Washington State Disability Work Group Program & Contract Manager; Commerce Specialist 3 in Olympia, Washington


Would you like to be a part of a new workgroup that is committed to lifting Washingtonians with disabilities out of poverty? Would you like to be a part of a team that aids in protecting vulnerable Washingtonians from abuse, neglect, and isolation? If this is a passion of yours, please keep reading!

This position is responsible for providing professional administration and contract management in implementing programs, department policy and procedures, and workgroup activities. This person will be a core member of the Department of Commerce Disability Workgroup and support four important Washington programs that include: Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE), the Developmental Disability Endowment Fund (DDETF), Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (DD Ombuds), and Long Term Care Ombuds (LTC Ombuds).

We are committed to hiring great people, letting them flourish, and supporting their professional growth. The work place has few cube walls using contemporary mobile workstations to create a collaborative environment. If you like a bustling atmosphere, are organized, exhibit professionalism at all times, and strives for continuous improvement, then we invite you to apply today!


  • Administer Contract administration of ABLE, DDETF, DD Ombuds, and LTC Ombuds Programs.
  • Ensure contractor compliance with program requirements.
  • Provide customer service and technical assistance to contractors to include risk assessments and monitoring.
  • Develop and implement program strategic plans.
  • Lead development and implementation of program policies and procedures.
  • Develop and manage program tools for routine tasks, tracking, and reporting.
  • Manage agency requested legislation and appropriation decision packages to include preparing and providing testimony at legislative hearings.
  • Prepare budget allotments, coding, and reconciliations including program-related fiscal notes.
  • Develop executive reports and summaries for management, legislation, and government officials. Analyze and present performance data. Resolve public complaints and inquiries.
  • Draft Disability Workgroup communications and disseminate approved messages to stakeholders.
  • Design and deliver presentations on behalf of the Disability Workgroup.
  • Serve in collaborative efforts on department and inter-agency teams. Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree AND three years of professional experience in community development and/or at community-based organizations that includes experience with: federal/state financing, grant and loan administration, governmental contracting, program/project management.
  • Professional-level experience with community development and/or community-based organizations may substitute, year-for-year, for education.
  • A graduate or advanced degree will substitute for one year of required experience.
  • Demonstrated computer experience with Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • One year experience contracting public funds to community agencies.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • One year experience working in or with non-profit organizations, community action agencies, municipalities, and/or Native American Tribal organizations, preferably on disability issues.
  • One year experience interpreting and applying detailed policies and procedures.
  • One year experience creating presentation materials and conducting presentations or trainings.
  • One year experience managing websites and their content using web content management tools.
  • One year experience facilitating or participating in work groups or committees, providing technical assistance and training to contractors, and responding to constituent and public inquiries and concerns. Supplemental Information

I want to work for Commerce! How do I apply?

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume detailing experience and education; and
  • A list of at least three professional references.

The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required.

For questions about this recruitment, please contact Peter Tassoni at 360-725-3125 or peter.tassoni@commerce.wa.gov.

Who we are:

At Commerce, we're a little different. Our Olympia offices are open Monday through Friday. Our parking is free. Many of our employees bike year round. We also have an active bicycle loaner program.

Washington State offers commuting programs, including free, subsidized and reduced public transportation incentives. There are approximately 300 employees in our agency. We are committed to our work and value balance in our personal lives. We hire people for a position and encourage them to train for growth opportunities.

If this sounds like a good fit for you and you meet the qualifications, we encourage you to apply.

What we do:

We are the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. We administer a diverse portfolio of more than 100 programs and several state boards and commissions, all focused on achieving one clear and simple mission: to grow and improve jobs in Washington.

Our key customers include businesses, local governments and community-based organizations. We also play the crucial role of convening numerous local, state, regional and federal partners and stakeholders, public and private. Together we work to support the Governor's priorities and achieve shared goals and objectives for the citizens of Washington.

Not from Olympia?

As the state's capitol, Olympia is located off Interstate 5 at the south end of the Puget Sound roughly half-way between Seattle and Portland, and less than a two hour drive to the coast, temperate rainforest, mountains, urban city, or farmlands. With year-round art festivals, parades, theater shows, concerts, and community events, Olympia and its surrounding cities have something for everyone. For parents, it boasts some of the best schools in the nation and the renowned HandsOn Children's Museum. Home to two universities (The Evergreen State College and Saint Martin's University), Olympia residents also have the opportunity to pursue a degree while working!

Special Notes:

This position is covered by a union security provision. Therefore, as a condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to become members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, or pay other representational fees within the first 30 days of employment.

Additional Information:

The Washington State Department of Commerce complies with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the federal Form I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent with the requirements of that form on the first day of employment.

The Washington State Department of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application, testing, or interview process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call Human Resources at (360) 725-2650. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-10571

Department: Dept. of Commerce

Closing: 10/27/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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

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

Salary: $4,313.00 - $5,804.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA