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Manufacturing & Maritime Industries Advocate

Nov 24, 2021
seattle city
City of Seattle Office of Economic Development
Position Description


The Office of Economic Development (OED) is committed to building an inclusive economy in the City of Seattle. OED works at all levels of our local economy to:  

  • support small and micro-businesses, 

  • partner with neighborhood business districts, 

  • support creative business sectors and workers, 

  • partner with key industries that drive innovation, job growth and global competitiveness, and 

  • invest in our local workforce with an emphasis on young people, low-income, as well as un-and under-employed adults. 

OED supports the City's economic agenda by delivering programs that support local talent development, provide technical assistance and financing opportunities, support Seattle's neighborhood business districts, and develop policies supportive of an inclusive economy.

Job Responsibilities

The Manufacturing and Maritime Industries Advocate is part of our Key Industry Team. This team provides technical assistance to firms and entrepreneurs in Seattle’s key sectors as well as identifying systemic issues impacting the sectors and recommending policy and regulatory changes that support job growth and investment. In this role, you will be tasked with addressing the changing needs of maritime, manufacturing, and general industrial sectors, as well as developing deep relationships across these communities.
Here is more about what you'll be doing:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key business leaders and stakeholders in the maritime, manufacturing, and general industrial sectors. Provide technical assistance to individual Manufacturing and Maritime firms, as well as provide proactive outreach to industry leaders to access and address their sectors' needs. Identify and track trends and industry supported initiatives in these sectors – jobs, education, aging workforce, new and changing policies at all levels of government, impacts of global climate change, development pressures (i.e., industrial lands zoning), as well as growth opportunities and potential opportunities for strategic investments. 
  • Serve as the Manufacturing and Maritime industries subject matter expert as industrial lands policy is developed that acknowledges Seattle's need to grow and encourages industrial reinvestment and job growth. Through this work, the position will be creating and managing programs that serve Seattle youth of color and workers as well as manufacturing and maritime leaders and organizations                    
  • Identify public-private partnerships that further OED's mission to advance access to economic opportunity for small businesses and underrepresented communities in Seattle by thinking and operating through the lenses of youth empowerment, equity, and race and social justice, and serving as a liaison to the manufacturing and maritime industry regionally, nationally, and internationally.      
  • Bolster workforce development opportunities: support local and regional workforce initiatives to create a robust and coordinated workforce strategy in support of family-wage career pathways, particularly for youth of color; support key talent development initiatives, such as the Seattle Region Partnership and youth employment opportunities; explore maritime incubator initiative with key partners.
You will be successful if you feel passionate about:

  • Working towards equity by addressing disproportionality within the maritime and manufacturing industries.
  • Ensuring that Seattle's working-class history is also a critical part of Seattle's future and its diverse economy.
  • Making living-wage maritime, manufacturing and general industrial jobs available to youth in Seattle and the Puget Sound Region, particularly youth of color.
  • Influencing regulatory, procedural, and policy changes to support maritime, manufacturing, and general industrial job growth and reinvestment 
  • Working with the community and doing outreach to promote the maritime and manufacturing industries as a business or career path.
Your effectiveness in this role will depend on your ability to:

  • Communicate effectively while working in a political and fast-paced environment on a cross-functional team.
  • Have a deep understanding of the challenges faced by businesses, particularly those from racially and ethnically diverse communities
  • Take a consultative and customer service-oriented approach to problem-solving for industry.
  • Successfully manage competing priorities.
  • Create, nurture, and leverage deep relationships inside the City of Seattle, maritime and manufacturing industries, and the business community-at-large.
  • Understand institutional barriers youth of color and people of color in the maritime, manufacturing, and general industrial sectors.
  • Understand key economic success factors and ability to analyze and communicate trends.
  • Work collaboratively with diverse cultural, business, and technical groups.



A successful applicant will have a professional career that reflects a commitment to public service and community engagement and has:

  • Subject matter expertise in in the maritime, manufacturing or general industrial sectors with broad knowledge of industry challenges and needs OR experience in professional-level advocacy, regulatory, entrepreneurial or economic development organizations.
  • Worked with local, state, federal permitting and/or enforcement for public or private development projects.
  • Developed and implemented workforce programs, services, courses, etc., that are designed to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse population.
  • Coached or advised maritime, manufacturing, and general industrial firms, particularly in the areas of local, state, and federal regulations, land use policy, political strategy, and/or coalition building.
  • Developed public/private partnerships with a focus on promoting increased representation in the private sector workforce and in engagement of and investment in diverse small business.
  • Worked effectively with colleagues and partners from the full range of differences reflected in our community, including but not limited to: ableness/disability, age, economic/social class, English proficiency, ethnicity, family status, gender identity and expression, national origin/citizenship status, race, religion/spiritual expression, and sexual orientation.
The work requires being comfortable working in a politically sensitive environment with multiple priorities and tight deadlines which will require work outside of regular business hours.
 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. 

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