Close date: 4/13/2021
Salary: $4871 – $7477 monthly
Location: Portland, OR
This is a half-time, temporary, classified position and is represented by a union.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD), Oregon WIC Program in Portland, OR is seeking a WIC Compliance and Civil Rights Coordinator to ensure completion with ongoing compliance/program integrity activities for the WIC vendors (grocery stores) and farmers. The WIC program is designed to improve health outcomes and influence lifetime nutrition and health behaviors in a targeted, at-risk population.
NOTE: Most of the work will be conducted remotely at an alternate worksite with full access to the needed operating systems and technology. However, there are times that the work will need to be conducted at the central work location listed in this announcement, the Portland State Office Building located at 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, OR 97232. Work location can be changed at any time at the discretion of the hiring manager.
What will you do?
As the WIC Compliance and Civil Rights Coordinator, you will interpret laws, rules, and regulations related to WIC program integrity and compliance. You will ensure completion of compliance/program integrity activities regarding WIC participants and state and local agency staff. You will ensure that the WIC program meets all USDA and State of Oregon requirements concerning program abuse and violations. You will analyze situations, prepare and conduct investigations of reported violations, monitor data, and determine sanctions based on evidence. You must have the ability to analyze USDA regulations, statutes, state administrative rules and Oregon Revised Statutes and apply these to potential program abuse situations.
While in this position, you will provide technical assistance to local agency staff as well as recommend change proposals for the program in regard to the program’s rules, policies, and procedures in an effort to continuously improve the ability to prevent and detect misuse of the WIC program. You will collaborate with government and public entities to preserve program integrity.
This individual works independently and with others to interpret and apply regulations and impose sanctions based on identified violations. You will complete statistical analysis to determine WIC high risk vendors and farmers, create investigator packets, set investigation schedules, review, and track investigation documentation, and ensure the investigation information is correctly entered in the MIS.
What’s in it for you?
The public health division is a team of passionate individuals working to promote health across the lifespan of individuals, families, and communities. We value and support unique perspectives using a trauma-informed approach and aim to reflect these values in our hiring practices, professional development and workplace. We are committed to racial equity as a driving factor to improve health outcomes for all communities that experience inequities.
We offer full medical, vision and dental benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and 10 paid holidays per year plus pension and retirement plans. If you are experienced in WIC compliance with civil rights experience, apply today!
What are we looking for?
• Minimum requirements: Five years of experience doing administrative research in a WIC program or a related field 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. (NOTE: A bachelor’s degree in public or community health, or social services will substitute for three of the five years of administrative research experience but will not substitute for the required three years of experience at the technical level. Technical level experience is supportive of a professional level occupation and requires specialized knowledge.)
• Preference will be given to applicants with two years of experience with regulatory interpretation/enforcement in WIC compliance.
• Experience developing systems, processes, and procedures to ensure that targets of investigations are identified, and complaints and violations are appropriately handled in a timely manner.
• Experience gathering information through observation, interviews, and data analysis.
• Experience analyzing information gathered and draw conclusions.
• Experience evaluating and interpreting regulations, laws, policies, and guidelines and applying to real life situations.
• Experience preparing clear and concise written reports.
• Experience with conflict resolution to effectively interact with dissatisfied or angry people.
• Experience training or providing technical assistance.
• Experience promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment.
How to Apply
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