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Oregon Department of Human Services

Home and Community Program Policy Specialist (PA3) – Limited Duration/Job Rotation Opportunity

  • Location

    Salem, OR
  • Posted On

    September 20, 2021
  • Job Type

  • Category

  • Experience Level

    Not Specified
  • Education Level

    Bachelor's Degree
  • Salary


Job Description

We want you to join our team!

Would you like to analyze and develop policies related to home and community-based services that supports Oregon children and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities?  Do you want to work with dynamic community members and partners, ODHS programs and other state agencies agencies to make a difference in peoples’ lives.  If so, we want to hear from you!

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We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic communities, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQIA+ community members. The strength of our agency lies in the diversity of our workforce and the perspectives our employees bring to their work at ODHS. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) program, part of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), is looking to hire Program Analyst 3/ ODDS Home and Community Program Policy Specialist to join our dedicated team. This position is a limited duration that will last through June 30, 2023.

Limited duration positions are benefit eligible positions with a designated maximum length of service. This position is expected to last through June of 2023; however, based on workload need and funding it could end at any time or be extended. In the future if we receive permanent funding for this position limited duration employees will be eligible to apply.

State Employee – Job Rotation Option

Employees of the State of Oregon may choose to be considered as a job rotation candidate. To apply as a job rotation candidate, you must be currently employed by the State of Oregon (this includes regular status, who have completed trial service, and limited duration employees) and have written approval from your manager/supervisor to apply. Please attach the written approval to your application. If you are unable to obtain written approval prior to the close date, please apply and be prepared to bring to the interview your manager’s/supervisor’s written approval.


“To help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity.”

Equity is foundational to our role as a human services agency, and we are committed to integrating equity into all we do. The Equity North Star has four points that explain the agency’s goals related to equity, inclusion, and racial justice.


Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) administers state-funded programs for persons with developmental disabilities including but not limited to planning, resource development, consultation, technical assistance and monitoring and evaluation.

The ODDS oversees the delivery of residential, employment, family support, crisis, and case management services through county governments or their private subcontract agencies. Over 29,000 Oregonians are receiving one or more of these services throughout the State.


ODDS policy analysts work to maintain, improve , and develop the regulatory framework for ODDS  programs, including ODDS rules, policies, procedures and guidance related to home and community-based services and supports provided to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  This position will be assigned to a program or subject matter area depending on business needs.

Duties include:

  • Complete analyses of federal, state and local laws and regulations related to I/DD services
    Work closely with policy team members, ODDS units, other DHS programs or State agencies, and stakeholders
  • Center service equity and apply an equity lens in all areas of work to identify needed policy developments or modifications, develop new policies and guidance, evaluate impacts of policy
  • Continuously monitor efficacy of implemented policy solutions
  • Provide policy interpretation, guidance, technical assistance, and training and serve as a primary liaison and subject matter expert on discreet subject areas of program delivery.
  • Participate in the legislative process by developing legislative concepts, performing bill analyses and implementing legislative mandates.


This position will be being working remotely. It is anticipated that this position will eventually be a hybrid of working in the office as well as remotely, depending on business needs. The individual may be required to use a state vehicle to conduct business and must have a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record or be able to provide a suitable alternate method of transportation.


When you join the Oregon Department of Human Services, you join a community of nearly 10,000 employees dedicated to Oregon’s most vulnerable population. Career growth and development is encouraged through ample training and committee participation opportunities. The State of Oregon offers excellent benefits, including low-cost, high-coverage health insurance, generous time-off, and a competitive retirement plan.


To be considered for an interview, you must submit all required documents and your application materials must reflect that you meet the requirements.


Seven years of experience coordinating or administering a program.

Education in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, health or human services, or a similar degree will substitute for experience based on the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any of the listed areas substitutes for three (3) years of experience.
  • Master’s degree in any of the listed areas substitutes for four (4) years of experience.
  • Doctorate degree in any of the listed areas substitutes for five (5) years of experience.


The Most Competitive Candidate Will Have: 

  • Knowledge of the current practice in the delivery of community-based services to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities or other communities.
  • Knowledge and experience with person-centered thinking and planning practices, and the philosophy of self-determination as they relate to persons with disabilities and their families.
  • Working knowledge of the Charting the LifeCourse Framework
  • Commitment to ODHS service equity principles including inclusively leading with race
  • Knowledge of Federal Title XIX funding mechanisms and the associated Medicaid Home and Community-Based program regulations.
  • Demonstrated history and skills in designing program policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated history and skills in collecting and analyzing operational data and using this information to make program decisions and developing recommendations for upper management for policy or practice improvement.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


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.

Successful candidates for this position will be subject to a computerized criminal history and abuse check.  Adverse background information will be reviewed and could result in withdrawal of a conditional job offer or termination of employment.

How to Apply

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): Apply via your employee Workday account. View this job aid for help.


Your candidate profile and/or resume are the perfect opportunity to highlight your interest in the position and showcase the amazing skills and experience, making you the best candidate for the position. Your materials must clearly show how your work experience and/or education meet all the minimum and special qualifications listed above. For additional tips, please visit the Oregon Job Opportunities page, Resources for Job Seekers.


To receive Veterans’ Preference, you must complete the required Task that will be sent to you through Workday and will be located under your account profile. This Task will prompt you to provide the appropriate documentation for your Veterans’ Preference point selection. For questions about documentation, please visit: Veterans Resources or call the Oregon department of Veterans’ Affairs at:  1-800-692-9666.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. Applicants who require VISA sponsorship will not be considered at this time.

This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Note: this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

For questions about the job duties or application process, please contact Please be sure to include the job requisition number.

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ODHS commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQIA+ community members, and others to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community

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