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Team Teresa is hiring a part-time Legislative Analyst to work on policy and communications issues on our small team. You’ve always been on Team Teresa, now join officially. Applications are due by July 12th. Salary and work-information in the job description. Please apply and send to anyone you think might be interested! 

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The full job description is here:

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION


The City of Seattle's Legislative Department has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time Legislative Assistant in the office of Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, citywide). This is a position in a fast-paced, hard-working and collaborative office. We are seeking an individual looking for a flexible schedule and an interest in public policy, communications, community engagement and public service. This individual joins a team of three other Legislative Assistants, and occasionally an intern, and will dual-report to the Chief of Staff and the Councilmember. The position's primary functions are to develop public policy and coordinate the office’s external communications. 
 
Public Policy: This position’s primary functions are to serve as an advisor to the Councilmember on a variety of issues of policy, politics, and community needs, with an emphasis on issues related to community safety, such as policing and community alternative, restorative justice, courts and jails, surveillance and technology issues, as well as infrastructure, such as public utilities, public assets, waterfront redevelopment and parks, and industrial land use. The public policy development includes deep engagement with key stakeholders, identifying emerging issues, conducting research and analysis, recommending policies and a course of action, aiding in public dissemination of information, and providing input on decisions. The position serves as an advisor to the Councilmember on the associated funding needs and political concerns, all through the lens of the community most impacted. 
 
Communications: As part of the team, this position represents and promotes the interests of the Councilmember through collaboration with and listening to community organizations, stakeholders, and Seattle residents, and in collaboration with City and other governmental employees as well as through social and earned media. This position serves as lead in drafting and posting external communications via social media and finalizing the bi-weekly newsletters. 
 
This position is a part-time opportunity at 25-30 hours per week, Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM. The Councilmember seeks an organized, creative, collaborative, and hard-working individual with experience in policy development who can hit the ground running. This is a position in an office that values trust amongst the team and that is working to amplify the voices of impacted communities. Because of the small size of the staff, all legislative assistants will be asked to help with duties of other team members on occasion. This at-will appointment serves at the discretion of the Councilmember.
 
YOU WILL BE MOST SUCCESSFUL IN THIS POSITION IF YOU:
  • Have knowledge or experience of policy development and have strong research skills with the ability to decipher and present complex data/ information.
  • Believe building trust and strong working relationships are the foundations to lasting community engagement and change.
  • Are passionate about collaborating with community members and are an effective communicator to a variety of audiences.
  • Are soundly organized, thrive in the political environment, and are excited about taking on political tasks. 
  • Are committed to using an equity lens in the analysis of policies and are motivated to work towards ending institutional/ systemic racism and gender inequity.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research, investigate, and survey available sources of information, including community expertise, related to a variety of complex policy issues, including policing, public safety, infrastructure or technology policy.
  • 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, stakeholders, and City of Seattle Councilmembers and staff.
  • Stay informed about policy issues and legislation before the Council, in the City and emerging issues in other jurisdictions.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and work well with the general public, stakeholders, and agency staff.
  • Develop outreach and engagement strategies on policy issue areas.
  • Prepares speeches, talking points, issue briefings on policy areas.
  • Assist with constituent services including screening and responding to Councilmember's paper and electronic mail, answering telephone calls.
  • Available to support team in times of high needs, including during periods of short-staffing.
  • Regularly and consistently uses social media to promote Councilmember's policy issues and engage in a tone and voice consistent with the Councilmember's priorities.
  • Serve as the Deputy (Back-Up) Clerk for Councilmember Mosqueda’s Committee.
  • Coordinate and staff legislative committees.
 

QUALIFICATIONS


YOU WILL BE EFFECTIVE IN THIS ROLE IF YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND KNOWLEDGE:
  • 3 years of experience in a policy, legal, economic, or organizational research; community organizing; or public relations through paid or unpaid work or educational experience.
  • Policy background and expertise in policing, public safety or another city-policy area.
  • 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.
  • Have the character and competencies to align with the Councilmember's priorities and strategic vision.
  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and accomplish objectives with minimal supervision or oversight.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise discretion, and remain calm under pressure; a track record of reliability, hard work, cooperative style, the ability to contribute as a team player but can also work independently.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook or similar scheduling tools.
  • Commitment to continue to work toward achieving gender equity and anti-racist policies.
 
YOU MAY BE EVEN MORE PREPARED FOR THIS ROLE IF YOU HAVE:
  • A 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.
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


COVID VACCINE MANDATE
All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of the job offer. 
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT
This position will primarily be onsite at the Seattle City Hall: 600 Fourth Ave. 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA. Alternative Work Arrangements may be considered and will be based on operational needs.
 
WHY WORK AT THE CITY
The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in the Race and Social Justice Initiative by working to dismantle racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and provide equitable processes and services.
 
APPLICATION INSTUCTIONS: 
This job bulletin is open until filled. The initial review of applications will take place for those submitted by 4:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/seattle.
 
  1. Submit a complete online application along with the supplemental questionnaire.
  2. Attach a PDF of your Cover Letter
  3. Attach a PDF of your Resume
  4. Attach a Word document of a writing sample based on a current issue of your choosing (300 words maximum) including the conflict, opposing points of view and your recommended course of action along with your online application. 
If you have any questions, contact Jane Cho, HR Analyst, at jane.cho@seattle.gov
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In solidarity,
Teresa Mosqueda
Budget Chair/Finance & Housing Chair
Seattle City Councilmember
Position 8, Citywide/At-Large
Office: 206.684.8808 
Teresa.Mosqueda@seattle.gov
 
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