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12 May 2023

Full-Time Policy and Rules Manager (WMS Band 2)

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

Job Description

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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 May 26, 2022. 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.


This position is currently eligible to telework.

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 Director’s Office is announcing an exciting opportunity for a Policy and Rules Manager (WMS Band 2) position in Olympia, WA. This is a Washington Management Service (WMS) Band 2 position that reports to the Director of Policy and External Affairs. In this position, you will serve as one of the agency’s experts on agency liquor, tobacco, vapor and cannabis laws, policies, and rules consistent with RCW 34.05.312. You will supervise a staff of 3 rules coordinators. You will oversee and implement the framework and process for rule development; provide expert rules and policy advice to the board and management, and work with all divisions in the agency in rule drafting and development. In this role, you will also maintain procedural and process conversation with the Code Reviser’s office, the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA), and other external stakeholders.

If you have an interest in policy analysis as well as rules development, 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:

  • Oversee and implement the framework and procedure for rule development.
  • Rule development planning.
  • Supervise 3 rules coordinator staff, including conducting annual employee evaluations.
  • Quality assurance of rule packages presented to the board.
  • Work with Assistant Attorneys General on risk mitigation and legal issues associated with rule development.
  • Implementation of legislation.
  • Oversee agency responses to rule petitions.
  • Conduct stakeholder outreach and public hearings on rules.
  • Present to various stakeholder groups and the legislature on rule and policy development.
  • Provide policy analysis to the Board, Agency Director, Policy Director, and Management Team as requested.
  • Analyze policies that affect the agency licensee, stakeholders, and the public.
  • Recommend actions and policy decisions on difficult and substantive rules and policy issues.
  • Plan and direct the work of the unit and review work for compliance with agency policy and standards.
  • Foster a strategic, proactive approach to rule development and revision.
  • Under the direction of the Director of Policy and External Affairs, lead the agency approach to internal and external stakeholder engagement for rules and policy issues.
  • Provide support for and develop rule interpretation structure and approach.
  • Work with agency staff to identify significant policy issues requiring further development or modification.
  • Provide support and direction regarding developing resolutions for significant policy issues.
  • Work with multiple divisions to ensure clear delivery of rule adoption and interpretation, and significant policy issues.
  • Coordinate joint rules and regulatory efforts with agency staff, other state agencies, and external stakeholders.
  • Analyze and evaluate projected impacts and consequences of policy development or change, particularly related to impact on social equity, social justice, marginalized communities, and small businesses.
  • Work with the IT Services Division, business analysts and others to create transparency in rule development process, and an archive to ensure historical tracking of rule and policy interpretation decisions.




Required Qualifications:

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


Option 1:

At least nine (9) years of professional experience directly related to program, policy, or rule analysis.


Option 2:


An Associate’s degree or higher in Public Policy, Government, Public Administration, or related field, AND


At least seven (7) years of professional experience directly related to program, policy, or rule analysis.


Option 3:

A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Public Policy, Government, Public Administration, or related field, AND


At least five (5) years of professional experience directly related to program, policy, or rule analysis.

Experience/skills in the following:

  • Experience analyzing proposed rules and regulation.
  • Experience in communicating professionally and effectively in a variety of settings and to the media.
  • Strong writing skills and efficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • In-depth knowledge of liquor, cannabis, tobacco laws, rules, and policies.
  • Strong presentation skills to stakeholders and other groups.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in leading change through strategic thinking.
  • Strong analytic skills, including proficiency with spreadsheets and databases.
  • Experience working with regulated product manufacturing, distribution, and sales.
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience in program, policy, or rule analysis.



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 Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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