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Compliance Auditor, WMS Band 2 – Information Security and Privacy -Director's Office

at State of Washington

Pay: $80000 to $85000/year
$80000 - $85000
Posted: 11/28/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2616700
Keywords: compliance

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Our purpose: "Helping every Washington resident live, work, drive, and thrive."
Our values: Respect, Trust, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The hiring authority may make a hiring decision at any time.  Initial screening will begin Nov 18, 2019.  It is to the applicants' advantage to submit materials as soon as possible.
The Office of Performance and Accountability at the Department of Licensing has an opportunity for you to join a highly professional and growing team responsible for holding commercial data brokers accountable for securing and protecting the privacy of confidential personal data associated with every resident in the state. Bring your unique perspective, passion and ability to see data privacy through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to the world of licensing where we serve as a trusted partner and lead the state and nation in protecting the confidential and sensitive information associated with our residents, businesses, vehicles and drivers.
The agency holds the personal data of more Washington residents than any other state agency, with over six million drivers, eight million vehicles and vessels, and nearly 300,000 business and professional records.  As gatekeeper to the state's largest collection of personal data, the agency faces the challenge of managing expectations surrounding data privacy.
As a compliance auditor, you are the subject matter expert responsible to independently lead production and review of audits and corrective action plans for the purpose of determining if data recipients secure and use confidential information in compliance with data sharing agreements and state and federal laws. 
You will review data security audits composed by external auditors and determine if the audits meet agency standards and demonstrate the recipient complies with agency data security requirements.  You will plan, schedule, and conduct investigations, permissible use audits and risk assessments to determine if data recipients comply with the agency's permissible use of data requirements and limitations.  Where data recipients are not in compliance with agency requirements, you will design, negotiate, implement, and manage corrective action plans and assess compensating controls until compliance is affirmed. 
Audits may involve individual or multiple state, federal, and quasi-governmental agencies, cities, counties, commercial data brokers, and stand-alone private businesses and are conducted as you travel throughout Washington and across the nation.  Challenges come in many forms, such as making a determination on compliance when presented with conflicting information or conducting investigations when there is suspicion of unauthorized use or breach of data.
You will track, coordinate, and monitor internal and external stakeholders in meeting program objectives, deadlines, and outcomes, identify risks for securing and using data within a population of data recipients, and provide analysis, tactics and coordination to audit those recipients deemed a higher risk.  You will use your experience to oversee the quality of analysis and conclusions reached by Contract Specialists responsible for monitoring compliance of data recipients obtaining confidential information through web services. You can look forward to providing professional and technical advice to management and/or others regarding multi-dimensional issues impacting compliance, data security, auditing, permissible use, regulatory changes, and privacy.   
We are looking for a skilled auditor/investigator who enjoys evaluating, assessing operating practices, maintaining quality control, communicating findings with a diverse clientele, and making recommendations to staff and management when data recipients are not making progress on being compliant. You are thoughtful and thorough in your approach, continuously analyzing, conducting research, and thinking outside the box to ensure confidential information is secure from misuse. Our ideal candidate will be a lifelong learner, a savvy relationship builder with stellar communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills. Experience and/or knowledge on data security and a passion for protecting confidential information issues is a plus and being part of a winning team is essential!
We invite you to partner with us and make a difference in the lives of Washington residents and businesses. Imagine earning the trust of those we serve in providing a vital government service and creating a legacy of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
If you see yourself in this role, apply today!
Please Note
This recruitment will be used to fill 2 full-time permanent positions in the Washington Management Service (WMS Band 2). Salary will depend on qualifications.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Required Qualifications
Applicants who possess the following qualifications may be referred to the hiring manager:
  • Bachelor's degree with a major in business, accounting, public policy, political science, computer science, pre­law, or a related field, along with two (2) years of professional experience in privacy, accounting, auditing, IT security, investigation, or related fields.
Professional experience will substitute, year to year of the Bachelor's degree related professional experience, which must include one (1) year of experience auditing an IT environment or conducting compliance or privacy audits, investigations, or assessments.
  • Completed or willing to complete within one (1) year of hire a required nationally recognized certification demonstrating knowledge of and practice in one of the following areas.
  1. Auditing (e.g. AICPA),
  2. IT security auditing (e.g. ISACA CISA) or
  3. Privacy program management (e.g. IAPP CIPM)
  • Three years of experience managing and coordinating programs and projects, including knowledge of best practices and project management methodologies
  • Three years of progressively responsible professional-level experience performing risk assessments.
  • Three years of experience evaluating data and information with a clear and rational thought process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions.
  • Three years of experience using secure email, internet, and Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • One year of experience partnering with those being audited to help them deliver audits and corrective action plans capable of demonstrating compliance with the requirements
Preferred Qualifications
Applicants who also possess the following may receive additional consideration by the hiring manager:
  • Experience interpreting and explaining state and federal laws, rules, contracts, regulations, policies and procedures to a diverse group of customers.
  • Experience collaborating and communicating effectively in a complex business environment, audiences and diverse individuals in a variety of formats, including speaking publicly to large groups.
  • Experience independently managing daily operations, projects, and initiatives, strong interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to work with little or no supervision.
  • Experience and/or working knowledge with legal requirements and public expectations surrounding protection of confidential information, maintaining high ethics and integrity.
  • Experience reviewing conflicting information, facts and evidence and documenting decisions.
  • Experience partnering and collaborating at the management level with internal and external staff and stakeholders.
  • Experience making defensible decisions when facts or evidence do not align.
Make a difference. Join our team!
We value diverse perspectives and life experiences. We employ and serve people of all backgrounds including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.
We are one of the most public facing state agencies and the second largest revenue generating agency in Washington State.  We regularly interact with over six million Washingtonians and collect nearly $3.3 billion in taxes and fees annually. We know our services are essential to our customers' ability to live, work, drive, and thrive. We take this responsibility seriously and are committed to ensuring every resident has equitable and meaningful access to our services.
We serve all the people of Washington State with pride and are developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents. Come join us in changing the way government delivers services, and help build a legacy of commitment to and excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion!
Click here for more information about state benefits and to learn about our agency culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion plans, social responsibility projects and initiatives, and the many additional benefits we offer!
How to Apply
To be considered for this position, the following steps are required:
  1. Select the large Apply button at the top of this job announcement. If you haven't already done so, you will need to create an applicant profile.
  2. Upload and attach your cover letter specific to this position and your current resume.  Your materials must also include three professional references with name, title, and current contact information.  References may be listed in your applicant profile, included on your resume, or uploaded as a separate attachment.  Additional references are accepted.
You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our award-winning diverse and inclusive organization.
If you have any questions or need assistance completing the application process, contact the recruiter listed below prior to when this job posting closes AND before you submit your application.
Veteran Preference Notice
To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:
  • Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to
  • Use a subject line of "VET for DO OPA Compliance Auditor 19-206"
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in
Military Spouse Preference Notice
To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:
  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at
  • Use a subject line of "MS for DO OPA Compliance Auditor 19-206"
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in
The candidate pool certified from this recruitment may be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.
The Washington State Department of Licensing is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex (including gender identity), marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process, during the recruitment process, or who need this job announcement in an alternative format, may contact the Human Resources Office at 360-902-4000 or may email Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call our ASL interpreter via Video Phone at 360.339.7344.
Contact Us
For inquiries about this position, please contact Anu Rao at 360.902.4061or email  Please use a subject line that includes "OPA Compliance Auditor 19-206"