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City of Seattle Drainage & Wastewater Policy Advisor (SA 1) in Seattle, Washington

Position Description

Are you someone who loves figuring out solutions to complex problems? Do you love thinking outside of the box and routinely bring vision, innovation and a can-do attitude to your work? Do you think about and apply your work through the lens of racial equity to ensure your ideas and innovative solutions are fair, just and equitable? If this sounds like you, come join SPU DWW’s policy team!

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is recruiting for a Drainage & Wastewater (DWW) Policy Advisor to support the DWW Line of Business policy program. SPU DWW is developing Shape Our Water – our long-term drainage and wastewater plan that will help us deliver essential services for our customers and communities over the next 50 years. There are many opportunities and questions to be explored to realize our goals and help keep Seattle as one of the best places in the world to live, work, and play. This position is essential for identifying and delivering policy solutions across a broad spectrum of topics that range from green stormwater infrastructure, non-potable water reuse strategies, low-income customer assistance programs, climate change, sea-level rise, and much more.

*About Seattle Public Utilities: *SPU is a _Community Centered Utility _working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We support and hold ourselves accountable to this commitment by eliminating barriers to access and providing employees with equitable opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

Job Responsibilities

The DWW Policy Advisor will help deliver key policy, code, and regulatory changes necessary to achieve the goals laid out in SPU's Strategic Business Plan. To do this, they will:

  • Develop or refine existing codes and policies to support DWW’s Planning, Capital, and Operations & Maintenance programs, or other initiatives within SPU.
  • Consistently apply a racial equity lens to new and existing policies so that all customers and communities equitably share in the outcomes of DWW’s work.
  • Use inclusive customer engagement and other stakeholder engagement strategies to inform and vet policy development and implementation.
  • Identify opportunities through policy to remove barriers to maximize both rate payer investment and community benefits.
  • Develop and deliver brief and informative summaries and recommendations to SPU Managers and Executive Teams.
  • Support the transition from policy development to implementation working with SPU and other departments, as necessary. To support SPU as a Community-Centered Utility, the advisor will:

  • Promote equity, diversity and race and social justice through policy development.

  • Work collaboratively across branches of SPU and departments of the City to create new policy pathways for SPU and DWW projects and programs.
  • Identify and remove policy barriers to help improve SPU’s ability to partner with neighborhoods, community-based organizations, institutions, and companies to leverage broader benefits, reduce costs, share risks, and improve outcomes for the communities that we serve. Qualifications

Education: *Bachelor’s degree in public policy, urban planning, environmental science, political science, communications, engineering or a related field *OR two (2) additional years of relevant experience.

*Experience: *Three (3) years of experience in planning and/or policy development, environmental regulations and compliance, legislative work, investigative journalism, communications or other relevant experience.

Additional Information

The ideal candidate should possess:

  • A demonstrated commitment to public and environmental health, race and social equity in your work.
  • Understanding of utility and ratepayer needs, issues and limitations.
  • Ability to lead strategy development, options analysis and recommendations in a matrix management environment.
  • Ability to produce brief and informative summaries of complex regulatory and policy issues to managers, executives and other stakeholders.
  • Strong oral presentation skills, including presentations and recommendations to groups including executive leadership and senior management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to understand and appreciate diverse perspectives.
  • Ability to use discretion, good judgment and confidentiality when handling sensitive matters.
  • A sense of humor.

Salary: $41.01 - $61.51 Hourly

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time

Department: Seattle Public Utilities

Job Number: 2020-01034

Closing: 2/2/2021 4:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Seattle

Address: Seattle Municipal Tower 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500 Seattle, Washington, 98104