State of Washington
Environmental & Land Use Hearing Office
invites applications for the position of:
Administrative Appeals Judge
|SALARY:||$85,000.00 – $95,000.00 Annually|
|OPENING DATE: 09/27/19|
|CLOSING DATE: 10/18/19 11:59 PM|
Administrative Appeals Judge
The Environmental and Land Use Hearings Office (ELUHO) is a small agency housing three independent, quasi-judicial boards that hear appeals of environmental and land use decisions made by various state and local agencies. These include the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB), the Shorelines Hearings Board (SHB), and the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB). The Administrative Appeals Judge (AAJ) works with the PCHB and SHB.
(1) The PCHB reviews permitting and enforcement decisions of the Department of Ecology (except shorelines) including water quality, water rights, and other regulatory actions. The Board also reviews order issued by local air pollution control authorities. Additionally, the PCHB reviews decisions of the Department of Natural Resources under the Forest Practices Act and decisions of the Department of Fish and Wildlife on hydraulic projects.
(2) The SHB reviews permitting and enforcement decisions of local governments and the Department of Ecology under the Shoreline Management Act.
The PCHB is comprised of Members appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate for staggered six year terms. The PCHB Members also sit on the SHB, where they are joined by other part-time members designated by DNR and the city and county associations.
The PCHB/SHB employ two full-time AAJs. Four administrative support staff work with the Boards under the ELUHO umbrella.
|The PCHB and SHB appeal processes provide citizens with an accessible, administrative level of review of agency environmental and land use-related decisions. The Boards issue decisions setting forth legal analysis of claims, and if a case goes to hearing, findings of fact and conclusions of law that inform all parties of the reasons for the Board’s decision. The AAJs work as a team with PCHB and SHB members and other support staff to support and carry out the agency mission, vision, values, and goals. To do this, they provide high quality and timely administrative hearings and written decisions consistent with RCW Chapter 34.05 (the Administrative Procedures Act) and other applicable laws, and provide courteous and fair treatment to all concerned.
The AAJ position is a staff position reporting to the ELUHO Director and the PCHB Chair, who will establish workload assignments and priorities. The AAJ is assigned cases pending before the PCHB and SHB. The AAJ will serve as presiding officer over their assigned cases and is responsible for managing the case, presiding over oral arguments and hearings, and preparing the final written decision(s) for the Board. The PCHB Chair assigns the role of presiding officer in all new appeals among the three full-time PCHB Members and the AAJs.
Whenever an AAJ is assigned the role of presiding officer, their duties will involve the overall management of the appeal, from filing to disposition, including:
The AAJ is also expected to:
Additionally, the Director and Chair may assign the AAJ other duties relating to administrative or legislative matters in support of the agency, including rulemaking, ethics consultation and research on specified topics.
The successful candidate will:
Communicate effectively in writing, presenting issues, facts, analysis, legal conclusions, and directions in a clear, efficient, and technically sound manner.
Objectively lead and manage interactions among diverse and competing viewpoints, discerning issues and priorities, and resulting in consensus decisions wherever possible.
Demonstrate a familiarity with legal issues relating to the jurisdiction of the Boards, knowledge of administrative law and procedure, court rules, rules of evidence, and legal research tools such as Westlaw.
Maintain appropriate judicial decorum and judicial demeanor throughout all appeal-related proceedings.
Manage competing priorities and achieve consistently high quality results in a timely manner with little need for oversight.
This position offers flexible work hours and training as needed. Washington State has a generous benefit package available to employees, including health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, retirement plans, and an optional deferred compensation program. Additional benefits include paid holidays, vacation, sick, military, and civil leave; dependent care assistance program; employee advisory service; educational benefits program; and Commute Trip Reduction Incentives.
Qualified and interested applicants should submit:
This recruitment will close on October 18, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. To ensure consideration, please submit your application packet by the deadline using any of the following:
By Mail to: In Person to:
By Facsimile to: By Electronic Mail to:
The Environmental Hearings Office is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and military veterans are encouraged to apply. For reasonable accommodations, please contact Nancy Coverdell (360) 664-9171.