Career Mobility Accounting
Professional development for state workers committed to growth and advancement of your career.
Career Mobility is focused on supporting the needs of the state workforce and is a first-of-its-kind in the State of Oregon. In partnership with state agencies, SEIU 503, and Western Oregon University, Uplift Oregon is excited to offer this groundbreaking opportunity for career development. This program provides no-cost education and guided support for state employees to develop professional skills to advance their career.
Career Mobility is a collaborative sucess between Western Oregon University (WOU), SEIU503, Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Department of Consumer & Business Services (DCBS), Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Housing & Community Services (OCHS), and Oregon Department of Revenue.
SEIU503 & state agency partners are recruiting candidates for the first cohort of the Career Mobility Program in the field of Accounting to begin in January, 2024.
Summary of the program, course work, and how you will be supported throughout your education.
No cost to participants for tuition, books, or instruction.
All courses are asynchronous (no previously scheduled “real time” meetings) online through the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) at WOU. All courses are online and asynchronous, meaning that participants can view course materials each week whenever it’s convenient for them. For the successful completion and comprehension of course assignments, participants should expect to set aside time for weekly reading, watching course videos, and exploring all necessary course materials and online resources.
Time Commitment Overview
- There are four 10-week terms with two courses each term that make up the year of study.
- Additionally, there will be regularly scheduled meetings (in-person and virtual) for this cohort to receive support and share feedback with WOU, Uplift Oregon, and all partners.
- Participants are encouraged to continue employment with the State of Oregon for two years after program completion.
- Applicants from sponsoring state agencies are given priority in the selection process, but all executive branch state employees who meet the minimum requirements may apply.
- Download Career Mobility Accounting Timeline for details
Application Process and Minimum Qualifications
Classes are scheduled to begin January 8, 2024, and applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 1, 2023. The application portal opens on October 2, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered. In order to apply, you must submit a full application here
The Career Mobility Selection Committee, with the assistance of respective departmental human resources offices, will conduct a review of each application packet to ensure applicants meet the following minimum criteria by the final filing date of November 1, 2023.
Each applicant MUST:
- Have permanent, full-time status in an executive branch state agency for a minimum of 1 year.
- Be able to perform the essential duties of the program, with or without reasonable accommodation;
- Not have formal discipline within the last 12 months;
- Not have unapproved leave-of-absence within the last 12 months;
- Not currently be on trial service or a limited term assignment;
- If previously or currently attending classes at the partnering educational institution (Western Oregon University), be in a positive academic standing status;
- Not have other commitments that conflict with completing the requirements of this program
- Commit to continuing as an employee of the State of Oregon for two years upon program completion.
We strongly encourage members of SEIU503 to apply however it is not a requirement that an applicant be a member to apply.
For applicants who meet the minimum requirements, an aptitude test (MyInnerGenius) and interview may be required in addition to the initial application.
- If an aptitude test is requested, an email will be sent with instructions and time guidelines for completion.
- If an interview is requested, interview questions will be emailed to applicants ahead of time along with further instructions and meeting time guidelines.
- Applicants who are accepted into the program will be notified by a representative from Uplift Oregon. Additional steps will be defined at that time, and class enrollment and online credential instructions will follow.
MyInnerGenius (IBM): Reduces bias by shielding SPI, biographical data, age, gender, and race; has options to account for learning differences – (retest at no cost/penalty; no time limit; elimination of some parts of the test that may not be applicable to candidates with certain abilities (e.g. questions on emotional perception for someone with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder – ASD.) Multiple languages are available if needed. Learn more about MyInnerGenius
Equity at Work
The Department of Administrative Services is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer committed to Workforce Diversity. At the Department of Administrative Services, we embody the value of hiring a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce revitalizes our state. We value diversity and foster a positive and welcoming environment where all employees can thrive.
Applications will be evaluated and screened based on the Minimum Qualifications, the results of the Aptitude Test (if one is required), and the results of an interview with the Selection Committee (if one is requested). If you have any questions please contact us [email protected]