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Spokane County Inter-Governmental Affairs Officer in Spokane, Washington

Inter-Governmental Affairs Officer

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Inter-Governmental Affairs Officer


$60,179.49 - $84,222.03 Annually


WA 99260, WA

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9/29/2023 4:30 PM Pacific



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Job Summary

This position works 37.5 hours a week.

Coordinates and executes the public policy and communications programs of the Spokane County Treasurer's Office. Develops public policy research, tracks issues, formulates and executes outreach programs and develops information strategies for the office.

TOTAL COMPENSATION: $77,029 - $107,804 annually. Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, median retirement fund contributions, and current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates (including medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability, and leave). The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.

Examples of Duties

(Duties include, but are not limited to the following)

Serves as the office point of contact to district representatives, public officials and staff in all relevant branches of government.

Keeps the Treasurer and Chief Deputy Treasurer advised on all matters relating to legislative and regulatory matters as appropriate.

Evaluates, researches and analyzes ordinances, resolutions, legal and policy reviews and other issues.

Develops communications programs to effectively provide public outreach and public education matters on behalf of the Treasurer's Office.

Coordinates responses to media inquiries as appropriate.

Develops communication tools including fact sheets, newsletters, brochures, articles, reports, news releases and social media that advance the public information program's goals.

Tracks and responds to constituent inquiries and casework on behalf of the Treasurer

Participates and represents the Treasurer on behalf of the Treasurer's Office before local legislative bodies, committees, taskforces, workgroups and related groups reporting on items of interest.

Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Business, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, Broadcasting, Communications, Political Science, Public Policy or related discipline. Relevant experience in the public sector is preferred, but not required.

Selection Factors

Knowledge of:

· public information strategy and the principles and methods used in the preparation of public information materials.

· methods of determining needs for public information and education.

· Treasurer's Office services and programs.

· public administration practices.

· public policy research and development.

Ability to:

· effectively multi-task to produce high quality work while meeting deadlines.

· handle potentially stressful situations and respond appropriately.

· produce written correspondence for internal and external distribution.

· maintain strict office confidentiality.

· develop and maintain strong working relationships with public officials, staff and members of the public demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills.

Skilled in:

· persuasive and informative writing.

· articulating information and strategies.

· public speaking.

· the use of office technology including Microsoft Office Suite and graphic design software.


Employee Benefits Summary

The following is a brief list of benefits available to Spokane County regular employees. Complete information is available from Human Resources Department. This information is subject to change.


Spokane County Observed Holidays

Up to 10 (ten) paid holidays are observed by Spokane County.


Non-represented and a select group of represented employees receive a bank of hours that combine both vacation and sick leave into a paid time off bank. There is no waiting period to use this time and it starts out at almost 2 days per month accrual increasing in accrual rates annually for first 5 years.


For employees with less than five (5) years of continuous service, the accrual rate is 1 day of vacation each month for a total of 12 days per year. After six (6) months, employees are eligible to take accumulated vacation time. (Please note the vacation time accumulation may vary depending on contract language).

Sick Leave

Sick leave is earned at 1 day per month and can be taken as the days are accumulated.

Other Leaves

Spokane County provides several other paid leaves such as: bereavement leave, jury duty and military duty leave.


Medical Insurance

Two plans are currently available: Premera Blue Cross (PPO) and Kaiser Permanente (HMO). Spokane County pays 95% of the premium for full-time employees and 90% of the premiums for spouses and dependents. Premiums are deducted each pay period (pay periods: 15th and last day of the month).

2023 Rates:


Employee Only: $38.04 per month

Employee & Spouse: $149.52 per month

Employee & Family: $209.60 per month

Employee & Child(ren): $136.16 per month


Employee: $35.92 per month

Employee & Spouse: $140.56 per month

Employee & Family: $196.06 per month

Employee & Child(ren): $128.58 per month

Dental Insurance

Two plans are currently available: Delta Dental of Washington (PPO) and Willamette Dental (DMO). Spokane County pays 95% of the premium for full-time employees and 90% of the premiums for spouses and dependents.

2023 Rates:

Delta Dental Willamette Dental

Employee: $5.74 per month Employee: $5.98 per month

Family: $11.48 per month Family: $11.96 per month

Group Life Insurance

The County provides a $25,000 group life insurance policy to employees. The County provides a $10,000 benefit for those represented by 492, 492CS & 492CL. This benefit is paid in full by Spokane County.

Long Term Disability Coverage

Provides an income protection benefit in the event of a long-term illness or injury at rate of 60% of income up to a maximum of $5,000 per month. Spokane County pays the full premium for this plan. Deputy Sheriff's receive a benefit through their union for disability.


Retirement Plan (401a)

Spokane County employees are automatically included in the Washington State Retirement System. Both the employer and the employee contribute to the plan. This retirement plan provides a guaranteed lifetime monthly benefit once vested and eligible for retirement.

Additional Retirement Plan Option (457b)

Employees may supplement their retirement income and save money on taxes by participating in this optional County program. Roth (after-tax) option is also available through this retirement plan.



Supplemental insurance is optional and is provided by AFLAC to help pay for benefits not covered by major medical insurance. The employee pays 100% of the premium.

Travel Assistance

Provides additional travel protections anytime you travel more than 100 miles from home. Includes pre-trip information, emergency ticket replacement, and emergency evacuation coverage. This benefit is paid in full by Spokane County.

Flexible Spending Plan (FSA)

Spokane County sponsors a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account to allow out-of-pocket Medical & Daycare Expenses to be paid with Tax Free Dollars. Premiums are automatically set up pre-tax under the FSA.

Voluntary Term Life Insurance

Voluntary Term Life Insurance is additional optional life insurance provided through The Standard Insurance. New employees are guaranteed up to $50,000 for self and $20,000 for a spouse with no medical underwriting needed.


Employee Assistance Program

Employees and their family members are eligible to receive free counseling. There are also benefits relating to financial and legal concerns.

Reduced Cost Bus Pass Program

Spokane County participates in a program with STA which discounts bus passes to $5 a month.

Wellness Programs

There are opportunities for nearby exercise programs at reduced cost and education programs around wellness themes including financial well-being, nutrition and stress reduction.


There are local and national discounts available to Spokane County employees.


Spokane County


824 N Adams Spokane, Washington, 99260