Position: Oregon Psilocybin Services Is Looking To Hire A Licensing Program Specialist 

The Oregon Psilocybin Services Section is Hiring (Compliance Specialist 2)
Good afternoon,

The Oregon Psilocybin Services Section (OPS) is excited to announce that we are hiring!

We are currently recruiting for an Oregon Psilocybin Services Licensing Program Specialist (Compliance Specialist 2) to provide consultation, technical assistance, and evaluation services for the Oregon Psilocybin Services Licensing Program to verify that license applicants and licensees of manufacturers, facilitators, service centers, and testing laboratories are meeting program requirements as stipulated by statute, administrative rules, policies and procedures, and interpretive guidelines. See the job announcement below.

OPS is a new section housed within the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division’s Center for Health Protection. The OPS Section implements Ballot Measure 109, which was passed in November 2020 and directs the Oregon Health Authority to license and regulate the manufacturing, transportation, delivery, sale, and purchase of psilocybin products and the provision of psilocybin services.

Complete job descriptions and application details are available on the Oregon Job Opportunities Workday page. Please share this job announcement with your networks or with anyone who would be interested in this work.

With gratitude,
The Oregon Psilocybin Services Team

Position Title: Oregon Psilocybin Services Licensing Program Specialist (Compliance Specialist 2)

Salary: $4,182 – $6,118
Close date: 06/11/2023
Location: Portland, OR (Hybrid)

External applicant link: https://oregon.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/SOR_External_Career_Site/job/Portland–OHA–Oregon-Street/Oregon-Psilocybin-Services-Licensing-Program-Specialist–Compliance-Specialist-2-_REQ-128628

Internal applicant link: https://wd5.myworkday.com/oregon/d/inst/15$392530/9925$151628.htmld

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD), Oregon Psilocybin Services (OPS) in Portland, OR is recruiting for an Oregon Psilocybin Services Licensing Program Specialist to provide consultation, technical assistance, and evaluation services for the Oregon Psilocybin Services Licensing Program to verify that license applicants and licensees of manufacturers, facilitators, service centers, and testing laboratories are meeting program requirements as stipulated by statute, administrative rules, policies and procedures, and interpretive guidelines.

OHA values service excellence, leadership, integrity, health equity and partnership and has a strategic goal to end all health inequities by 2030.

The OHA mission is helping people and communities achieve optimum physical, mental, and social well-being through partnership, prevention and access to quality, affordable health care. OHA’s work is organized into three broad goals: Improve the lifelong health of all Oregonians, increase the quality, reliability, and availability of care for all Oregonians and lower or contain the cost of care so it is affordable to everyone.

What will you do?

  • Ensure Oregonians who meet eligibility criteria have access to safe, effective psilocybin products and psilocybin services.
  • Ensure overall safety of our communities, with a focus on product and client safety.
  • Evaluate license and permit applications to determine eligibility based on statutes and administrative rules while providing technical support to applicants and licensees.
  • Interpret state statutes, rules and regulations for psilocybin licensures, training programs, and the provision of psilocybin services.
  • Assess application renewals, application denials, and change requests according to licensing program policies and procedures.
  • Provide support to the Oregon Psilocybin Services Compliance Team to inspect manufacturers, service centers, and testing lab sites for licensure approval and ongoing compliance.
  • Collaborate to update and clarify licensing applications, forms and documents to streamline administrative procedure and assist with the customer experience.

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 exceptional medical, vision and dental benefits packages for you and your qualified family members, with very low monthly out-of-pocket costs. Try this free virtual benefits counselor by clicking here: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/pebb/pages/alex.aspx
  • Paid Leave Days:
    • 11 paid holidays each year
    • 3 additional paid “Personal Business Days” each year
    • 8 hours of paid sick leave accumulated every month
    • Progressive vacation leave accrual with increases every 5 years
  • Pension and retirement programs
  • Optional benefits include short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and childcare expenses.
  • Click here to learn more about State of Oregon benefits.

Most of this work may be conducted remotely at an alternate worksite with full access to the needed operating systems and technology. However, there are many times that the work will need to be conducted at the primary work location listed in this announcement, the Portland State Office Building located at 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, OR 97232, or additional temporary locations as needed. Work location can be changed at any time at the discretion of the hiring manager.

This is a full-time, permanent position and is represented by a union, SEIU Human Services.

OHA values health equity, service excellence, integrity, leadership, partnership, innovation and transparency. OHA’s health equity definition is “Oregon will have established a health system that creates health equity when all people can reach their full potential and well-being and are not disadvantaged by their race, ethnicity, language, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, intersections among these communities or identities, or other socially determined circumstances. Achieving health equity requires the ongoing collaboration of all regions and sectors of the state, including tribal governments to address: the equitable distribution or redistributing of resources and power; and recognizing, reconciling, and rectifying historical and contemporary injustices.” OHA’s 10-year goal is to eliminate health inequities. Click here, to learn more about OHA’s mission, vision and core values.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Four years experience doing administrative research that included compiling and evaluating facts to recommend management action, or decide compliance with program guidelines and regulations. Two of the four years must be above the technical support level.
    • Note: college-level course work may substitute for experience on the basis of 45-quarter units per year, up to a maximum of three years. (Applicable Associate’s degrees equal 2 years of substitution, a Bachelor’s or higher degree will equal 3 years of substitution.)

Desired Attributes

This position requires a broad understanding of community public relations and the ability to work amicably with a diversity of people and issues. It demands awareness of and sensitivity to the problems and interests of individuals who may be seriously ill or disabled and from diverse ethnic backgrounds. It requires effective communication skills, both written and oral, excellent customer service skills, attention to detail, and the ability to coordinate human and technological resources to meet the objectives of the program.

  • Experience interviewing people to gather information, taking notes, conducting fact-finding research, writing detailed reports, and documenting information within an electronic system.
  • Experience explaining, interpreting, and applying rules, laws, and statutes appropriately which requires knowledge of Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rule, and understanding local and federal government systems and operations.
  • Demonstrate outstanding verbal and written communication skills with the ability to explain complex technical and regulatory information in an understandable and culturally aware manner to people of diverse backgrounds and lived experience.
  • Experience in creating and maintaining a work environment that is respectful, values diversity, and promotes inclusion among team members and the people we serve, including experience promoting health equity and centering community.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, including the willingness to collaborate, share information, and contribute to the team’s success.
  • Previous experience working with databases, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Teams. Typing is required.
  • Some travel throughout Oregon may be required. Drivers must hold a current valid driver’s license and maintain a good driving record in order to drive.

How to apply:

  • Complete the online application
  • Attach a Cover Letter describing how your education and/or experience meets the Requested Attributes listed above. We would especially like to hear if you have experience with similar programs. Keep your cover letter to two pages or less.

Please ensure you’ve provided a thorough and updated application as it pertains to the position for which you are applying. Your application materials will be used to determine salary based on a pay equity assessment. For further information, please visit the Pay Equity Project homepage.

Need Help?

If you need assistance to participate in the application process including an accommodation request under the American with Disabilities Act, please call Stephanie Mitchell.

Additional Information

  • Please monitor your Workday account, as all communication will be sent to your Workday account. You must have a valid e-mail address to apply.
  • Candidates gathered from this job announcement may be used to full future vacancies.
  • If you are a veteran, you may receive preference. Click here for more information about veterans’ preference. If you checked that you are a veteran, we will ask you for your documents later in the process.
  • We do not offer VISA sponsorships or transfers at this time – unless specifically noted. 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.
  • If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check, and the information shall be shared with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.
  • Please only attach documents that are related to the position. Additional documents that are attached will not be reviewed.
  • Applicant Help and Support webpage

The Oregon Health Authority is committed to fair employment practices and non-discrimination, including pay equity for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class (race, sex, veteran status, disability, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation) in the payment of wages or screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. We determine salary by completing a review of your application materials to evaluate your related education, experience, and training for this position. 

The Oregon Health Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to work force diversity and anti-racism.

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