Strategic Advisor – People & Culture

City of Seattle, WA
November 4, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


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.

Seattle City Light is committed to fostering an inclusive culture of belonging where employees at all levels feels valued, respected, and supported in doing their best work every day. To create this environment, we hold ourselves and each other accountable for demonstrating these ideals, and we treat our customers in the same way.

The Strategic Advisor to the People & Culture (P&C) Officer is a behind-the-scenes leader, guiding an organization's day-to-day rhythm. With a blend of sharp leadership and keen problem-solving skills, they navigate the utility with unwavering precision. Critical to this role is the capability to gain the trust and respect of leadership and employees while pursuing organizational goals and objectives. This position will work closely with the P&C Officer to drive key initiatives across the business unit and supervise one support staff person. This position will report to the People and Culture Officer.
Job Responsibilities
Here is more about what you'll be doing:

Objectives of this Role

  • Work closely with the P&C Officer to ensure that key initiatives are accomplished across the business unit
  • Developing systems to make time, information, and decision processes more effective in People & Culture
  • Facilitate the effective flow of communications, decision making, and initiative implementation within the People & Culture organization
  • Work closely with the P&C Officer to improve current processes and optimize organizational procedures for efficiency and productivity

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as an integrator connecting workstreams and breaking down silos
  • Develop and build on relationships with all employees for increased efficiency and responsiveness of existing operations, help define new operational strategies by working with the P&C Officer, and other leaders on special projects
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships across the utility to advance the goals and objectives of People & Culture
  • Prepare and coordinate briefing materials for senior leaders and elected officials
  • Develop systems for follow-up on delegated projects or tasks
  • Lead project teams that are focused on delivering measurable results, documented and sustained improvement in P&C program delivery
  • Review, design and execute improvements to People & Culture operations; identify gaps and opportunity to improve organizational performance and help address them
  • Participate and/or lead utility-wide interdepartmental teams
  • Collaborate with P&C leaders to develop an understanding of business operations in order to best anticipate and recommend effective strategies and identify business issues and drive recommendations
  • Perform special projects and other duties of a comparable level/type as required

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 business or public administration, human resources, or related field (or a combination of education, training and/or experience that provides an equivalent background to perform the work of the class).

Experience: Three or more years of progressively responsible experience in human resources and/or people or program/process management in a medium to large complex organization or related experience.

Certification/License: Driver's License or equivalent mobility. Seattle City Light operates facilities throughout Washington State. Travel to remote work sites may be required on an as-needed basis.

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

  • Master's degree in business, public administration, human resources or related field (or combination of education, training and experience that provides an equivalent background to perform the work of the class)
  • Proven experience in a leadership role; successfully lead or directed matrixed teams; proven creative thinker with strong business acuity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate across the business unit and utility
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Detailed-oriented and data driven with excellent organizational skills

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
The full salary range for this position is $43.89 to $65.83 per hour.

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.

Incomplete applications may not be considered.

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, LGBTQIA+, 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.

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: .

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: 11/21/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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