Director of Enforcement and Education-Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WA)

Director of Enforcement and Education

Job Title: Director of Enforcement and Education
Closing Date/Time: Open Until Filled/ 1st review of application 10/12/20
Salary: $110,000.00 – $126,000.00 Annually
Job Type: Exempt (EMS4)
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, Washington
Department: WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is accepting applications for a Director of Enforcement and Education (EMS 4) opportunity.

As the Director of Enforcement and Education, you will offer strategic direction and oversight for the division responsible for liquor, cannabis, tobacco, and vapor product enforcement in Washington State. You will also champion a culture of low-level intervention and assistance with licensees to achieve voluntary compliance wherever possible. In this position, you will oversee enforcement and education activities at over 18,500 liquor licensees, 6,500 tobacco licensees, 1,900 cannabis licensees, and 4,100 vapor product licensees. Your position will supervise 7 direct reports and have oversight of 173 commissioned and non-commissioned enforcement staff assigned throughout the state.

In addition, your enforcement responsibilities will include managing the state’s Tobacco Tax Enforcement program, coordinating with local law enforcement regarding unlicensed locations, and overseeing contracts with collaborating federal programs, such as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Finally, you will be responsible for developing statewide enforcement policy, legislation, and administrative rules for licensees.

The Enforcement and Education Division is headquartered in Olympia and has eleven field offices and one evidence facility located across the state. The WSLCB Enforcement and Education division is committed to integrity, honesty, dedication, a commitment to serve, and public trust. To learn more about the Enforcement and Education division, click here or follow us on our WSLCB YouTube Channel.

Position Profile: Reporting directly to the Agency Director, your position will provide frequent input to the Agency Director, Deputy Director and three Board Members on policy considerations, needs, and impacts. The breadth, depth, and highly fluid environment of your position will require advanced leadership, management, and technical skills. You will be engaging with a wide variety of professionals as well as other agencies, constituent groups, and community organizations. Additionally, this position will develop strategic direction and vision for the Enforcement and Education division, and promote workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Some of your primary responsibilities include:
• Provide strategic leadership to the Enforcement and Education Division in all aspects of its operations and administration.
• Supervise 7 direct reports and responsible for 173 FTEs. This should include mentoring division management, and engaging in succession planning.
• Develop the division’s strategic plan, biennial budget, and annual performance objectives.
• Write division decision packages and budget requests.
• Create and maintain programs, policies, and procedures relevant to achieving agency and divisional success. Provide policy expertise on alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, and vapor product enforcement issues.
• Meet with legislative members and governor’s office staff regarding law changes and statewide policy implications. Testify before legislative committees concerning proposed bills.
• Represent the Board in the hearing and violation settlement process; review and approve settlements under the delegated authority from the Board.
• Oversee the division’s Continuity of Operations Plan, including emergency response at the request of Washington State Patrol.

WSLCB is seeking candidates with strong and effective leadership skills that have knowledge and ability to foster a culture of collaboration, innovation, and vision. Effective communication skills and a demonstrated ability to build relationships with law enforcement, labor organizations, stakeholders, tribal representatives, media, legislators, licensees, citizens, and other stakeholders will be fundamental to success in this role. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be a communicative, confident, and collaborative leader with political acumen familiar with managing a law enforcement agency.

A Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Business Administration, or closely related field and four (4) years of experience supervising staff at a management level. Experience may substitute on a year for year basis for education.

In addition to the required qualifications, the candidates must have a clear understanding and effective, demonstrated skills in the following:
• Written and oral communications
• State’s budget process
• State’s legislative process
• Advance management principles to coach, direct and motivate a diverse staff
• Demonstrated knowledge of personnel policies, labor agreements, and merit system rules
• Negotiation and facilitation
• Strategic and visionary planning

• Leadership certifications from Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, to include first line and middle management and executive law enforcement.
• Demonstrated skills and understanding of enforcement issues, policies, tactics, and RCWs and WACs governing criminal regulatory enforcement operations.

• Must pass a criminal and financial background check
• May be subject to a pre-employment law enforcement polygraph and psychological testing


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