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9 Nov 2022

Full-Time Tribal and Government Liaison

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board – Posted by wslcbjobs@lcb.wa.gov Olympia, Washington, United States

Job Description

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WSLCB Vision
Safe communities for Washington State.

Mission
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 November 29, 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 Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) strives to promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in all aspects of our workforce.

It is our mission to build, educate, and inspire an inclusive workforce that recognizes, respects, and celebrates diversity in the workplace. We are committed to maintaining a thriving culture where employees 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 Director’s Office is announcing an exciting opportunity for a Tribal and Government Liaison (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 the agency’s representative with tribes and provide expert level guidance and recommendations to management team and the Director of Legislative Relations on issues involving tribal governments. In addition, you will serve as the agency’s federal, and local government liaison and will be responsible for tracking federal legislation and rules that may impact the agency. You will also coordinate and manage work arising from the LCB’s commitments on local government policies and interests.

If you have an interest in managing LCB Board’s statewide government-to-government relationships with tribes, tribal citizens, and tribal organizations, we encourage you to apply to be a part of the WSLCB team!

WSLCB provides a modern work environment and excellent benefits including:

  • Training and career development programs
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Telecommuting opportunities
  • Generous wellness program
  • Onsite exercise facility
  • Active and engaging diversity program
  • Infant at Work program
  • Organization’s commitment to your personal health and well-being
  • Work/life balance
  • Free parking
  • A comprehensive benefits package

 

Duties

Some of the duties you will perform are:

  • Utilizing your expert knowledge in Indian laws and tribal relations, provide briefings, issue analysis, and advice to the agency particularly in areas where there is no clear precedent or where competing policy grounds may make matters especially complex or difficult.
  • Coordinate and develop the Board’s tribal policy, guidance, and outreach with all divisions within the Board to maintain consistency and fairness throughout the Board.
  • Coordinate outreach activities regarding the health impacts of cannabis and alcohol to youth and underrepresented communities.
  • Accurately and completely communicate tribal reactions and positions to the LCB Management Team and the Director of Legislative Relations.
  • As assigned, represent the Board in meetings, conferences, and other public forums.
  • Be responsible for proactive outreach, one-on-one meetings, and large multi-tribal government meetings.
  • Be responsible for independent meetings with individual Board members related to tribal, federal, and local government issues and interests.
  • Serve as a trainer and lead on tribal issues to other divisions and outside groups.
  • In conjunction with the Policy and External Affairs Unit, analyze new legislation for tribal impacts and work with the Board’s implementation teams to ensure tribes interest are appropriately represented.
  • On behalf of the Board, coordinate responses to requests and questions from inside and outside the Board regarding tribal matters to ensure responses are accurate, consistent, in accordance with federal Indian law, and provided in a timely manner.
  • Develop, recommend, and implement statewide strategy, policy, and procedures regarding tribes and tribal citizen’s business activities inside and outside Indian Country.
  • Work directly with tribal governments, federal and state agencies in matters related to alcohol and cannabis policy.
  • Partner with tribal governments regarding legislation to answer questions and summarize policies impacting tribes.
  • On behalf of the Director, participate in tribal consultations and may be delegated to lead them.
  • On behalf of the Board, participate as a member of the negotiating team for tribal compact and memorandum of agreement (MOA) negotiations, and often may be delegated to lead the negotiations, and manage and monitor approved tribal compacts and MOAs.
  • Work directly with other state agencies and the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs (GOIA) in coordination of emerging issues.
  • Work with the Washington State Association of Counties and the Association of Washington Cities and individual local governments on matters related to regulating liquor, cannabis, tobacco, vape and cigarette products.
  • Manage ongoing programs, such as LCB designated Alcohol Impact Areas arising from local government requests.
  • Communicate, as needed, with the Attorney General’s Office on litigation and potential litigation matters, policy issues, tribal compacts and tribal MOAs, and the state’s interests.

Qualifications

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 experience leading, developing, or coordinating projects or programs that focus on working with tribes (tribal nations, recognized American Indian organizations, and urban Indian programs) on programs/initiatives addressing equity, health disparities, social justice, cultural humility, and/or community engagement.
Option 2:

An Associate’s degree involving a major study in American Indian Studies, Political Science, Public or Business Administration or related field. AND

At least seven (7) years of experience leading, developing, or coordinating projects or programs that focus on working with tribes (tribal nations, recognized American Indian organizations, and urban Indian programs) on programs/initiatives addressing equity, health disparities, social justice, cultural humility, and/or community engagement.

Option 3:

A Bachelor’s degree or higher involving a major study in American Indian Studies, Political Science, Public or Business Administration or related field. AND

At least five (5) years of experience leading, developing, or coordinating projects or programs that focus on working with tribes (tribal nations, recognized American Indian organizations, and urban Indian programs) on programs/initiatives addressing equity, health disparities, social justice, cultural humility, and/or community engagement.

AND

Experience/skills in the following:

  • A comprehensive knowledge of federal Indian law, state and federal constitutional issues regarding Indian law.
  • Advanced knowledge regarding the tribes located in Washington State, including the tribes’ citizens.
  • In-depth knowledge of governance structures at both the state and tribal levels.
  • Ability to negotiate and work with state agency staff, leaders, local government staff, and tribal staff/members.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team while always maintaining the highest level of professionalism.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and articulate ideas, problems, and solutions verbally in a clear and concise manner over the telephone, at presentations, meetings, and in written communications. Ability to adjust communication styles to the audience (especially for tribal communications).
  • Ability to use strong and diverse interpersonal skills when working with tribes, local governments, and the state, to motivate and influence others without direct authority through acute emotional intelligence to effectively engage and obtain cooperation from diverse co-workers, customers, and stakeholders with flexibility and agility.
  • Ability to think logically, strategically, and creatively regarding long-term trends.
  • Ability to work towards achieving the goals of the Board and the Governor’s Office while simultaneously representing tribal viewpoints to state officials.
  • Ability to analyze policy, research issues, identify impacts, assemble documentation, prepare agency policies and policy briefs, and represent the agency’s position to tribal communities.
  • Understanding of and how to work within the political environment.
  • Ability to analyze and explain novel questions and issues of first impressions.
  • Weighing of competing, and often controversial, legal arguments and advising the stakeholders of the benefits and risks associated with each course of action.
  • Ability to strategically plan, prioritize, and quantify work.
  • Strong ability to work with a variety of special interest groups and the media.
  • Ability to gain trust and work cooperatively with diverse groups.
  • Ability to accurately represent the Board’s position to diverse groups, and to accurately represent that group’s response and positions back to the Board.
  • A general working knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • A law degree or master’s degree in American Indian Studies, political science, public administration, or related field.
  • Experience acting as a liaison with tribal, state, federal, or local government.
  • Knowledge of tribal cultures and/or connection to a tribal community.
  • Experience in federal Indian law and/or state and federal constitutional issues regarding Indian law or experience negotiating with tribes.

Please apply using link provided.

How to Apply

State of Washington Job Opportunities | Work that Matters (governmentjobs.com)

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

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