Community Investments Division

Staff and hiring for the participatory budgeting process in the City of Seattle

*** Applications closed. This page will be updated once the hiring process has been completed. ***

The City of Seattle is embarking on a participatory budgeting process to give real people real power over how the City spends its budget. Born from the summer protests of 2020 after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, the City's participatory budget addresses the need to divest from police funding and invest that funding directly into the community.

Participatory budgeting deepens democracy, builds stronger communities, increases civic engagement, and creates more equitable distribution of resources. The goal of the participatory budgeting process is to address the immediate needs of community as well as long-term goals by reducing police violence, reducing crime, and creating true community safety. Through participatory budgeting, we aim to address the deepest needs in our communities through community-led programs and new investments, to address disproportionate racial impacts of City programs and policies on people of color, especially Black people, and ensure City resources go where they will have the greatest impact.

The Community Investments Division within SOCR is a new department division to support the development, implementation, and management of the participatory budgeting process. The Community Investments Division seeks to make systemic impacts through community partnerships and innovative City investments that ultimately lead to institutional transformation in the way the City budgets and invests in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. They develop Requests for Proposals, contract with organizations, manage the contract deliverables, oversee the evaluation of the process, and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on the continuous improvement of the City's participatory budgeting process.

With over $25 million of the City's budget allocated for this participatory budgeting process, this will be one of the largest participatory budget undertakings in the nation.

We are currently hiring for three positions in the new Community Investments Division of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights:

  • Community Investments Manager [Applications Now Closed]
    The work of the Community Investments Division is central to our ongoing efforts to shift the way in which the City invests in communities impacted by systemic racism and the establishment of a successful model for implementation of citywide participatory budgeting. The Community Investments Manager will develop the division and guide the Request for Proposal process, engaging in meaningful dialogue and decision-making with community to deliver equitable outcomes. The Manager is responsible for directing and coordinating all administrative and operational functions of the division and allocating resources in a manner that maximizes efficiency in operations and addresses the harm and violence of systemic racism.

  • Community Investments Strategic Advisor [Applications Now Closed]
    The work of the Community Investments Division is central to our ongoing efforts to shift the way in which the City invests in communities impacted by systemic racism and the establishment of a successful model for implementation of citywide participatory budgeting. The Community Investment Advisor administers the Request for Proposal process, ensuring alignment with City objectives and compliance with City standards.

  • Administrative Specialist [Applications Now Closed]
    The work of the Administrative Specialist will involve providing high-level administrative support to the work of the Community Investments Division. This includes assisting with complex and politically sensitive matters; calendar management; facilitating recording/maintenance of minutes; publishing meeting calendars and agendas and management of documents and records. The administrative specialist will manage and coordinate the significant operational activities of the division.