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Posted: 08/26/2014

Seattle City Light
Environmental Affairs and Real Estate Division

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nationís 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.

Sr. Community Program Developer (Strategic Advisor II)
Professional Opportunity
Seattle, WA
$$37.87 - $56.82 Hourly
Open Until

Position Description:

This is a permanent half-time position to provide strategic guidance to the Division Director on educational, interpretive, and planning work for City Light projects that involve significant historic or cultural resources and compliance responsibilities. One of the first responsibilities of this position will be to lead efforts related to the restoration and use of the Georgetown Steam Plant which is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a National Historic Landmark.† This work will include developing improved public access to the property; coordinating existing uses of the building; establishing a community involvement process to identify and implement future uses for the building; and working with the National Park Service, volunteers, and other organizations to form an Advisory Committee to develop the future program for the facility and offer tours and exhibits. In addition, the position will assist with other related planning work in the Division as needed.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic advice and guidance to the Division Director on significant historic/cultural/educational issues related to SCL projects and compliance responsibilities.
  • Compile and organize the documents and materials needed to support development of improved public access to the Georgetown Steam Plant.†
  • Coordinate with City legal affairs, the Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation and Seattle Landmarks Board as needed.
  • Develop an Advisory Committee and a process for community involvement to identify programs and uses for the building.† Form an advisory committee with members who represent City Light, City Arts and Culture Office, the Georgetown community (non-profits, businesses), historic preservation (Seattle Landmarks, Historic Seattle) and education/interpretation (National Park Service), and others.
  • Coordinate with City Arts and Culture Office and other organizations to organize uses of the building for films, art events, and other events.
  • Develop a routine program of tours and organize volunteers to assist.
  • Coordinate with City Light Facilities to identify and remedy building maintenance and safety issues.
  • Develop and organize a library and associated database of all materials related to the Georgetown Steam Plant.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned.
  • Actively participate in efforts undertaken by the Environmental Affairs and Real Estate Division to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and consistency with City Lights organizational objective of environmental stewardship.


Education: Bachelors Degree in Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Environmental Studies, Landscape Architecture, or similar field.

Experience: At least 5 years of experience in negotiations and community involvement related to historic/cultural issues and experience in the design and implementation of interpretative exhibits and educational materials.

Certification/License: Valid Washington State Drivers License

Desired Qualifications:

†††††††Masters degree in urban planning, environmental planning, environmental studies, landscape architecture, or similar field;

†††††††Strong negotiating skills;

††††††††Excellent written and oral communication, as demonstrated by presentations and publications.

†††††††An solid background in promoting community involvement, including setting up advisory committees or boards;

†††††††Demonstrated ability to facilitate committee meetings and effectively represent City Light issues and concerns;

†††††††Demonstrated experience in developing interpretive and educational materials for the public.

How to apply
See http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/default.asp
Phone: 206-684-8088
Seattle, WA

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