Clean City Policy & Program Manager (Mgr2)

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is recruiting for an experienced Clean City Programs Manager to provide leadership for the Litter, Sharps, Encampment trash collection and graffiti programs. The Manager will lead a team of six (6) staff and ensure that Clean City programs are aligned with City and departmental priorities. They will also develop and implement strategies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Clean City programs, manage a budget of $4 million and track and report on the performance of Clean City programs, develop and negotiate contracts with vendors and contractors, and identify and implement best practices for Clean City programs. This position will report to the Clean City Division Director.

This posting is 'open until filled', however, first consideration will be given to applicants who apply by October 3, 2023.

About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a community-centered utility that delivers vital services to Seattle residents and businesses including drinking water, drainage and wastewater, and garbage/recycling/compost. SPU also provides drinking water for 1.5 million customers in the region. SPU's work includes system maintenance and improvements and keeping Seattle clean. Over 1,400 SPU employees work with our community to provide affordable and equitable stewardship of our water and waste resources for future generations.

For more information about Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), checkout the:

  • SPU Website
  • SPU Workplace Expectations (Download PDF reader)
  • Strategic Business Plan

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Why join our team?
We know work isn't only about what you do, it's also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:

  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free Orca Pass
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions.
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure proper project controls are implemented on all Clean City projects.
  • Develop policies, priorities, goals, procedures, and operational standards for SPU programs and Citywide services.
  • Provide direct oversight, coaching, and support to staff.
  • Manage an annual budget of $4 million.
  • Review and validate project status reports and performance metrics.
  • Provide policy and program recommendations for development and improvements.
  • Identify gaps in SPU's Clean City programs and take proactive steps to implement improvements.
  • Represent the department before the City Hearing Examiner for violations of SMC 10.07.010 graffiti nuisance code.

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.

  • Bachelor's degree in public administration, business management; recreation management; human services; or related field.


  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience managing budgets, supporting policy development, and leading projects and operations.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in a managerial or team lead role in a medium to large size public utility or similar industry.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience facilitating group discussions, training, or presentations.

Experience and Education Equivalency: A combination of appropriate education, training, certification, and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Must possess or have the ability to possess at time of appointment, a Department of Licensing Driver's Abstract (driving record/history) documenting a valid/unencumbered driver's license, $15 cost to the candidate.
  • Able to achieve First Aid, CPR, and Multi Departmental Administrative Rules (17-01) certificates within the first 90- days of employment.

Additional Information
Desired Qualifications:

  • At least five (5) years of experience in program management, preferably in the public sector.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Visio).
  • Experience managing a multi-million-dollar budget and multiple funding streams.
  • Experience developing work plans, monitoring activities and accomplishments, reporting milestones and measurements, and tracking performance measures.
  • Ability to create professional-level reports and presentations for high-level external officials.
  • knowledge of the Clean City programs and their impact on the communities they serve.

Application Process: In addition to completing your online application, please attach your current resume, cover letter, and responses to all supplemental questions. Your cover letter should highlight how your education, training, and experience meet the qualifications of the position.

~Candidates Submitting an Incomplete Application Package, will NOT be considered~

Work Environment: Most work is performed in an office environment.
At this time, telework is offered once a week for this position.
The full salary range for this position is $93,354.48 - $140,083.92 annually.
Benefits: The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process, including the completion of a background check. The background check will involve a criminal history check, which includes conviction and arrest records in compliance with the Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17 and the City of Seattle Personnel Rule 10.3. A driving history review may be conducted in compliance with SMC 4.79.020. Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

Who may apply:
The City of Seattle 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. This position is open to all qualified candidates 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.

Questions? Contact Erika Monroe at

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page .

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

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