Language Access Specialist

City Of Seattle, WA Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 5 months ago

Position Description Benefits Supplemental Questions

The mission of the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) is to facilitate the successful integration of immigrants and refugees into Seattle's civic, economic, and cultural life. In 2017 a city-wide Language Access Initiative and an Executive Order were created to move City of Seattle departments towards being able to serve all residents regardless of the language that they speak.

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is recruiting for a Language Access Specialist to lead all aspects of program planning and implementation across more than 30 City departments and offices. You will serve as an advisor to the OIRA Director, Mayor's Office, and City Council regarding immigrant and refugee communities, with a focus on building the capacity and ability of City departments to serve English Language Learners. You will also support OIRA's community engagement efforts, including the Immigrant and Refugee Commission.

Job Responsibilities:
OIRA is looking for applicants with a passion for:

  • Advocating for immigrant and refugee communities

  • Serving English language learner populations

  • Building collaborative relationships and partnerships with community and City stakeholders

  • Driving and sustaining results

  • Integrating equity and access for communities of color into programs and systems

  • Customer service innovation and solutions

And, who have a track record for:

  • Developing and operationalizing strategy

  • Communicating effectively with diverse audiences in writing, presentations, and trainings

  • Leading the development of tools, resources, training, and technical support for internal and external customers

  • Practicing inclusive outreach and engagement

  • Engaging in difficult conversations and promoting accountability

  • Meeting deadlines and prioritizing tasks

A successful applicant will have experience that reflects a commitment to immigrant and refugee communities and to working collaboratively to achieve stated goals. This experience should be complemented by demonstrated ability in the following areas:

  • Language(s) other than English

  • Cross-cultural communication and content development for training and other tools

  • Language access best practices

  • Navigating equity barriers experienced by immigrant and refugee communities

  • Project management

  • Working successfully within a large, matrixed organization

  • Working in a dynamic, diverse, fast-paced environment

  • Supporting a committee or commission

Additional Information: This job is classified as a Strategic Advisor 1, Exempt and will start at a hourly rate of $38.06 with the possibility of a raise at 4-6 months, depending on performance.

In addition, to completing the application at fully by the posted deadline, please attach:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in this job and the skills and experience you would bring to it
  • A PDF of your current resume

Questions? Please contact Kate Moore at

Who may apply: This position is open to all applicants with relevant experience and skills as described in this posting. 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. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

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