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Licensing Specialist Senior

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/29/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2580354

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The Washington State Gambling Commission is seeking a highly skilled and qualified candidate to fill our Licensing Specialist Senior position.  This full-time position is located at our Headquarters in Lacey, Washington.
The Licensing Specialist Senior supports the agency's mission by reviewing the work of the Licensing Specialists and Office Assistant, such as application submitted for licensure and data entry in the licensing database. The Licensing Specialist Senior answers more complex questions and independently reviews, analyzes applications and makes licensing determinations to ensure compliance and qualification for licensure referred by staff. The LSS is to conduct training and development of licensing staff, stakeholders, and Tribal Licensing Agents. The LSS is responsible for other activities related to licensing unit functions.

What is the Gambling Commission?
Established by the Legislature in 1973, the Washington State Gambling Commission is an accredited, limited-jurisdiction law enforcement, licensing and regulatory agency whose mission is to protect the public by ensuring that gambling is legal and honest. We are the second oldest gambling regulatory agency in the country and the only statewide agency that licenses and regulates an estimated $3.5 billion gambling industry comprised of Tribal, commercial, and nonprofit businesses.

The Commission has approximately 119 FTE's, and a biennial budget of approximately $26.5 million.
Why Join Our Team? 
When asked to provide a few words to describe our agency, our employees used these:

* Flexible          *  Supportive     *  Family Oriented         *  Variety                   *  Teamwork
*  Fun               * Unique            *  Collaborative             *  Professional           *  Work-life Balance
*  Strong Sense of Community  *  People First              *  Opportunities to learn
Our core values of Integrity, Professionalism, Respect and Diversity are integrated in all aspects of every position.  If you are interested in working in an environment where employees matter, we may be the Agency for you!
Of course, we also have EXCELLENT employment benefits including medical and dental, life insurance, paid leave, and several retirement options. 
As the Licensing Specialist Senior, you will independently review, analyze, and make licensing determinations and impact associated processes to ensure compliance with Gambling RCW, WAC and agency policy. The LSS will conduct training and development to staff, licensees, Tribal-Gaming Agencies, other governmental agencies, Commissioners, and general public on licensing related topics.  The LSS is responsible for other activities related to licensing unit work functions, such as participate and/or lead work-groups and projects, participate in rule making or changes.


The position is responsible to:

  • Conduct quality control review of commercial business and nonprofit application files, send files back to LS for corrections, or approve application for licensure.
  • Review and maintain reports.
  • Train staff on job duties, licensees, Tribal-Gaming Agencies, other governmental agencies, Commissioners, and general public on licensing related topics.
  • Review and process Tribal applications.
  • Run background check in the Judicial Information System.
  • Participate and lead licensing and agency wide projects and workgroups.
  • Conduct annual Licensing Tribal reviews.
  • Provide professional-level fingerprint rolling to licensees, employees and other governmental agencies.
  • Help staff with understanding, interpret and applying complex laws, rules, policies and procedures.



Two years of experience as a Licensing Specialist or lead experience with a regulatory agency AND High School Diploma or equivalent.
The ideal candidate will be able to:

  • Read, understand, interpret and apply complex laws, policies and procedures;
  • recognize, answer and solve complex licensing problems;
  • Maintain positive public relations; plan, schedule and coordinate multiple projects.
  • Handle high workloads, competing demands, vague assignments, interruptions, and distractions with poise and ease.
  • Prioritize tasks by importance and deadline. Discerns what is crucial from what is just urgent. Adjusts priorities as situations change.
  • Checks work to ensure accuracy and completeness.
  • Be detail oriented.
  • Able to clearly and concisely explain rules, laws, policies and procedures, due process, and Tribal-State Compact requirements related to licensing, certification, or eligibility determinations.


Knowledge of:  departmental programs, licensing policies and procedures; research methods and data collections; corporate laws of the state, real estate transactions, and license certification and recertification procedures; office practices; statistical record keeping; efficient use of resources, principles of communication and counseling.

Supplemental Information

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment

The WSGC is a licensing, regulatory and law enforcement agency. Therefore, applicants must be willing to undergo and be able to pass an extensive background investigation, which includes a criminal history check, credit check and fingerprinting.  Applicants will be required to sign a release authorizing the background investigation. 
Information obtained from background checks will not necessarily preclude employment. 
In addition, you must:

  • Be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Maintain a Driver's License valid in Washington State.
  • Not serve as an officer or manager of any corporation or organization that conducts a lottery or gambling activity, including tribal gaming activities.
  • Refrain from gambling in tribal gaming activities and all gambling licensed activities.
  • Operate a motor vehicle.
  • Must successfully complete Fingerprint Rolling Technique Certification training by WSP.
  • Must take the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs Government-to-Government and Compacts and IGRA training within the first six months of working with a Tribe.
  • Must receive a formal government-to-government training course at least once every five years.

To be considered for this opportunity, you must submit:
  • A completed online application which includes current phone numbers and email addresses for at least three professional references. You can create an application profile on by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page.
  • A completed Supplemental Questionnaire where all questions are fully answered.  Provide detailed responses to each question.  "See resume" or similar answer is not acceptable and will result in an incomplete application and disqualification from consideration for this position. 
  • A letter of interest stating why you believe you are the ideal candidate for this position, and describing how you meet the qualifications required for this position.  Paste your letter of interest that includes information on how you meet the position qualifications in the box provided under "Supplemental Questions."  **NOTE: Leaving this section blank or stating "see attached", or only writing one or two sentences is not an acceptable answer and will result in your disqualification from consideration for this position.

Other Important Information:
  • A first review of applications received will begin on October 28th.  While application review will be ongoing, it is in your best interest to apply for this position sooner rather than later as the hiring manager may close this job posting at any time once there is a sufficient candidate pool.
  • We recommend you carefully review your application before submitting it to ensure your application is complete.  All required materials must be submitted in the requested format.  Incomplete application packets may not be accepted.
 Selection Process:
The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of:
  • Your application packet;
  • The "duties summary" section of your application in;
  • Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire; and
  • Your letter of interest.
 The Washington State Gambling Commission is an equal opportunity employer.  Individuals with disabilities needing assistance in the application process or needing this job announcement in an alternative format should provide contact information via email to  Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
For questions regarding this recruitment announcement, email us at or call (360) 486-3459.