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Seattle City Council – Legislative Policy and Fiscal Analyst, Urban Planning and Development

SALARY: $100,000.00 – $120,000.00 Annually
LOCATION: City Hall, 600 4th Ave., Seattle, Washington
JOB TYPE: Civil Service Exempt, Regular, Full-time
DEPARTMENT: Legislative Department
BARGAINING UNIT: Not represented

The Seattle City Council – Central Staff Division is looking for a flexible, imaginative, high-performing individual to join our team. Our independent, non-partisan policy and fiscal analysis lays critical groundwork for our Seattle City Council to make informed decisions that shape our City. Land use, human services, public safety, transportation, utilities, parks, education, and civil rights are just some of the areas in which Central Staff analysts are asked by our elected Councilmembers to offer expertise to help the Council understand alternatives and trade-offs.

With nine Councilmembers, our environment is complex and politically charged. To do our work well requires a unique set of skills combining (1) subject matter expertise (our exceptional team must cover all aspects of government and be able to cross-fill needs with general skillsets), (2) the ability to navigate successfully amongst elected officials with different political orientations, and (3) a proactive approach to meeting Councilmember needs.

This job bulletin is open until filled. The initial review of applications will take place for those submitted by 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Friday, January 19, 2018. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


In our capacity, Central Staff serves as a legislative branch counterbalance to executive branch department staff and the Mayor’s Office, effectively engaging with them on behalf of the Council or its members. The portfolio for this position will include advising the Council on a wide range of land use and urban planning issues, including Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Code amendments, regional land use policies, environmental regulations, historic preservation, and project-specific quasi-judicial Council actions. This position will be expected to work on other policy areas as changes occur with staffing and Council priorities.

For this position, the analyst will:

  • Analyze data; evaluate policies, regulations, rules and procedures; develop options; and make recommendations.
  • Evaluate departmental budget and policy proposals under the direction of Central Staff senior management and our budget coordinator.
  • Prepare thorough and concise written reports of various styles, including issue papers, decision agendas, presentation materials, and executive summaries.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations for elected officials in Council committees and other public settings as well as in private briefings with elected officials and their staffs.
  • Draft legislation and amendments to legislation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned (note that assigned areas are subject to change).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in urban planning or a related field involving policy and/or fiscal analysis.
  • Knowledgeable about government budgets or finance.
  • Clear writing and solid presentation skills, including the ability to convey complex information succinctly and answer questions well under pressure.

Desired Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree or five years of equivalent experience in urban planning, public administration or public policy, law, or other fields related to governmental policy.
  • Demonstrates skill and initiative in teamwork, team-building, and policy and fiscal analysis.
  • Experience working directly with elected officials or similarly positioned individuals.
  • Able to build relationships to get the job done, while maintaining objectivity.
  • Sets a high standard for quality of work.
  • Motivated by a desire to continually improve performance.
  • Flexibility, interest, and ability to take on a variety of subject matter areas as needs arise.
  • Familiarity with or knowledge of environmental review processes under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act or similar environmental statute.
  • Experience drafting or interpreting legislation at the local, state, or national level.
  • Familiarity with or knowledge of real estate finance and the real estate development and entitlement processes, including those applicable to affordable housing and economic development.
  • Familiarity with or knowledge of urban design principles and practice.
  • Familiarity with or knowledge of equitable community development and community engagement principles and processes.
  • Familiarity with or knowledge of City of Seattle programs regulating the built and natural environment.

Application Instructions

Complete the online application at Please attach a cover letter and resume onto your online application, describing how your education and experience meet the minimum and desired qualifications.

Please contact Jane Park at (206) 233-2025 or if you have questions.

The Legislative Department values diverse perspective and life experiences; people of color, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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