The Local Government Division's Community Assistance and Research Unit is seeking a Commerce Specialist 5. This position supervises the Research Services Section, which is located in the Community Assistance and Research Unit. The incumbent supervises a unit of professional staff and reports to the unit's Managing Director. The position is responsible for budget and performance management of Research Services and the policy development and organizational design of the section, which includes five ongoing programs, one agency-wide service, and numerous agency, legislative and interagency research projects.
Ensuring that all administrative processes, including contracting, accounting, budgeting, and Human Resource actions fully meet state and agency laws, standards, policies, and procedures, working collaboratively with division and agency staff overseeing these functions.
Managing the implementation of five ongoing programs and two agency-wide services by setting priorities, establishing program objectives and policies, developing service delivery strategies, balancing staff workloads, and engaging in a continuous cycle of performance improvement.
Overseeing the Local Government Fiscal Note Program by managing a process that includes analyzing legislation, determining appropriate methodologies in researching cost factors, gathering data, consulting expert sources and developing objective, thorough, accurate and clear fiscal notes under tight and changing timelines and sometimes significant political pressures. Overseeing fiscal note volume projections and legislative policy priorities and securing adequate analyst staffing in major subject areas.
Managing the Section's performance management responsibilities, reporting on established performance metrics and initiating corrective action when necessary.
Managing the marketing, contract negotiations, staff workload and quality control of the Section's Research Program. Activities in this area may range from half-day data collection exercises to significant, policy oriented multi-year studies.
Ensuring appropriate stakeholder work is conducted on both program improvement efforts and research projects.
Developing and recommending statewide policies for issues and programmatic areas within the unit's areas of expertise. Drafting legislation and providing expert testimony at hearings as requested resulting from research and program outcomes achieved by the Section. Providing written reports to the legislature as required by statute using established agency protocols.
Developing, coordinating and presenting educational content that furthers the section's strategic goals.
Supervising, planning, assigning, and reviewing the work of staff. Adjusting assignments and schedules to maintain adequate staffing levels and maintain balanced staff workloads. Evaluating employee performance. Assessing training needs of staff and provides instruction. Resolving staff issues, and takes corrective action. Recognizing employees, and champion staff achievements. Counselling employees in work-related actions and career development.
Reviewing applicant credentials, conducting interviews, and hiring or effectively recommending hiring staff.
Overseeing the long-range budget planning for the section, which relies upon a combination of program and project funding. This includes developing, implementing, and updating a business strategy that supports the section's programmatic priorities.
Identifying and developing strategies to properly resource program staffing and budget.
Drafting decision packages for Local Government Fiscal Note and other RS budget proposals.
Four years of experience in one or a combination of the following:
Supervision and professional development of staff, including providing instruction, training, direction, schedule development, productivity monitoring, providing performance appraisals to ensure ongoing and adequate staffing to meet program requirements, and effective leadership of a group through transition.
Four years of professional level experience in community, trade and economic development with an emphasis in local government finance related programs or applied research (e.g. fiscal notes, legislative reports and policy white papers).
Experience collaborating with local, state, federal and non-profit partners.
Accountability--Meets commitments, works independently, accepts accountability, handles change, sets personal standards, stays focused under pressure, and meets attendance/punctuality requirements.
Customer Service--Handles customer questions and complaints, communicates with customers, handles service problems politely and efficiently, always available for customers, follows procedure to solve customer problems, understands company products and services, maintains pleasant and professional image.
Integrity--Deals with others in a straightforward and honest manner, is accountable for actions, maintains confidentiality, supports company values, and conveys good news and bad.
Leadership--Leads through change and adversity, makes the tough call when needed, builds consensus when appropriate, motivates and encourages others.
Teamwork--Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere.
Results Focus--Targets and achieves results, sets challenging goals, prioritizes tasks, overcomes obstacles, accepts accountability, sets team standards and responsibilities, provides leadership/motivation.
Communication--Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills.
Organizational Savvy--Operates within the organization's formal and informal structures, builds allies and relationships across departments, uses allies to build consensus and create results, is appropriately diplomatic, understands others' roles and perspectives, can sell projects and ideas across the organization.
Computer Skills--Skilled in the use of computers, adapts to new technology, keeps abreast of changes, learns new programs quickly, use computers to improve productivity.
I want to work for Commerce! How do I apply?
In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:
letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
resume detailing experience and education; and
three professional references.
The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Application assessment will be ongoing and the hiring manager reserves the right and may exercise the option to hire at any time. It will be to the applicant's advantage to submit materials as soon as possible.
For questions about this recruitment, please contact Lindsey Henderson at or .
Who we are:
At Commerce, we're a little different. Our Olympia offices are open Monday through Friday (flexible schedules are available). Our parking is free and many of our employees bike year round. We also have an active bicycle loaner program.
Washington State offers commuting programs, including free, subsidized and reduced public transportation incentives. There are approximately 300 employees in our agency. We are committed to our work and value balance in our personal lives. We hire people for a position and encourage them to train for growth opportunities.
This position is covered by a union provision.
What we do:
We are the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. We administer a diverse portfolio of more than 100 programs and several state boards and commissions, all focused on achieving one clear and simple mission: to grow and improve jobs in Washington.
Our key customers include businesses, local governments and community-based organizations. We also play the crucial role of convening numerous local, state, regional and federal partners and stakeholders, public and private. Together we work to support the Governor's priorities and achieve shared goals and objectives for the citizens of Washington.
Not from Olympia?
As the state's capitol, Olympia is located off Interstate 5 at the south end of the Puget Sound roughly half-way between Seattle and Portland, and less than a two hour drive to the coast, temperate rainforest, mountains, urban city, or farmlands. With year-round art festivals, parades, theater shows, concerts, and community events, Olympia and its surrounding cities have something for everyone. For parents, it boasts some of the best schools in the nation and the renowned HandsOn Children's Museum. Home to two universities (The Evergreen State College and Saint Martin's University), Olympia residents also have the opportunity to pursue a degree while working!
*The Washington State Department of Commerce complies with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the federal Form I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent with the requirements of that form on the first day of employment. *
The Washington State Department of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application, testing, or interview process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call Human Resources at . Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or .
Salary: $5,203.00 - $6,826.00 Monthly
Location:* Thurston County Olympia, WA
Job Type:* Full Time - Permanent
Department:* Dept. of Commerce
Job Number:* 2018-08985
Closing: 9/13/2018 11:59 PM Pacific
Agency:* State of Washington
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