Washington State Administrative Law Judge in Olympia, Washington



Respect. Professionalism. Integrity. Accountability.

Help protect the consumers of Washington State!

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) seeks an Administrative Law Judge to manage a variety of legal proceedings relating to regulation of utilities and transportation companies, including presiding over cases that range from simple, single-issue complaints to complex, high stakes, multi-party litigation. The Administrative Law Judge will work with the three commissioners at the head of the agency and with a dynamic and diverse staff of experts. The position is based in Olympia, Washington, in the south Puget Sound area.

This recruitment is open until filled. However, we reserve the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time. It would be in the applicant's best interest to apply as soon as possible.

Agency Overview:

The UTC regulates the rates, services and practices of private or investor-owned utilities and transportation companies.

The UTC is continually recognized for its excellence and integrity as a utility and transportation regulatory agency, as we challenge the status quo and ourselves, making us an employer of choice.

For more information about the UTC, please visit: www.utc.wa.gov, www.twitter.com/wautc, and www.facebook.com/wautc.

The UTC understands that our employees are the key to the agency's success. We are committed to our work, but value the balance with our personal lives. We demonstrate our commitment to employees by providing an environment that stimulates professional growth through continued learning opportunities and offering meaningful work with a comprehensive benefits package. For more information about benefits, please visit http://www.utc.wa.gov/aboutUs/careers/Pages/Working-at-UTC.aspx.

Position Overview:

The Administrative Law Judge presides at all stages of adjudicative proceedings and resolves or assists the three-member commission to resolve legal and factual disputes alone, or in major cases, in conjunction with a team of accounting and policy advisors and administrative staff. The UTC's decisions often have statewide impact on business and consumer interests. The judge prepares initial orders resolving contested issues and works with the commissioners to prepare final orders implementing their decisions. The judge must exercise strong analytical and writing skills, creative and strategic thinking, and sound judgment in matters having significant long-range impacts in a constantly evolving regulatory framework.

In addition to presiding in adjudications, the judge serves as an advisor to the commissioners on procedural, legal, and policy matters. The judge is responsible, in conjunction with other staff, for managing the rulemaking process as well as developing policy in rulemakings. The judge also may act as a mediator in a case over which the judge does not preside. The position reports to the Director of the Administrative Law Division.


Candidates must have:

  • Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school;
  • Progressively responsible, extensive experience serving as an administrative law judge, commissioner, attorney, advisor, or other comparable position in matters involving utility or other regulation, administrative law, or comparable legal issues and requiring legal analysis and the application of law to fact;
  • Advanced litigation management skills, particularly in complex litigation involving diverse interests advocated by multiple skilled professionals;
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of rules governing the admissibility of evidence and procedural issues consistent with pertinent law;
  • Excellent analytical and oral and written communication skills, including the ability to draft and edit well-written orders in plain English;
  • Judicial temperament, including the ability to be objective, balance competing interests, manage an administrative hearing, and develop and implement policies consistent with applicable law and record evidence;
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team with commissioners, advisors, and stakeholder representatives;

The UTC is most interested in candidates who have these additional qualifications and skills:

  • Current or inactive membership in good standing of a state bar association or admission to practice law before the courts of a state of the United States;
  • Demonstrated understanding of economics, accounting, corporate finance, regulatory rate making, and utility and transportation company operations, as well as public policies that relate to these areas;
  • Demonstrated understanding of technical and public policy issues and the ability to achieve policies lawfully and consistently;
  • Formal training and experience as a mediator or as a facilitator of decisions in group settings. SPECIAL NOTES:

Conflict of Interest: RCW 80.01.020 limits UTC's ability to employ any person who owns stock in any company the UTC regulates or is otherwise financially interested in such company. Such interests include those of an employee's spouse.

Authorization to Work: UTC may hire only those who possess legal authorization to work in the United States.

Application Process:

Read the instructions below carefully before following the "Apply" link above. You must provide ALL of the following information:

  • A letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications for this position;
  • A detailed chronological resume AND a completed online application profile that includes education and employment history;
  • A brief legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages) that you have written without contribution, assistance, or editing by anyone else and that demonstrates your professional work; and
  • Three professional references, including at least one supervisor with current contact information. Please carefully follow the above instructions. We are looking for evidence in your application materials that you have the education, experience, skills, and abilities indicated in this job posting, so be sure to attach or insert your letter of interest, resume, legal writing sample, and professional references. The information you provide will be used as a basis for deciding who will be selected for the next step in the process. An incomplete application packet may automatically be disqualified.

Visit these links to learn more about: the state of Washington http://access.wa.gov, the Olympia area www.co.thurston.wa.us or www.Olympiawa.gov

The Utilities and Transportation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial, and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact at daguilar@utc.wa.gov or 360-664-1132. Our statewide toll free TTY number is 1-800-416-5289.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-04502

Department: Utilities and Transportation Commission

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $61,235.00 - $93,271.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA