Attorney – Data Dissemination and Principal Policy Advisor at Administrative Office of the Courts

Washington Courts Employment Opportunity

Administrative Office of the Courts

Employment Status: Regular, Full-Time
Location: Olympia, Washington
Salary: Range 66: $66,888 — $87,792 yr (DOQ)
Opens: April 25, 2019
Closes: Open Until Closed. If you are interested in this opportunity, your prompt application is encouraged. AOC reserves the right to close the
recruitment at any time. If you have applied for this position within the last six months you do not need to reapply, your application is on file.

Provides policy recommendations regarding the administration and dissemination of electronic court records contained in the Judicial Information System (JIS). Serves as the principal policy advisor and staff attorney to the Judicial Information System Committee – Data Dissemination Committee as constituted in statute and Supreme Court rule. Work is guided by Supreme Court rule, case law, statutory provisions and policies. Independently analyzes statewide court data requests and determines the appropriate level of data access. Develops, negotiates and implements data share contracts. Performs legal analysis and advises the Data Dissemination Committee and leadership. Communicates and assists the courts, state, local and federal agencies including the state legislature and legislative agencies in retrieving, disseminating, and interpreting electronic court data and metadata. Reviews requests for confidential data, ensures data will be used for purposes authorized by Supreme Court rule and state and federal statutes. Independently works with Washington State Patrol, FBI and other law enforcement organizations. Has up to $25,000 signing authority on AOC contracts.

Duties and Responsibilities (partial list)
Acts as section lead when Contracts Manager is out. Advises justices, judges and agency leadership regarding the legality of data access and sharing for research purposes and data access for judicial partners. Audit liaison with the FBI and Washington State Patrol. Assists the Contracts Manager with planning, organizing, and conducting the procurement and contracting activities of the Supreme Court, AOC, and other judicial branch entities
as appropriate. Provides guidance and advice to information technology and business staff regarding existing court case data as well as structure for new court case management systems.

Develops, implements, maintains and monitors statewide policies, procedures and best practices for responding to court data dissemination requests.

Based on court rules, case law, state statutes, and statewide policy documents, reviews and approves or denies data dissemination requests from the public and private sector.

Serves as principal policy advisor to all judicial branch entities regarding release of statewide court data; develops statewide policy papers and
recommendations to the Data Dissemination Committee.

For more information on Duties and Responsibilities and detailed information (scope of responsibility, essential activities, and key competencies, etc.) see the Job Description attached to this Announcement. Or at, under Current Openings, click on Washington Courts and the Announcement.

A law degree from an accredited college or university;
Three (3) years of work experience in any combination of court administration, court operations, law, public records, privacy law or state contracting.
A combination of relevant education and experience may be considered in meeting the qualifications.

 Workweek may fluctuate depending on workload or agency need.
 Overnight travel may be required based on business need.
 This position is not covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Interested applicants who meet the qualifications and competencies in this announcement are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. The following will all be considered in determining whether applicants move to the next phase of the screening process. The information you provide, the quality and completeness of the application, and the ability to follow stated application instructions. The following items are REQUIRED for your application to be considered complete. Note: ALL sections of the Application must be completed. “See resume” is not
 Cover Letter (no more than two pages)
 Resume (chronological)
 Application for Employment

The Application for Employment can be found at, under Current Openings, click on Washington Courts, the Application is located at the bottom of the page.

It is preferred applications be emailed to You can also mail your materials to Administrative Office of the Courts, Attn:
Human Resources, PO Box 41170, Olympia, WA 98504-1170. Faxed copies can be sent to 360-586-4409.

The AOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical, mental or sensory disability (actual or perceived), use of a service animal, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, age, HIV or Hepatitis C status, or any other basis protected by federal or state law. Persons of disability needing
assistance in the application process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, please contact Colleen Clark, AOC Human Resource Office, at (360) 704-4143, or fax (360) 586-4409, or via email to

All employees hired by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) are required to be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check with continued employment with the AOC contingent upon the results of this background check.


The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is located in Olympia, Washington, on Interstate 5 between Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.
Olympia and the surrounding Thurston County area offer numerous social, recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities. Natural features include Puget Sound, the Olympic National Park to the west, and Mt. Rainier to the east. Mount St. Helens and the Pacific Ocean beaches are within a two hour drive of the city. Great benefits (paid vacation and sick leave; health, life and disability insurance; retirement options and leave for military and civil service), a team-oriented culture, and a balance of family and work life in a wonderful community are a few rewards of choosing a career in the judicial branch of Washington State government. We offer leading edge technology, a broad range of career opportunities, and an opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives. See for more information about Washington Courts,
Compensation and Benefits.

Heather LigtenbergAttorney – Data Dissemination and Principal Policy Advisor at Administrative Office of the Courts