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Deputy Hearing Examiner



The City of Seattle Office of Hearing Examiner is seeking a Deputy Hearing Examiner to conduct quasi-judicial hearings, and issue written decisions in cases assigned by the Hearing Examiner. The office conducts fair and impartial administrative hearings, authorized by Seattle Municipal Code, and is Seattle's

forum for reviewing whether the law has been correctly applied in agency decisions.


The office handles a wide range of case types, the majority of which are land use-related, but also include other case types that concern for example land-lord tenant issues, discrimination, labor standards, various citation appeals (e.g.

Department of Transportation, Fire Department, etc.), and B & O Tax appeals. Hearing Examiner decisions can have a substantial impact on applicants and others concerned about or affected by City agency

decisions and recommendations. You will be responsible for facilitating hearings that can range in length from an hour to multiple days,

writing decisions and recommendations based on the record from the hearings, and managing an independent case calendar.

The office is a small, separate and independent office of the City with a supportive and collegiate office culture. Under current circumstances of the pandemic, hearings are conducted remotely, and most work can be

conducted remotely.



Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have a minimum of:

 At least:

o 5 years of legal practice experience; and

o 2 years of experience in conducting administrative or courtroom hearings;

 Excellent research, writing and analytic skills;

 Be an active attorney member of the Washington State Bar Association in good standing;

 The ability to balance a diverse caseload and meet Code-imposed deadlines; and

 The ability to work independently.


SALARY: $110,392 - $160,000 Annually



Qualified candidates must submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and City of Seattle employment application with all fields completed. The deadline for submission of application and required supporting documentation is March 2, 2021.

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