New job Recreational Marijuana Regulatory Specialist in Oregon

Recreational Marijuana Regulatory Specialist
Recreational Marijuana Regulatory Specialist

Recreational Marijuana Regulatory Specialist

Company : Oregon Liquor & Cannabis Commission
Salary : $4,436 - $6,789 a month
Location : Oregon

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Oregon Liquor & Cannabis Commission

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$4,436 - $6,789

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Recreational Marijuana Regulatory Specialist (Portland)

Job Description:

This recruitment intends to fill four vacancies in our Portland Regional Office

The Oregon Liquor & Cannabis Commission (OLCC) is looking to find one qualified candidate to join our Portland/Metro Regional Office as a Recreational Marijuana Regulatory Specialist

We are posting this as an internal and external recruitment opportunity. We will review applications and give preference to qualified candidates in the following order:

  • Lateral transfer (Current OLCC regulatory specialists looking to change jobs)
  • Internal Candidates (Current OLCC employees wishing to promote or change jobs).
  • External candidates (Non-OLCC employees)

The State of Oregon is requiring all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series by October 18, 2021, unless the employee receives a medical or religious exemption/accommodation. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exemption/accommodation by October 18, 2021. For more information, visit

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 OLCC’s Public Safety Program licenses and regulates businesses in the alcohol and marijuana industry such as manufacturers, bars, restaurants, retail outlets, grocery and convenience stores.

What will you do?

Marijuana Regulatory Specialists (MJRS’s) ensure licensees are lawfully producing and selling recreational marijuana products in the State. This position achieves this purpose by education and when necessary, using discretion to apply administrative sanctions.

Here are some of the essential duties you will perform:

  • Independently, or as a member of a team, conducts site surveys and investigations of Oregon marijuana applicants and licensed businesses to assure compliance with state laws and rules that govern marijuana businesses.
  • Collects, analyze, and interpret licensee’s business records and other records or technical reports (police and court reports, real estate documents, certifications from other agencies).
  • Uses a radio frequency scanner to collect and record licensed premises marijuana inventory as needed. Compares scanned inventory data with recorded inventory in cannabis tracking system application to detect and assess shortages/overages in product quantities. Analyzes and reconcile financial and tax data from the application and reports. Reviews discrepancies with licensee to determine whether an investigation is in order.
  • Documents site survey and investigation findings in narrative reports.
  • Inspects production areas and plants or products for contaminants. Obtains and submits samples of product to be tested by third party laboratory.
  • Reviews product labels for conformance to labeling requirements.
  • Determines the validity of complaints of marijuana law violations by talking with complainant, licensee, witnesses (in person and over the phone); observing at the licensed business; and reviewing the compliance history of the business.
  • Plans and conducts minor decoy operations with other law enforcement agencies or program staff. Recruits and trains minor decoys. Accompanies decoys into licensed businesses while purchases are made.
  • Gathers, controls, and secures evidence according to procedures to preserve the integrity and chain-of-custody.
  • Provides licensees with consultative assistance by educating or training on regulatory requirements and developing strategies for achieving compliance with rule and law such as implementing operational changes to the business. Follows up with licensees to ensure full compliance with requirements.
  • Interprets regulatory requirements, analyzes facts and applies policy and standards to decide appropriate action to gain compliance from licensee.
  • May review security plans and make recommendations for license revocation or other corrective actions if facilities are not meeting the Commission’s security goals.
  • Prepares and presents documents needed for contested case hearing. Testifies on behalf of the Commission at administrative law hearings or in court.
  • Communicates with people of diverse cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds in a way that is sensitive to diversity.
  • Recommends new policy and proposed or revised administrative rules to better serve the public, law enforcement community, marijuana industry, and government and special interest groups.
  • Uses knowledge, best practices, and new technology to inform program operations and increase productivity and efficiency.
  • Collaborates with the Criminal Investigator and law enforcement agencies by reporting licensee compliance history and suspected illegal activity. Prepares and presents licensee information and documentation to law enforcement as required.
  • Other duties as assigned. E/NE determined on a case by case basis.

What do you need to qualify?

Three years of experience conducting investigations of allegations, facts, behaviors, documents, laws, legal precedents and/or other information. This experience must include preparing written reports using individual judgment in developing conclusions or recommendations that are subject to review in court, administrative hearings or comparable formal review process; OR

An Associate’s degree in criminal justice, human or behavioral sciences, business or public administration or other related field AND eighteen months of experience conducting investigations; OR

A Bachelor’s degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, human or behavioral sciences, business or public administration or other related field; OR

Any relevant combination of education and experience equivalent to three years.

Examples of experience that may qualify are regulatory compliance investigation; criminal investigation; child welfare investigation or eligibility determination; governmental benefit, business or mail fraud investigation; revenue audits; insurance claims or fraud investigation.

Here are some Additional Requirements and Job-Related Information:

  • You must be at least 21 years of age.
  • You are required to drive a State of Oregon vehicle. You will need to have a current, valid driver’s license and maintain a good driving record at all times throughout employment.
  • OLCC will conduct a personal background investigation prior to hiring. This includes a computerized criminal history check, fingerprinting and CJIS Clearance approval by the Oregon State Police. The presence of criminal history could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or termination of employment. 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.
  • The successful candidate must pass a medical (physical) examination.
  • DPSST Certification: Upon hire (and through employment), the successful candidate must obtain (and maintain) Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) certification. Candidates must attend and successfully complete the OLCC-DPSST Training Academy. The academy is four weeks long and is held at DPSST’s training facility in Salem. You will be required to stay at the facility - except for weekends - for the entire duration of the training. The coursework covers 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 occur during field contacts.

Want to Know More? Here’s some additional information:

  • The salary listed is the Public Employee Retirement Systems (PERS) qualifying base salary range of a Regulatory Specialist (AL-5733-AA).If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect the 6.95% increase.
  • This position is eligible for Police & Fire (P&F) benefits through PERS, as defined by statute.
  • This position will be represented by the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Union, Local 2505
  • Regulatory Specialist serve an initial 12-month trial service period
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. Applicants who require VISA sponsorship will not be considered at this time.

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact the recruiter, Shannon Hoffeditz at [email protected] or 971-400-3495.

What we offer:

  • Opportunity for work/life balance – flexible work schedule
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  • Paid sick and vacation leave, personal leave and ten paid holidays per year.
  • 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.

How to Apply:

  • Internal Applicants (Current State of Oregon Employee) – MUST apply through your employee Workday account. In the Worklet, Click on the Career application link, View Internal-Find Jobs, Find the position and select Apply.
  • External Applicants - Please visit the State of Oregon job opportunities web-page to submit your application for the position
  • Attach a resume

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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.


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