Compliance Specialist

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Portland, OR
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Oregon Liquor Control Commission

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$4,868 - $7,476

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Compliance Specialist 3 (Marijuana Compliance Specialist)

Job Description:

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is looking to find one qualified candidate to join our Statewide Compliance Team as a Marijuana Compliance Specialist (Compliance Specialist 3) in our Recreational Marijuana Program.

We are posting this opportunity as an internal and external recruitment opportunity. Current permanent-status OLCC employees will be given preference during the application review process.

The salary listed is the non-Public Employee Retirement Systems (PERS) qualifying base salary range of the Compliance Specialist 3 position. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect the 6.95% increase.

Who are we?

The OLCC is the agency responsible for regulating the sale and service of alcoholic beverages, the production and sale of recreational marijuana, the tracking of Oregon Health Authority medical marijuana, and the tracking of industrial hemp products sold in OLCC retail stores. The agency is comprised of three major operational programs; the Distilled Spirits Program, the Marijuana Program, and the Public Safety Program. All three programs are supported by the Administration, Financial Services, and Support Services divisions. Revenue generated from these programs helps support state and local government programs.

The Recreational Marijuana Program is exclusively authorized to make recreational marijuana available to consumers and licensed businesses through retail marijuana stores. The program also tracks the growing, transporting, processing and selling of recreational marijuana products. The Public Safety Program is responsible for licensing and regulation the operation of the recreational marijuana industry in Oregon.

What will you do?

The person in this position develops the standards and procedures used to regulate marijuana businesses in Oregon. This position trains and oversees the work of the marijuana regulatory staff; evaluates the effectiveness of its compliance function; and conducts investigations on the most complex or sensitive cases.

Want to know more? Here are some of the essential duties you will perform :

Marijuana Compliance Program Development and Coordination

  • Assists marijuana program staff in the design of a system for the recognition and enforcement of marijuana laws and regulations.
  • Researches and analyzes regulatory purpose, legislative intent, and policy to recommend the structure of the marijuana program’s licensing and compliance functions.
  • Develops rules, standards, and procedures for regulating marijuana businesses statewide.
  • Develops a compliance manual according to program goals and performance measures to ensure statewide consistency in the application of rules and procedures.
  • Develops compliance inspection templates, inspection form letters, warning and citation notices, and other documents related to marijuana compliance functions.
  • Evaluates marijuana compliance goals, policies, and procedures for alignment and compliance with laws and policies and reviews records to determine consistent application across the state.
  • Develops evaluation criteria to measure compliance efficiency and effectiveness. Collects staff input on compliance successes and challenges. Recommends policy and rule changes needed to achieve program effectiveness.


  • Reviews, coordinates, and monitors the work of marijuana regulatory staff for completeness, consistency, and accurate application of rules and policies. Provides technical guidance to staff including the interpretation of laws and procedures.
  • Develops, evaluates, and revises training programs for marijuana regulatory staff and delivers the training to ensure standardized compliance practices statewide.

Technical Assistance

  • Evaluates the most complex compliance issues that could have broad impact of agency practices and precedent.
  • Conducts investigations, independently or as a member of a team, of Oregon marijuana licensed businesses to assure compliance with state laws and rules that govern marijuana businesses.
  • Issues corrective action plans or citations for violations based on site survey findings and investigations. Uses discretion to develop solutions for levels of sanctions and decisions for issues not clearly defined in policy.
  • Provides licensees with consultative assistance for achieving compliance.
  • Collaborates with criminal investigators and law enforcement agencies
  • Confers with program director on findings and proposed resolutions from high profile investigations.


  • Prepares and presents documents needed for contested case hearings.
  • Represents marijuana regulatory staff at Hearings.
  • Acts as liaison to agency hearings staff and/or Oregon DOJ attorneys in evaluating legal sufficiency of contested cases and assist in the prosecution of offenses.

What do you need to qualify?

Five (5) years of 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 (3) of the five (5) years must be above the technical support level. College level course work may substitute for experience on the basis of 45-quarter units per year, up to a maximum of three (3) years.

What are some Additional Requirements and Job-Related Information?

  • Due to required operation of a State of Oregon vehicle, this position must maintain a valid Oregon Driver's license at all times throughout employment.
  • OLCC will conduct a personal background investigation prior to any offer of employment. This includes a computerized criminal history check and being fingerprinted for a nationwide criminal history check for certification purposes. Any history of criminal activity will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or termination of employment as applicable.
  • This is a SWORN position that requires a complete Electronic Statement of Personal History (eSOPH). The finalist will receive instructions from the Human Resource staff on the eSOPH process.
  • Upon hire and throughout employment, the successful candidate must obtain & maintain Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) certification. Any candidate who has not previously attended academy as an OLCC-employee, will be required to attend and successfully complete the DPSST Training Academy when scheduled. The academy is approximately four weeks long and is held at DPSST’s facility in Salem. Attendees are required to stay at the facility (except on weekends) for the duration of the training. The coursework includes mandatory defensive tactics training, which includes highly strenuous activities such as ground fighting techniques, and baton/OC spray/handcuffing techniques. Strenuous physical exertion/activity may also occur during field contacts.

What we offer:

  • Opportunity for work/life balance – flexible work schedule
  • A competitive benefits package
  • Paid sick and vacation leave, personal leave and ten paid holidays per year.
  • Become a member of OLCC’s management team
  • Collaboration with a team of bright, hardworking and fun individuals
  • Part of a small-medium state agency where you can get to know your co-workers
  • A workplace that fosters fairness, equity and inclusion to maintain a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

Here’s how to apply:

Simply fill out the online application, submit a resume, and include a cover letter that tells us about you and how your experience qualifies you to work for us as a Marijuana Compliance Specialist.

  • In the "Work History" section on your application, you must clearly describe your experience as it relates to the minimum qualifications, requested skills and/ or desired attributes. Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration. You should know that resumes will not replace the completed Job History experience.

Please note: If you don’t attach the required documents, your application will be automatically disqualified from further consideration.

External Applicants: Click on the “Apply” button and submit your application. View this video for help.

Internal Applicants: This includes Current State of Oregon employees. Please apply using your employee Workday account and remember to go to your Profile to update your Job History, Education and Skills. View this job aid for help.

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Veteran's Preference:
OLCC provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information, please go here: . For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those once you’ve submitted your application via a pop-up with a veterans’ preference questionnaire. Please check your workday account email regularly for notices to send documents.

How are candidates selected ?

The selection process consists of a review of your application and an evaluation of your education, experience, training, and overall professionalism of your application materials. Candidates that follow the application directions, submit what is required and provide us with credentials that showcase their skills and how they meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to an interview. We will only review documents that are requested. Because details are really important to us, your application materials will be evaluated for grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance, please contact OLCC HR Recruiter, Nina Carmichael by email at [email protected]