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Spokane City Council Office Seeks Policy Advisor
November 9, 2022 | Alison Pagan


The City of Spokane is committed to supporting strategies and initiatives that create a healthy community where all people can feel safe, empowered, and welcome within our City boundaries and the larger region. The City Council Policy Advisor (“Advisor”) plays a key role in this commitment by conducting independent research, policy and legal analysis, and drafting ordinances and resolutions.


In this role you will have the opportunity to:

  • Conduct policy research and legal analysis for the City Council, providing frequent reports and status updates regarding ordinances, legal reviews, and other issues.
  • Draft ordinances and resolutions, while conducting appropriate research regarding the legal and practical implications and results.
  • Provide research and consultation support to the City Council, including research, analysis, recommendations, and implementation.
  • Provide advice on different issues and assist in drafting opinions and briefing documents.
  • Conduct policy research by utilizing various resources and selecting relevant material to analyze the information.
  • Assist in reviewing material and other relevant documents and identify the most important issues sorted on a priority basis.
  • Analyzes, researches and interprets the implications of laws, legislation, etc., that may affect the City.
  • Serve as Council’s lead on approving items to come before Council for consideration and ensure that all items are aligned with Council’s Rules of Procedure.
  • Plan, coordinate, facilitate and manage stakeholder working groups and research teams to support related City Council priorities, including delegating tasks when needed.
  • Evaluate the impact of new or proposed legislation on City resources and policy goals.
  • Gather, assemble, analyze, and evaluate facts to draw logical conclusions, make recommendations and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports which require displaying and presenting statistical, graphical, and other reporting methods to audiences of varying technical sophistication.
  • Review policy language for accuracy and understanding by constituents.
  • Manage administrative aspects of projects (e.g., timelines and resources).
  • Write, compile, and edit proposals and project reports.
  • Prepare and deliver oral presentations summarizing key elements of analysis and recommendations.
  • Work closely with regional partners to overhaul and improve the regional criminal justice system to create better outcomes and reduce institutional and systemic
    bias within that system.

For more information, including how to apply, click here.