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Deputy Chief Health Law Judge (WMS3) DOH8011

Deputy Chief Health Law Judge (WMS3)

Center for Facilities, Risk, & Adjudication

Office of ASU Judicial

Tumwater, WA

(Flexible/Hybrid, Remote)



The goal of the Department of Health is to safeguard and enhance the health of Washington State residents. The Center for Facilities, Risk, & Adjudication (CFRA) oversees adjudicative services, risk management, and facilities, aiming to identify and mitigate risks, ensure fair legal processes, and provide safe workspaces. The Adjudicative Service Office (ASO), comprising DOH law judges and staff, holds decision-making authority in administrative hearings across various health-related cases, ensuring consistency and due process.


The Deputy Chief Health Law Judge (DCHLJ), reporting directly to the Chief Health Law Judge (CHLJ) within CFRA’s Adjudicative Services Office (ASO), leads ASO's operations. Responsibilities include overseeing ASO's daily efficiency, ensuring Health Law Judges (HLJs) demonstrate sound legal judgment, fairness, and due process in cases. The DCHLJ manages, supervises, mentors, and trains ASO's 5 HLJs, and collaborates with the CHLJ and Review Judges to ensure orders are legally and procedurally sound. In the absence of the CHLJ, the DCHLJ acts on their behalf with full authority. Additionally, the DCHLJ supports the ASO leadership team, develops agency-wide guidance and procedures, and engages in long-term strategic planning.


Learn more about the Position –  View the Complete Position Description (Download PDF reader)


This position is included in the Washington Management Service.

The duty station for this position is in Tumwater, WA. Telework (mobile work) is currently expected. The incumbent may be required to conduct in-person hearings and attend in-person training and/or team-building activities as they arise.  With rare exceptions, in-person work activities would be scheduled in advance.


Work that matters.

Public health promotes and protects the health of the people of the state of Washington and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play.

The agency realizes that our efforts to achieve more equitable health outcomes for the communities we serve begin with our ability to operationalize and institutionalize equity throughout our internal policies, systems, and practices.


About DOH

Join the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and be part of a dynamic team dedicated to safeguarding public health. As a frontline defender of our communities, DOH collaborates with partners around the clock to impact the lives of every Washingtonian and visitor. We’re not just an organization; we’re a catalyst for change, guided by our core values of Equity, Innovation, and Engagement. Our Transformational Plan for the future of Washington’s health is in motion, and we invite you to make a meaningful impact on the well-being of the state by joining us in this exciting journey. Your work at DOH truly matters.



We are dedicated to your work-life harmony and offer one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation, designed to support your lifestyle. To learn more about “Why DOH”, visit Work@Health.


The DESIRED Candidate Profile

Experience defined below may have been gained through paid or unpaid activities. Please ensure any relevant experience defined below is outlined in your cover letter, resume, and/or applicant profile.

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Licensed as an attorney in the State of Washington in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association.
  • Five years of litigation and judicial experience.
  • Two years of leadership and performance management experience.
  • Two years’ experience with policy and performance measurement development.

We are also seeking a candidate who has the ability to utilize our Outward Mindset principles and tools to meet individual and team performance objectives and foster a culture of accountability, communication, teamwork, inclusivity, and transparency. As well as, exercise DOH values and transformational strategic planning to understand, and respond to, diverse ways that address individual and team needs.

Learn more about Leading People @ DOH (Download PDF reader).


Application Process.

Intrigued? We’d love to hear from you.  Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

  1. A cover letter that addresses your qualifications and experience as they relate to the position and leadership competencies.
  2. A current Resume.
  3. Five (5) or more professional references are to be included in your profile under the references section which includes at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) someone you have supervised or led. Please do not attach any letters of recommendation.

Attachments: Do not attach any documents that include photos, letters of recommendation, or private information (transcripts, social security number, year of birth, etc.).


Veterans: Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please remove or cover any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers and birth year.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

We regard diversity as the foundation of our strength, recognizing that differing insights and abilities enable us to reflect the unique needs of the communities we serve.

DOH is an equal-opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination based on race/ethnicity/color, creed, sex, pregnancy, age, religion, national origin, marital status, the presence or perception of a disability, veteran’s status, military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity.

If you have questions or need other assistance please contact Andrea Thieme at or (360) 918-6601 For persons with disabilities, this document is available in other formats. Please call 800-525-0127 (TDD/TTY 711) or email Technical support is provided by NEOGOV, 855-524-5627 (can’t log in, password or email issues, error messages).


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