Tax Policy Specialist 3 (Legal) (In-training)

$5,229 - $7,761 monthly
  • Washington State Department of Revenue
  • Remote (Tumwater)
  • Aug 04, 2021
Full time Legal

Job Description


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The Interpretations & Technical Advice (ITA) division is looking for fresh talent to join our team!  ITA is a fun, dedicated team of professionals committed to providing excellent customer service to advance consistent, legally sound, and well-balanced tax policy.

As a vital member of our team, you will have the opportunity to shape and influence state tax policy, while enjoying a variety of challenging work assignments, thinking creatively, and working on cutting edge issues, all with no billable hours! ITA offers an incredible work-life balance and the opportunity for flexible working arrangements. And, as a public service employee, you may also be eligible for student loan forgiveness.

Candidate screening will begin as early as August 18, 2021 and the hiring authority may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time after. It will be to the applicant's advantage to submit materials as soon as possible.
Revenue's unique culture promotes diverse perspectives and life experiences. We employ and serve people of all backgrounds including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and veterans. This unique culture promotes a professional family of cohesive groups maximizing potential through opportunity. Visit this link to find out more about Revenue and read what our employees have to say about working here. 


A typical day as a TPS 3 may include:

  • Researching state or federal tax law.
  • Conducting technical, legal and policy analysis on complex tax issues to other divisions, ITA management or the department's executive team.
  • Developing and evaluating policy alternatives to assist the department's legislative and/or executive office.
  • Drafting rules (Washington Administrative Code) or other policy guidance.
  • Participating in department implementation projects with statewide or even national significance.
  • Leading meetings with external and internal audiences on important tax issues.


To join us at the TPS 3 ($5,913.00-$7,761.00 monthly) level you will possess:

Admission to practice law in the State of Washington OR A Juris Doctorate from an accredited school of law and current admission to practice before the highest court of the state.


Three years experience as a hearings examiner in a governmental agency, assistant attorney general or a practicing attorney


One year of experience as a Tax Policy Specialist 2 with the Department of Revenue.

Don't quite meet the Tax Policy Specialist 3 (TPS 3) qualifications, but think you might be a great fit on our team? No problem. We're willing to fill this position as an in-training from the Tax Policy Specialist 2 level. This means you would have an assigned training plan which includes classroom and on the job training. Upon successful completion (usually about one year), you will promote to a TPS 3.

To qualify as a TPS 2 in-training ($5,229.00-$6,862.00 monthly) you will possess:

Admission to practice law in the State of Washington OR A Juris Doctorate from an accredited school of law and current admission to practice before the highest court of the state. 

Two years experience as a hearings examiner in a governmental agency, assistant attorney general or a practicing attorney.

Note - An L.L.M. or Master's degree in taxation or closely allied field will substitute for one year of experience for both levels.

A successful applicant must also possess:

  • Excellent analytical, writing, problem solving, and oral communication skills
  • Creative, flexible, and service-oriented approach to work
  • Ability to effectively express ideas and information verbally
  • Effectively interacts with other employees and the public both on a one-on-one basis and in group settings
  • Excellent research skills and demonstrated proficient use of tax resources 
  • Works calmly in stressful operations
  • Committed to learning and self-improvement
  • Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work

To be considered:

  • Complete the online application in detail, as it will be used as your initial resume.
  • Attach a cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications listed.

Note - Incomplete applications and applications received without requested documents may be disqualified.

To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22. Please black out your social security number and date of birth prior to attaching.

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Lance Proctor, Department of Revenue Staffing Consultant

Hello, my name is Lance and I will be assisting with this announcement. As a 19-year Department of Revenue employee, I understand the importance of finding a rewarding career with a work-life balance. At Revenue, we pride ourselves in connecting talented individuals with opportunity and would like to answer any questions you have.  
Please contact any part of the Staffing team at or give me a call (360) 704-5725.    

Supplemental Information

At Revenue, we put employee safety first and foremost. This is why we will use every resource possible to ensure this hiring process stays within the current guidelines related to COVID-19. If selected to move forward, please be aware interviews may be conducted virtually using a webcam teleconferencing method and most employees are working from home.  
 The Human Resource Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Department of Revenue and the Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA).

The Department of Revenue is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We embrace diversity and offer a respectful, inclusive culture for people with disabilities, as well as members of all protected groups and statuses.  We encourage you to apply.
If you need help during the application process, please call the Human Resources Office at 360-704-5731.  Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.