Policy Analyst

$85,628.88 - $103,481.28 Annually
Seattle, WA
Job Type
Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time
Office of Labor Standards
Job Number
1/28/2020 4:00 PM Pacific


Position Description

The City of Seattle is a leader on wage, labor and workforce practices that enhance equity, address wage gaps, and create a fair and healthy economy for workers, businesses and residents. The Office of Labor Standards (OLS) seeks to improve workers' lives through the development and implementation of innovative policies and laws that create a fair and equitable workplace, with a commitment to racial equity and social justice.

The Office of Labor Standards has an opportunity for two strategic, adaptable Policy Analysts to join our highly skilled, innovative policy team in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment. These positions will work on projects that further the development and implementation of Seattle's existing and future labor standards. Our forward-thinking work focuses on policies that advance economic justice, workplace equity, and worker well-being, and centers our City's most vulnerable workers.  . This work may include legislation, administrative rules, fiscal recommendations, and programs subject to review and approval by policy makers.


Job Responsibilities

The Policy Analyst plays an important role in promoting workplace equity, protecting the rights of low-wage workers, helping employers comply with labor standards, and advancing race and social justice. This position will work in an independent, self-directed manner with collaboration across the OLS team.

Policy Analysts perform extensive policy and legal research, analysis, and writing; conduct stakeholder engagement; create reports, trainings, and outreach materials; provide compliance assistance; apply race and social justice principles to all levels of work.

Here's more about what you'll be doing:

Race and Social Justice.  Apply race and social justice lens to all work and engage in office efforts to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity in City government and broader community.

Policy-making. Facilitate and support stakeholder rule-making processes with community and business organizations, employers, and workers. Conduct policy and legal research on leading enforcement and outreach practices as reported by national and local policy organizations, worker and business organizations, and local, state, and federal jurisdictions. Conduct policy and legal analysis of recommendations. Provide recommendations to the Policy Manager and Director. Create presentations, informational materials, and reports on policy recommendations and report on implementation and progress. Regularly engage with other City departments, the Mayor's Office, elected officials, other jurisdictions, and the general public.

Legislative and rule development. Lead and support efforts to draft legislation, administrative rules, and other written documents that incorporate multiple levels of feedback and review from internal and external stakeholders. Be highly attuned to issues that affect the workplace and policies that can mitigate or eliminate negative impacts on the most vulnerable communities, including people of color and immigrants and refugees.

Outreach. Support the office's outreach efforts through established and innovative means including but not limited to development of awareness campaigns; creation and leading of trainings; drafting of informational materials; management of limited budgets; and provision of expert-level, compliance assistance.

OLS Commission/Worker Standards Board. Provide programmatic support for the Labor Standards Advisory Commission and/or the Domestic Workers Standards Board by assisting with administrative needs; coordinating subcommittees and occasional special events; performing research; making presentations on the office's work; and facilitating discussions amongst members.

Strategic enforcement campaigns. Support the office's efforts to develop innovative approaches to enforcement and outreach that involve cross team collaborations and community partnerships.


A successful applicant will have a professional career that reflects a commitment to race and social justice and have demonstrated success in the research, development and implementation of ordinances, rules, policies, laws and/or programs, as well as building collaborative, effective relationships with community, policy makers, and fellow team members.

You will be successful in this role if you have experience in:

*Research, development and implementation of policies, laws or programs.

*Public policy analysis, utilizing data, and/or administrative rulemaking is beneficial.

*Project management, especially in producing, tracking and managing multiple deliverables with overlapping deadlines. 

*Drafting briefs, ordinances, rules, or policies.Familiarity with government, including experience interacting with elected officials and the public.

*Building collaborative relationships with individuals or groups with conflicting views as well as with vulnerable populations, including those who may not have English proficiency.

*Collaborating with workers, employers, and community or business organizations.

*Creating and leading trainings and other presentations to various audiences.

*Applying race and social justice principals in the workplace or community. 


You will be prepared to take on this role if you have:

*Strong reasoning and analysis skills to quickly understand, evaluate, and comfortably navigate policies and legal requirements.

*Knowledge of local, state and federal employment laws, including Seattle's labor standards. 

*Outstanding written and oral communications skills.

*Strong MS Outlook, Office, and Excel Skills.Facilitation, negotiation, and conflict-resolution skills

*Commitment to racial equity. 
*The ability to work in an independent, self-directed manner and collaborate with a team.

*Some understanding of government enforcement agencies and their investigative role.


Additional Information

The Policy Analyst is classified as a Strategic Advisor I, General Government. This is a full-time, over-time exempt position that reports to the OLS Policy Manager. This role will require the ability to travel locally for trainings and external meetings.

Application Instructions: 

In addition to completing the application fully, to be considered you must include: 

A cover letter explaining your interest and capability to perform this role.A resume which illustrates your related experience, skills and abilities.


Questions? Please contact Nicolette Hornbeck at Nicolette.Hornbeck@seattle.gov

To learn more about the Office of Labor Standards, please visit: www.seattle.gov/laborstandards 

Who may apply: This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the above qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Mailing Address:

 P.O Box 1873  Seattle, WA 98111