At the Employment Security Department (ESD) we believe in the Power to Help when people need it most. We provide our communities with inclusive workforce solutions that promote economic resilience and prosperity. We help people find jobs, bridge gaps in employment, and provide paid family and medical leave.
The Agricultural & Seasonal Workforce Services unit within our Policy, Data, Performance & Integrity division is recruiting for four (4) Bilingual (Spanish) Compliance Specialists to work in our Omak, Walla Walla, Kennewick and Auburn centers. These positions are vital to our goal of ensuring compliance with federal regulations, state laws, and agency policies, by agricultural employers.
The Agricultural industry in the State of Washington employs more than 100,000 workers per year, including more than 26,000 workers brought into the state annually by employers using the H2A Temporary Agricultural Worker Program. Our Bilingual Compliance Specialists will help strengthen the agency’s strategic goal by conducting site and file reviews and implementing a compliance policy and process. Their work contributes to an effective workforce system by developing job seekers for these agricultural work opportunities and by strengthening state and community partnerships in delivering a prepared and stable workforce.
As a Bilingual Compliance Specialist, you will spend most of their days out of the office, meeting with employers and migrant seasonal farm workers to help them meet their labor needs. This may mean on job sites, housing locations, in community centers or events or other locations. You will develop policy and procedures that help drive the work both internally and externally for the program year. Your exceptional skills in planning and developing will come into play in this position. You will be tasked with the selection of training materials, methods, and procedures to meet the overall needs for an education program for the worker, employer and personnel involved.
Some of what you will be doing:
- Research, analyze, and interpret new and existing federal and state laws and legislation, rules, and regulations.
- Provide policy analysis, technical assistance, and consultation to internal and external customers.
- Coordinate, schedule, and conduct detailed field checks, field surveys, and investigations with partner agencies and other ESD Staff following established process, procedure, and protocol.
- Identify training objectives.
- Design and develop training materials to include curriculum, PowerPoint presentations, and handouts.
- A combination of education and relevant experience* totaling no less than six (6) years.
*Examples of experience include conducting fact findings, audits, investigations, and writing reports at a state entity level.
Education to Experience Equivalences:
Associate Degree = 2 years | Bachelor Degree = 4 years | Masters or Higher = 5 years
- Two (2) years of experience as an Employment Security WSS4 MSFW outreach worker, or state agency Compliance Specialist.
Additional Requirements of Employment:
- The ability to travel on a daily basis to provide services to our customers and community partners.
- The ability to communicate effectively in person, via telephone and in writing in Spanish and English.
- Must be able to pass an Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claim & Benefit Information Review.
Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status, having an approved medical accommodation, or having an approved religious accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved accommodation.
Why work with us?
Our agency’s mission and values drive every decision that we make, determine how we interact with others and are at the core of who we are. We value Collaboration, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Innovation, and Integrity, Investing in our people and Service with kindness. We understand that a work environment that respects your work/life balance is key that’s why many of our positions are eligible for flexible work schedules and teleworking opportunities. Through support, value and trust our employees are empowered to grow and develop into their best self.
More than Just a Paycheck
Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation. Beyond the traditional benefits such as Health, Life Insurance, Retirement, and related benefits, we offer Flex Spending Accounts, Dependent Care Assistance, Deferred Compensation and so much more. We take work life balance seriously and many of our offices offer flexible work hours with a wider variety of shift and schedule option to assist in this.
We are diligent and remain focused on creating a modern workplace designed to meet the needs of a changing workforce. We have wellness programs, telework policies and flexible schedules. We’re working to update our facilities all over the state to enhance both the client and employee experience.
Opportunity for All
The Washington Employment Security Department is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Please include your name and pronouns in your application, to ensure we address you appropriately throughout the application process.