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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 399P
Category: Protective Services


In the Department of Labor and Industries, Insurance and Consultation Services, this is the senior level of the class series. These positions provide technical expertise, guidance and strategic planning to a region for the development and promotion of regulatory reform; or, lead lower level Risk Management Specialists in performing complex loss control consultations; or in headquarters, serves as the technical expert developing policies, procedures and training impacting the Risk Management Specialist programs.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A senior level Risk Management Specialist 3 must be recognized and designated in writing by management to perform one or more of the following functions: conducts industry specific consultations; or, develops and promotes regulatory reforms; or, develops policies, procedures and conducts internal training; or, serves as leadworker for complex consultations. Complex consultations are characterized by one or more of the following: consultations are conducted at multi-employer worksites; or, multiple industrial operations/ processes are involved (i.e., multiple crafts/functions); or, consultations involve coordinating comprehensive loss control programs with safety and health specialists, return-to-work specialists, and ergonomists.

Typical Work

Performs industry-specific consultations for employers in technically diverse, difficult or new industries; serves as a specialist, identified by a business need, on a statewide or regional basis; identifies industry-unique issues concerning safety or occupational health, multi-industry concerns, specialized legislation, or organizational management; creates and recommends solutions which address identified issues.

Develops marketing plans outlining methods for targeting high hazard, special emphasis employer groups; identifies the type and level of services to be provided.

Provides technical consultation, guidance and strategic planning to the regional executive team for the development, promotion and implementation of regulatory reform initiatives.

Researches and provides technical input for seminar development; develops and presents seminars for employers and industry groups.

Directs and participates in the development of policy, creation and/or revision of training and promotional materials.

Acts as technical resource for lower-level Risk Management Specialists; coordinates and participates in on-the-job training of lower-level Risk Management Specialists.

Attends training sessions to gain additional professional expertise and to remain current in risk management technologies.

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles and technology in occupational safety and health, business administration, and workers’ compensation; basic actuarial and other statistical mathematics; principles of workers’ compensation insurance, risk classification, and experience ratings; claims management; current theory and practice of employer-employee relations; office engineering; systems and procedures analysis; planning and analytical techniques; public relations strategies; principles of marketing; prevailing business practices and management techniques.

Ability to: organize and complete special projects; communicate complex information concisely and effectively through oral presentations, individual consultations, and written and telephone correspondence; analyze statistical data and reach logical conclusions; develop methods and techniques for solving employers’ loss control problems; establish and maintain productive working relationships; prioritize and manage work schedule; work independently; balance working relationships with multiple management levels and program needs.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree.


Three years private sector experience administering, managing, developing or maintaining an accident prevention, safety or loss control program. 


Three years experience as a Risk Management Specialist 2, Loss Control Consultant, or Safety and Health Specialist 2. 

Additional qualifying experience may substitute, year for year, for education.

Class Specification History

New class: 7/1/96
Revised new class code: (formerly 46821) effective July 1, 2007

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.