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Senior Policy Analyst (DOH4743)

at State of Washington

Posted: 12/2/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2627121

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Applicant review begins on December 11, 2019. 
The Opportunity
Are you interested in improving the health of all people in Washington State? Join our team as a senior policy analyst supporting the Office of Immunization and Child Profile (OICP)! Your work will enhance the health of communities through culturally sensitive programs that promote a healthy start, healthy choices, and access to services.
This position supports the advancement of policy objectives maintaining statewide infrastructure to support vaccine supply, clinical guidance on immunizations, immunization data collection and analysis, and promotion of immunization across the lifespan. You will also have the chance to collaborate with healthcare providers, government agencies, and community organizations to educate parents on healthy choices and preventive care.
Reporting to the prevention and community health policy director for the division of Prevention and Community Health (PCH), you will provide expert policy planning and development, and lead policy work for OICP. The office is focused on immunization, a cornerstone of public health work to reduce morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases.
This health services consultant 4 recruitment has been reopened to invite additional candidates to apply. The posting may close at any time after the initial review date.
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 the agency, visit our websiteDOH Infographic, and see what it's like to Work@Health!
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.
  • 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 life/work 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.
  • 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.)


What you will be doing:
  • Reviewing proposed legislation and creating concise and complete bill analyses.
  • Drafting messages to legislature and testimony for the department.
  • Responding to agency requests for information and analysis of legislative proposals.
  • Developing proposals, including proposed rules, legislation, and supporting documents that solve problems, or meet other program needs, by
    • Defining the legal framework by gathering, reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing existing federal regulations, state laws, rules, and/or grant requirements.
    • Gathering, reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing relevant background information needed for context.
    • Identifying the problem to be solved, or the need to be addressed, through collaboration with program experts.
  • Guiding and monitoring the implementation of policies.
  • coWriting and editing regulatory language for office-specific laws, Washington Administrative Code, and agency rules and policies.
  • Working with diverse stakeholders and partners to seek input and communicate division policy priorities.
  • Monitoring and analyzing state and federal legislation that may affect PCH.
  • Serving as the Lead Staff Support for the Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC).
Who we are looking for:
Success in this position requires one to be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions affect others.
Required Qualifications
Option 1: A Bachelor's degree or higher; and two (2) or more years of demonstrated experience analyzing legislation for a public agency, non-profit, or other organization.
Option 2: Five (5) or more years of demonstrated experience analyzing legislation for a public agency, non-profit, or other organization.
Demonstrated experience in the following:
  • Legislative experience
  • Familiarity with rulemaking processes and statutory requirements
  • Policy research and bill analysis
  • Stakeholder management
  • Project leadership
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
Desired Qualifications
  •  Two (2) years of experience in quality improvement/quality assurance activities.
  • Project management experience.
Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
With or without accommodation, I am willing and able to:
  • Work in an open office environment.
  • Work outside of regular office hours or as assigned, potentially on holidays during the annual legislative session to meet workload demands.
  • Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours.
  • Occasionally travel throughout the state (including rural areas) which may include overnight stays.
  • Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
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, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.
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Application Process
Intrigued? We'd love to hear from you.  Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following: 
  1. A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required and desired qualifications for this position.
  2. A current resume.
  3. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate. 
Do not attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the Application Process. These documents will not be reviewed.

Supplemental Information

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

Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted.
This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification within the agency.