Investigations Manager (Business Operations Manager 1)

In-state 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

$6,551 – $10,640/per month Non-PERS Rate
$6,945- $11,280/per month PERS Rate

We are recruiting for an individual to join our Elections team.
In this role, you will help enforce Oregon election laws and rules by overseeing all investigations-related work of the Division. This is accomplished in part by, but not limited to:
Serving as a program expert to help implement campaign finance limits.
Assisting division leadership and making recommendations on strategic goals, initiatives and short- and long-term objectives related to investigations.
Overseeing the ongoing and existing operations, training, and public-facing enforcement-related interactions between the investigations team and external stakeholders.
Reviewing investigation requests/complaints alleging possible violations of Oregon election laws/rules
Interpreting state and federal laws, administrative rules, case law, policies, and procedures, and applying them to Division’s investigatory determinations and enforcement actions.
Supervising and providing direction for investigations staff.

For explicit duties, please request a copy of the position description from


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 of lead work, supervision, or progressively related experience;


Two years of related experience and a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Experience must include:
Prioritize and assign tasks to efficiently complete work;
Give direction to workers concerning work procedures and performance standards;
Review the completeness, accuracy, quality, and quantity of work; and
Supervise and provide feedback to employees.

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 in elections administration, election law enforcement and/or experience conducting investigations under ORS chapter 260, ORS chapter 183 and applicable administrative rules.

If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us to discuss your application.

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 240 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.

For more information about the Oregon Office of Secretary of State, please visit: State of Oregon: Oregon Secretary of State – Home

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

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%.


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

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