Position Description

The Office of Police Accountability (OPA) is the independent, civilian-led internal affairs arm of the Seattle Police Department. The Office of Police Accountability (OPA) has an opportunity for a Project Manager. This role supports OPA and the leadership team by managing projects, evaluating OPA’s processes, and assisting with communication initiatives. At OPA, the Project Manager has the opportunity to work with a small team and be hands on with the project management from start to finish. This role will be supervised by the Assistant Director of Operations.

Job Responsibilities

Position Responsibilities

  • Manage and execute multifaceted projects, particularly those focused on communications and OPA processes. Project management will involve a variety of responsibilities, including: writing, delegating, scheduling, coordinating a disparate team of individuals, organizing all project details, solving problems, thinking critically, and analyzing work flow/content. OPA is unique in that the project manager is more involved in the day-to-day workload of the projects.
  • Coordinate, implement, and train staff on project management best practices
  • Create and edit office templates in coordination with the communications manager
  • Improve OPA processes, particularly around user experience and project management
  • Conduct back-end maintenance, support, and evaluation of the website, social media, newsletter, and the mediation program
  • Develop visual designs, process maps, and other graphics
  • Support the Public Affairs Team by generating content for Case & Policy Updates, helping with projects, monitoring OPA in the news, reviewing outgoing media materials, and contributing to annual reports.

Duties Include:

  • Spearheading the projects for OPA. This includes writing project charters, statements of work, task tracking and other project documentation as relevant.
  • Organizing project details that encourages staff to think critically and creatively around workflow.
  • Assist with the project work itself, including writing and editing reports/written materials, coordinating with external stakeholders, and incorporating change management strategies.
  • Improving OPA processes, particularly around user experience and project management.


Required Qualifications

  • Education: A Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience: At least three years of relevant professional experience (e.g., policy, government, criminal justice, research, data analysis).
  • Equivalency: Other combinations of education and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum requirements.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in public policy/administration, law, business, or other relevant field.
  • Ability to analyze complex data and translate it into a concise and digestible narrative.
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills.
  • Familiarity with Waterfall and/or Agile project frameworks.
  • Familiarity with change management frameworks for projects and office management.
  • An efficient, organized work style and a keen attention to detail.
  • A proactive, driven, and solutions-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to effectively lead team projects.

Position Requirements:

Must complete an SPD background investigation, in compliance with Seattle’s Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17. Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.