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Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) seeks Cannabis Manager in Olympia

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Cannabis Manager sought by WSLCB in Olympia

***Note:  The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time.  It will be to the applicant’s advantage to submit materials as soon as possible. 

First review of applications will be March 20, 2019 and continue weekly until filled.

Who we are
The mission of the Liquor and Cannabis Board is to promote public safety and trust through fair administration and enforcement of liquor, tobacco and marijuana laws. At the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) we pride ourselves on creating the “wow” factor in everything we do. We search for people who demonstrate a strong work ethic, excellence in customer service, partnering and teamwork, and quality performance. We strive to be a great place to work by fostering a safe, open, inclusive and healthy work environment. We want to ensure that our organization is as diverse and inclusive as our great State of Washington. We want to create a culture that fosters excellence in customer service, open and honest communication, transparency and accountability, data driven decisions, and business initiated process improvement.

Your opportunity at a glance
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is announcing an opportunity at the headquarters office in Olympia, WA for a Cannabis Manager in the Licensing Division. This full-time position reports to the Deputy Director of Licensing and Regulation, and independently approves licenses to qualified retail and non-retail business. This position will also be responsible to regulate the production, processing and sale of products in accordance with marijuana laws and regulations.

This position will advise the Deputy Director on controversial applications and licensing policy issues. In this position, you may testify on behalf of the Division before an administrative law judge or the Board in any appeal of these decisions. This position works closely with the Assistant Attorneys General (AAGs) office, Enforcement Division, Court appointed receivers, local authorities and Washington State Tribes on various licensing issues and projects.

You will be managing the workload and training of employees to make sure that they are meeting their performance outcomes. In this position, you will participate in agency rulemaking as the subject matter expert for Marijuana Licensing. You will also implement legislative and rule changes after they are approved by the Board or legislature.

This position supervises 3 Licensing Supervisors, a Program Specialist 2 and is responsible for the work of 21 Licensing Specialist Seniors.Duties

  • Utilizes knowledge of licensing laws, regulations, and Board practices to provide and update resource information for marijuana licensing staff. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, with a clear understanding of the Division’s mission and Board mandates and how they coincide with and differ from stakeholder expectations. Works with the unit to provide excellent customer service within the bounds of our mandates.
  • Manages the day-to-day operations of processing retail and non-retail marijuana applications.
  • Utilizes leadership skills to motivate staff to achieve high performance consistently. Cultivates a learning environment for staff to effectively expand their skill set, cross-train and work varied tasks and functions. Sets measurable goals and holds the programs accountable for meeting said goals. Performs staff evaluations, recognizes staff accomplishments that meet Division goals, and initiates corrective action when necessary.
  • Independently reviews controversial marijuana licensing applications and renewals. Utilizing analytical skills, gives guidance to supervisors and staff on complex applications.
  • Testifies at administrative hearings when required.
  • Leads and participates in internal meetings, statewide agency and external stakeholder workgroups.
  • Facilitates process improvement projects related to the marijuana licensing unit.
  • Develops section level performance measures for the unit to achieve the Agency Mission and Strategic plan, and Division objectives.
  • Works with Assistant Attorneys General, court appointed receivers, and licensees to ensure requirements are met.



  • *Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, public administration, or closely related field.
  • Five (5) years of management or supervisory experience in a regulatory environment.

*Experience may substitute year for year for the required education.


  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in state licensing and regulation.
  • Demonstrated experience in the application of leadership skills and change management principles.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing strategic plans for a business or program.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and solve problems in operations areas, human resources, and staff performance accountability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and productively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Effectively organizes multiple assignments of a complex nature or involving competing priorities, to produce completed staff work.
  • Experience coaching and mentoring others.
  • Experience working with collective bargaining units.
  • Experience in administrative and/or criminal justice law, administrative process and procedures.

The candidate that will succeed in this position will have the following qualities:

  • Highly skilled group facilitator.
  • Excellent organizational skills and professional follow through.
  • Excellent written and oral skills.
  • Experience in directing work by delegating and removing obstacles to get the work done.
  • Ensure accountability.
  • Action oriented and able to take on challenges.
  • Experience in building/developing positive, productive and respectful relationships.
  • Think strategically as well as tactically.
  • Motivational leader who supports & inspires their team.
  • Experience in working with a diverse audience.

Supplemental Information


IMPORTANT: To be considered for this position, you must include the following. Failure to do so WILL result in your application being disqualified:

  1. A completed on-line application (available at; and
  2. A resume and letter of interest (document must be attached during the on-line application process).
  3. Three to four professional references to include a current or recent supervisor with current contact numbers and email addresses.

*A resume will not substitute for completing the “work experience” section of the application.

Applicants for employment with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board should also be aware of RCW 66.08.080, which states in part: “No employee of the board shall have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the manufacture of liquor sold under this title, or derive any profit or remuneration from the sale of liquor, other than the salary or wages payable to him in respect of his office or position, and shall receive no gratuity from any person in connection with such business.

RCW 69.50.351, no member of the state liquor and cannabis board and no employee of the state liquor and cannabis board shall have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the producing, processing, or sale of marijuana, useable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products, or derive any profit or remuneration from the sale of marijuana, useable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products other than the salary or wages payable to him or her in respect of his or her office or position, and shall receive no gratuity from any person in connection with the business.

WSLCB 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 or call (360) 664.1636. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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