Primary Duties

This position supports the Department’s mission by overseeing the implementation and operation of the medical marijuana program. This is a highly visible, politically sensitive and complex program that has complex regulatory implications. This position represents the agency and communicates and coordinates with the entities such as the Liquor and Cannabis Board, contracted vendors, healthcare boards and commissions, and external stakeholders.

This position is designated by the appointing authority as a technical specialist that serves as an agency wide expert on issues of high visibility and high sensitivity that has the authority to act on behalf of the department.

Duties include:

• Implements and oversees the operation of the medical marijuana authorization database.

• Serves as the technical specialist serving as an agency expert on the medical marijuana registry and medical marijuana consultant certification.

• Acts on behalf of the department for this program to develop and enforce regulations, set practice standards and enforcement of violations.

• Develops and reviews rules and legislation.

• Serves as the primary contact for Medical Marijuana Program.

• Prepares and Monitors Budgets.

• Complies and analyzes fiscal data for reporting.

• Provides Education and Training to Health Data System Users.

Required Qualifications

• A Bachelor’s degree; AND two (2) or more years (full-time equivalency) of professional management or consultative experience in a health services program.


• A Master’s degree in Public Health, Public/Business Administration, or closely allied field.


• An additional, one (1) or more years (full-time equivalency) of experience in rule and policy drafting and development or similar administrative program.

• Demonstrated experience in effectively communicating, verbally and in writing, with diverse audiences.

• Demonstrated computer software skills in the following:

o Basic-level experience using electronic email, such as MS Outlook or other email/calendar software to compose, send, and respond to e-mail and to coordinate schedules and schedule meetings.

o Intermediate-level experience using spreadsheet software, such as MS Excel to create and manipulate large or complex spreadsheets, use complex mathematical formulas to calculate data, and link worksheets. Import data from other sources, filter lists, and create and format charts and graphs.

o Advanced-level experience using word processing software, such as MS Word or WordPerfect to save and edit web pages and work with hyperlinks. Create forms using templates, work with form fields, and format and enhance forms. Use mail merge to create form letters, modify merged documents, and merge envelopes and labels.

Desired Qualifications

• Additional years of experience in rule and policy drafting and development or similar administrative program.

• One (1) or more years of experience in the following areas:

o Project management for one (1) or more projects crossing program or divisional boundaries using a standardized methodology.

o Representing a government or nonprofit organization to the public by responding to complex regulatory or public health questions.

o Working directly with stakeholders on complex and high visibility regulatory issues

o Compiling and analyzing data for reporting purposes, including creating charts and graphs.

Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions

With or without an accommodation, I am:

• Willing and able to work indoors, at a workstation, in the office setting and readily accessible to other program managers, to licensing, disciplinary, and rule/policy staff in the building, and to members of the public who may come to the building seeking assistance.

• Willing and able to work in a tobacco free and scent-neutral environment.

• Willing and able to work the core business hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, with a scheduled lunch break.

• Willing and able to occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends during the annual legislative session and at other times to meet critical deadlines.

• Willing and able to occasionally travel throughout the state which may include overnight stays, as required, while performing the duties of this position.

• Willing and able to use office equipment and furniture such as computer, telephone, desk, fax machine, and copiers/printers.

• Willing and able to interact and work with customers, some of whom may be frustrated or distressed in a positive, friendly and supportive manner that meets the needs and standards of the office and the agency.

• Willing and able to participate as part of the DOH emergency response team during health emergencies and training events.

Note: This position is covered by an “Agency Shop” provision. Therefore, as a condition of employment, the incumbent of this position must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are placed into pay status.

The Washington State Department of Health 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 with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Applicants wishing assistance or alternative formats in the process should contact Rachel Lopez at (360) 236-4267,, or TDD Relay at 7-1-1.

Application Process

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

1. A current and detailed applicant profile.
2. Three (3) or more professional references (to be included in your applicant profile). Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and if you’ve supervised other staff, a subordinate.
3. Responses to the Supplemental Questions.

Supplemental Information

* Important information regarding the Application Process and the Supplemental Questions

Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process and Supplemental Questions in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration.

NOTE: Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted.
Oct 07, 2015