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Hearings Assistant Administrator (WMS3)

Department of Licensing

At Department of Licensing (DOL), we work hard to create a culture where employees feel valued and respected. Employees are trusted and encouraged to be a part of process improvements that impact their work, create value for our customers, and help build trust in our government.


Our Programs and Services Division (PSD) has a unique remote work opportunity for an attorney with excellent interpersonal communication skills both orally and in writing to join our team as the Hearings Assistant Administrator within the Hearings and Interviews Unit.


We are one of the most public facing state agencies and the second largest revenue generating agency in Washington State. We regularly interact with over 6 million Washington residents and collect nearly $3.2 billion in taxes and fees annually. We know our services are essential to our customers’ ability to live, work, drive, and thrive and we are committed to ensuring every resident has equitable and meaningful access to our services.


Are you an attorney that is ready to lead a dynamic team and enjoy work-life harmony? If so, we invite you to apply!



As our Hearings Assistant Administrator, you will lead a team of Hearings Examiners as you manage the administration of driver hearings. Acting as a direct resource and mentor, you will maintain an expert level knowledge of driver licensing statutes, regulations, and case law while ensuring quality and consistent decision making. Your leadership skills will be relied upon as you direct, coach, and train your team while simultaneously facilitating and supporting process improvements. Working closely with our Hearings Administrator, you will assist with the biennial program budget, develop meaningful standards for the program, and recommend and review proposed legislation.

Some of what you will do:

  • Interpret, at an expert level, legal and legislative updates and informs Hearings Examiner teams of the same as relevant to driver licensing and due process.
  • Develop and apply appropriate and meaningful standards for the measurement and documentation of performance and achievement within tasks, projects, and program areas.
  • Monitor Hearings Examiners’ workload to ensure even distribution across teams of line Hearings Examiner.
  • Recommend improvement of administrative rules, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with state law and the Department’s strategic priorities.
  • Assist in the development of WACs.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with traffic safety organizations, law enforcement groups, the DUI defense bar, other stakeholders, and DOL divisions and units who play a role in driver licensing.
  • Investigate and respond to complaints from internal and external stakeholders about the business of the unit.
  • Protect and ensure the integrity and fact-finding independence of Hearings Examiners.


What you will bring:

  • Graduation from an accredited school of law with J.D. degree.
  • Five (5) years of full-time legal experience.
  • Admission in good standing to practice law in Washington State Bar Association.
    Experience must include:Two (2) years of experience as a supervisor of attorneys and other legal professionals, including direct human resource management.
    Knowledge of current management practices and strategic planning principles and the ability to apply and communicate those principles effectively.
    Experience working collaboratively and building rapport between attorneys and legal assistants/paralegals.
    Proven ability to promote and foster a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace and work force.
    Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    Ethics and integrity.
    Demonstrated team-orientation with excellent management and interpersonal skills, exhibiting the ability to listen, understand, analyze, and respond to stakeholder, customer, management, programmatic, and employee needs.

What may set you apart:

  • Two (2) years of experience as an attorney practicing administrative law, as a member of an administrative tribunal empowered to issue findings of fact and law or an attorney with experience practicing DUI or criminal law.
  • Working knowledge of agency policies.
  • Accountability, personal initiative, strategic thinking, planning, and vision.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or background in financial and/or budgetary matters.

Additional Conditions of employment:

  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.


Make a difference. Join our team!


You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our award-winning diverse and inclusive organization.


A paycheck is just part of a total compensation package. We offer some of the nation’s best benefits which include:

We value diverse perspectives and life experiences.
We employ and serve people of all backgrounds including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. We value the unique traits and attributes that each employee brings to the job. Through the diverse perspectives of an inclusive workforce, we will create a more respectful, productive, and unified team to better serve the public of Washington.

Veteran/Military Spouse Preference Notice
To take advantage of veteran/military spouse preference, please notify the Recruitment Team of your vet/military spouse status. Please use a subject line that includes the title of this recruitment.


For inquiries about this position, contact Nicole Walters.


Come join us in changing the way government delivers services and help build a legacy of commitment to and excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion!

The Washington State Department of Licensing is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex (including gender identity), marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process, during the recruitment process, or who need this job announcement in an alternative format, may contact the Human Resources Office at 360-902-4000 or may email Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call our ASL interpreter via Video Phone at 360.339.7344.

The candidate pool certified from this recruitment may be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty days.

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