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State of Washington Class Specification

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COMMERCE SPECIALIST 4
233D
Category: Retail Operations & Marketing

Class Series Concept

See Commerce Specialist 1.

Definition

Positions at this level function as the highest technical specialist and are recognized as the agency expert for a program area such as community enhancement, trade or economic development. Incumbents regularly provide consultative assistance in their area of expertise to agency management, government officials, and national or international companies. Incumbents provide technical expertise in areas of major importance to the state’s economy, local government or community enhancement efforts and are instrumental in researching and interpreting information used in the establishment of state policy. Areas of major importance are determined by the agency’s strategic plan, key goals or equivalent.  

Typical Work

Establishes state-wide policies within a technical area of expertise;  

Coordinates and resolves conflicts of priority between staff, programs and activities;  

Represents the agency at legislative hearings or state and national meetings;  

Advises management and service delivery teams on key issues;  

Provides the highest-level consultative assistance to other recognized experts;  

Establishes program priorities, objectives and work schedules;  

Presents advanced technical information to other agencies, governments or private entities;  

Develops, negotiates and monitors complex contracts with local governments, community organizations, public and private entities;  

Prepares legislation and/or provides expert testimony at hearings;  

May supervise lower level staff.

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. 

Desirable Qualifications

Positions typically require a Bachelor’s degree and four years of professional experience in community, trade or economic development.

Class Specification History

New class effective June 1, 2005; Community, Trade, and Economic Development Specialist 4 (replaces 64343 Program Technical Specialist 4 - DCTED).
Revised title, formerly Community, Trade, and Economic Development Specialist 4; adopted November 12, 2009, effective November 13, 2009.
Revise definition; adopted May 10, 2012, effective May 11, 2012.
Revised definition; adopted June 30, 2015; effective July 1, 2015

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