ONTARIO – Seventeen new jobs are currently open at the state Department of Human Services office in Ontario.

The influx of jobs to the local economy will help ease the strain on a system that’s overburdened statewide.

“In some areas there’s a backlog of people getting services,” said Dan Ramirez, Self Sufficiency program manager. “With the state distributing the workload, that can expedite services.”

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The department is currently hiring human services specialists tasked with benefit and eligibility work. These employees will work at the Ontario office to respond to clients around the state. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

The specialists will primarily assist people applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, commonly known as food stamps.

The full time jobs pay a monthly wage of $2,990 to $4,312.

Applications close on Dec. 1, but Ramirez said the positions will reopen if there aren’t enough qualified applicants.

“We’ve been working at this for over two years now trying to advocate for the positions in our area,” said Ramirez.

The Ontario DHS office revamped its building, opening up more space for the incoming employees, said Ramirez. He added that these positions typically go to areas with a higher population.

The district office, which covers Grant, Harney and Malheur counties, received a total of 27 new positions for the district’s Self Sufficiency Program and recently filled 17 positions in Child Welfare.

The injection of jobs is part of an effort backed by Gov. Kate Brown to reform the agency.

To apply visit: https://oregon.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/SOR_External_Career_Site

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