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Sr. Human Resources Business Partner

Seattle City Light

Seattle, Washington 98104
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  • EEO/Affirmative Action
  • Employee Asst. Programs
  • Employee Relations
  • Labor/Industrial Relations
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Job Details

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.
The Administrative Services (formerly Human Resources) Business Unit is hiring a Sr. Human Resources Business Partner to serve as the initial point of contact for our employees, interact with employees daily, utility operations, and discuss their concerns. This position performs a variety of tasks associated with resolving concerns and complaints under department policies. This position's primary focus will be meeting with employees at our multiple work locations. This position requires a knowledge of human resources and EEO principles, a professional demeanor, exceptional customer service and sound judgment. 

This position will report to the Administrative Services Business Unit Advisor. 


  • Responding to general human resources questions from employees and providing policy and procedure guidance
  • Identifying resources for resolution of issues and concerns
  • Regularly driving to City Light locations to proactively engage utility operations employees in person
  • Recommending resolutions and connecting employees to the necessary department(s)
  • Serving as administrator of an electronic employee and labor relations management system
  • Researching information, past practices, and precedents to formulate recommendations and/or resolutions to complaints or sensitive issues. 
  • Performs other related duties to support the Chief Administrative Services Officer's Office
  • May prepare a variety of reports to include fact findings and narrative summaries of activities relating to personnel matters 



Requires a minimum of two years progressively responsible experience in personnel management, AA/EEO laws and conflict resolution and a Bachelor's degree in Personnel Administrative, Business Administration, Public Administration or related subject (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

Desired Qualifications

  • A working knowledge of human resources and EEO principles, employee labor relations and the ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations.
  • Experience facilitating intake meetings/interviews with employees and documenting the meetings and/or writing reports and debriefing the parties. 
  • Proven ability to research, interpret, and apply agreements, rules, policies, regulations, and laws related to human resources management 
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships at all levels of the organization, including with utility operations employees. 
  • Time management and organizational skills to maintain workload and provide exceptional customer service
  • Superior problem solving skills with the ability to foresee potential obstacles and proactively identify solutions and resolve issues. 
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment. 
  • Experience working effectively in a large, complex multicultural and diverse organization that includes direct communication with utility operations employees


Work Environment/Physical Demands
The primary work location for this position is Seattle Municipal Tower (700 5th Ave, Seattle, WA) and approximately 30% of work time will be spent traveling to and working at off-site Seattle City Light locations including our beautiful mountainous remote locations at the Skagit Hydroelectric Project, located approximately 120 miles northeast of Seattle along the Skagit River in Newhalem, WA; and to the Boundary Dam located near Metaline Falls, WA, in the northeastern corner of Washington State along the Idaho and Canadian borders, approximately 100 miles north of Spokane, Washington. Work is performed at multiple Seattle City Light locations and including service centers that are headquarters for field operations employees.  

To complete your application, submit the online form with the following attachments:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining how your past education, training or experience qualifies you for this position

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review.

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