Utilities Policy Advisor

City of Bellevue Published: June 14, 2017
Bellevue, United States
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Are you interested in helping shape the future of utility and natural resource policy in the Puget Sound region?  Do you have a head for policy and enjoy working with decision-makers and elected officials?  The City of Bellevue is looking for a person who can work independently and collaboratively on a wide range of Utility policy issues while representing the City's interests.

The successful candidate for this position becomes part of a dynamic team that provides high-quality, essential services that people rely on every day -- drinking water, wastewater, storm and surface water and solid waste. The City of Bellevue Utilities Department takes pride in making sure these services are dependable, a good value for the money and delivered with the customer in mind.

The Utilities Policy Advisor provides the Utilities Director, City Manager's Office and Council members with policy analysis and support for regional decision-making concerning utility investments, utility system development and all related political positioning.

Bellevue is a dynamic, multicultural, future-focused, and high performing City.  The City invests in its employees, values diversity, and encourages and rewards employee growth and development.  The work environment at Bellevue Utilities is innovative, collaborate, and focused in helping make Bellevue a place where people want to work, live and play. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Represents the City at regional and statewide forums.
  • Prepares policy analysis and reports for Council members.
  • Develops long-term policy framework for regional positioning and achievement of the City's vision.
  • Participates in Department Executive Team working on organizational and leadership issues.
  • Participates in and facilitates City and department meetings.

 Supervision Received and Exercised:

  • Works under the general supervision of the Director or Assistant Director.
  • No formal supervisory responsibilities but may act as lead to other staff.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Utility Department's mission, vision, strategic direction, goals, objectives, policies, procedures, priorities and departmental operations.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern public administration and policy development; Extensive knowledge of federal, local and regional issues impacting Utility programs and operations.
  • Skill in identifying emerging issues, developing and implementing new approaches; ability to anticipate and resolve problems before a crisis ensues.
  • Strong ability to maintain confidences and routinely handle extremely sensitive and political information; skill s in human relations, diplomacy, tact and negotiating.
  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with elected officials, community leaders, advisory boards, the news media, and the general public.
  • Understanding of the City's political environment and sensitivities; ability to function effectively within that environment.
  • Skill in researching complex issues and developing recommended actions; ability to conduct complex administrative studies. Ability to prepare informative reports and deliver persuasive, succinct presentations to senior management and elected officials as required.
  • Skill in effective, clear and persuasive oral and written communications to individuals and groups.

Education, Experience, and Other Requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in public policy, public administration or related field.
  • Five or more year of professional related experience in public policy formulation and implementation and legislative action/relations.
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.