Note: The WA State Dept of Commerce is going on a hiring spree for policy and planning positions (almost 100 in total). They are starting or expanding programs in Housing, WA State Growth Management Act, and Climate policy. For a full list of positions, visit: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/about-us/jobs-at-commerce/

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The Local Government Fiscal Note Program is hiring for the 2022 legislative session! If you’re interested in fiscal policy, the legislative process, and the development of bills, we welcome you to apply to join our team. We’re looking for candidates who thrive on fast-paced work in a collaborative learning environment. These four positions will perform professional-level program and research work for the Research Services section, which is located in the Community Assistance and Research Unit in the Local Government Division. These positions are responsible for producing high-quality local government fiscal notes in a timely and through fashion.

  • Respond to fiscal notes requests within a specified turn-around time, using a variety of analysis tools to meet guidelines established by the Office of Financial Management (OFM), the Legislature, and the section.
  • Collect and present data from local governments in an accurate, objective, and through manner that informs policymakers on key revenue and/or expenditure aspects of proposed legislation.
  • With the guidance of the unit manager, negotiate with lead agencies to resolve any disagreements on analytical assumptions.


Required Education
A Bachelor’s degree.

Required Experience
One year of professional experience in community, trade, or economic development and/or college level coursework with any combination of the following:

  • Interpreting the technical and political implications of legislation;
  • Writing concisely, clearly, accurately, objectively, and with appropriate analytical rigor about policy issues that may be technically complex and politically controversial;
  • Interacting effectively with a colleagues, clients, stakeholders, and governmental officials; or
  • Functioning effectively in an environment dominated by tight, competing, and often fluid deadlines.

Required Competencies:

  • 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.

Supplemental Information

I want to work for Commerce! How do I apply?

In addition to completing the online application and answering the supplemental questions, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume detailing experience and education; and
  • A list of at least three professional references.
  • Include two writing samples that display your policy research and writing skills and experience.

About Washington State Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce is the one agency in state government that touches every aspect of community and economic development: planning, infrastructure, energy, public facilities, housing, public safety and crime victims, international trade, business services and more. We work with local governments, tribes, businesses and civic leaders throughout the state to strengthen communities so all residents may thrive and prosper.