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Government and Government Relations Attorney in Olympia, WA

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Company name

Public Disclosure Commission

Organization Type


Job Type


Practice Area

Government and Government Relations

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Olympia, WA

Date Last Verified

Jun 28,2018

Posted on

Jun 12,2018

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General Counsel Duties: Reports directly to the agency’s Executive Director and has significant management duties and responsibilities, including guiding and advising the Compliance Division to ensure that enforcement efforts rigorously adhere to relevant legal standards and requirements. Responsible for providing legal counsel to the Executive Director and the other divisions, e.g., interpreting statutes, rules, and public records requirements, as well as coordinating legal issues and matters with the Attorney General’s office as needed. Critical to the successful advancement of the agency’s mission to provide timely and meaningful public access to accurate campaign-finance information. Providing guidance to the Compliance Division regarding investigation and disposition of alleged violations of chapter 42.17A RCW, including negotiating stipulated agreements with Respondents in administrative enforcement cases. Representing PDC staff in enforcement matters before the Commission. Providing legal counsel and litigation support to the agency, in coordination with the Attorney General’s Office, regarding federal and state court challenges to chapter 42.17A RCW and litigation thereunder. Assisting the Executive Director with advisory and legislative issues pertaining to chapter 42.17A RCW, including identifying when statutes, rules, and Commission interpretations need to be addressed or changed as a result of the evolving campaign-finance landscape and federal and state court decisions. Providing guidance to the Executive Management Team and other staff concerning rulemaking, interpretations, instructional materials, and other outreach and educational efforts targeted to filers, the media, and the public. Providing general legal counsel to the Executive Director and, in coordination with the Attorney General’s Office as appropriate, the five-member Commission, on non-enforcement matters (e.g., conduct of meetings, Open Public Meetings Act, Administrative Procedures Act, Public Records Act, Commissioner advice, risk management issues, and contracts oversight), including providing orientation and training on legal requirements to new Commissioners and staff. Providing oral and written legal advice to the Executive Director, Commission (in coordination with the Attorney General’s Office as appropriate), and Commission staff as requested, identifying available legal options under relevant statues and case law. Coordinating agency risk management efforts, including providing direction and training on ethics and public records. Drafting and reviewing agency contracts.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD Degree. License to practice law in Washington State and member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association (or licensed in another state and eligible to be admitted in Washington). 5+ years of experience practicing law in the area of campaign finance and disclosure regulation or highly relevant equivalent experience. Knowledge of and experience interpreting and/or applying the Administrative Procedure Act (RCW 34.05), Open Public Meetings Act (RCW 42.30), and Public Records Act (RCW 42.56), or comparable acts in other jurisdictions. Working knowledge of state legislative and budgeting processes, preferably in Washington. Familiarity with computers, computer databases, and the operating and application software used by the agency. Demonstrated ability to: Work effectively with a board or commission; Make decisions and present recommendations in a high-profile setting, on highly sensitive as well as routine matters; Communicate complex issues and facts effectively, orally and in writing, to a wide range of audiences, including formal presentations and training as well as in informal settings; Develop and sustain cooperative, effective working relationships in a team environment and with external stakeholders; Perform legal research and prepare legal memoranda. Extensive knowledge of RCW chapter 42.17A and WAC 390 and demonstrated ability to analyze campaign finance laws at both the state and national levels. Ability to perform in a dynamic and complex, cross-functional environment, involving regulatory and information-technology components. Successful experience conducting or supervising civil investigations. Experience with general legal areas such as court rules, torts, contracts, ethics, governmental immunity, litigation. Ability to identify risk management issues and develop proposed mitigation strategies. Admitted to or eligible to be admitted to federal courts in Washington and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Additional info

Job Number: 2018-05788

Company info

Angie Anderson
Public Disclosure Commission
711 Capitol Way
206 , PO Box 40908
Olympia, WA 98504-0908
Phone: 360-407-8446