Assistant Secretary of Economic Services Administration

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WA State Department of Social and Health Services
Washington, United States
20 days ago


As part of a future-focused agency comprised of people serving people, we are caring, anti-racist, person-centered, and innovative. The Assistant Secretary of the Economic Services Administration is a highly valued member of the Secretary’s executive cabinet and leads an administration that helps people meet basic needs and achieve economic independence. Joining the executive leadership team of the Department of Social and Health Services, this person will be a strategic leader to reduce poverty in a way that eliminates disparity while fostering cultural and organizational change.

Directly reporting to the Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services, the Assistant Secretary leads initiatives using innovation, compelling communication, and collaboration internally and externally to identify how we can provide resources that support the social and economic services for Washingtonians.

As a national leader, DSHS/ESA provides tools and resources to build well-being including cash grants, food and medical assistance, employment-focused services, refugee assistance, disability determinations, and child support collection. ESA employs close to 3800 people, has a biennial budget of 2.7 billion, and provides poverty reduction services to 1.8 million people in Washington State.

Primary priorities of the Assistant Secretary of ESA:  

  • Maintain and develop a long-range course of action connected to our agency’s purpose to ensure the successful realization of the administration’s vision and goal to reduce poverty and increase economic security.
  • Cultivate commitment to fundamental strategic and cultural change throughout ESA to align with DSHS’s vision that people are healthy, people are safe, people have support, and taxpayer resources are guarded.
  •  Ensure quality service for Washingtonians to continue advancing in best practices in the administration.
  • Ensure policies, procedures and internal controls comply with appropriate laws, regulations, and guidelines.
  • Operate within the administration’s legislatively authorized appropriation
  • Foster an inclusive environment in which services are designed to ensure customer and stakeholder satisfaction, including effectively considering varying perspectives.
  • Advance public policies and practice issues related to public assistance programs and services.
  • Enhance organizational talent by leading and maintaining an engaged workforce that is well-trained, diverse, and qualified.
  • Commit to advancing efforts that support anti-racism, equity, diversity, access, and inclusion.
  • Participate in the Secretary’s Executive Cabinet, serving as a subject matter expert regarding ESA and the DSHS enterprise.

 Knowledge, skills and abilities needed to be successful:  

  • Social justice work
  • Client advocacy
  • Policy development
  • Working with local and government officials
  • Labor management
  • Budget and finance
  • Strategic planning
  • Legislative experience 
  • Stakeholder work
  • Regulatory compliance


Education and Experience 

  • A bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, business administration, public administration, health care administration, finance, or a related field.
  • Seven years working in support of reducing poverty in a local, state, or federal government.
  • Executive-level experience with policy, strategic planning, labor relations, legislative relations, and social justice.
  • Knowledge of and experience in the authorizing of government and legislative processes, and how to navigate that environment to achieve agency goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience in effective team management, results-driven leadership, quality assurance, bargaining, excellent communication, and ability to solve problems.
  • An understanding of public policy issues and interests that impact social service.
  • The ability to build and maintain relationships with constituent groups and legislators.
  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with labor union partners.

Application and Process:

We would like to hire for the Assistant Secretary no later than March 2022 and as early as February 2022.

Applicant material received by Dec. 6, 2021, will be given guaranteed consideration. Applicants deemed to have the most relevant demonstrated experience will be contacted for further interview and selection.

Please submit a resume and cover letter addressing your interest and the knowledge, skills, and abilities noted in this profile.

For any additional information or questions contact Lindsey White at or 360-890-5962.

To learn more about the Assistant Secretary opportunity, DSHS and ESA, click here to view the executive advertisement

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59806306
  • Location:
    Washington, United States
  • Position Title: Assistant Secretary of Economic Services Administration
  • Company Name: WA State Department of Social and Health Services
  • Sector: Public Administration - General
  • Field of Interest: Other
  • Job Function: Management/Administrative
  • International Exchanges: None
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Degree Desired: Undergraduate
  • Level of Experience: Senior/Executive
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
  • Salary: $150,000.00 - $160,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

At Washington state’s largest agency, we work to transform the lives of the 2.5 million people we serve each year. Our 17,500 employees engage daily with the state’s most vulnerable residents. We are known for our innovative approaches to social services and our strong belief we can accomplish our mission only through strong partnerships with communities and solid government-to-government relationships with Native American tribes. We envision a state in which all people are healthy, safe and supported and taxpayer resources ...

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