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Job Summary


Washington State Patrol


Olympia, WA, United States

Education Level


Work Experience

3-5 Years



Job Category

Industry, Gov., Consulting

HR Industrial/Organizational Psychologist

About the Organization

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is a professional public safety agency of dedicated professionals who work hard on a daily basis to improve the quality of life for all the state’s residents and visitors through the prevention of unnecessary loss of life. The WSP has approximately 2,200 employees and is organized into five bureaus: Field Operations, Technical Services, Forensic Laboratory Services, Fire Protection, and Investigative Services.  More than half of all WSP employees work in a variety of non-commissioned jobs to support the Patrol's comprehensive public and traffic safety missions.


The Human Resource Division supports and enhances the agency’s mission to be the best public safety agency in the United States through the provision of efficient, accurate, and professional human resource services. Our vision is to provide critical leadership, tools, and resources to foster an ethical, qualified, diverse, and accountable workforce.

In July 2010, the Washington State Patrol received full reaccreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The WSP was first accredited in 1989, the third state law enforcement agency to do so. Since then, the WSP has been fully reaccredited seven times. During the latest full reaccreditation, the agency was awarded “Flagship” status. This means that the agency demonstrated best practices over a period of many years. CALEA encourages agencies with this status to mentor other departments that are new to the accreditation process.

The recent full-time retirement of our past industrial psychologist closes a 28-year relationship, during which the organization benefited greatly from this expertise.  Achievements included: aligned Trooper Cadet job analysis, testing, selection, and training regimens; modern promotional candidate evaluation, testing, and training compliant with Department of Justice Uniform Guidelines; Personnel System Reform Act and collective bargaining agreement implementation; and CALEA compliance with all related job responsibilities.

About the Job

This position functions as the agency expert with respect to: Trooper Cadet job analysis; new employee testing; training curriculum review; promotional testing; adverse impact analysis; new supervisor and manager development training; organizational development initiative evaluations; and Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) compliance within these areas of responsibility.

Job Requirements



  • Candidates must have the ability to work collaboratively with the agency leadership in order to:
  • Research, analyze, develop, and update selection methods and standards for Trooper Cadet.  Writes written, oral, and other examinations;
  • Evaluate all technical aspects of the trooper cadet selection system to include job analysis, test content, validity, correlation, and adverse impact on females/ minorities;
  • Develop tracking and evaluation of trooper cadet recruiting, including cost effectiveness comparisons of various recruiting methods;
  • Plan, analyze, validate, administer, coordinate, and correlate effective promotional processes for trooper-to-sergeant and sergeant-to-lieutenant job classifications; plan, organize, coordinate, and update job analysis, promotional, and evaluation tools;
  • Lead the development, validation, and correlation for initial selection and promotional processes for agency-unique positions such as communications officers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of various training regimens to include:  Trooper Cadet program; Trooper Cadet basic training; Leadership in Police Organizations; supervisory and managerial training; and diversity training;
  • Communicate effectively with all levels of employees regarding technical issues and solutions via interpersonal interaction, oral presentations/ briefings, work committee leadership, electronic email, telephone conversations, and written reports;
  • Represent the agency on various internal and external evaluation committees to include:  Bias Profiling (Racial Profiling), Citizen Survey, Employee survey, Training, and Job Performance Evaluation Committees;
  • Ensure CALEA compliance and agency policy synchronization for all job responsibilities; and
  • Complete other projects as assigned by the HRD Commander.




  • Doctorate degree with focus on industrial/organizational psychology and/or human resource management or closely related field




  • Five years of broad-based industrial psychologist experience including new hire testing, promotional test administration, training assessment, and evaluation of organizational development initiatives. Related experience may substitute year for year for the desired educational qualifications.

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted electronically at www.careers.wa.gov.  Please attach a resume and letter of interest explaining how you meet the desired and required qualifications for this position.


The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time. Candidate evaluation will be ongoing. It will be to the applicant’s advantage to submit application materials as soon as possible.