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Director of Legal Affairs

About us:

The Office of the State Treasurer (OST) is the bank for Washington state government. OST provides banking, investment, debt issuance, and accounting services for state government and plays a major role in providing financial services to local government. The agency has a staff of approximately 60 employees committed to promoting and maintaining public trust and confidence through consistent application of responsible financial practices, quality customer service, and continuous efforts to improve agency efficiency and productivity.



Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Legal Affairs is responsible for leading and directing all legal services for OST. As the Director of Legal Affairs your legal knowledge and expertise will directly inform decisions regarding policy direction and business strategy made by the Treasurer as well as business and legal recommendations that have long-term impact on the agency’s operational performance and effectiveness. Additionally, you will provide legal assistance to the Treasurer relating to the Treasurer’s service on boards and/or commissions.


As a senior level director within the OST you will recommend actions and make decisions on complex, substantive, and procedural issues directly contributing to OST’s legal strategy and approach on matters, involving both in-house resources and those of the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Special Assistant Attorneys General (SAAG) and other outside legal counsel as needed. You will have an opportunity to proactively identify areas of improvement within systems and processes to support closing gaps, and meeting or exceeding compliance requirements to mitigate the agency’s exposure to risks and oversee the administration of the activities and staff of the Legal Services team.



Juris Doctor from an accredited law school, is an attorney, and a current member in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association, or ability to obtain membership within twelve (12) months of hire, and a minimum of five (5) years of relevant legal experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Providing client legal advice
  • Reading and interpreting statutes and legal documents
  • Familiarity with contracts, public records, and public meetings
  • Understanding of government finance and state budgeting
  • Understanding of state and federal legislative process to include legislation comprehension
  • Familiarity with internal and external auditing
  • Demonstrates a commitment to fairness and justice; ensures access to services, programs, opportunities, and information for all


How to apply:
In addition to completing the online application and providing a current resume, applicants must attach a letter of interest explaining how their skills will contribute to the OST mission and meet the qualifications of this position.

Hours of Work/Location: 
The OST takes pride in being a family-friendly and healthy work environment. OST is currently working mostly remotely. The OST operates on a standard work week of Monday through Friday with the core business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The duty station for this position is in Olympia, Washington, and may have access to shared office space in both of our Capitol Campus locations.

Salary and Benefits: 
The annual salary range for this position is $120,000.00 - $150,000.00. Washington State offers a competitive benefits package. Beyond the traditional benefits such as health insurance, life insurance and retirement benefits, we offer flex spending accounts, dependent care assistance, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, paid vacation, and sick leave.

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