Washington State Economic Policy Analyst [OIC8544] in Olympia, Washington



The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) operates under the direction of the state's Insurance Commissioner, a statewide elected official. The agency's mission is to provide consumer protection and regulation of the state's insurance industry. With a workforce of approximately 240 employees, we are one of the smaller state agencies in Washington state government and are fortunate to have a stable funding source that does not rely on the state's general fund.

The OIC values its employees and diversity in the workplace. We challenge our employees to continuously improve the way we do business, and to meet and exceed the needs of our customers. To learn more about this agency, we invite you to visit our website at http://www.insurance.wa.gov/.


The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) is seeking qualified candidates for the Civil Service Exempt position of Economic Policy Analyst, located in Olympia, Washington. Within the Policy and Legislative Affairs Division,this position is responsible for providing economic analysis of key issues and helping develop new laws or rules that establish programs and initiatives that further the achievement of the agency's mission.

The Policy and Legislative Affairs Division works with all stakeholders, from consumer advocates to insurers, in writing new regulations and pursuing legislation that protects consumers, while also maintaining the vitality of a key economic sector. We also produce reports highlighting the state's insurance market and help the public understand the impact of the new laws and regulations.

If you're interested in a career that protects consumer's interests and promotes a healthy business environment in this state, apply and become part of our dynamic team.


Our Policy and Legislative Affairs office is located in the Insurance Building on the historical Capitol Campus in the City of Olympia. The Olympia office is walking distance from a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, bus lines, and is within close access to Interstate 5, shopping centers, farmers market, and health facilities.


Washington State offers an outstanding benefits package including: health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; vacation, sick, military and civil leave; dependent care assistance program; employee assistance program; deferred compensation plans; 11 paid holidays plus a personal holiday; tuition reimbursement; commute trip reduction; training; and state retirement plans. We also are fortunate to have a stable funding source that does not rely on the state's general fund.



Reporting to the Policy and Rules Manager, this position provides economic analyses and related policy proposals for agency initiatives, helps to determine key elements of these initiatives and provides the agency with information for supporting these initiatives with the public and legislature. Since policy implementation is often accomplished through agency rules, this position's role in support of the rule-making process can also significantly impact agency policy development.

As the incumbent, you will generate analyses on policy questions and provide the executive management team as well as line positions with accurate, well-written material to include policy briefs, decision memos, and recommendations that are clear, concise and well-organized. You will use knowledge of statistical and econometric methods to derive high quality quantitative information from available data and form conclusions about the meaning of the information. Your critical thinking and judgment skills will be utilized to assess, understand and evaluate data regarding the fiscal impact of uninsured populations and uncompensated care, the structure/dynamics of the Washington State health insurance market, and other health insurance economics related issues. Further duties and responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate with agency staff, other state and federal agency staff, external consultants, and stakeholders to guide the development of the quantitative models for insurance policy options and legislative proposals.
  • Analyze economic factors and evaluate the economic impact on the Washington State insurance market and regulations in support of the development of agency policy positions, management options and legislative proposals, with an emphasis on health insurance-related economic analysis.
  • Provide economic analysis necessary for completion of agency fiscal notes.
  • Identify best sources of health insurance and health care market data.
  • Perform cost benefit analysis and small business economic impact analysis for proposed agency rule-making, as required by the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Regulatory Fairness Act (RFA). Qualifications


The OIC is looking for candidates with proven ability to work diplomatically, professionally, and in a non-partisan manner. The ideal candidate will have strong working knowledge of the institutions and processes in policy development and implementation, including legislative processes. The ability to work in a fast-paced policy making environment is crucial to success. The successful candidate will have effective communications skills and the ability to explain complex or technical information using language and media that holds the attention of and meets the needs of different audiences, including managers, legislative staff, stakeholders, and the general public.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science or Bachelor of the Arts, preferably in Economics, Public Policy, Public Administration, or a related field that included coursework in statistics and data analysis. Verifiable experience in economic analysis, public policy analysis or public administration requiring significant use of statistics and data analysismay be substituted for the educational requirement on a year for year basis.
  • Experience reviewing and interpreting legislation and/or rules for likely impacts on affected parties and/or analysis of economic impact. In addition to the above qualifications, the successful candidate will have all of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to identify, merge, and synthesize data from various sources and develop databases/excel workbooks.

  • Ability to use data and information in a clear, rational, and thorough manner to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions.
  • Ability to competently use databases to compile data from numerous sources.
  • Ability to work well in a team, be self-directed, and analyze competing approaches to problem solving.
  • Knowledge of the institutions and processes in policy development and implementation, including the legislative processes. Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Economics, Public Administration, Business Administration, Statistics or related field.

  • Three (3) years of experience providing public policy analysis working in a fast-paced environment of policy development and legislation.
  • Three (3) years of reviewing and interpreting legislation or rules for likely impacts on affected parties and/or analysis of the economic impact of rules and legislation on affected parties.
  • Advanced level experience in the use of Excel (including PowerPivot) and PowerPoint. Agency Core Competencies:

Respect, recognition and inclusiveness: Engages in constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect; helps create a work environment that embraces and appreciates diversity; and, recognizes contributions of others within the organization --- all of which will enhance the attainment of organizational goals.

Accountability: Demonstrates understanding of the link between job responsibilities and organizational goals. Accepts personal responsibility and accountability for the quality and timeliness of own work, and adhering to agency processes/policies. Manages his or her own performance to meet expectations and achieve expected results.

Communication and Collaboration: Actively listens and engages in open, respectful, and cooperative manner. Conveys messages that are effective in communicating information and ideas with others.

Customer Focus: Builds and maintains internal and external customer satisfaction with services offered by the organization, both regulatory and consumer based. Demonstrates sensitivity to public's perceptions and attitudes.

Professionalism and Integrity: Through consistent honesty, forthrightness, and professionalism in all interactions, earns the trust, respect and confidence of co-workers and customers.

Supplemental Information

This recruitment will remain open until filled. Initial screening of applications will begin 7 days after the initial opening date. We encourage all applicants to apply early. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision and close this recruitment posting at any time after the initial screening date.

Compensation: Salary will vary depending on qualifications (Up to $89,000 annually).


To begin the online application process, click the green "Apply" button at the top of this announcement and follow the online application instructions. To be considered for this opportunity, you must attach the following documents to your online application.

  • A detailed letter of interest describing your skills and experience as they relate to the qualifications outlined in this job announcement.
  • A list of at least three professional references, including contact information for all supervisors for the last five year period.
  • A current resume. Incomplete application packages may disqualify an applicant from the selection process.

Degree/Credential Verification: If a degree is listed by the candidate, proof of degree will be required at the finalist stage; therefore, candidates are encouraged to pre-plan for this.

We encourage veterans to apply. To allow us to grant you veterans' preferences, applicants must do the following:

Email DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, signed verification of service letter from USDVA or other service documents that we can use to verify your eligibility to Recruitment@oic.wa.gov. Please blackoutany personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. Please include "Economic Policy Analyst"in the subject line of the email, and include your name in the message as it appears on the application you submitted through the www.careers.wa.gov system. To protect your private information, please do not attach your service documents to application.

Note: The act of submitting application materials is considered affirmation that the information provided is complete and truthful. When submitted electronically, you are confirming that all information is true and complete.


In accordance with RCW 48.02.090(5), Office of Insurance Commissioner employees are prohibited from having any interest, directly or indirectly, in an insurance company other than as a policy holder. This prohibition includes the receipt of renewal commissions.

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to supporting diversity in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and honorably discharged veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call Joe Vidales at (360) 725-7012. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

Job Type: Exempt

Job Number: 2016-08544

Department: Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Closing: Continuous

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: Depends on Qualifications

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA