Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking a Combined Sewer Overflow Planner (Strategic Advisor 2) in its Drainage and Wastewater Line-of-Business. This position serves as the strategic planner for combined sewer overflow (CSO) reduction projects and programs. SPU will spend approximately $200 million on CSO reduction by 2035 in compliance with the City’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and federal Consent Decree. Through the planning efforts led by this planner, SPU will work to ensure that future CSO investments achieve the Community Vision for Shape Our Water, a community-centered plan for the next 50 years of resilient drainage and wastewater systems (www.shapeourwater.org). The CSO planning efforts are an important opportunity for SPU to partner with other City departments and agencies to deliver community benefits including mobility, open space, and livability improvements.
About Seattle Public Utilities:
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.
SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.
Why join us?
We know work isn't only about what you do it’s also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:
Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
Generous benefits package
Free public transportation options
City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
Growth potential and advancement opportunities
Lead Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) updates as well as the development of detailed area plans in specific CSO basins that reduce CSOs and address short- and long-term drainage and wastewater needs such as infrastructure capacity upgrades and rehabilitation, flooding, and climate resilience.
Incorporate environmental justice and service equity into CSO planning.
Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, urban planners, and landscape architects responsible for providing long-range planning services.
Represent SPU in coordinated CSO area plans with King County, including participating as a team member in King County CSO planning, coordinating agreements between agencies, and identifying future opportunities for joint CSO projects or programs.
Work closely with SPU staff responsible for regulatory compliance, policy development, and capital project delivery, ensuring a smooth transition from planning to implementation.
Manage consultant teams that support CSO planning, including overseeing and reviewing planning and technical analysis.
Engage environmental and community stakeholders including regulators, agency partners, other City departments, community-based organizations, neighborhood districts, councils and associations, and the public.
Communicate about CSO planning with department directors, City Council, and mayoral staff.
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.
Experience: A minimum of Five (5) years of experience in capital projects or program planning or design, city planning, or resiliency/climate adaptation planning. (Other combinations of education, training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability).
Education: Master’s degree in engineering, environmental studies, natural resource management, urban planning, landscape architecture or related field or a bachelor’s degree in one of these fields plus two (2) additional years of relevant experience.
License, Certification and Other Requirements:
Current Washington State driver's license
The Ideal Candidate Should Possess:
Commitment to public service and protecting environmental health.
Dedication to understanding of race and social justice principles and potential impacts of systemic racism on the communities served by SPU.
Enthusiasm for innovation, new ideas, new approaches, and partnering with others to solve problems.
Familiarity with infrastructure or utility planning, ideally including incorporating climate change projections into planning and analysis.
Project management skills
Practice in directing consultants and interpreting technical analysis in hydrologic and hydraulic model development, geospatial data analysis.
The ability to partner with a variety of departments or agencies on complex projects.
Experience with engaging community, businesses, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
How to Apply: In addition to fully completing the online application, please attach your cover letter and resume. Your cover letter should address your interest and how you meet the qualifications for the position.
All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer.
Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment; however, due to the ongoing pandemic and Covid-19 state and local restrictions, hybrid telework/office/field assignment work will be available consistent with HR guidelines, and as circumstances dictate. We continue to seek guidance from local public health agencies and will proceed accordingly with any necessary changed or needs regarding "workplace location" expectations.
Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle 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 Public Utilities (SPU) is a dynamic organization that seeks to provide world-class utility services to our customers.
Our services include solid waste, sewage and drainage for Seattle residents and businesses, and drinking water for the 1.3 million regional customers both in Seattle and the 26 municipalities and special water districts also served by SPU.
Employees are our most important resource. It takes all of us to make our city great and we partner with residents and businesses to make Seattle even better. SPU employees do this by:
Protecting our natural resources and maintaining the area’s high-quality drinking water.
Working with customers to reduce waste and prevent pollution.
Maintaining and improving the city’s water, drainage, sewer and garbage systems to provide reliable services and enhance the area’s quality of life.
We welcome individuals who strive for this sense of excellence to apply, and we offer competitive compensation and benefit packages.
Our culture is a learning one. We continually look for better solutions and ways to do things, because we know it’s important to spend our ratepayers’ money wisely. As a result, we work to provide t...imely responses to customer needs, treat all customers fairly and equitably, and act as stewards by returning the highest longest-term value.
SPU is committed to providing a safe and diverse work environment, where employees have an opportunity to succeed and be productive.
SPU, a department of the City of Seattle, is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation (including gender identity), or any protected status.