NOTE: In response to COVID-19, this position will primarily
work remotely until further notice.
About Employment Security Department
Here at the Employment Security Department (ESD), we believe in
the Power to Help when people need it most. We provide economic
security to the people of Washington every day and in every corner
of the state. We help people find jobs, bridge gaps in employment,
and provide paid family and medical leave. We invest in our people;
promote diversity, equity, and inclusion; practice integrity;
exhibit service with kindness; seek collaboration, and pursue
innovation. Click here to learn more about our Value Lens.
About the Division
The Unemployment Insurance Tax & Wage division ensures
Employment Security can pay timely benefits to unemployed workers
by collecting taxes owed by Washington employers and by striving to
make sure wage-history information is available for anyone who
files an unemployment claim. Our division also helps employers
establish accounts, processes quarterly taxes and wage records,
audits and adjusts accounts, tracks employer
unemployment-experience information, sets appropriate tax rates,
manages outstanding accounts, maintains employer benefit-payment
records, and collects benefit overpayments.
If you are someone who has that firm demeanor with excellent
conflict resolution and communication skills (speaking,
writing, and listening); has great appreciation in researching and
analyzing complex data and records to confirm compliance or
non-compliance; is detail-oriented, organized, and have superb
people skills, then we want you to apply for this role!
About the Position
This is a full-time, non-permanent position with full
benefits and has an anticipated end date of June 01, 2022. You
will be in teleworking status until further notice; if selected,
you will be required to pick up your assigned equipment at our
Lacey location while practicing safety precautions. This would be a
GREAT opportunity to gain state experience and/or to get your foot
in the door!
As our Tax Specialist 4 (TS4), your primary duty is to
investigate businesses and, secondary, to conduct financial audits.
You will be a part of our Bellevue Field Audit Region where you
will provide Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax-related services to
the Washington State business community, reporting agents, legal
representatives, out-of-state businesses, and state & federal
agencies. You will also administer and/or provide direct services
like audit-related adjustments to tax and wage records, auditing,
and community outreach and education. Your work is performed in an
office setting and is accomplished by communicating with customers
by telephone or by written correspondence. You must actively
participate in team-based activities to serve the customers. Your
contribution supports the agency mission by ensuring every
Washington employer pays their fair share of UI tax and UI benefit
claims timely and correctly.
Some duties you may enjoy doing:
- Travel to business locations to conduct audits.
- Research and review business and employer accounts; conduct
fact-finding interviews to determine the status for unemployment
- Interview claimants, unreported workers, and informants;
conduct internet searches and examine financial/business documents
to identify non-compliance or fraudulent activities.
- Conduct complex audits of financial records; inspect business
records and accounting systems for required records, accuracy, and
use of accepted accounting procedures.
- Finalize audit and prepare a detailed report of audit findings
documenting audit results, including recommendations for
corrections of deficiencies found in the audit. Provide
reports to management and employers.
- Explain appeal rights; interpret and apply complex RCWs and
For a full description of duties, please click here to request
from the recruiter: PDF Request.Minimum Required
Option 1: A bachelor's degree which must include a minimum of
12-semester or 18-quarter hours of college-level accounting
AND three (3) years of professional accounting or auditing
Option 2: One (1) year as a Tax Specialist 3; or,
Option 3: Two (2) years as a Tax Specialist 2; or,
Option 4: A combination of education and relevant professional
experience no less than 7 years, such as:
- High School diploma (or GED) with 7 years of experience
- AA degree and 5 years of experience
- Bachelor's degree and 3 years of experience
- Master's degree or higher and 2 years of experience
Note: Candidates who fall under Option 4 are still required to
have a minimum of 12-semester or 18-quarter hours of college-level
- Final external candidate(s) must be able to pass the
Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fraud Check.
- This recruitment may be used to fill additional agency-wide
positions in accordance with Article 4 of the WFSE Collective
- The Employment Security Department is an equal opportunity
employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon
request to individuals with disabilities.
- If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing,
or completing your application, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 664-1960 or toll-free (877)
More than Just a Paycheck!
Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits
packages in the nation. To read more about our benefits, click on
the following employee benefit links:
- Benefits (insurance, retirement, and related benefits)
- Vacation, Leave, and Holidays
- Special Programs (additional benefits)
ESD's employee engagement continued to trend upward as we
developed programs to improve the employee experience. We are
diligent and remain focused on creating a modern workplace designed
to meet the needs of a changing workforce. We have wellness
programs, telework policies, and flexible schedules. We're working
to update our facilities all over the state to enhance both the
client and employee experience.
Opportunity for All
Washington Employment Security Department is an equal
opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment
that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual
orientation, and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and
ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of
age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all
sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
Please include your name and pronouns in your application, to
ensure we address you appropriately throughout the application
Point of Contact
If you are a person with a disability and would like to request
an accommodation in the application process, if you need this job
announcement in an alternate format, or if you have any questions
about this position, contact George DeGuzman at
email@example.com or HRRecruiting@esd.wa.gov. You may also
contact Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1.