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Assistant Sergeant at Arms

Washington State Senate | Posted 11-10-2021

Olympia (Law and Justice)


Exempt Recruitment Announcement - Resumes will be screened upon arrival
JOB TITLE: Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Washington State Senate
SALARY: $4,048 - $7,141 (DOQ) + Benefits
REPORTS TO: Director of Senate Security
START DATE: November 16, 2021
The Washington State Senate is seeking to fill the position of Assistant Sergeant at Arms. This position is responsible for ensuring the security and safety of state legislators, legislative employees and visitors to the Senate and its facilities. Prior law enforcement experience is preferred. Exceptional interpersonal and management skills are essential to ensure
effectiveness in a workplace that is diverse, often characterized by a significant level of pressure for the participants and is highly visible to the public. The position involves administrative and supervisory responsibilities that expand considerably during legislative sessions. The position requires a strong customer service focus and oversees a wide range
of services to elected Senate members, fellow employees, and the general public.
The Assistant Sergeant at Arms is a full-time, non-partisan position that reports to the Director of Senate Security. The position is exempt from civil service laws and incumbent must be able to work extended or irregular hours as required during the legislative session. Regular legislative sessions take place January through March in even numbered years, and January through April in odd numbered years. Special legislative sessions occur as needed.



  • Supervision and guidance of session staff
  • Security checks of Senate buildings and spaces
  • Monitoring cameras and other security systems
  • Distribution and tracking of keys, ID and access cards
  • Answering phones
  • Communicating via two-way radio
  • Maintaining security presence in Senate spaces and adjoining capitol facilities/grounds
  • Provide training on systems used by security staff
  • Provide written or oral reports on observed incidents and events
  • Interaction with other security and law enforcement entities



  • Ability to communicate clearly in crisis situations
  • Competence with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to work in inclement weather
  • Able to work long hours, including possible weekends during session
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds

  • Associates Degree or greater focusing on Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, or similar field
  • Ability to obtain a LEOSA firearms certification
  • Experience and expertise in emergency management systems
  • Knowledge of de-escalation techniques
  • Experience working in a supervisory role

Supplemental Information BACKGROUND CHECK:
Prior to hire, a background check including criminal 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 job.
Please submit the following information by November 29, 2021:

  • A letter of interest no more than one page in length addressing the specific qualifications and your knowledge, skills, and abilities that are applicable to this position.
  • A current resume no more than one page in length detailing your experience and/or education.
  • A list of at least three professional references, including one supervisor, with company name, and current telephone numbers and/or email contact information.

Applications without the requested above materials will not move forward in the recruitment process.
Send to:
Derrick Wulff
Washington State Senate
E-mail: | Phone: (360) 786-7577
We prefer to receive all application packages via e-mail with attachments in either a

Word document or as a .pdf.
The Washington State Senate 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 with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact Alison Hellberg, Human Resources Officer at (360) 786-7583, or e-mail