Washington State Attorney Manager (OIC9220) in Tumwater, Washington



The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) operates under the direction of the state's Insurance Commissioner, a statewide elected official. The agency's mission is to provide consumer protection and regulation of the state's insurance industry. With a workforce of approximately 240 employees, we are one of the smaller state agencies in Washington state government and are fortunate to have a stable funding source that does not rely on the state's general fund.

The OIC values its employees and diversity in the workplace. We challenge our employees to continuously improve the way we do business, and to meet and exceed the needs of our customers. To learn more about this agency, we invite you to visit our website at http://www.insurance.wa.gov/.


The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) is seeking qualified candidates for the Civil Service Exempt position of Attorney Manager in our Legal Affairs Division, located in Tumwater, Washington.

Within the Legal Affairs Division, our Attorney Manager supports the mission of the Legal Affairs Division to protect consumers, the public interest and our state's economy by providing the Office of the Insurance Commissioner with the necessary legal tools to achieve fair and efficient regulation of the insurance industry. If you're interested in a career that protects consumer's interests and promotes a healthy business environment in this state, please apply and become part of our dynamic team.


Our OIC office is located in the City of Tumwater and is just south of our State Capitol in Olympia. The OIC Tumwater office is walking distance from a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, bus lines, and is within close access to Interstate 5 on-ramps and exits, shopping centers, and health facilities.


As an eligible state employee, Washington State offers an outstanding benefits package *including: health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; vacation, sick, military and civil leave; dependent care assistance program; employee assistance program; deferred compensation plans; 11 paid holidays plus a personal holiday; tuition reimbursement; commute trip reduction; training; and state retirement plans. *We also offer free parking at our main office in Tumwater, a secure working facility, and are fortunate to have a stable funding source that does not rely on the state's general fund.


This position reports directly to the Legal Affairs Deputy Insurance Commissioner, and is charged with ensuring the smooth, efficient and well documented flow advice and of litigation matters from referral through the hearing process. This includes ensuring high quality work, excellent customer service, information retention, program performance standards, and coordination with other divisions within the agency. This position assigns work and directly supervises a team of staff attorneys.

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Independently researches and resolves legal issues brought by deputies and other managers, and provides strategic and substantive advice to the Legal Affairs Deputy on issues of state and national significance
  • Supervises a team of staff attorneys
  • Assigns litigation, advice, rule-making consultations and other work to staff attorneys
  • Coordinates quality and consistency of individual staff attorney work, including providing specific case consultation, reviewing briefs and memoranda, identifying and developing necessary training, and creating supportive templates and interactive forms
  • Reviews all unsubstantiated investigation referrals to the legal unit and renders final decisions
  • Assists Deputy in response to issue based and operational emergencies in the legal unit, and troubleshoots emerging or urgent issues as they arise
  • Facilitates the agency Producer Enforcement Group (PEG), which determines enforcement on all actions state-wide related to producer license holders


Required Qualifications*:*

  • Graduation from accredited law school and possession of license to practice law, preferably from Washington State.
  • Three or more years of experience as a litigating attorney in an area of civil practice with an emphasis on regulation or compliance.
  • Two or more years of experience in insurance industry or insurance regulation field of practice (either as an attorney or practitioner).
  • Experience in government regulation and enforcement to include at least two years of experience in determining if governmental agencies orders/decisions are factually supported and legally defensible.
  • Litigation skills and experience to include written discovery, motions practice, and tactics for brief writing and filing and with oral argument and witness testimony at an administrative and/or court level.
  • Working knowledge of RCWs, WACs, policies and procedures in a government program setting.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively in high stakes situations to achieve mutually satisfactory results.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of demonstrated experience in a supervisory position within a state of federal regulatory program.
  • At least 3 years of demonstrated experience in program and personnel management at the operational level of an organization.
  • Demonstrated industry or regulatory experience in the Washington Insurance code.
  • 3 years of experience with data-based performance management to include analyzing currently available data, establishing baseline performance measures, monitoring progress in key areas, engaging in meaningful performance metric discussions, creating or monitoring a performance dashboard and creating monthly reports.
  • Experience making critical timely, logical and responsible decisions; creating and promoting a team-oriented work environment; problem solving; mentoring; prioritizing and delegating effectively.
  • Working knowledge of legislative and rule-making processes, including fiscal and program impacts of those processes.

Position Specific Competencies:

Leadership: Inspires, motivates, and brings out the best in others. Guides staff towards a shared vision and accomplishment of goals. Displays balances thinking that combines analysis, wisdom, experience and perspective.

Communication and Collaboration: Investigators must conduct investigations in an objective, unbiased, and ethical manner, while demonstrating the highest level of integrity and professionalism.

Enforcing Laws, Rules and Regulations: Enforces governmental laws, rules and regulations, in a way that the public perceives as fair, objective and reasonable.

Analysis, Decision Making and Judgment: Identifies key facts in a range of data. Applies logic and complex layers of rules to analyze and categorize complicated information. Sees underlying principles, patters or themes in an array of related information. Goes beyond analyzing factual information to develop a conceptual understanding of the meaning. Integrates diverse themes and lines of reasoning to create new insights or levels of understanding for the issue at hand. Makes timely, informed decisions that take into account the facts, goals, constraints and risks.

Development and Continual Learning: Displays an ongoing commitment to learning and self-improvement. Hones competencies needed in current job, seeks, and acquires new competencies, work methods, ideas and information that will improve own efficiency and effectiveness on the job.

Aligns the direction, services, and performance of the division:Both internally, and with the rest of the organization. Seeks to understand other programs in the division and agency, including their services, deliverables and measures. Advocates for and positively represents other groups when working with staff, customers and stakeholders.

Agency Core Competencies:

Respect, recognition and inclusiveness: Engages in constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect; helps create a work environment that embraces and appreciates diversity; and, recognizes contributions of others within the organization --- all of which will enhance the attainment of organizational goals.

Accountability: Demonstrates understanding of the link between job responsibilities and organizational goals. Accepts personal responsibility and accountability for the quality and timeliness of own work, and adhering to agency processes/policies. Manages his or her own performance to meet expectations and achieve expected results.

Communication and Collaboration: Actively listens and engages in open, respectful, and cooperative manner. Conveys messages that are effective in communicating information and ideas with others.

Customer Focus: Builds and maintains internal and external customer satisfaction with services offered by the organization, both regulatory and consumer based. Demonstrates sensitivity to public's perceptions and attitudes.

Professionalism and Integrity: Through consistent honesty, forthrightness, and professionalism in all interactions, earns the trust, respect and confidence of co-workers and customers.

Leadership:Inspires, motivates, and brings out the best in others. Guides team members toward a shared vision and accomplishment of goals. Displays balances thinking that combines analysis, wisdom, experience and perspective.

Human Resource Management:Effectively manages human resources in a consistent and equitable manner.

Supplemental Information

This recruitment will remain open until filled. Initial screening of applications will begin 7 days after the initial opening date. We encourage all applicants to apply early. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision and close this recruitment posting at any time after the initial screening date.

Compensation:Salary will depend on qualifications (up to $95,000 annually).


To begin the online application process, click the green "Apply" button at the top of this announcement and follow the online application instructions. To be considered for this opportunity, you must attach the following documents to your online application.

  • A current resume;
  • A detailed letter of interest describing your skills and experience as they relate to the qualifications outlined in this job announcement; and,
  • A list of at least three professional references, including contact information for all supervisors for the last five year period.

Incomplete application packages may disqualify an applicant from the selection process.

We encourage veterans to apply. To allow us to grant you veterans' preferences, applicants must do the following:

Email DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, signed verification of service letter from USDVA or other service documents that we can use to verify your eligibility to Recruitment@oic.wa.gov. Please blackoutany personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. Please include "Attorney Manager"in the subject line of the email, and include your name in the message as it appears on the application you submitted through the www.careers.wa.gov system. To protect your private information, please do not attach your service documents to application.

Note: The act of submitting application materials is considered affirmation that the information provided is complete and truthful. When submitted electronically, you are confirming that all information is true and complete.

Degree/Credential Verification: If a degree is listedby the candidate, proof of degree will be required at the finalist stage; therefore, candidates are encouraged to pre-plan for this.


In accordance with RCW 48.02.090(5), Office of Insurance Commissioner employees are prohibited from having any interest, directly or indirectly, in an insurance company other than as a policy holder. This prohibition includes the receipt of renewal commissions.

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to supporting diversity in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and honorably discharged veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call Joe Vidales at (360) 725-7012. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

Job Type: Exempt

Job Number: 2016-09220

Department: Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Closing: Continuous

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: Depends on Qualifications

Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA