Developmental Disability Licensing Compliance Specialist

$27.20 - $34.37 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Mar 01, 2021
Full time Government Health Care

Job Description

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, March 8, 2021.


Annual Pay Range:    *$53,041.24 - $67,038.54

Hourly Pay Range:     $27.200637 - $34.378736

*This position works 37.5 hours per week.

Starting salaries will be within the posted pay range based on relevant experience, this may include paid work, military service, and unpaid work (such as internships and volunteering).


In addition to competitive wages, Clackamas County offers an attractive benefits package for employees in regular status positions.

This is a full time County position represented by the Employees' Association.

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Clackamas County's Social Services Division has an immediate vacancy for a Developmental Disability (DD) Licensing Compliance Specialist.   The DD Licensing Compliance Specialist develops and facilitates trainings for new and current adult and child foster care providers, based on the Oregon Administrative Rules and Individual Support Plan requirements. The Licensing Compliance Specialist provides technical assistance to residential providers to ensure that individuals' support needs are being met and required documentation is being completed. This position works collaboratively with Service Coordinators to identify and address concerns around compliance with residential providers by providing consultation, assessment of compliance with OARs, and appropriate training.

The Licensing Compliance Specialist works collaboratively with the Licensing and Compliance team to report licensing violations that require citations to foster providers.  This position also identifies and reports compliance issues in group homes to the State and provides back-up support to abuse investigators. The DD Licensing Compliance Specialist responds to complaints and compliance situations and participates in program planning and development.

This position may conduct and review licensing inspections of adult and child foster care homes and group homes, investigate alleged licensing violations, and identify the need for licensing citations to foster care providers.

Successful candidates will have at least one year experience with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities case management. This includes a background in client assessment and monitoring the progress of clients. The ideal candidate will have a strong background working with this population, specifically with complaint resolution, determining compliance with applicable State licensing requirements and standards, and providing protective services to vulnerable populations.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • Must meet the minimum standards for a Foster Care Licensing and Certification Specialist** under Community Developmental Disability Programs as defined in OAR 411-320-0030 (Organization and Program Management ; Qualified Staff)
  • Within the first year of hire, must attend and pass core competency training and demonstrate competency after completion of core competency training. (OAR Chapter 411)
  • At least 1 year of current (within past 4 years) experience with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities services
  • At least 1 year of experience conducting compliance reviews, following State and/or County compliance standards.
  • At least 1 year of experience providing case management services such as developing individual service plans, safety plans, skill training plans and client assessments for intellectually and developmentally disabled populations.
  • At least 1 year of experience conducting training for large groups, as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • At least 1 year of experience monitoring client progress and ensuring service plans are carried out.
  • Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check and reports of substantiated abuse
  • Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. Learn more about the County's drug testing policy.
  • Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.  Learn more about the County's driving policy

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • Experience interpreting and applying Oregon Administrative Rules
  • Experience with complaint resolution
  • Experience determining compliance with applicable State licensing requirements and standards
  • Experience providing protective services to vulnerable populations
  • Experience working with diverse cultural backgrounds

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference:  If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.

**Rule 411-320-0030  Organization and Program Management

(5)  QUALIFIED STAFF.  (g)  FOSTER CARE LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION SPECIALIST.  A foster care licensing and certification specialist must have knowledge of the public service system for developmental disabilities services in Oregon and at least:

(A)  A master’s degree in social work;

(B)  A bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, social work, social science, or a closely related field;

(C)  A bachelor’s degree in any field and one year of human services related experience, such as work providing assistance to individuals and groups with issues such as economical disadvantages, employment, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, aging, disabilities, prevention, health, cultural competencies, or housing;

(D)  An associate’s degree in a behavioral science, social science, or a closely related field and two years of human services related experience, such as work providing assistance to individuals and groups with issues such as economical disadvantages, employment, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, aging, disabilities, prevention, health, cultural competencies, or housing; or

(E)  Three years of human services related experience, such as work providing assistance to individuals and groups with issues such as economical disadvantages, employment, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, aging, disabilities, prevention, health, cultural competencies, or housing.


  • Plans, coordinates, interviews applicants and conducts on-site inspections of potential and currently licensed adult and child foster homes and group homes; serves as Clackamas County's licensing contact to the state, providers, providers landlords, and the public; determines compliance with applicable state licensing requirements and standards; recommends to state DD Licensing Unit approval or denial of foster home licenses based on applicable standards criteria.
  • Prepares written reports and correspondence in response to licensing violations; determines the necessary corrective action to be taken by the licensed provider and when appropriate, recommends what type of sanction(s) will be imposed including civil penalties, conditions on license, denial, suspension or non-renewal license.
  • Provides consultation to case managers, providers, applicants and caregivers on complex, technical issues and various aspects of operating and/or working in foster care and group homes; interprets and applies the Administrative Rules to assure providers operate their home in compliance; communicates new procedures from state DD to providers; conducts interviews and tests for English comprehension; determines if potential providers, resident managers and care givers meet the qualifications per Oregon Administrative Rules.
  • Plans, organizes and presents the orientation to potential providers and resident managers; advises and counsels providers regarding applicable requirements, rules and regulations; approves and recommends denial of employment of resident managers and other care givers; approves or denies requests for training for the mandatory continuing education credits; interprets and applies the Administrative Rules to review and approve/deny all foster home providers private admission contracts.
  • Responds to and investigates complaints regarding alleged licensing violations; in coordination with the state Licensing Unit, determines the course of action needed; consults with County Counsel regarding legal actions taken; testifies at hearings regarding licensing actions and provides evidence in support of actions taken.
  • Participates in leading the foster home licensing program work and support staff; may train, assign and review work of clerical support staff; leads monthly meeting with foster care case managers or group home case managers regarding provider issues, licensing issues, citations and OAR changes; reviews foster care license and caregiver applications to determine if qualifications and training requirements have been met and processes all criminal history requirements with the state Criminal Background Unit for foster care.
  • Provides high level technical support and training to providers to ensure compliance with specific service OAR's and the Abuse and Neglect OAR; provides proactive support to providers to reduce incidents of abuse and neglect through training and technical assistance; provides at least quarterly monitoring of individuals receiving service and health and safety facility inspections in foster and group homes, if there are health/safety/neglect/abuse concerns, monitoring visits may be required daily.
  • Provides back-up support to abuse investigators to follow-up with providers for screening, protective services and required actions of a completed report; documents actions in progress notes or abuse report; conducts individual needs assessment as an impartial facilitator.
  • Participates and serves on various committees; consults with or provides information to agency staff and other social services professionals.


Working Knowledge of: Laws, rules and regulations applicable to the licensing of adult and child foster care homes and group homes; certification and endorsement requirements for providers; methods and principles used to conduct licensing assessments, needs assessments and abuse investigations; principles and techniques of interviewing and public speaking; office procedures, practices and equipment, including computer operation.

Some Knowledge of: Community and state resources; basic principles and techniques of supervision.

Skill to: Interview and investigate foster and agency providers to obtain information needed to assess licensing eligibility status and compliance; interpret policies, procedures and requirements applicable to the licensing of foster and group homes and certification of foster homeproviders; analyze data on alleged licensing violations and determine appropriate course of action; prepare and present written and oral presentations; enter and retrieve data on a computer; establish and maintain effective working relationships with providers, agencies and other social services professionals; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and maintain accurate and legible records; plan, organize and lead the work of assigned staff.


Some duties include exposure to environmental factors and unpleasant living conditions and behaviors.


This position is included in the County’s alternate workweek program, working 37.5 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off). Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.



Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 400,000 citizens.

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The Social Services Division provides assistance to seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and low-income residents of Clackamas County.

Social Services is a Division of the Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) Department. 

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Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date.  You may request an accommodation during the online application process.


Applicants must pass a criminal records and abuse check according to ORS 409.027 in order to be considered. This requirement is an important step to ensure safety and quality care for the most vulnerable Oregonians, which are children, seniors and people with disabilities.