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Administrative Law Judge - Employment Security Caseload Pool
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Administrative Law Judge - Employment Security Caseload Pool
**Administrative Law Judge - Employment Security Caseload Pool (full-time and pro tem)**
**First review of applications on March 23, 2018 **
**This recruitment will be used to establish a pool of Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) candidates for upcoming vacancies in our Tacoma and Spokane Valley Field Offices.**
* Individuals appointed to a** Line ALJ**position will begin with an annual salary of **$76,500**if they meet the requirement of five years of legal experience as a licensed attorney, and have no prior experience conducting administrative hearings (plus benefits and leave accrual)
* Individuals appointed to an **Entry ALJ**position will begin with an annual salary of at least **$66,300**, but less than $76,500 if they have less than five years of legal experience as a licensed attorney (plus benefits and leave accrual)
* Individuals appointed to **Pro Tem ALJ**will earn an hourly rate of **$43.86**, and may work up to full-time for five months, but generally, less than half-time. Pro Tem ALJs do not receive benefits, leave, or a guaranteed number of hours.
**About the agency**
**Independent. Very Accessible. Expert.**
The 1981 Legislature created OAH to offer Washingtonians an independent, fair and neutral forum to resolve and hold administrative hearings on disputed matters referred by state and local government agencies. Operating out of field offices in Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Spokane Valley and Yakima, there are approximately 100 Administrative Law Judges at OAH who preside over administrative hearings involving unemployment insurance benefits, child support, food assistance, medical benefits, business and professional licensing matters, and more. Our referring agencies include the Employment Security Department, the Department of Social and Health Services, the Health Care Authority, Liquor and Cannabis Board, Department of Financial Institutions, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and others. For more information about OAH, please visit our website at
**Our mission:** We independently resolve administrative disputes through accessible, fair, prompt processes and issue sound decisions.
**Our vision:** OAH offers the people of Washington a convenient, easy to navigate system to request and receive fair and impartial hearings on their appeals of government actions. OAH is the preferred neutral forum for Washingtonians to resolve their disputes with state and local government agencies.
**Our values:** Public service, respect, integrity, communications, employees.
**Our goals:**
* **_Independence & impartiality_**: We inspire public confidence in administrative decision making.
* **_Performance excellence_**: We deliver high quality, timely work.
* **_Convenience & accessibility_**: We make it easy for people to do business with us.
* **_Proficient & engaged employees_**: We develop skilled, dedicated employees.
**OAH Offers:**
* Opportunity to serve as an independent, neutral, and impartial decision maker.
* Satisfaction of knowing your work makes a difference.
* Free CLE credits through comprehensive in-house trainings.
* Comprehensive benefits package.
**Position overview:**
This fast-paced, timeline driven position will place you at the forefront of accomplishing the OAH mission. ALJs conduct hearings that are fair in substance and appearance and issue well-reasoned timely decisions. ALJs see the direct result of their work and justice provided in each decision made. Each ALJ is held to a high standard of professionalism, performance excellence, and ethics.
**Some of what you'll do:**
* Provide high quality and timely administrative hearings and decisions under Chapter 34.05 RCW and other applicable laws consistent with the requirements of due process.
* Conduct fair, impartial hearings accessible for all parties. Most hearings will be over the phone, with some in person.
* Become proficient in using our case management system (PRISM) to manage your caseload.
* Ensure a clear and complete hearing record.
* Preside and rule on pre-hearing, hearing, and post-hearing matters.
* Read or view exhibits, pleadings, and legal reference materials to prepare for proceedings.
* Swear in witnesses, take testimony, and rule on exhibits. Determine the relevancy of testimony as it is occurring; rule on admissibility of evidence.
* Effectively deal with difficult persons who are upset or are having difficulty understanding the proceeding.
* Analyze legal problems, some of which may be difficult and complex; apply legal principles and precedents with a commitment to making an unbiased and legally correct decision.
* Issue well-written, clear, decisions within strict timelines required by OAH standards and the governing federal and state law, or program.
* Issue well-written initial and final orders consistent with OAH quality standards, containing necessary findings of fact and conclusions of law disposing of all legal issues.
* Develop and maintain current and accurate knowledge of administrative rules, policies and procedures, and other substantive law for caseloads.
* Travel throughout Washington State may be required.
**We are looking for applicants who have:**
* Demonstrated the ability to make timely and logical decisions, adapt to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities.
* Proven success earning the trust and respect of parties, party representatives, staff, peers, and management and promoted cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals and deliverables.
* Ability to meet challenges with resourcefulness, generate suggestions for improving work, and develop innovative approaches and ideas.
* Extensive practice in legal writing and proofreading, including the ability to independently draft and edit legal documents.
* A high stress tolerance, judicial decorum, calm demeanor, and ability to de-escalate confrontational behavior.
* Tolerance of repeated interruptions, ability to adjust priorities as needed, and the ability to maintain mental focus.
* Ability to interpret, apply, and advise on rules and policies.
* Proven success demonstrating honesty, respectfulness, and integrity in all interactions.
* Demonstrated skill with Microsoft Office programs including; Word, Excel, and Outlook and the ability to produce accurately formatted and typed documents.
* Ability to learn and use new technology systems.
**Applicants must have the following qualifications:**
* A Juris Doctor degree.
* A minimum of five years legal experience._*_
* Active or Judicial membership with the Washington State Bar Association or any state's bar association.
* Demonstrated knowledge of administrative law and procedures.
**Applicants with less than five years legal experience may be considered for Entry ALJ positions with the ability to promote to Line ALJ upon reaching five years legal experience.*
Supplemental Information
**How to apply:**
To begin the online application process, click the green "Apply" button on this announcement on or To be considered for this position, you must include the following information in your online application and complete the supplemental questionnaire. Application materials must clearly show how you meet the qualifications for the position in order to be considered.
**Application must include:**
* A letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications for this position; and,
* A detailed chronological resume AND a completed online application profile that includes education and employment history; and,
* A legal writing sample that demonstrates your professional work; and,
* Three professional references, including at least one supervisor, with current contact information.
OAH is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.
For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email us at For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
*Salary:* See Position Description
*Location:* Multiple Locations Statewide, WA
*Job Type:* Exempt
*Department:* Office of Administrative Hearings
*Job Number:* 2018-02494
*Closing:* 4/1/2018 11:59 PM Pacific
*Agency:* State of Washington
*Address:* View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.
*Phone:* View Posting for Agency Contact

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