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Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals seeks new Chair

OLYMPIA (March 10, 2022) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and the Association of Washington Business are presently seeking résumés and references from persons interested in being considered for possible appointment as the public member and Chair of the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA). The Chair serves a six-year term. The position is vacant and the current term ends on June 16, 2027, so the acting-Chair will continue to serve until a replacement is selected.

The Chair is appointed by the Governor with advice and consent of the Senate and must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association. The Chair and the business and labor positions are full-time and are the directors of the Agency.

The BIIA is a quasi-judicial agency with jurisdiction over Industrial Insurance (workers’ compensation), WISHA, and the Crime Victims Act. The Board’s function is to hear and decide disputes related to orders, decisions and awards of the Department of Labor and Industries. Its mission is to serve the public by resolving appeals in a consistent, impartial, timely, and efficient manner.

Applicants must have knowledge and experience in industrial insurance law and practice; be familiar with the Washington Industrial Insurance Safety and Health Act (WISHA), and the Crime Victims Compensation Act; the ability to manage a staff of professional, administrative, and clerical employees; and the ability to develop and implement an $18.2 million annual budget.

The Board’s office is located in Olympia, Washington. This full-time position currently pays up to $130,000 per year, in addition to benefits.

Condition of Employment: On Aug. 9, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 21-14 that requires all employees of executive cabinet agencies to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a part of the hiring process. Your vaccination status will be verified at New Employee Onboarding. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.

All résumés must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Interviews will likely be held in Olympia between March 28 and April 4, 2022. A copy of your résumé and references should be sent to each of the following individuals electronically or via USPS:

Joe Kendo
Government Affairs Director, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO – 321 16th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144

Bob Battles
Gen. Counsel & Government Affairs Director, Association of Washington Business — P.O. Box 658, Olympia, WA, 98507-0658

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