Chief of Staff

  • City of Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 11, 2019
Full Time Political or Public Affairs Public Information and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Salary: $120,936.95 - $199,591.91 Annually

Job Description

Position Description

SDOT Vision: Seattle is a thriving, equitable community powered by dependable transportation.
SDOT Mission: Our mission is to deliver a transportation system that provides safe and affordable access to places and opportunities.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is a full-service municipal transportation agency at the leading edge of multi-modal transportation and our portfolio of work is vast. In our quickly growing city, how we get around, how safe it is, how much it costs, how much time it takes, and how reliable it is - is top of mind for us every day. Our core values drive our work toward creating an equitable, safe, connected, vibrant, affordable, and innovative city for all. SDOT is responsible for maintenance and operations of the city's transportation right-of-way, investment in the expansion of the city's bicycle and pedestrian network, inspection, maintenance, and operations of over 240 bridges, enhancing access to the regional transit system, and permitting private use of public space, among core responsibilities. SDOT has approximately 950 employees and maintains an operational presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Chief of Staff provides strategic leadership and direction for the Office of the Director. This position leads Government and Legislative Affairs, Communications and Public Affairs, Equity and Inclusion, as well as the Administrative staff of the Director's Office. The incumbent is responsible for overseeing and managing the flow and exchange of information, streamlining interactions with key constituents, and driving initiatives on behalf of the Director. The Chief of Staff directly and indirectly affects all SDOT activities, is responsible for a budget of approximately $6 million, and is supported directly by two Deputy Chiefs of Staff. Decisions affect broad organizational policies and strategic issues which require substantial financial commitment on the part of SDOT and the City of Seattle.

Job Responsibilities

Key responsibilities and deliverables may include, but are not limited to:
  • Oversees all facets of the Director's Office, fulfilling Mayor and City Council expectations and observing city, state, and federal laws, policies, regulations and operating agreements.
  • Drives key initiatives and sets the legislative, external affairs and government relations agenda.
  • Represents the Director in interactions with key stakeholders.
  • Ensures the Director is prepared with information required for meetings, conferences and other scheduled events.
  • Leads the development of strategies and operational plans for all external affairs including business and community relationships; government and legislative affairs; and public relations and communications to provide a cohesive and comprehensive perspective of the agency.
  • Oversees the flow and content of information to the Mayor and the City Council and assists the Director in maintaining those relationships.
  • Oversees and coordinates integrated policy analysis and strategic consultation to the Director on major issues affecting the agency.
  • Works with senior staff and subject matter experts to formulate policy and program recommendations, which support and enhance city-wide goals.
  • Identifies and manages critical issues that have public impact and require the attention of the Director and other senior staff.


Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in communications, public or business administration or related field.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible assignments in communications, public relations, governmental affairs or a related field; at least five (5) years of which were as a manager or supervisor in a large, complex multicultural and diverse organization.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of techniques for building and sustaining community and public relationships, business issues and trends, and federal and state regulations related to governmental affairs and legislative activities.
  • Experience actively promoting, supporting and managing key strategic initiatives including those related to fair and equal employment, diversity and justice in the workplace.

Desired Qualifications
  • An advanced degree, such as an MBA or MPA, or similar professional degree.
  • Experience with preparing and effectively presenting information, building consensus on strategies and communicates among peers and across the organization, identifying key business issues from multi-disciplinary perspectives, policy analysis, informed debate and effective decision-making.
  • Demonstrated ability leading professionals through collaboration and influence, fostering and modeling effective customer service; coaching, counseling and developing employees, including those of different racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to provide management direction in an environment of change, willingness to make difficult and challenging decisions, provide clear expectations and directions, foster creativity and problem solving, and perform the physical requirements and essential functions of the job.
  • Experience in transportation or related city planning or infrastructure fields are a benefit in understanding the multiple functions of the agency.
  • Demonstrable commitment to creating and sustaining a multicultural workforce free of racism and discrimination that values diversity as community asset.

Other Position Requirements
  • Current driver's license or equivalent mobility. A complete driving abstract must be submitted upon request.
  • A background check and reference check is required for this position-.

Additional Information

Work Environment/Physical Demands
  • Most work will be performed in a normal City office environment.
  • May be required to work nights, evenings, weekends and holidays, and in all types of weather.

Closing Date/Time: 7/9/2019 4:00 PM Pacific