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1 Aug 2023

Full-Time Licensing Specialist Senior (Two Positions)

wslcbjobs@lcb.wa.gov – Posted by wslcbjobs@lcb.wa.gov Olympia, Washington, United States

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WSLCB Vision
Safe communities for Washington State.

Promote public safety and trust through fair administration, education and enforcement of liquor, tobacco, cannabis and vapor laws.

This recruitment is open until filled.  First review of applications will be August 15th,  2023.  The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time. We encourage all to apply as early as possible.


These positions are currently eligible to telework. This may change based on business needs.

Who we are

The mission of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is to promote public safety and trust through fair administration, education and enforcement of liquor, cannabis, tobacco, and vapor laws. We search for people who demonstrate a strong work ethic, excellence in customer service, partnering and teamwork, and quality performance.

We want to create a culture that fosters excellence in customer service, open and honest communication, transparency and accountability, data driven decisions, and business-initiated process improvement.

Our commitment to DEIB

The WSLCB strives to promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in all aspects of our work. This includes a commitment to our workforce and external stakeholders.

It is our mission to build, educate, and inspire an inclusive environment that recognizes, respects, and celebrates diversity in the workplace and in the community we serve. We are committed to maintaining a thriving culture where employees and those we serve feel safe and accepted regardless of education, background, or beliefs. As a WSLCB team member, you will have opportunity to join statewide business resource groups (BRGs) such as, Rainbow Alliance and Inclusion NetworkVeteran Employee Resource GroupLatino Leadership NetworkBlacks United in Leadership and DiversityDisability Inclusion NetworkWashington Immigrant Network and Hawaiians, Asians, and Pacific Islanders Promoting an Empowerment Network.

Your opportunity at a glance

The WSLCB Licensing and Regulation Division is announcing an exciting opportunity for Licensing Specialist Senior (Two Positions) at Olympia, WA. These positions report to a Licensing Specialist Supervisor in the WSLCB’s Licensing and Regulation Division. These positions serve and complement the WSLCB’s mission and goals by providing the highest level of public safety by assessing, analyzing, and enforcing laws, regulations, and policies. You will be responsible for determining whether the criteria and regulations are met so that licenses and permits are issued to qualified businesses and individuals.

If you have an interest in assessing and analyzing regulations and policies with a focus on process improvement, we encourage you to apply to be a part of the WSLCB team!

WSLCB provides a modern work environment and excellent benefits including:

  • A comprehensive benefits package (including but not limited to Medical/Dental/Vision, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance etc.)
  • Paid Vacation, Leave, and Holidays
  • Tuition Waiver (enrollment in courses at state universities/colleges on a space availability basis – all or a portion of the tuition/fees may be waived for state employees)
  • Tuition reimbursement (courses taken with prior approval in order to further employee’s career development with the WSLCB)
  • Training and career development programs (including online courses and LinkedIn Learning)
  • A healthy work/life balance (this may include flexible/alternative work schedules and telework/remote work opportunities, when possible)
  • Employee Assistance Program – confidential program created to promote the health, safety and well-being of public service employees
  • Generous wellness program (we offer reimbursements for certain fitness related activities)
  • Onsite exercise facility (for employees working at WSLCB Headquarter Building in Olympia)
  • Infants at Work Program to promote parent and infant bonding, parental well-being and healthy infant development. Depending on your job duties, work location and supervisor approval, eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers or legal guardians can bring their infant (six weeks to six months) when they return to work.
  • Free parking




Some of the duties you will perform are:

  • Independently manage an assigned caseload of cannabis license investigations to include processing social equity applications.
  • Conduct in-depth interviews to determine eligibility and assess document requirements. Request documentation needed to conduct investigation and ensure eligibility.
  • Analyze legal and financial documents (including but not limited to financial statements, loan documents, bank statements, leases, personal funds, corporate funds, sale agreements, management agreements and closing documents) as well as the insurance documents, verification of taxes, lease agreements by landlord, communication from local authorities, and all other contracts associated with the cannabis business.
  • Monitor and coordinate activities and processes of a licensing program(s); approve or disapprove selected license transactions for issuance of new, renewal, and change licenses and recommend approval/denial of other license types.
  • Handle questions regarding thresholds, denial of a license, due process and appeal rights pertaining to licensing from authorized representatives, the public and other agencies; consult with, assist, and provide expertise to staff, license applicants, the public, attorneys, and other technical matters involving applicable statutes, regulations, laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Gather and verify bankruptcy, receivership, and estate documents. Coordinate with assigned manager for further instruction on processing of the file.
  • Evaluate qualifying criteria to determine eligibility for cannabis applicants. This includes criminal history, operating plans, suspected ownership issues, corporate structures, changes in ownership, multiple locations, public protests, restricted entities, violation history, sources of funding, civil records, court records, and any other applicable documents that could adversely affect the license or result in a violation of WAC 314-55.
  • Collaborate with Enforcement on investigations, final inspections, and other inquiries as requested. Coordinate with intra-agency Divisions such as Enforcement, Finance, Examiners, Information Technology (IT), the Board Office, Communications and Public Records.
  • Determine eligibility for approval or withdrawal. For approvals, review completed work and prepare application for build out, final inspection, and/or final approval. For withdrawals, complete the withdrawal checklist and distribute accordingly.
  • Provide oral and written qualification assessment and licensing information to applicants, staff, business professionals, the public and local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Provide training and other presentations to agency staff, state agencies, and/or the public.




Required Qualifications:

Experience for required qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment and educational experience. See below for how you may qualify.

Option 1: 

Two (2) years of lead experience within a regulatory agency. This may include analyzing and interpreting program financial documents, laws, and regulations for license qualification; and issuance and interviewing and research/review duties involving public contact.

Option 2:

An Associate’s degree or above involving major study in accounting, finance, business or public administration, criminal justice, or related field.

Option 3:

One year of experience as a Licensing Specialist.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to learn, understand and explain regulatory statutes, rules, policies and procedures.
  • Experience in maintaining effective communications with all levels within the organization.
  • Experience in maintaining and building working relationships characterized by mutual acceptance and cooperation.
  • Experience/ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Experience working with an electronic imaging and workflow management system.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication.



Supplemental Information




IMPORTANT: To be considered for this position, you MUST include the following, failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified:

  1. Completed online application.
  2. Current Resume.
  3. Letter of Interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for the position.
  4. Three professional references to include a current or recent supervisor with email addresses and phone numbers.

**A resume will not substitute for completing the “work experience” section of the application.

The information provided in your application and supplemental questionnaire must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this recruitment.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Applicants for employment with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board should also be aware of RCW 66.08.080, which states in part: “No employee of the board shall have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the manufacture of liquor sold under this title, or derive any profit or remuneration from the sale of liquor, other than the salary or wages payable to him in respect of his office or position, and shall receive no gratuity from any person in connection with such business.

RCW 69.50.351, no member of the state liquor and cannabis board and no employee of the state liquor and cannabis board shall have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the producing, processing, or sale of cannabis, useable cannabis, or cannabis-infused products, or derive any profit or remuneration from the sale of cannabis, useable cannabis, or cannabis-infused products other than the salary or wages payable to him or her in respect of his or her office or position, and shall receive no gratuity from any person in connection with the business.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from job seekers with diverse backgrounds. Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees enjoy a respectful, safe, and supportive working environment.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.  You are welcome to include your name and gender pronouns in your application, to ensure we address you appropriately throughout the application process.

For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email hr****@lc*.gov or call (360) 664.1720. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: #businessadministration, #finance #Criminaljustice, #Hiring, #Publicadministration, #WSLCB, Accounting, and jobs. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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