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Seattle City Council – Legislative Assistant for Councilmember Lorena González

SALARY: $25.00 – $32.00 Hourly
LOCATION: City Hall, 600 4th Ave., Seattle, Washington
JOB TYPE: Civil Service Exempt, Regular, Full-time
SHIFT: Day
DEPARTMENT: Legislative Department
BARGAINING UNIT: Not represented
CLOSING DATE 06/20/17 04:00 PM Pacific Time
POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The City of Seattle’s Legislative Department has an outstanding opportunity for a Legislative Assistant in the office of Councilmember M. Lorena González. This is a dynamic, fast paced and collegial environment that provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills in office management and grow professionally. The office is comprised of four staff members, all of whom report to the Councilmember.  This position occasionally requires evening and/or weekend work contingent on policy priorities and emerging issues.

The position’s primary functions include, but are not limited to: (1) scheduling for the Councilmember; (2) managing administrative tasks for the Councilmember and office such as, email management and constituent correspondence; (3) creating and maintaining office systems; and, (4) identifying emerging issues from constituent correspondence.

This position requires a self­-starter with strong attention to detail and keen sense of organization; the ability to prioritize; independent judgment; discretion in handling sensitive and confidential matters; and the temperament and skills to manage multiple projects while responding quickly and professionally to those who contact the office. Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

This at-will appointment serves at the discretion of the Councilmember. The Councilmember seeks an organized, confident, and optimistic individual with experience in administrative and political roles who can hit the ground running. This is a position in a fast-paced, hard-working office where teamwork and individual capabilities are valued.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Assume primary responsibility for administrative tasks such as scheduling, email management, establishing office systems and procedures, data entry, and preparing responses to public records requests in the Councilmember’s office.
  • Represent the Councilmember at meetings as needed, identifying and engaging community groups and coalitions.
  • Respond to inquiries from constituents, including answering constituent calls and responding to emails and letters.
  • Provide professional, service-­oriented connections with members of the public, other City Councilmembers and offices, and City Departments.
  • Stay informed about policy issues and legislation before the Council.
  • Prepare issue briefings for the Councilmember, as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Three (3) years of experience in administrative assistance, communications, customer service, public relations, or other relevant experience in a volunteer or professional capacity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service, appreciation for vigorous discussion, and willingness to work hard to accomplish meaningful goals.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, manage multiple concurrent projects and tasks, and accomplish objectives with minimal supervision or oversight.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and build relationships with community members and/or community organizations.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and keep confidences on sensitive issues and proposals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, political science, social work, communications, business, or other relevant field, or experience demonstrating educational equivalency.
  • Prior experience working for an elected official, executive, or director.
  • Strong research and analytical skills, and the ability to decipher complex issues.
  • Ability to shape innovative solutions to difficult challenges.
  • Ability to both work independently and thrive as part of a team.
  • Commitment to work toward achieving racial equity.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications are reviewed after the posting closes. Submit the following items to be considered for this position:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Park, HR Specialist, at jane.parkLEG@seattle.gov, or at (206) 233-­2025.The Legislative Department and Councilmember González values diverse perspective and life experiences; people of color, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply

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