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Minimum USD Salary: 87,000
Maximum USD Salary: 120,100

Industry: Community Development; CD EconDevelopment

Company: City of Bellevue, WA

Salary : $87,000.00 – $120,100.00 Annually

Location : Bellevue, WA

Job Type: Limited Term

Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid

Job Number: 24-00222

Department: Community Development

Division: CD EconDevelopment

Opening Date: 07/03/2024

Closing Date: 7/28/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

Come Join the City of Bellevue!

Please fill out your application as fully as possible. The City evaluates candidates based on the information provided in the online application only. Do not submit resumes and cover letters. Read the “Hiring Process” section below to learn more.
Job Summary

Bellevue is a city in transition. As Seattle’s largest neighbor, we are a welcoming, multicultural, innovation-focused community that attracts technology pioneers, outdoor enthusiasts, and pragmatists from around the world. Over 40% of Bellevueites were born abroad. Major employers including SAP Concur, Amazon, and T-Mobile, attract an international talent pool enriching our community and providing our economy with a global edge. In the coming years, the city will add more than 30,000 jobs and our first light rail line, marking important milestones for our region. As the city grows, our workers, visitors, and residents are seeking more walkable neighborhoods, community-driven experiences, and high-quality public spaces.
Working under general direction from the Grand Connection Manager, you will coordinate efforts to consolidate and systematize downtown place management operations. By working with internal teams to optimize processes and practices, you will unlock new opportunities for engagement, connection, and culture in our downtown.

Consider applying here if you want to:

  • Work in an ambitious organization serving a transforming community.
  • Shape the next phase of urban redevelopment and public programming.
  • Get creative, think on your feet, and engage with a diverse and complex set of stakeholders.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the Ops & Programming Core team’s work to measure and review performance of existing public space management systems and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Work with the Grand Connection Manager to lead organization-wide work to design and implement approved process improvements, including:
    • New and improved communications assets and application guides
    • Changes to permitting processes and organizational practices to better facilitate public space uses and activities, For example, development of a permanent food truck program.
    • Tools to help permit reviewers and applicants make more informed decisions about type, scale, and location of amenities and programs.
  • Project manage improvements for public space management (PSM) across the city organization, including project schedule & resource allocation.
  • Provide reports on major and complex program elements to executive leadership, City Council, and external stakeholders.
  • Lead development of a responsibility map for current and future downtown public space, including ownership, management, maintenance responsibilities, and uses.
  • Manage the development of additional communications materials in partnership with interns, including application guides and online resources.
  • Conduct meetings and workshops with the business, resident, and nonprofit communities to build awareness of the importance of public space management and operations.

Qualifications

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Works under the general supervision of the Grand Connection Manager.
  • May supervise professional services or technical consultants. May supervise interns and/or variable part-time employees.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • General knowledge of program and project management principles, including scope, schedule, and budget management, risk management, quality management, communications, and decision-making.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in public space management, including work with downtown associations, business districts, and/or merchants’ associations.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams to address complex policy issues.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Exceptional written, verbal, and implicit communication skills.
  • Ability to work efficiently, accurately, and collaboratively to solve problems. Ability to work independently with clear direction. Comfort with ambiguity. Ability to recognize when direction is unclear and ask questions and when to infer direction accordingly.
  • Ability to quickly establish working relationships.
  • Proficiency with Office, Teams, Salesforce, SurveyMonkey, and other digital tools, or an ability to learn these tools quickly and independently.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, or Vietnamese is a plus.

Education and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public policy, public administration, business administration, or a related field.
  • 2-4 years’ experience in cultural and economic development, urban planning, public space management, public policy, and/or local government.
  • Prior experience implementing process improvements or managing change within a complex organizational system is preferred.
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Core Competencies

  • Customer Focus: We are focused on the needs of the customer, and on developing strong relationships with our customers.
  • Instills Trust: Through authenticity, integrity, and honesty, we gain the trust and respect of all of those with whom we work.
  • Communicates Effectively: We understand the need to develop multimode forms of communication to address the needs of all the audiences with whom we are engaging.
  • Cultivates Innovation: We are focused on generating new and creative ways for our organization to be successful.
  • Manages Ambiguity: Our work can sometimes be uncertain. We lean into ambiguity and manage risk while adapting to changing conditions.
  • Organizational Savvy: We are sensitive to how people interact, have a clear understanding of group priorities, and use our knowledge of the organization to achieve our objectives.

Supplemental Information

Location: Bellevue City Hall (450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98105)

Remote/Hybrid: The City of Bellevue is a hybrid workplace. Remote work within Washington State is generally permitted up to 40% of working hours, though selected candidates will work with their manager to set a schedule which meets business needs.

HIRING PROCESS
The City evaluates candidates based on the information provided in the online application only. Do not submit resumes and cover letters. To evaluate all candidates fairly and equitably, the City will make all applicants anonymous when we are screening the applications. We will redact information from our application such as your name, address, and other demographics. To help us, please complete the online application form as fully as possible.

  • Answer the Questions when requested and can be found on the Questions tab of the Job posting.
  • We do not accept resumes and cover letters during the anonymous application screening stage, unless otherwise stated in the job description.
  • Applicants advancing to the next stage may be required to provide a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • All candidates will be required to establish employment authorization and identity at the time of hire. The City is not able to sponsor work visas.
  • All positions the completion of references checks, including at least one prior supervisor.
  • Some positions may require completion of a criminal background check prior to start employment
  • Some positions may require obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL), licensures, or additional certifications.

At the City of Bellevue, you’ll be part of a team committed to providing exceptional customer service, upholding the public interest and advancing the community vision. The five essential and enduring principles that guide our individual actions, our interactions, and our decision making in the City of Bellevue organization is: exceptional public service, stewardship, commitment to employees, integrity, innovation and diversity, equity & inclusion. You’ll work in an environment that is innovative, collaborative, future focused, and committed to excellence. Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength. We embrace the future while respecting our past. It’s what makes the City of Bellevue an exciting place to work, live, and explore.

Have we piqued your interest yet? Come join our team! The City of Bellevue supports workplace diversity. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other protected status. Persons needing assistance with the application process may call the Human Resources Office, at 425-452-6838 or If you are invited to participate in the selection process and need ADA accommodations, please notify HR before you are scheduled for an interview or testing.

The City of Bellevue participates in the E-Verify program. Learn more about the E-Verify program.

For any technical difficulties with your application, please contact the NEOGOV support line at 855-524-5627.

** Please be sure to check your junk folder for any messages that may be sent to you about this recruitment.**

The City of Bellevue offers employees a comprehensive benefits package providing choice, flexibility, and value!

Please Note: Seasonal, part-time, and variable employees are not eligible for the below benefits except for mandatory participation in the retirement plan assigned to the position, which will be the Municipal Employees Benefit Trust (MEBT 2) retirement plan or the Washington State Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) retirement plan and any other benefits as required by law.

The following summary applies to fully benefited positions:
Medical
Employees are offered a choice of medical coverage through the City’s self-insured Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan or Kaiser Permanente (HMO).
Dental
Employees are offered a choice of two dental carriers with plans that offer regular checkups, x-rays, fillings, and crowns. Orthodontia is available through one of the carriers.
Vision
Employees are offered a choice of vision coverage through an annual exam-only plan or a buy-up plan which includes an annual eye exam and hardware coverage.

Retirement Plans – Employees are offered three retirement plans:

  • Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS): Mandatory participation (PERS, LEOFF or PSERS), depending upon eligibility.
  • City of Bellevue Municipal Employee’s Benefit Trust (MEBT): Optional participation in this 401(k) retirement savings plan with employer match contributions that vest on a 3-year schedule.
  • Deferred Compensation Program (457 DCP): Optional participation in the supplemental Deferred Compensation Program also administered by DRS that allows tax-deferred savings into a variety of investments options.

Other benefits include:
More detailed information about our employee benefits is available at

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
  • Life/Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
  • Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • Survivor Income
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • 11 observed holidays per year plus 2 additional personal holidays, vacation (standard accrual of 12 days a year), and sick leave (accumulated at the rate of one day per month)
  • An ORCA Card bus pass
  • On-site fitness center, and self service food/coffee options
  • Career development and training programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Paydays – The City of Bellevue pays employees on the 8th and the 23rd of each month (24 pay periods per year).

Please note that the City does not participate in the Social Security Administration (SSA) program, and employees do not earn social security credits. The mandatory DRS retirement pension plan provides the required social security replacement plan. Any social security benefits earned at other places of employment may be reduced because they are subject to the Windfall Elimination Provision or the Government Pension Offset.

NOTE: This is a brief summary of the benefit programs for the City’s non-represented employees. Every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. Benefits for employees represented by a may have different benefits. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a CBA, the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

01

What excites you most about this position? How does your previous experience and/or education make you a qualified candidate? (No more than 200 words.)

02

Please describe any experience you have implementing process improvements and/or coordinating complex programs with many sub-projects. Be sure to note any formal training in project management or process improvement (i.e. PMP, PgMP, Scrum Master, Lean Six Sigma, etc.), if applicable. (No more than 200 words.)

03

From your perspective, what is the role of local government in equitably managing and facilitating use of public space? (No more than 200 words.)

04

Are you fluent or do you have working proficiency in one of Bellevue’s major languages (Japanese, Mandarin, Hindi, Russian, Spanish)? If yes, please describe.

Required Question

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