Washington State DSHS Policy Unit Manager in Lacey, Washington


DSHS Policy Unit Manager – Long Term Care

Aging and Long Term Support Administration(ALTSA), is seeking a professional that is experienced and knowledgeable in the regulation and over-sight of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, enhanced service facilities, adult family homes, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and community residential service and support service providers. You serve as a supervisor of a group of professional staff who are the specific program experts and responsible for analyzing, researching, developing and implementing long-term care rules, policies and processes.

The work accomplished in this role influences approximately 3,800 long-term care programs and over 67,000 vulnerable residents. This role is critical in interfacing with legislators and ALTSA staff during the legislative session.

Some of what you'll do

  • Serves as ALTSA's manager and subject matter expert for the Legislative Regulatory, and Policy and program development for licensure and certification of all Long-Term Care (LTC) Programs Statewide.
  • Manage divisions as well as legislative and regulatory activities.
  • Manage the development and implementation of the division's principals and procedures.
  • Serve as a manager of the work group of professional staff for policy unit who are responsible for statewide rules, program and policy development for assigned LTC licensed programs.

Who should apply? Professionals with a Master's degree in social work, public administration, or related discipline and a minimum of five years' experience in the field of long-term care services for vulnerable adults, including 2 years of experience with LTC programs. The work experience required is work done after obtaining the degree.


A bachelor's degree in social work, public administration or related discipline with an additional two years of related qualified experience will substitute for the Master's degree. In addition, the individual must have a minimum of seven years' experience in the field of long-term care services for vulnerable adults, including two years of experience with LTC programs. The work experience required is work done after obtaining the degree

What we're looking for

  • Experience providing direct care/management in behavioral health programs (in-patient or outpatient settings that serves the vulnerable population), crisis or mental health crisis intervention programs is a desired qualification.
  • A profound, current knowledge of the health and safety needs of the elderly is an essential foundation for the regulatory component of the position.
  • Demonstrated excellent analytical skills, including experience working with qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a range of stakeholders, including but not limited to coworkers, department leaders, other agencies, legislature, associations, general public.
  • Proven project management skills.
  • Experience with legislative and regulatory policy and program development

Questions? Contact Ben Lloyd. Supplemental Information

Some jobs may require full criminal background check. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.


Salary: $63,100.00 - $82,600.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Job Number: 2017-07075

Closing: 8/27/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov