Washington State Licensing Specialist (non-permanent) in Olympia, Washington


WSLCB VISION Safe communities for Washington State

**NOTE: This is a non-permanent position anticipated to last one year.

This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.**

**Note: This recruitment is open until the position is filled. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. It is in the applicant's best interest to submit materials as soon as possible. Application screening will be ongoing weekly.

Who we are

The mission of the Liquor and Cannabis Board is to promote public safety and trust through fair administration and enforcement of liquor, tobacco and marijuana laws. At the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) we pride ourselves on creating the "wow" factor in everything we do. We search for people who demonstrate a strong work ethic, excellence in customer service, partnering and teamwork, and quality performance. We strive to be a great place to work by fostering a safe, open, inclusive and healthy work environment. We want to ensure that our organization is as diverse and inclusive as our great State of Washington. We want to create a culture that fosters excellence in customer service, open and honest communication, transparency and accountability, data driven decisions, and business initiated process improvement


Your opportunity at a glance Do you have a passion for public safety? Do you have an interest in public service? Do you thrive working in a team environment? The WSLCB is seeking an analytical minded person that can "think outside the box" as a Licensing Specialist. In order to be successful as a Licensing Specialist, you will need to be a self-starter independently managing an ongoing assigned caseload of investigations for liquor licenses. This specialized work involves having strong communication skills interviewing applicants, reviewing documents received, and preparing reports summarizing the investigative findings. You will be responsible for determining if new and current businesses are qualified to hold a liquor license. In this position it is important to work closely with a team of investigators, license applicants and applicant representatives (attorneys, accountants, etc.) while having daily contact with other divisions and agency employees (Customer Service and Support staff, team leads, managers, and the Enforcement division) regarding license applicants.


  • Independently manage an assigned caseload of investigations on liquor license applicants.
  • Conduct in-depth interviews to determine eligibility and assess document requirements.
  • Request documentation needed to conduct investigation and ensure eligibility.
  • Complete notification to local authority and posting document to applicant.
  • Analyze written material (financial statements, loan documents, bank statements, leases, purchase and sale agreements, management agreements, closing documents, and numerous other legal documents) to confirm True Party of Interest and rule out illegal funds, hidden ownership or other disqualifying factors.
  • Evaluate oral information received from applicants, the Enforcement Division, and external sources, such as, local authorities, other state and/or federal agencies, etc. to determine impact on investigation.,
  • Research violation history of applicants to assess public safety risk.
  • Evaluate and approve floor plans for applicable license types.
  • Approve routine new, in lieu of, added class, change of location and assumption applications.
  • Determine if there are disqualifying factors and/or public safety concerns, statutory or regulatory concerns that may result in referral of the file to a Licensing Specialist Senior for processing.
  • Research, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures as applicable to determine applicant eligibility.
  • Receive and resolve problems and complaints from applicants and/or their representatives regarding applications.
  • Determine if applicant is eligible for licensure and investigation is routine. Prepare summary report.
  • Inform and assist a variety of applicants and/or citizens with any questions/problems they may be have regarding the licensing process.
  • Conduct research and or refer emails that are received or sent from many different sources i.e. management, other agency divisions, applicants/representatives, other outside sources and written response.
  • Identify and correct errors found in the computer database and license files on current liquor licenses;
  • Work with applicants/current licensees answering questions, helping with problems and referring to optional services and other agencies as necessary;
  • Actively participate and attend team, investigator, division, special project and volunteer committee (statewide and interagency.)
  • Attend meetings which may result in the developing new procedures/policies, revising forms, brainstorming, discussing current processes, etc., Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience providing analyzing and interpreting program financial documents, laws, and regulations for license qualification and issuance; and interviewing and researching/review duties involving public contact.


  • Completion of two years of college or business school with major study in finance, business or public administration, economics, law, accounting, or closely allied field (60 semester or 90 quarter hours)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Learn, understand and explain regulatory statutes, rules, policies and procedures.
  • Maintain effective communications with all levels within the organization.
  • Maintain and build working relationships characterized by mutual acceptance and cooperation.
  • Multi-task and prioritize.
  • Experience working with an electronic imaging and work-flow management system.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication. Supplemental Information


IMPORTANT:To be considered for this position, you MUST include the following, failure to do so WILL result in your application being disqualified:

  1. A completed on-line application (available at www.careers.wa.gov); and
  2. A current resume
  3. A letter of interest explaining how your experience, skills and abilities are aligned with the sought after qualifications (document may be attached during the on-line application process).
  4. Three professional references to include your most recent or current supervisor with email addresses and phone numbers.

*A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application.

The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Answers will be verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this recruitment.

OTHER Applicants for employment with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board should be aware of RCW 66.08.080, which states in part: "No employee of the board shall have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the manufacture of liquor sold under this title, or derive any profit or remuneration from the sale of liquor, other than the salary or wages payable to him in respect of his office or position, and shall receive no gratuity from any person in connection with such business.

RCW 69.50.351, no member of the state liquor and cannabis board and no employee of the state liquor and cannabis board shall have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the producing, processing, or sale of marijuana, useable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products, or derive any profit or remuneration from the sale of marijuana, useable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products other than the salary or wages payable to him or her in respect of his or her office or position, and shall receive no gratuity from any person in connection with the business.

WSLCB does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email hrjobs@liq.wa.gov or call (360) 664.1636. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Salary: $3,105.00 - $4,040.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Non-Permanent

Department: Liquor and Cannabis Board

Job Number: 2018-06930

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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

Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact

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