Apply early! Applicant review begins November 5, 2020. This recruitment will remain open until filled. The appointing authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision and/or to close this recruitment at any time.
Reasonable Accommodation and Protected Leave Manager (WMS Band 1)
Office of Human Resources
Our ideal candidate is a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions affect others.
Our ideal candidate sees the needs and objectives of others and takes them into account while achieving their objectives. They adapt their approach and expectations accordingly.
Our ideal candidate is outward even when confronted with others that are not open or collaborative. They demonstrate resilience to model outward behaviors even when stressed or tired.
As the Reasonable Accommodation and Protected Leave Manager, you will be part of a dynamic HR team responsible for providing high-level consultation and guidance on personnel and organizational strategies. Using expert knowledge of relevant CBAs, WACs, State and Federal laws, and agency policies, you will work directly with employees at all levels, including agency leadership, to help resolve sensitive and complex personnel issues. You will use your knowledge to advise on organizational development such as staffing needs, make classification determinations, advise on protected leave, identify when an employee may need a reasonable accommodation, assist with personnel investigations, and represent the agency to outside entities such as the Personnel Resource Board or mediators.
The Office of Human Resources (HR) is located within the Division of People and Performance Services. Our team is dedicated to creating satisfying customer and team member experiences that help the organization and its employees achieve their objectives. Through relationships and data/analytics, we see others as people; use human-centered design and lean-thinking, adjust our efforts as we learn; and with exceptional consultation, products and services, we help things go right.
The Reasonable Accommodation and Protected Leave Manager will incorporate agency values into their work by:
- Taking a human-centered approach in their work,
- Committing to equity in the programs and services provided,
- Working in collaboration and partnership with others,
- Learning from those that came before to protect those that come after, and
- Striving towards excellence in the service of others, including providing them the tools they need to be successful.
The duty station for this position is Tumwater, WA. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is currently expected. When approved to return, the incumbent is expected to report to the duty station for work activities.
Learn more about the position by viewing the complete position description.
About the Department of Health
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions, and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies.
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for many positions.
- Growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, access to healthy food, and fitness classes.
- Opportunities to serve your community through meaningful work.
- A commitment to diversity and inclusion by fostering an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
- An Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.
- A modernized workplace.
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following DESIRED experience:
NOTE: Applicants from historically marginalized groups and/or those who have lived experience obtaining services/accommodations for yourself or others with a disability may be given preference.
- Five (5) or more years as a subject matter expert implementing disability-specific federal and state guidelines according to prior case law related to providing reasonable accommodations based on disability.
- Demonstrated experience and skill in the following:
- Knowledge of and experience administering employee protected leave programs.
- Expert knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Washington State Law Against Discrimination.
- Expert knowledge of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- Knowledge of broad-based professional human resource administration.
- Ability to develop and conduct training for managers and staff on complex HR topics, including reasonable accommodation, FMLA, and non-discrimination.
- Presentations and public speaking skills – ability to present information to large and small groups, including senior leadership teams, union representatives, employee groups, and in meetings and conferences.
- Ability to effectively represent the agency in meetings, appeals, grievances, arbitrations, and legal actions.
- Detailed knowledge of human resource-related rules, laws, guidelines, and best practices.
- Interpret and utilize laws, rules, policies, and procedures
- Effectively present complex information and ideas.
- Mediate or informally resolve disputes arising from a request for reasonable accommodation, FMLA, or Shared Leave.
- Start with mindset – Turn your mindset outward by seeing the humanity in others.
- Don’t wait for others to change – Change your mindset regardless of whether others change theirs.
- Be fully capable – Own your work, plans, actions, and impact. Position others to own theirs.
- Build relationships – Eliminate the unnecessary distinctions that create distance between yourself and others.
- Rethink systems and processes to turn them outward – Create an environment that energizes people rather than manages objects.
- Measure results – Move yourself and your teams to achieve collective goals.
This position reports to the Labor Relations Director. Learn more about the Washington Management Service.
The annual compensation is between $72,432 and $$89,500, depending upon qualifications.
Washington State offers a full benefits package including vacation and sick leave, family medical and dental coverage, life insurance, retirement, and a deferred compensation program.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.
If you have questions, need alternative formats or other assistance please contact Linda.Riggle@doh.wa.gov, (360) 236-4226, or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 711 (Washington Relay). Technical support is provided by NEOGOV, 855-524-5627 (can’t log in, password or email issues, error messages).
Intrigued? We’d love to hear from you. Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:
- A detailedLetter of Interest that addresses your qualifications as they relate to the position.
- A current Resume detailing your professional background.
- Five (5) or more professional references, to be included in your profile.
Do not attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the Application Process. These documents will not be forwarded to the hiring manager.
Live and Work in a Great State
Washington is America's Top State according to U.S. News (2019) and provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.
Washington offers a total work/life package of pay, benefits, flexibility, and workplace opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and out of life. Washington State is a great place to work, play, and be a part of a community. Washington offers a quality of life that is unsurpassed. From the high-energy urban center of Seattle, one of the nation’s top-ranked cities, to the more relaxed pace of our rural communities, Washington’s distinctive Northwest lifestyle blends a progressive, creative culture with a casual nature.
The position is located in Tumwater, Washington, right on the edge of Olympia, the state’s capital. The Tumwater/Olympia area has a vibrant city with a small-town feel conveniently situated between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Mount Rainier and the rugged Cascade Mountains provide majestic scenery to the east while Washington’s Pacific Coast is just an hour’s drive to the west. Tumwater enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well-supported school system, with two universities and a community college within a ten-mile radius. Learn more about the City of Tumwater, and about the Olympia and the Thurston County area.