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Seattle City Council – Legislative Assistant to 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
DEPARTMENT: Legislative Department
BARGAINING UNIT: Not represented
CLOSING DATE 03/07/17 04:00 PM Pacific Time



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 communication, public policy development, and to grow professionally. The office is comprised of four staff members, all of whom report to the Councilmember.

The position’s primary functions are to develop public policy, identify emerging issues, conduct research and analysis, and recommend policies and course of action. The position serves as an advisor to the Councilmember on issues affecting the residents of Seattle, with an emphasis on immigration, homelessness and housing issues. This person represents and promotes the interests of the Councilmember, helps develop strategic initiatives, and assists in drafting and analyzing legislation.

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.

  • Research, investigate, and survey available sources of information related to a variety of complex policy issues, including immigration, housing and homelessness policy.
  • Collect a variety of information from existing records and contacts with local, regional, state and federal jurisdiction staff.
  • Compile data; perform or assist in the organizing, analyzing and interpreting of data; summarize and present compiled data in report or table form.
  • Respond to inquiries from constituents, commissioners, and City of Seattle councilmembers and staff.
  • Stay informed about policy issues and legislation before the Council.
  • Coordinate and staff legislative committees.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and work well with the general public, professionals, and agency staff.
  • Prepare issue briefings for the Councilmember, as needed.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, political science, law, urban planning, social work, communications, business, or other relevant field.
  • Three years of professional experience in a policy, legal, economic, or organizational research; community organizing; urban planning; or public relations setting.
  • Education/ Experience Equivalency: Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.
  • Policy experience in one of the following areas: immigration, housing, homelessness, or other field relevant to city policy-making.
  • Strong research and analytical skills, and the ability to decipher complex issues.
  • Effective written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to connect with community members and community organizations.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Have the attitude and competencies to align with the Councilmember’s priorities and strategic vision.


  • Juris Doctor Degree; Master’s Degree in public administration, political science, urban planning, social work, communications, business, or other relevant field; or experience demonstrating educational equivalency.
  • Background or field work in a political environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service, appreciation for vigorous discussion, and willingness to work hard to accomplish meaningful goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.
  • 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 gender equity.
  1. Complete the online application by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 (
  2. Submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample based on a current issue of your choosing (300 words maximum) along with your online application.

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Park, HR Specialist, at, or at (206) 233-2025.

Click here to apply

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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