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30 Aug 2023

Full-Time Licensing Specialist (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 September 13th, 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.


** Please Note: These are Non-permanent positions one is expected to last about 6 months and the other is expected to last about 12 months. ** 


These positions are currently eligible to telework. These positions are required to work in the office at least 2 days a week. 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.

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


Your opportunity at a glance

The WSLCB Licensing and Regulation Division is announcing an exciting opportunity for two Licensing Specialists 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!




Some of the duties you will perform are:

  • Independently manage an assigned caseload of investigations on liquor license applicants.
  • Conduct in-depth interviews to determine eligibility and assess document requirements. Request documentation needed to conduct investigation and ensure eligibility.
  • Complete notification to local authority and post document to applicant.
  • Analyze written material (financial statements, loan documents, bank statements, leases, purchase and sale agreements, management agreements, closing documents and numerous other legal documents to confirm True Party of Interest and rule out illegal funds, hidden ownership or other disqualifying factors.
  • Evaluate information received from applicants, the Enforcement Division, and external sources such as local authorities, other state and/ or federal agencies, etc. to determine impact on investigation.
  • Research violation history of applicants to assess public safety risk.
  • Approve routine new, in lieu of, added class, change of location and assumption applications.
  • Determine if there are disqualifying factors and/ or public safety concerns, statutory or regulatory concerns that may result in referral of the file to a Licensing Specialist Senior for processing.
  • Research, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures as applicable to determine applicant eligibility.
  • Receive and resolve problems and complaints from applicants and/or their representatives regarding applications.




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 experience that includes 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.

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) 664.1674. 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, #Hiring, #Publicadministration, #WSLCB, Accounting, and economics. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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