Policy Analyst - Health Care Focus (Exempt) - State of Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner

CLOSING DATE: August 27, 2020


JOB #: 16146

POSTED: July 27, 2020


The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) is seeking civil service exempt position as a Policy Analyst with a Health Care Focus to join our Policy and Legislative Affairs Division in the Olympia office.

The OIC occupies a unique space in Washington state government involved with numerous high priority, healthcare programs. This position will be responsible for finding innovative ways to work through policy issues, manage stakeholder relationships, develop factual foundations for fiscal notes, and draft legislation and initiatives to solve policy issues. The incumbent can expect a fast-paced environment where their skills are added to a team working on the bleeding edge of healthcare issues in Washington State. By analyzing key issues, and helping develop initiatives, rules, and laws, you help further the agency’s mission related to health insurance.

If you’re interested in making your mark in state government using your research and analysis skills along with your ability to communicate complex issues to public audiences or to the legislature, this is an opportunity to join a team doing just that!

This is a civil service exempt position. In addition to the comprehensive benefits package, the salary for this position is up to $89,004 annually, depending on qualifications.

The recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. The agency reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time after the initial screening date on August 9th, 2020. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible.

The office of the Insurance Commissioner’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are still hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. The majority of our staff are working from home and we have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) operates under the direction of the state’s Insurance Commissioner, a statewide elected official. Our mission is to provide consumer protection and regulation of the state’s insurance industry.

With a workforce of approximately 240 employees, we are one of the smaller state agencies in Washington state government and are fortunate to have a stable funding source that does not rely on the state’s general fund.

Because we are a small agency, you will truly get a chance to understand the ’big picture’ of what we do and why we do it. You will also have a chance to get to know your co-workers.

We have high employee satisfaction scores and we value diversity in the workplace. We challenge our employees to continuously improve the way we do business and to meet and exceed the needs of our customers.

To learn more about this agency, we invite you to visit our website at http://www.insurance.wa.gov/ and listen to our employees talk about why they love working here.

As an eligible state employee, Washington State offers:

  • An outstanding benefits package and retirement plans.
  • Training and development opportunities, including tuition reimbursement.
  • Program for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (if applicable)
  • Free parking at our main office in Tumwater.
  • A stable funding source that does not rely on the state’s general fund.
  • The fulfillment of public service.
  • Excellent work-life balance.
  • Flexible work schedules and telework opportunities.
  • Commitment to diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust.
  • Free Thurston County InterCity Transit STAR for public transportation.




  • Examine healthcare policy issues, including the review of background information, and develop alternative strategies, solutions and action plans.
  • Conduct thorough, high-quality research and analysis of policy issues on healthcare insurance and market issues.
  • Produce policy briefs, decision memos and recommendations, regulatory and legislative proposals, illustrative reports and presentations, and talking points for use inside and outside the agency.
  • Facilitate consensus among varied stakeholders by accurately explaining various points of view held by staff, stakeholders and other interested parties that relate to policy issues, rules and legislation.
  • Ensure assigned rulemaking is in compliance with the Administrative Procedures Act.
  • Respond to questions from stakeholders, staff, industry representatives and consumers.
  • Develop factual foundations for assigned fiscal notes.
  • Analyze existing and proposed laws and proposals concerning insurance legislation and prepare recommendations and reports as needed for executive decision-making.
  • Draft legislation, rules, and technical assistance advisories.
  • Respond to requests for data, economic information, and research assistance on insurance related issues from agency managers and external stakeholders.
  • Participate in National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) workgroups and committees consistent with areas of expertise and acts as the agency’s representative as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or above from a university or college whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or foreign equivalent.
  • Two or more years of health care insurance or industry experience with duties such as advocating for health insurance regulatory/policy changes, handling consumer complaints, reviewing and evaluating insurance policies, or applying regulations to health insurance companies. Additional post graduate education with a health care management or health insurance focus may substitute year for year for such experience.
  • Basic skills in Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Master’s degree or other advanced degree in law, political science or public/business/healthcare administration.
  • Broad experience with health insurance products, claims, marketing and regulations.
  • Two or more years of professional experience reviewing and interpreting legislation, rules, policies, technical papers or legal documentation for likely impacts on affected parties.
  • Two or more years of professional experience drafting legislation or rules.
  • Working experience with federal and state regulatory requirements related to health insurance.
  • Knowledge of and experience applying the state Administrative Procedures Act.
  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
  • Active member of a State Bar Association.
  • Working experience with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
  • Intermediate or above software skills in Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).


Supplemental Information
How to Apply:

Contact us: For inquiries about this position, please contact Phyllis Gratis at 360.725.7012.

Other Information:

  • If a degree or other credentials are listed by the candidate, proof will be required at the finalist stage. Candidates are encouraged to pre-plan for this. University degrees must be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or foreign equivalent
  • 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.
  • If claiming veteran status, please send your DD 214 to recruitment@oic.wa.gov with Policy Analyst DD214 in the subject line. Please do not attach the DD 214 to your application materials. Please black out personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.
  • The Office of Insurance Commissioner is an equal opportunity employer. Auxiliary aides and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the recruiter listed above.
  • If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing (log in, password or email issues) or completing your application (error messages), please call toll-free at (855) 524-5627.
  • For general questions regarding applying for jobs, contact the recruiter or careershelp@des.wa.gov.

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