SALARY:$100,000.00 – $130,000.00 Annually
LOCATION:City Hall, 600 4th Ave., Seattle, Washington
JOB TYPE:Temporary – Benefit Eligible
DEPARTMENT:Legislative Department
BARGAINING UNIT:Not represented

The Seattle City Council is the legislative body of the city of Seattle. The Council consists of nine members and has the responsibility of approving the city’s budget and developing laws and policies intended to promote the health and safety of Seattle’s residents.
In support of City Council members, the Council Central Staff, a team of expert policy and fiscal analysts, coordinate and perform research; conduct high-level, independent policy and fiscal analysis; and present recommendations on a wide range of municipal issues in the form of draft legislation, resolutions, reports, decision papers, oral presentations, and more.  
Term-Limited Leadership Opportunity
Reporting to the Director of Council Central Staff and with oversight by the Chair of the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education Committee, the two-year, term-limited Strategic Advisor (SA)will develop, with internal and external stakeholders, a strategic plan to help City stakeholders determine: (1) how to move forward in aligning current and future criminal justice policies, investments, and outcomes; and (2) whether and how to implement recommendations regarding Seattle’s criminal justice system.
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 Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


The SA will assist the leadership team with the planning and developing of work products, informed by knowledge and expertise in the criminal legal system. The SA will also facilitate and coordinate a group comprised of stakeholders in the criminal justice system, such as judges, elected officials, and other representatives impacted by or with interest in the criminal justice system. This stakeholder group will be informed by previous efforts of the City, including the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (CJCC). (Please see Green Sheet 19-1-B-1 and the Seattle Reentry Workgroup’s Final Report, particularly, the recommendation regarding a Criminal Legal System Advisory Board, for additional background information.)
The successful candidate will coordinate a collaborative effort to address systemic barriers working with stakeholders and staff in relevant City departments such as the City Attorney’s Office, and Seattle Municipal Court, and the Office for Civil Rights.


The ideal candidate will have excellent people and communication skills in order to develop, build and maintain strong relationships with all stakeholders for a successful collaborative effort. Proven project management and report writing are required. As noted below, the City is seeking a leader who is grounded in principles of racial equity and social justice and has experience with evaluating and making systemic changes.
Candidates who meet most of the following qualifications will receive strong consideration:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, in criminal justice, human services, or a similar field.
  • Professional and/or lived experience with the criminal justice legal system.
  • Experience working on policies addressing racial inequities.
  • Demonstrated project management and leadership skills in empowering others to play strong roles in achieving organizational goals, including facilitation of groups, meetings and processes. Educational qualifications may be waived with relevant work history.
  • Ability to bring together and collaborate with high level officials and stakeholders who with competing viewpoints and goals.
  • A track record of successfully representing ideas and recommendations to elected officials and the broader community.
  • Effective communicator with strong listening skills. Excellent written and verbal skills. Engaging public speaker.
  • Experience with evaluating, improving and streamlining complex systems and processes.
  • Demonstrated experience providing objective, impartial analysis.
  • Experience with compiling data and evidence-based practices to evaluate quality of current service provisions and new programs.
  • Ability to use discretion and care in handling confidential and sensitive information.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications: Word, PowerPoint, Excel.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed typically in an office environment and a variety of other settings among diverse stakeholders and audiences. A considerable amount of time will be spent in meetings in and out of the office, at a computer screen for extended periods, and speaking in public.
Some work may need to be performed outside normal working hours.
Occasional travel within the greater Puget Sound area via public transportation, city owned vehicle, or personal vehicle may also be necessary.

Application Instructions:

  1. Complete the online application at
  2. Submit resume and a cover letter describing how your education and experience meet the stated education, skills and attributes for this position.

If you have any questions about this position, contact Council Central Staff Director Kirstan Arestad at or (206) 615-0054. If you have questions about the application process or need special accommodations, please contact Jane Park, HR Specialist, at, or at (206) 233-2025. 

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