Compliance Specialist

  • Oregon Parks and Recreation
  • Salem, OR
  • Oct 07, 2021
Full time Compliance Other

Job Description

Title: Compliance Specialist

Job Number: REQ-77685

Salary: $53,292 – $81,528 per year

Deadline: 11/08/2021 at 11:59pm Pacific Time



Do you have experience documenting historic places and environments? Do you have a background in historic research?


If this sounds like you, come join our leadership team as a Compliance Specialist and support one of Oregon’s greatest resources – State Parks!


This position falls under the classification Program Analyst 2.


We are the caretakers of Oregon's special places, and we take that responsibility seriously. Our team supports over 50 million visitors per year, over 250-plus state park properties and countless great experiences.


Our Mission

OPRD’s mission is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.


Our Operating Principles

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) believes Operating Principles are core values that, if mutually accepted and supported by all employees, will create a connected, respectful, and trusting work environment. Our Operating Principles are: Accountability, Commitment, Empathy, Empowerment, Fun, Integrity, Respect, and Well-being.


The Compliance Specialist is located within State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), which is part of the Heritage Programs Division of OPRD. SHPO believes that Oregon's special places connect Oregonians to the past by creating physical continuity over generations and space for public conversations about the community values and identity. The ongoing process of recognizing and interpreting these places must be a local one, driven by inclusive public participation. See the Oregon 2018 - 2023 Oregon SHPO Preservation Plan, and 2020 - 2025 Heritage Plan for more information on the Heritage Division's philosophy, approach, and goals at



What you will do:

As a Compliance Specialist, you will serve as a subject-matter expert providing independent, professional evaluations and recommendations with minimal supervision based on knowledge and interpretation of broadly-worded federal and state laws, formal academic training in U.S. history and architecture, and individual experience to evaluate, support, and carry out complex projects with potential significant impact on important cultural resources.


In this role, you will work under the direction of the State Archaeologist to interpret and administer federal and state laws and implement associated programs and functions; create and manage agreement documents established under cultural resource laws; and lead the development of professional guidance and public outreach and education materials.


Additionally, you will frequently serve as a project lead in assessing, developing, and implementing work processes and systems.



Minimum Qualifications:

(a) Five (5) years of professional-level experience related to historic research.


(b) A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, or a related field; AND Two (2) years of experience professional-level experience related to historic research.


(c) A Masters Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, or a related field; AND One (1) year of experience professional-level experience related to historic research.


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 exception. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception by October 18, 2021. For more information, visit our policy listed here.


Special Qualifications:

Meet the minimum Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualifications in history or architectural history and qualifications for the Oregon State Program Analyst 2 classification, including:

(a) A graduate degree in history, architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field.


(b) At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, interpretation or teaching in American history, architectural history, or restoration architecture, or other demonstrable professional activity with an academic institution, historic organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution.


(c) Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American history or architectural history.



What we are looking for (Desired Attributes):

  • A graduate degree in history, architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or a closely related field.
  • Ability to communicate complex federal and state processes clearly and effectively both in writing and orally to the general public, professionals, government officials, and media in public before small and large groups in formal and informal settings and in a variety of published materials.
  • Academic and field experience documenting the history of the historic built environment in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Experience applying the National Register of Historic Places criteria for evaluation to historic properties and assessment of development project impacts.
  • Experience cooperatively negotiating, writing, carrying out, and monitoring agreement documents among diverse organizations with oppositional interests, including tribal governments, federal, state, and local agencies, advocacy groups, and private parties in compliance with federal and state cultural resource laws while representing your employer’s position.
  • Experience interpreting and applying the provisions of federal and state laws and associated administrative rules, policies, best professional and office practices to complex projects; the administration of federal and state programs; completion of necessary documentation; and review of development projects.
  • Ability to read technical documents, including professional drawings, plans, and reports.
  • Experience in promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment.



What's in it for you:

This is a fantastic opportunity to support millions of visitors connecting with the best state park system in America. You will work with a team of supportive, talented and highly motivated professionals. And, you’ll receive a fantastic benefits packaging including:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members
  • Paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and 10 paid holidays per year
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP).








$53,292 – $81,528 per year

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