City of Seattle Temporary Public Disclosure Advisor in Seattle, Washington

Position Description

The Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) is seeking a temporary Public Disclosure Advisor (Strategic Advisor I, Exempt) to support the Citywide Public Records Act Program (CPRA). The Public Disclosure Advisor will report to the FAS Communications and Customer Relations Director, working closely with the Sr. Public Disclosure Advisor leading the program team, as well as Public Disclosure Officers (PDOs) throughout city government. Seattle uses the web-based GovQA application, known as the Public Records Request Center, to manage public record requests. The anticipated duration of this temporary position is three months.

Job Responsibilities

  • Monitor requests Citywide.
  • Provide daily PDO and customer support via help, maintenance and audit of GovQA.
  • Ensure steps are taken to correct identified problems and prevent their reoccurrence.
  • Assist Sr. Public Disclosure Advisor as necessary with management of complex or sensitive requests, including responding, coordinating and monitoring.
  • Manage tools used to assist coordinating responses.
  • Coordinate and ensure sensitive requests obtain the appropriate review. Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration Communications, English or related field.
  • Two or more years of professional-level experience with Washington state PRA compliance.
  • Or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience that provides an equivalent background required to successfully perform the work. Strong candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge of RCW 42.56 and other statutes, case law, rules and regulations used to respond to public records requests.

  • Familiarity with organizational and communication practices of large public entities.

  • Exceptional policy development, verbal, written, analytical, organizational, problem-solving, political and project management skills.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and spontaneously respond to inquiries on difficult issues and problems.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Ability to work in an independent, self-directed manner in a multicultural workplace with a diverse customer base. Desired Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with GovQA.

  • Proficiency with Boolean search operators and modifiers.

  • Experience working within City of Seattle government.

  • Familiarity with local government, including experience interacting with elected officials and the public.

  • Facilitation, negotiation, decision making and conflict-resolution skills.

  • Ability to interpret and apply policies and procedures to ambiguous situations.

  • Skills and experience in public speaking and presentations, large group facilitation, training and public interaction.

  • Experience working with high-level management and dealing with sensitive issues.

Additional Information

In addition to your application, please attach a letter of interest and resume. A writing exam will be administered as part of the selection process.

Finalist are required to undergo a background check prior to employment.

Salary: $38.06 - $47.58 Hourly

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Temporary - Non-Benefit Eligible

Department: Finance and Administrative Services

Job Number: 2018-00633

Closing: 5/1/2018 4:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Seattle

Address: Seattle Municipal Tower 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500 Seattle, Washington, 98104