Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy

Job Details


Tumwater, WA

Expiration Date

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Interest Area

Administrative, Advocacy/Outreach, Communication, Consulting, Policy, Project Management

Position Type


Position Level

Entry level

Minimum Degree Requirements

College Degree

Contact Name

Cher Williams

Contact Email

Contact Phone

(360) 236-4545

Company Name

State of Washington

Job Posting URL

Reporting to the Assistant Secretary for the Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance (HSQA), the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy directs and manages the policy and legislative development functions for the division. This position plays a key strategic role in the development of the division policy, budget and legislative initiative and programs. The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy acts on behalf of the HSQA Assistant Secretary in policy and legislative development functions, and has supervisory responsibility in the absence of the Assistant Secretary and the Deputy Assistant Secretary.


The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy directs the research, planning, implementation and management of complex projects and initiatives; directs and oversees the development of complex reports; and uses results of quality assurance activities to make changes and recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations, reliability of financial and operating reporting systems, compliance with applicable legal requirements, stewardship of public resources, and to minimize exposure to risk events.


The Health Systems Quality Assurance Division is responsible oversight of Washington State's health care delivery system, which includes licensing and regulating over 400,000 health care professionals and 7,000 facilities. HSQA also works closely with communities and local health partners to build strong health systems and prevention programs across the state to help ensure communities have access to good health care and emergency medical services. Learn more about HSQA.


Learn more about the position and view the complete position description.


About DOH And Our Employer Of Choice Initiatives


Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To learn more about DOH, and DOH Infographic.


DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:


  • We are committed to diversity and inclusion. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve. View the DOH "Diversity is Rising" video.
  • We have an engaging Wellness@Health program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.
  • We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options. (Depending upon job duties.)
  • We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers. Take the DOH Workplace Modernization Virtual Tour.
  • We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding. Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work. (Depending upon job duties and work location.) View KING 5's Drew Mikkelsen report on the Infant at Work program.

What We're Looking For


The ideal candidate is a transformative leader, comfortable with experimentation and ambiguity who is able to problem-solve complex issues, influence agency culture, create meaningful partnerships and drive agency, state and national policy and legislative agendas; a leader who supports and empowers staff when making tough decisions and enjoys working with local, state and national partners as well as elected officials.


Preference may be given to candidates with the following DESIRED experience:


  • A Bachelor's degree involving major study in political science, public health, health care administration, public administration, business administration, or related field.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in the following areas:
  • Effectively leading and directing groups of managers and professionals.
  • Relationship-building, facilitation and negotiation.
  • Analyzing and developing policy at the executive level.
  • Planning, initiating and managing projects.
  • Knowledge of Washington state legislative process.
  • Experience understanding and resolving complex policy issues.

As well as demonstrated experience in the following leadership competencies:


  • Collaborates – Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Communicates Effectively – Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Drives Engagement – Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.
  • Drives Vision and Purpose – Painting a compelling picture of vision and strategy that motivates others to actions.
  • Instills Trust – Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Organizational Savvy – Maneuvering comfortably through complex policy, process, and people-related organizational dynamics.
  • Manages Ambiguity – Operating effectively even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
  • Situational Adaptability – Adapting approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations.
  • Strategic Mindset – Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.



This position reports to the Assistant Secretary for the Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance. Learn more about Washington Management Service.


The annual range of compensation is between $86,508 and $110,724, depending upon qualifications.


Washington State offers a full benefits package including vacation and sick leave, family medical and dental coverage, life insurance, retirement, and a deferred compensation.


The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce. Applicants wishing assistance or alternative formats in the process should contact Cher Williams at (360) 236-4545,, or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.


Application Process


Individuals interested in applying for this position should select the "Apply" button and submit the following:


  • A current detailed applicant profile; and attach your detailed Letter of Interest that addresses the elements in the "What we are looking for" section (listed above) and Resume to your profile.
  • Five (5) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and subordinate.
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questions.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT attach transcripts OR other documents that are not requested in the Application Process, or that are password protected. These type of documents cause errors when downloading application materials and will not be forwarded to the hiring supervisor. VETERANS, please feel free to attach a copy of your DD214.


Live and Work in a Great State


Washington State offers a total work/life package of pay, benefits, flexibility and workplace opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and out of life. Washington State is a great place to work, play, and be a part of a community. Washington offers a quality of life that is unsurpassed. From the high-energy urban center of Seattle, one of the nation's top-ranked cities, to the more relaxed pace of our rural communities, Washington's distinctive Northwest lifestyle blends a progressive, creative culture with a casual nature.


The position is located in Tumwater, Washington, right on the edge of Olympia, city of the state's capitol. The Tumwater/Olympia area has a vibrant city with a small-town feel conveniently situated between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Mount Rainier and the rugged Cascade Mountains provide majestic scenery to the east while Washington's Pacific Coast is just an hour's drive to the west. Tumwater enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well-supported school system, with two universities and a community college within a ten mile radius. Learn more about the City of Tumwater, and about the Olympia and the Thurston County area.