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Director of Policy (EMS Band 4) - State of Washington

Notice!This listing has expired and should not be applied for.
Full-time position
Closing Date: July 8, 2018
Job #12679
Posted: June 8, 2018

About the Position
This position reports directly to the secretary of health as part of the agency’s executive team and also serves as the deputy director of the Center for Public Affairs (C4PA). This role helps direct and oversees policy, legislative, and constituent relations with primary responsibility for the department’s policy, legislative, regulatory, economic analysis, and congressional and constituent relations programs. 
This position supervises a seasoned group of professionals that complements and supports the agency’s work.  You will partner with assistant secretaries, Office directors, and program staff in carrying out their policy, legislative, and rule making responsibilities.  You will direct the coordination of policy development, rule development, legislative reporting, and legislative efforts across the agency and assure agency-wide analysis of issues, including the political environment.
As the Director, you will represent the secretary of health and the agency to elected officials, federal, state, and local agencies, Tribes, statewide professional and advocacy organizations, health consumers, and many other stakeholders.  You serve as a spokesperson for the agency in matters affecting legislation and health policy at the federal, state, and local levels.  You ensure that we continue to foster health in all policies across the state of Washington.
During session this position ensures bill tracking, issue spotting, and timely responses occur to best position the agency to meet our goals.  You will work frequently from the capital campus, meeting with key legislative and Governor’s office staff, coordinating with DOH team members and working closely with the secretary on hot issues on a daily basis.  It is fast-paced and exciting.  When session is over, you help support implementation of new laws and work directed to the agency and begin helping the agency build its next legislative agenda.
You will work as an integrated part of the Center for Public Affairs (C4PA).  The C4PA is a unique concept in state government combining traditionally separate work functions into a dynamic and collaborative team-focused environment to support our best cross-agency policy, communications, and partnership related work.  DOH decided to create this new center because we believe that it will strengthen our ability to be strategic, innovative, and nimble.


What we’re looking for
Success in this position requires that one be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and having excellent people skills.  It is essential that this person be able to manage many competing demands, advise the secretary and others on political strategy, and work in an innovative, nimble environment.  Equally important is being able to successfully problem-solve complex issues, influence agency culture, create meaningful partnerships, and drive agency policy and legislative agendas. 
We are looking for someone that loves a challenge, can make a mistake and move forward and thrives on fast-paced work during legislative session. 

Preference may be given to candidates with the following DESIRED education and experience:   
  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Public Policy, Political Science, Public Health, Public/Business Administration, or a closely allied field.
  • Three (3) or more years of experience in the following areas:
    • Government policy and rule development and implementation, at the federal, state, or local level.
    • Working with and fully understanding the legislative process.
    • Constituent outreach and community relations.
  • Demonstrated experience in the following:
    • Working on health related policy development and implementation at the state, local or federal level.
    • Experience with the Washington State Legislature specifically.
    • Experience and understanding of the state and federal budget process.
    • Success in representing isses before the legislature.
    • Negotiation skills and experience.
    • Building and using coalitions for legislative issue development.
    • Public speaking and/or teaching experience.
    • Being detailed oriented, organized, and efficient.


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership competencies in the following:


  • Collaborates – Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Communicates Effectively – Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated Self-Awareness – Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weakness.
  • Ensures Accountability – Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments.
  • Global Perspective – Taking a broad view when approaching issues, using a global lens.
  • Interpersonal Savvy – Relating openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people.
  • Instills Trust – Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Manages Ambiguity – Operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
    This position will remain OPEN UNTIL FILLED.  Applicant review and screening begins June 20, 2018 and will be on-going until the position is filled.     
    Individuals interested in applying for this position should select "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

    1. A detailed Letter of Interest that addresses your qualifications, as they relate to the position.
    2. Resume
    3. Five (5) or more professional references, to be included in your profile.

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