Manager, People & Culture Business Partner

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
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Position Description
Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

At Seattle City Light, we believe that innovation and collaboration that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of solving problems. The People and Culture (P&C) Business Partner (BP) Manager is a strategic, client facing leader that will guide a team of People & Culture Business Partners and work closely with employees at all levels. We are a P&C BP team of subject matter experts that impact organizational initiatives and develop strategies to support business objectives to achieve goals. We provide information, guidance, consultation, and facilitates the delivery of People & Culture services. This role requires a collaborative leader who embraces our mission and culture; who has a passion for its staff; has experience leading their function with integrity and transparency, and who embodies trust, confidence, and respect and leads others by influence and example. This position will report to the People & Culture Officer.
Job Responsibilities
As a People & Culture Business Partner Manager, here is more about what you'll be doing:

  • Provide leadership to senior management teams by influencing business decisions and driving key initiatives supporting City Light's mission, vision and values
  • Utilize data reporting and trends to identify patterns in the workplace and create effective key strategies to address areas of opportunity
  • Develop, implement and monitor effective programs to improve organizational performance including employee engagement, employee satisfaction, performance management, and career development
  • Partner closely with other P&C units as the liaison from field teams to create services and training programs to support business needs
  • Manage team of up to five business partners, provide coaching and mentorship to support a positive workplace culture

We want to talk to you if you have:

  • Experience leading, growing, and mentoring a team
  • Experience influencing and partnering with organizational leadership
  • Experience designing, implementing and evaluating an organization-wide program
  • A strategic outlook with a growth mindset and roll-up your sleeves work ethic

You will be successful in this role if you are passionate about:

  • Coaching and guiding people leaders at all levels in defining and executing on their talent management strategy
  • Encouraging and supporting the full employee experience along the employee lifecycle Providing excellent customer service
  • Not maintaining the status quo
  • Streamlining administrative processes and identifying opportunities that make a significant impact Solving complex problems creatively and responsibly

Your effectiveness will depend on your ability to:

  • Engage employees regardless of location, status, or position Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Apply critical and creative thinking to problem-solving
  • Participate as an active and contributing leader of the People and Culture organization
  • Be agile in the course of your daily work
  • Manage your time effectively and efficiently
  • Lead a team of senior professionals
  • Be a strategic, self-starter with a customer first orientation to work

Required Qualifications: In addition to the skills and experience mentioned below, a successful applicant will have experience that reflects a commitment to creating fair and equitable outcomes and has:

Education: Bachelor's degree in human resources, public or business administration, Human Resources Management or related field (other combinations of education, training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability).

Experience: Substantial management and leadership experience in strategy development, organizational design, talent management, and change management, gained through 5 or more years of progressively responsible assignments, at least 3 of which were as a supervisor in a large, complex multicultural and diverse organization.

License/Certification: Drivers License or equivalent mobility.

Desired Qualifications: You will be successful if you have the following experience, skills, and abilities:

  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Experience driving action through influence without authority
  • Demonstrated ability to work in and manage ambiguity - dealing with issues that do not always have a process or a system in place
  • Ability to position self as credible, proactive, and a trusted thought-partner
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to balance business partnering skills with employee advocacy
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to align people strategy with business goals and growth
  • Ability to think and perform strategically and tactically
  • Process-oriented, organized and metrics-driven MBA or relevant graduate degree preferred
  • Experience working in a unionized environment and complying with collective bargaining agreements

Additional Information

  • Seattle, WA
  • Hybrid work schedule

Application Process
Please submit the following with your online application:

  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement
  • A current resume of your educational and professional work experience.

The full salary range for this position is $99,910.80 - $149,918.40 annually.

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: .

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. Seattle City Light 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. Seattle City Light 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.

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. Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out 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 |

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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