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Position Management
Direct Appointments
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For positions that are covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), review the applicable CBA to fulfill contractual obligations for filling vacancies.
Generally, an agency recruits for all vacancies that are classified unrepresented, management service and for the initial appointment to all classified positions through a competitive process.  However, Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 105-040-0050 offers an alternative method to the open competitive process when making appointments to positions in state service. An agency head has the delegated authority and discretion to make direct appointments consistent with the criteria established in OAR 105-040-0050, as follows:
Direct appointments can occur for any of the following reasons:
  • A failed recruitment within the past six (6) months
  • An agency has critical timing needs affecting recruitment
  • The position requires special or unique professional skills
  • The appointment is made consistent with a court or administrative order, consent decree, court or administrative settlement, or negotiated tort claim settlement
  • The appointee must be qualified or become qualified for the position within twelve (12) months.
An agency must document each direct appointment and retain the documentation in the employee’s file. The documentation cites the applicable rule criteria, results of any open competitive recruitment, the qualifications of the individual selected, and the agency appointing authority’s signature.