Compliance Program Supervisor (Investigator 3) job vacancy in State of Washington Dept. of Agriculture (Washington State)

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Company name : State of Washington Dept. of Agriculture
Location : Washington State
Position : Compliance Program Supervisor (Investigator 3)

Description :

Apply early! This recruitment will remain open until filled. The first review of applications is scheduled the week of August 8th!

AGRICULTURE – A Cornerstone of Washington’s Economy

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation, and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with farmers and ranchers, but our responsibilities – from ensuring food safety to environmental protection – touch the lives of millions of people locally, nationally, and abroad.

The agency includes 780 employees approximately and grows close to 1,000 employees at the peak of seasonal work. To learn more and view additional openings, please visit our
Employment Page

The Animal Services Division is hiring one (1) Compliance Program Supervisor to join the team!

The Compliance Program supports the Animal Services Division by conducting comprehensive investigations of reported violations and performing field enforcement to ensure compliance with state animal health and livestock inspection regulations.

The Compliance Program Supervisor oversees investigative staff and all compliance activities to facilitate investigations, finalize all investigative reports, recommends appropriate enforcement actions, and resolve complaints. This position works independently on all aspects of formal compliance cases, including the preparation, development and completion of civil actions, civil infractions, placing hold and quarantine orders, and other such compliance actions.

Note: This position is approved for a home-based office, and travel is an expectation to perform the duties as assigned with a state vehicle.

Home office in one of the following counties or may be negotiable:
Cowlitz County, Grays Harbor County, King County, Lewis County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, or Thurston County
Why join WSDA? The Department of Agriculture offers:

12 Paid Holidays, Leave & Vacation
A great total compensation and benefits package
Meaningful work for the State of Washington
Supported growth and development opportunities
A healthy work/life balance, which may include flexible work schedules, teleworking, and an Infants in the Workplace Program

For more information about the Washington State Department of Agriculture, visit us at


Include, but not limited to:

Plans, assigns, coordinates, supervises, and monitors investigations: maintains assignment and production records.
Oversees, instructs, and provides guidance and expectations to investigative staff.
Mentors, coach, and counsels assigned staff and ensuring training needs are met.
Conducts preliminary review of alleged violations involving division laws and rules to establish validity of claims and complaints.
Reviews and approves documents, reports, and correspondence to ensure accurate content.
Determines appropriate investigative strategies, and enforcement actions in coordination with program managers, Operations Director, Division Coordinator. State Veterinarian, and Assistant State Veterinarian.
Ensures field enforcement procedures are practiced in a safe and legal manner.
Monitors commissioned officer training requirements.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with local, state, and federal agencies, industry associations and stakeholder groups.
Completes professional comprehensive reports, outline facts, establishing culpability, and identify victims, witnesses, and suspects.
Conducts witness and suspect interviews.
Prepares court documents and orders.
Testifies in court or hearing as directed by the prosecutor or Assistant Attorney General.
Conducts surveillance activities and inspections of livestock, poultry, and paper documents at public livestock markets, residential farms/ranches, and other locations within the state to ensure compliance with WSDA livestock and poultry regulations.
Inspects incoming and outgoing paperwork at public livestock markets to ensure animal health regulations are being followed; Verify the appropriate tests and vaccinations are completed at the public livestock markets before the animals are released.
Performs spot checks on entry permits and animals destined to restricted holding facilities or slaughter facilities to limit diversion en route.
Conducts inspections at rendering plants and inspect independent haulers.
Provides real-time, corrective compliance by educating stakeholders and producers on Washington’s livestock and poultry regulations.

Facilitates team meetings, lead discussions, and provides program performance data as necessary.

Analyzes the program for efficiencies, costs, and staffing.
Reviews staff equipment requests and evaluate for purpose, value, and necessity.

Develops, evaluates, and updates program action plan in support of agency goals and strategies.

Administers program systems, applications, and providers.

Work with the communication office to advance work group efforts and capitalize on program achievements.

Represents the program during field activities and industry events.

Completes general division activities to include, but not limited to: general email correspondence, rules review, education and outreach, staff payroll submissions, division related training, and program reports.

Educates stakeholders and producers on Washington’s animal surveillance activities; participates in livestock advisory board meetings and acts as a spokesperson for the program at industry meetings and conferences.

Prepares and keeps current program presentations.

Present state animal health and livestock inspection regulations training to law enforcement counterparts upon request.

Attends weekly division meetings and briefings, and prepares weekly program highlight reports.


Who should apply? Professionals with:

A bachelor’s degree in animal science, police science, agriculture, or other related field. Experience may substitute on a year for year basis for the degree.
Two (2) years of experience leading or supervising staff.
Training or experience in conducting comprehensive investigations and requirements needed to develop a case that satisfies legal requirements.
Prior law enforcement experience, and be qualified to receive a limited law enforcement commission from the Director of the Department of Agriculture.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license to travel on behalf of the agency.

In addition to the above qualifications, the following knowledge, skills, and abilities will make a candidate highly desirable:

Proficiency in Microsoft applications.
Possess leadership skills, knowledge of personnel management principles, and demonstrates the ability to work in a diverse and sensitive political environment.
Knowledge of livestock and the livestock industry.

Supplemental Information

How to apply: You must complete your profile and answer the supplemental questions. In addition to completing the online application, and supplemental questions applicants must attach the following documents to their profile to be considered for this position:

Current resume detailing experience and education
A cover letter describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position.
Please include three professional references in the application

By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.

Applications with comments “see attachments” will be considered incomplete.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at
(855) 524- 5627 or email

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact the Human Resource Office at

Prior to a new appointment into the Department of Agriculture, 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.

The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified, and documentation may be required. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state’s on-line recruitment system.

The Human Resources Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.


Pursuant to Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation on August 9, 2021, all employees who work for the Washington State Department of Agriculture must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021. Proof of fully vaccinated status against COVID-19 must be shown to WSDA’s human resource office prior to employment.

Veteran’s Preference: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran’s Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For additional information on Veteran’s Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here.

Military Spouse Preference: To take advantage of military spouse preference, you will have an opportunity to identify your status in the questionnaire.
We thank you and are grateful for your service!

The Department of Agriculture celebrates our differences, and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

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