Tobacco Compliance Assistant

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

Application closes: No close date

Tobacco Compliance Assistant

Opening Date:  October 4, 2019

Closing Date:  October 21, 2019

Job Class Code: 5160

Grade: 20

Salary: $35,588.80 - $47,944.00/annually

Position Number:  006000589

Bargaining Unit:  Professional and Technical Services Unit

Job Description:

The Consumer Protection Division in the Office of the Attorney General in Augusta has a current full-time (8am-5pm) vacancy for a Tobacco Compliance Assistant working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tobacco Compliance Check Inspection Program.  The primary responsibilities of this position will be to support FDA’s efforts to reduce tobacco use by minors by assigning directed and routine retail compliance check inspections and responding to inquiries by FDA concerning inspections, data, reports and other information associated with this program. This position will consult with FDA and the Tobacco Enforcement Coordinator under limited supervision and serve as a liaison between FDA and contracted program staff to meet the contract deliverables. Duties include, but not limited to:

  • Obtain, review, filter and update listings of retail tobacco establishments for accuracy and completeness prior to importing data into the FDA database
  • Identify and assign inspections at retail tobacco establishments that sell and advertise FDA regulated tobacco products
  • Submit inspection results and observations
  • Collect, document, and preserve evidence of inspections and investigations
  • Support FDA in any enforcement or judicial actions
  • Review, research and respond to FDA monthly reports
  • Oversee the work of subcontractors
  • Respond to inquiries by FDA concerning inspections, data, and information associated within the contract
  • Assist the Tobacco Enforcement Coordinator with all other FDA related tasks

 Once hired, the successful candidate is required to apply for and receive commissioning status by the FDA and finalized before employee passes probation. The commissioning process includes, but is not limited to, a level-5 public trust background investigation (finger printing and background investigation paperwork). Receiving commissioning status signifies that an employee has accepted a position of public trust and will comply with all applicable federal laws and ethical standards. FMI: https://fedcas.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Federal-Suitability-Security-Clearance-Chart.pdf

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of FDA Tobacco Control Act
  • Knowledge of contract administration practices and procedures
  • Knowledge of state agencies and entities related to tobacco prevention
  • Knowledge of MS Office, specifically Excel, PowerPoint and web-based databases
  • Knowledge of basic accounting and invoicing
  • Knowledge of principles of organization and contract
  • Ability to obtain U.S. DHHS FDA commissioning within 6 months of hire
  • Ability to oversee FDA Commissioning process of the program
  • Ability to manage and conduct trainings for contracted staff
  • Ability to use independent decision-making and understand standard procedures and policies
  • Ability to effectively plan and adjust work operations to meet planned and unexpected changes
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A four (4) year combination of education, training, and/or experience in community health, public health education, and/or tobacco prevention, including oversight of contractors, staff, and personnel; experience with grants, contract deliverables, invoicing, budgeting, database management, and web-based programs.

 LICENSING/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (These must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).

 FDA Commissioned Certification.

Application Instructions:

If you are interested in applying for this position, prepare a cover letter highlighting your experience and qualifications that make you a candidate for the position.  Include your resume, three references (to include one work-related reference) and complete online application.

The Office is not responsible for late receipt of applications due to electronic transmission malfunctions.

A job offer to a new hire is conditional upon verification of credentials, and a satisfactory check of criminal history records, driver’s license records, and professional license records, if applicable.

Please direct all questions to Assistant Attorney General, Linda Conti, Division Chief, at 207-626-8591 or email linda.conti@maine.gov

 BENEFITS

The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement is 14.47% of salary for Bargaining Unit positions and 19.27% for Confidential Positions.  

The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly.

The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

  • Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing): $461.75 biweekly 
  • Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $438.66 biweekly
  • Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%): $415.58 biweekly
  • Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $392.49 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.

Other fringe benefits are available and may require employee cost contributions. 

A review of benefits (subject to position/salary) are available on the following internet sites, http://www.maine.gov/bhr/state_jobs/index.htm and http://www.maine.gov/bhr/oeh/

 Why Work for the State of Maine?

State of Maine employees have a wide variety of health benefits and wellness programs available to them.  Whatever your health and wellness goals may be, we have solutions to help you meet your goal.  Preventive care is covered 100%, low-cost generic medications, premium-free dental insurance for full-time employee coverage, tobacco cessation program and MUCH MORE!

Benefits Include: Health, Dental and Vision Insurance; Retirement Savings; Flexible Spending Accounts; Gym Membership Reimbursement; and Living Resources (Employee Assistance Program).

Public Sector employees may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  To learn if you qualify, please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service#qualify.

The State of Maine also offers paid holidays, training, and the chance to make a difference in Maine with a career in public service.

 The State of Maine Government and Office of the Attorney General is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under local, state or federal laws.  Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.