The City of Seattle

The Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Office of Film + Music (OFM) are hiring a Creative Economy Advocate (Strategic Advisor I, Exempt).  In a new arrangement for 2017, this position is a shared position between OFM and the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), and will be supervised by the director of OFM, in partnership with the director of ARTS, to accomplish shared goals around the creative economy and creative industries.
In partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture, the Creative Economy Advocate will represent the City regarding issues around equity and access, and the pursuit of a healthy creative economy, including recommendations to help shape City policies and programs to promote, develop, and grow the industry.  This position plays a leading role managing the work of the Seattle Music Commission and will coordinate planning that integrates the Creative Advantage program into the Creative Economy strategy, the Creative Economy Census, and Music and Arts Commission work plans.  In addition, this position will project manage the Creative Economy Census in 2017 and will work with the Music Commission and the music industry and community to advance the City of Music 2020 vision.

Job Responsibilities

You will be successful if you are skilled in the following areas:

  • Community organizing:  Managing the work of the Music Commission means managing the work of 21 volunteers.
  • Politics and City department navigation:  This position will help advance policy development by successfully engaging and collaborating with the City’s senior leadership, intergovernmental entities and elected officials.
  • Teamwork:  Working as a key collaborator on a team that handles large initiatives, along with the coordination of more than 1,000 complex Film + Special Events permits annually, requires solid teamwork to achieve success.
  • Information management:  The Creative Economy Advocate will manage the creation and distribution of much information for both offices and commissions.
  • Communications skills:  The Creative Economy Advocate will draft agendas, meeting minutes, marketing materials, annual work plans and reports, key promotional materials.
  • Business assistance:  This position will assist creative industry businesses in connecting resources and resolving business issues.

You will feel prepared to take on this role if you have experience in:

  • Fostering relationships with community groups and/or business or trade groups.
  • Working within a political environment.
  • Adeptly managing significant data collection.
  • Successfully planning and executing events.
  • Contributing and supporting the efforts of interdepartmental, interagency, intergovernmental collaboratives.
  • Tracking issues and problems raised to identify recurrent hurdles and opportunities for improvement through program changes, policy development or interdepartmental and intergovernmental problem-solving.
  • Synthesizing policy recommendations and program outcome data to create meaningful reports for use in briefings and external communications.
  • Ability to respond in a high-stress environment professionally and expediently.
  • Uphold the ethics standards of the City of Seattle.
  • Work in a fast-paced environment on a cross-functional team.
  • Work in an open office environment


In addition to the qualities mentioned above, you will need to possess the below-required qualifications (or a combination of education, training or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class):

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in public or business administration, public relations, finance, economics, creative industries or a related field.
  • At least three years of progressively responsible experience in public administration, business development, public relations, economic development, or related fields.

Additional Information

This position is pending classification as a Strategic Advisor 1, Exempt.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Five years of experience in business development, economic development, program management or related fields.
  • Experience with and relationships within Seattle’s creative economy.
  • Experience working with creatives and the creative industry sectors.
  • Experience developing and implementing policy recommendations.

Please submit a resume addressing how you meet the qualifications, and a cover letter describing your interest in this position.

All potential OED/OFM team members are evaluated for the following values:

  • BUILDING CUSTOMER LOYALTY – Effectively meeting customer needs; building productive customer relationships; taking responsibility for customer satisfaction and loyalty.
  • BUILDING STRATEGIC WORK RELATIONSHIPS – Developing and using collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
  • COMMUNICATION – Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages and helps them understand and retain the message.
  • INNOVATION – Generating innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities.
  • PLANNING and ORGANIZING – Establishing courses of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently.

Questions?  Please contact Yoshiko Grace Matsui at

The Seattle Office of Economic Development values diverse perspectives and life experiences; people of color, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.