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6 Mar 2023

Full-Time Social Equity in Cannabis Program Manager (WMS Band 2) – Posted by 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 begin Tuesday, March 21, 2023. We encourage all applicants to apply early. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.** 


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 employees 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 belief. 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 a Social Equity in Cannabis Program Manager position in Olympia, WA. This position reports to directly to the Licensing Director in the Licensing Division. This position provides agency-wide leadership in establishing and strengthening the Social Equity in Cannabis program. The Program Manager contributes to the overall mission of the agency by providing strong strategies, leadership, facilitation, planning, coordination, and partnership to support the agency’s mission to promote public safety and trust through the fair administration and education of cannabis laws. This position serves on the Licensing Leadership Team and will help drive, shape, and coordinate the roll-out of the Social Equity in Cannabis Program and implement changes to the program based on changes in law and lessons learned. This position will help promote public trust by assisting the agency address the harms done to those who were most impacted by the war on drugs.

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





Develop and implement the Social Equity in Cannabis Program, contributing to the policies and procedures to support a dynamic, inclusive, and evolving program within the legal framework developed by the legislature. Duties include:

  • Planning and monitoring the execution and outcomes of the program, including managing project interdependencies.
  • Managing the development of the program and responding to legislative and program changes in a coordinated fashion.
  • Identifying and managing problems and risks as they occur.
  • Documenting and sharing decisions made about the program.
  • Managing contracts related to the program.
  • Coordinate efforts with the Department of Commerce to provide technical assistance to applicants and potential applicants.
  • Work with the Communications team to manage outreach and public awareness efforts to share information and resources with potential applicants.
  • Working with the Licensing Director to brief the Board, Governor’s Office, Legislators, Legislative staff, and others about the status of the project.
  • Research other states’ approaches to Social Equity in Cannabis for lessons learned and opportunities to improve the program.
  • Supervising the Cannabis Social Equity Case Manager, who’s responsible for assisting applicants and community members to navigate the program and administering the program in compliance with state laws and rules.



Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher involving major study in social work, business administration, public administration, public/community health, or related field

Note: Additional professional experience in community engagement or organizing or advancing equity and social justice may be substituted year for year for education. 


  • Four (4) years’ experience demonstrating knowledge and skill in issues related to leading strategic and culturally responsive community partnership and engagement, equity and social justice, health equity, diversity, inclusion, and cultural humility.
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to lead and organize projects.
  • Strong collaboration and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to research and analyze facts and law to formulate decisions.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both in writing and verbally.
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage time and resources and prioritize assignments.

Preferred/Desired Education, Experience, and Competencies:

  • Knowledge of the disparate impact of the war on drugs on communities.
  • Ability to effectively lead change and identify and implement opportunities for innovation.
  • Ability to effectively negotiate and address problems with creative and effective solutions.
  • Strong data analysis experience and skills, working with large data sets and GIS programs.
  • Experience managing contracts.


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.

Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1(Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader), state employees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Special note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. No start date will be approved until you verify your status.

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 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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