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Technical Specialist at Oregon Tilth - 10226

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Technical Specialist
Oregon Tilth
2525 SE 3rd Street
97333 Corvallis , OR ,
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Job Description: 

Oregon Tilth works to make our food and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable. When Oregon Tilth started, sustainable agriculture and organic weren’t familiar buzzwords. Today our core initiatives of certification, education, and advocacy continue to shape food systems that benefit people and planet, together.

The Certification Technical Specialist serves as the technical expert within a focused scope of handling/processing. The Technical Specialist works to support the certification staff and inspectors with technical questions, training and resources. The Technical Specialist works with other Specialists to implement the goals outlined by the certification program and works to ensure a high level of quality and integrity in certification delivery. The Technical Specialist works in collaboration with their team, the materials department, and the Quality Control team to identify areas of continuous improvement.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

The responsibilities of the Technical Specialist include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Engaged Teams – Serving as the technical resource for staff and contractors; developing and implementing the annual staff training plan to ensure a high level of quality; assisting with the annual inspector training plan; developing and maintaining policies and procedures for certification that support the client service delivery teams and inspectors; and providing technical training to certification staff.
• Empowered Clients – Serving as the technical resource for clients with complex questions; working with the education team to develop external trainings and resources to empower clients along the customer journey; and assisting with complaint investigations of a technical nature to ensure a high level of integrity with OTCO operations.
• Exemplary Leadership – Providing regulatory reports and assessments of standards as necessary; assisting the Quality Control department with internal auditing and sample programs as requested; staying alert to industry trends and standard changes to implement proactive development as necessary; navigating technically complex certification issues to provide staff with clear and consistent answers; representing Oregon Tilth in public forums within the organic industry (ACA, NOSB, etc.) to inform policy rulemaking and development; and serving as a role model for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Education & Experience: 

• Bachelor’s degree in related field or minimum 4 years of certification experience
• Experience in professional office environment
• Strong attention to detail and communication skills

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