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Unemployment Insurance Tax and Wage Legislation and Legal Process Manager
Unemployment Insurance Division

(1) Full-time position

Salary: Salary range WMS 3 ($negotiable annually DOQ)
Recruitment number: K1009WMS36059WJK
Location: Olympia, Wash.
Opening date: November 18, 2009
Closing date: December 4, 2009 by 5 p.m.

The opportunity
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tax and Wage Administration is seeking a Legislation and Legal Process Manager to provide advice, analysis, and policy recommendations to the Deputy Assistant Commissioner (DAC) and management on legislative issues of state-wide, industry-wide, and national significance; such as state and federal legislation and legal issues relating to unemployment taxes. This position works with the Special Assistant for the UI Tax and Wage Administration to:

  1. Identify, develop, draft, analyze, review, and implement proposed state legislation on unemployment taxes;
  2. Analyze agency administrative rules and policies, and draft and implement tax rules; and
  3. Review and manage the tax appeals process, including coordination with the Attorney General’s Office.

This position advises and assists the DAC on federal regulations and legislation, national and state business taxation proposals, agency tax policy, legal interpretations, and compliance issues. In addition, the Legislation and Legal Process Manager implements administrative projects, systems, and/or procedures as needed in compliance with the laws and public policies relating to the department. Other duties include writing, revising, and editing internal and external documents, forms, and other communications.

Major duties
Key areas of oversight include:

  • Monitors and identifies legislative bills impacting UI. Writes and coordinates bill analysis and development of assumptions for fiscal notes, including coordination with Information Technology (IT) impacts. Analyzes, reviews, and makes policy recommendations regarding tax policy issues, amendments, and alternatives regarding state and federal legislation and tax initiatives. Analyzes proposed legislation to identify potential legal or administrative issues, administrative costs, and policy implications, and makes recommendations for changes or alternatives. Drafts tax-related legislation and amendments to be presented to executives and/or the legislature. Monitors state legislation for necessary conformity with federal law. Provides information on the background and context of legislation and stakeholders. Works in conjunction with Special Assistant for UI Tax. Works with internal legislative teams on a daily basis during legislative sessions.
  • Manages implementation of tax legislation, including coordination with IT on implementation, issues and participation on various legislative implementation teams. Serves on internal, interagency, and legislative committees and task forces dealing with Tax and Wage legislation, rules, and policies, and works interactively with national unemployment tax associations as appropriate.
  • Reviews, identifies, and analyzes needs for administrative rules, and drafts rules. Drafts administrative rules to implement legislation. Coordinates with internal and external stakeholders on rules. Works with the Special Assistant for UI Tax to manage tax rule-making process.
  • Works with the Special Assistant for UI Tax and Attorney General’s Office to monitor and improve appeal and other legal processes, including training and providing resources for agency representatives on appeals, overseeing a library of administrative decisions, coordinating with representation by the Attorney General’s Office, developing and updating model briefs, and participating in discovery, public records requests, and proposed settlements. Researches and advises the DAC and agency management on legal issues, including settlements and employment-related issues such as independent contractor status in different industries. Utilizes legal research tools to assist with legal research for other agency units. Interprets legislation, rules, and policies, and works with Tax and Wage management to resolve discrepancies and legal issues. Develops and recommends solutions to situations in which the lack of a written policy or rule contributes to issues.
  • Works across various statewide Tax & Wage units and coordinates with other agency divisions to review business and legal procedures and systems. Recommends and provides assistance for changes in policies, procedures, and organization to increase department efficiency, including participation in Government Management Accountability and Performance (GMAP) at the agency and branch levels. Reviews and comments on the design and development of statewide programs, policies, and procedures, and recommends revisions as needed to achieve optimum effectiveness.
  • Manages special projects as assigned by the DAC. Examples of past projects include interagency transfer of the Old Age Survivor’s Insurance (OASI) program or implementation of legislation on Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs), corporate officer registration and exemption, and divided referenda for participation in Medicare. Provides relief to the DAC by troubleshooting issues that emerge.
  • Works internally and with external interest groups, businesses, industries, or other state agencies to analyze tax issues, recommend resolutions to identified problems, and communicate technical and complex material through letters, forms, articles, frequently asked questions, website information, etc. Writes, revises, and edits internal and external documents, forms, and other communications. Communicates effectively, orally and in writing; analyzes and interprets complex data; thinks creatively and integrates abstract concepts; presents ideas effectively; establishes effective working relationships within the department; preserves confidentiality; negotiates and compromises in order to effect a solution to a problem; provides objective advice; and analyzes complex and sensitive issues.

Required qualifications
Top candidates will have at least five years of experience in policy analysis, legislation, UI, tax or employment litigation, or administrative law. In addition, a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school or current admission to practice before the highest court of a state is required. A degree specifically in economics, taxation, political science, or closely allied field may substitute for experience.

Essential to this position is the demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to senior executives, agency staff, stakeholders, and the general public, including the ability to explain complex or technical information in clear writing.

Desired qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates with legislative or legislative-related experience, and/or administrative hearings experience.

Salary Information
The salary is negotiable dependent upon experience. The starting salary range is expected to be within the range of $72,000 - $85,000 annually, plus a full benefits package.

Why we work here
Employment Security employees:

  • Make a difference in the lives of people looking for work.
  • Receive affordable, quality healthcare, including medical, dental, and vision options.
  • Get a generous, paid time-off package.
  • Enjoy an employer-funded retirement plan.
  • Can sign up for a deferred-compensation program, flexible-spending accounts and tuition reimbursement.
  • Work in a challenging and fun environment with creative, talented, and diverse individuals.

How to apply
Your application materials must be received no later than 5 p.m. on December 4, 2009, to be considered for this position.

Complete and submit:

1) To download an ESD application, click the link below.
ESD Application

2) Letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications for this opportunity

3) Résumé

4) Three professional references

Send your complete applicant package via e-mail to Please reference the recruitment number in your email subject line.

To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete applicant package and follow the application instructions. Incomplete applicant packages will not be considered.

  • Application materials must be in Word format (no PDF or scanned files).
  • A signature is not required on the application form.
  • Please do not password-protect the application form.
  • Only electronically submitted materials are accepted.

The application package will be evaluated on quality and completeness as part of the screening/evaluation process. Should you have any questions regarding the application process please check the Frequently Asked Questions - Jobs at Employment Security page.

Agency profile
Employment Security Department (ESD) is one of the largest executive agencies in Washington State government. The mission of Employment Security Department is to help Washington's workers and employers succeed in the global economy by delivering superior employment services, timely unemployment benefits, and a fair and stable unemployment insurance system.

Unemployment Insurance Division profile
The Unemployment Insurance division administers and provides program services through statewide TeleCenters and its Web site. This division collects premiums from Washington employers and pays UI benefits to individuals who meet eligibility requirements. It also reviews, audits, and investigates instances of fraud.

Employment Security Department is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.

Individuals with disabilities needing assistance in the application process or needing this job announcement in an alternate format should provide contact information via e-mail, or via telecommunications device for the deaf at 800-676-3777.

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