, and benefits here: Careers with the Secretary of State.

Additional applicant screening will depend on the number of qualified applications received. Screening may include skills testing, the results which may be used as part of the applicant evaluation process.

Candidates whose background most closely matches the qualifications and required/requested skills of this position will be invited to an interview.

Successful candidates must pass a criminal history check. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.

Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans’ preference. For further information, please see the following website: Veteran Resources. You may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.

The Secretary of State does not offer VISA sponsorships. Within three days of hire, 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 salary listed is the non-PERS qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect the additional 6%.

For additional information you may contact us at HR.SOS@SOS.oregon.gov..

The Oregon Secretary of State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workplace.

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