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Policy Analyst


$41.01 - $61.51 Hourly


Seattle, WA (currently remote)

Job Type

Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time


Office of Labor Standards

Job Number



1/5/2021 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 mission of the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) is to advance labor standards through thoughtful community and business engagement, strategic enforcement and innovative policy development, with a commitment to race and social justice.

 The Office of Labor Standards has an opportunity for one strategic, adaptable Policy Analyst 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.

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.

Job Responsibilities

Here is more about what you will be doing:

· Champion Equity. 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.

· Policymaking. Facilitate and support stakeholder rule-making processes, including engagement 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 low-wage workers, 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 delivery of trainings; creation 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 and other special projects. Support the office’s efforts to develop innovative approaches to enforcement and outreach that involve cross team collaborations and community partnerships. Further the office’s policy goals through the successfully execution of various special projects, including participation and leadership on inter-departmental teams, drafting responses to Council resolutions, statement of legislative intents, or City Audits, and facilitation of consultant contracts and/or studies for policy or other projects.

Your effectiveness in this role will depend on your ability to:

  • Apply strong reasoning and analysis skills to quickly understand, evaluate, and comfortably navigate policies, public policy, legal requirements, and data.
  • Research, develop, and implement policies, laws, administrative rules, and programs.
  • Draft briefs, ordinances, administrative rules, and policies.
  • Project management, especially in producing, tracking and managing multiple deliverables with overlapping deadlines.
  • Adapt easily to changing priorities to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, team-oriented and political environment.
  • Develop and deliver technical trainings and other presentations.
  • Commit to listening, creating space for diverse perspectives, and the pursuit of inclusive and just outcomes.
  • Communicate with clarity and tact, create trusted partnerships, and demonstrate strong interpersonal skills.
  • Recognize how institutional racism and government has contributed to inequality and the wealth gap between white people and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

You will be prepared for this role if you have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding of race equity, especially as it pertains to the workplaces, workplace policies, and worker’s rights.
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal employment laws, including Seattle's labor standards.
  • Familiarity with government, including enforcement agencies and their investigative role, and worker’s rights.
  • Comfort with interacting with elected officials and the public and with collaborating with workers, employers, and community or business organizations.
  • Exceptional critical thinking skills with strong analytical skills and understanding of public policy     and the policy-making process.
  • Experience building collaborative relationships with vulnerable populations, including those who may not have English proficiency.
  • Exceptional technical writing, editing and data analysis and oral communication skills.
  • Facilitation, negotiation, and conflict-resolution skills.
  • The ability to work in an independent, self-directed manner and collaborate with a team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft 365 suite of products (e.g. MS Outlook, Office, OneNote, Excel) for communications, data analysis, and reports.


The work of this position requires experience in research, development, drafting and implementation of ordinances, rules, policies, laws and/or programs.

It is desired that the successful applicant will have a professional career that reflects a commitment to both race and social justice and worker’s rights and who has:

  • Promoted racial and social equity and worker’s rights through thoughtful business, community and community engagement, education, or policy development.
  • Delivered meaningful outcomes by working with a diverse range of partners.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborative teamwork and a strong work-ethic.
  • A passion for, and experience contributing meaningfully to, ending systemic racism.
  • An ongoing commitment to a diverse, equitable working environment supported by collaborative, productive and respectful relationships.
  • Championed racial equity by centering BIPOC communities in the development of policy and program administration.

The work requires being comfortable working in a politically sensitive environment with multiple priorities and tight deadlines.

 Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Additional Information

Additional Information:

This full-time position is classified as a Strategic Advisor, General Government.

Application Process:
 In addition to completing the application please upload:

  • A  cover letter explaining your interest and capability to perform this job.
  • A PDF resume which illustrates your related skills and abilities.

Who may apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants that meet the minimum 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 experience.

Questions? Please contact Pam Inch, Senior Executive Recruiter at

 To learn more about the Office of Labor Standards, please visit:

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