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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Category: Administrative Services

Class Series Concept



Positions at this level work under administrative direction and function as the expert and/or supervisor researching, analyzing, and making recommendations regarding multidimensional and/or complex, unprecedented issues having a broad scope and significant impact on outside agencies or institutions, organizations, and the public. Incumbents provide expert advice and consultation to executive management, internal departments and outside organizations with varying issues, diverse and conflicting interests.  Incumbents produce or oversee the production of complex reports for use by diverse groups such as highest levels of management, boards, commissions, elected officials, and/or other governmental entities. Projects frequently have high dollar impact on budget and/or revenue collections.

Typical Work

Supervises lower level management analysts and multi-disciplinary project teams;  

Oversees the production of complex reports addressing the most complex and unprecedented issues; 

Facilitates interaction between diverse groups on behalf of executive management; presents findings and recommendations to organization or department head, board, and/or commission; 

Presents research findings and recommendations to elected officials and outside organizations; testifies at legislative hearings.

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 in business administration, public administration, law, public health, health administration, or a related field and four to five years of experience conducting research and analyzing policies, laws, rules, or regulations or comparable combination of graduate education and experience. In addition, positions typically require supervisory experience.

Class Specification History

New class effective January 1, 2006; Management Analyst 5 (replaces 11590 Policy Analyst 3, 2044 Planning Analyst III, 11400 DOL Staff Consultant).

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