Classified and Exempt Positions

What is a classified position? Classified positions are covered by the civil service system, which means that applicants are determined to be qualified based on their ability to do the job and their job-related qualifications. The hiring process for these positions involves competitive testing to ensure non-merit factors (anything other than ability/qualifications) are avoided. This process is in place to keep city jobs open to anyone and to help ensure that the City has a qualified workforce. There are both Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) status exempt and non-exempt opportunities within the civil service system. Please scroll down to see current career opportunities.

So, then what exactly is an exempt position? Exempt positions, as referenced on the jobs page, are politically appointed positions and are outside of the civil service system. Exempt in this case does not necessarily reflect FLSA status. These positions are hired through the Human Resources department and are not reflected in the postings below.

Regardless of the employment path you are seeking, we encourage you to explore the many career opportunities available throughout the City! The wide array of services provided to the public by classified city staff offer unique and fulfilling job opportunities in nearly every field. We currently have 357 different job classifications, representing approximately 95 percent of the City’s full-time regular staff.

In addition to the wide array of positions, the City offers competitive salary and benefits packages, coupled with the rewarding opportunity to work in public service and make a difference in our community! Connect your passion with a purpose at the City of Spokane!

Please note:
  • Applications are accepted online via governmentjobs.com, our online candidate portal.
  • Applications will not be accepted after the posted deadline. Do not wait until the last minute to fill out your application. Give yourself time in case you have technical difficulties.
  • If you experience technical difficulties with any part of the application process please call the Applicant Support Line at 1.855.524.5627. This line is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. pacific time, Monday through Friday.
  • Read and follow all instructions contained in the job announcement. All qualifying information must be included in your application at the time of submission. Applications that do not comply with posted instructions and incomplete applications may be rejected.

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Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out! The Civil Service team is a passionate group of folks who are happy to help you navigate our system! Spokane is a great place to work, live, and play – and we hope you consider us as consider your next career move!

The City of Spokane is an EEO / Veterans Preference Employer.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity within our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran/military status, or disability status. As a Fair Chance employer, the City of Spokane does not conduct initial background screening for non-public safety positions.

Current Opportunities

Associate Engineer

Do you have the expertise to plan, coordinate, design and administer important and complex engineering projects? Do you consider yourself an innovative and strategic thinker? Do you desire meaningful impact to your community in your daily work? If so, working as an Associate Engineer at the City of Spokane may be the perfect career move for you! Associate Engineer positions exist in several departments throughout the City of Spokane (Integrated Capital Management, Engineering Services and Development Services); successful applicants may be called to interview in any of the listed departments. Ideal candidates will have considerable familiarity with public works projects.In addition,AssociateEngineers must be able to communicate effectively and have the ability to build collaborative internal and external working relationships.Candidates selected to join the City of Spokane will be joining a team of professionals that take pride in service to the Spokane community. Additionally, team members have access to professional development, annual pay increases and a robust benefit package to include a pension plan. We encourage those interested to apply today!

This position pays $65,897.30 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $93,605.00

Accepting applications until 4:00 PM Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

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Budget Manager - Office of City Council

The Spokane City Council is seeking an experienced BUDGET MANAGERPOSITION PURPOSE:The City Council Budget Manager directs and manages the budgetary review, financial analysis and contracting needs of the Spokane City Council. Working as part of the Council’s Executive Team and under the direction of the City Council President, the Director works closely with Council Members and Council Staff and serves as a liaison to the City’s Administrative Departments to help develop the City’s annual budget and other items as needed. The Budget Manager also coordinates City Council’s public engagement on financial and strategic planning issues.NATURE OF WORK:The Manager is broadly responsible for advancing the City Council's strategic policy, budget, and performance objectives by promoting the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness in support of Council-supported programs and initiatives. The Manager will lead a broad range of activities including data analysis, program assessments, project evaluation, and technical tasks related to City Council data/information and office management needs. This includes collaboration with Council staff, other City employees, other government officials, and a wide variety of stakeholders. The Manager will lead the Council office in the development and coordination of the annual budget and the facilitation of minor contracts and grants. They will also promote the Council goal of performance-based budgeting City-wide.SUPERVISION:This "at-will" position performs with considerable independence and serves at the discretion of the City Council, with direct supervision provided by the Council President or designee.ABOUT SPOKANEThe Spokane region is nestled in the stunning Inland Pacific northwest and with four distinct seasons the outdoor actives are limitless! There are 76 lakes within 50 miles of Spokane and 5 ski resorts within 2 hours of the City! We have 86 parks and 7 public golf courses as well as 12 conservation areas within 10 miles of downtown. With an average commute time of 19 minutes Spokane locals spend less time commuting and more time living our lives. Spokane has all the perks of a big city but without many of the big city inconveniences.

This position pays $73,184.40 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $102,980.00

Accepting applications until 5:00 PM Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

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Geographic Information Systems Analyst

Are you data driven and innovation oriented? Passionate about learning new things and then applying that information in interesting ways? Unafraid of taking on new challenges, head-on? So are we.If you are a GIS professional who loves the work and wants to be a part of something bigger, this may be the ideal place for you. Our GIS Analysts are industry pacesetters in municipal mapping technologies and are consistently changing the way that government utilizes cartographic and archival data.You have:Earned a degree with major coursework in geography, engineering, drafting, cartography, architecture, computer science, information systems or a related fieldThree years of professional GIS technical support experience, including system development, maintenance, troubleshooting and customer service.Considerable knowledge of GIS planning, design, development, implementation and system operations.Ideal candidates will be creative problem solvers, who enjoy working independently to develop innovative analyses. Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills are essential, to understand and interpret user requests and clearly communicate technical ideas.City of Spokane GIS Analysts have professional development opportunities, annual pay step increases, a flexible working environment and great employee benefits, including a pension plan!Please visit the City of Spokane Career Center at governmentjobs.com/careers/spokanecity, for the full job specification and compensation details.

This position pays $64,226.90 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $91,099.40

Accepting applications until 4:00 PM Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

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Laboratory Technician

Do you want to push the boundaries of your profession and develop your experience in an open, collaborative and empowering culture? City of Spokane is committed to creating a sustainable future. Our Wastewater department is looking for a highly trained Laboratory Technician that is passionate about the work, understands the responsibility of environmental stewardship and wants to be part of an exemplary team that is leading sustainability in Spokane.As a City of Spokane Wastewater Laboratory Technician, you will help manage our community's wastewater efficiently, effectively, safely and sustainably. Our Laboratory Technicians are member of a cooperative team that supports each other in achieving common goals and department objectives. Every team member counts and the performance of one impacts our entire City. The nature of this work is critically important and requires a highly responsive person, knowledgeable in laboratory practices.Ideal candidates have:Earned a degree in chemistry, biology or in a related laboratory science. Experience in laboratory work may substitute for up to two years of the educational requirement.Considerable knowledge of laboratory procedures, sampling techniques, statistics, quantitative analysis, chemistry and bacteriology.Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with strong analytical, problem solving and decision-making abilities.City of Spokane Laboratory Technicians have professional development opportunities, annual pay step increases, a flexible working environment and great employee benefits, including a pension plan!Please visit the City of Spokane Career Center at governmentjobs.com/careers/spokanecity, for the full job specification and compensation details.

This position pays $45,034.00 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $70,332.20

Accepting applications until 4:00 PM Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

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Operations Manager - Office of the Mayor

POSITION PURPOSEThe Operations Manager manages daily operations of the Office of the Mayor and keeps the Mayor’s Office informed of community or organizational issues, and coordinates required actions. SUPERVISION EXERCISEDWork is performed with considerable independence within the framework established by the Mayor. Will provide supervision to direct reports in professional, administrative, and technical positions.

This position pays $41,822.60 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $62,368.60

Accepting applications until 11:59 PM Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

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Police Officer

Are you passionate about serving others and your community? Do you have a desire to help people on a daily basis? Would others describe you as professional and ethical? If so, a career as a Police Officer at the City of Spokane may be the perfect profession for you!The Spokane Police Department (SPD) seeks applicants that are interested in joining a team of dedicated individuals to protect and serve Spokane citizens. SPD operates off the values of integrity, professionalism and compassion. SPD is committed to community outreach, public service, community policing and inclusivity.Not only does a career as a Police Officer offer various advancement opportunities and diverse career paths but also rewarding and fulfilling work. A day in the life of a Spokane Police officer means doing work, each day that is vital to our community.Police Officers also receive an excellent benefits package including a pension plan and annual salary increases!Why choose the Spokane region:Why do locals love Spokane? It may depend on whom you ask but most will tell you it is because of the abundance of outdoor recreation, numerous waterways within a close driving distance, arts and culture, a plethora of breweries and wineries, and a rich food scene in the vibrant downtown core. With its natural beauty, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and excellent colleges and universities it's no wonder why Spokane continues to grow! Learn more about our city here.

This position pays $55,645.20 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $96,737.00

Accepting applications until further notice.

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Police Officer - Certified

Have you successfully completed of the Washington State Criminal Justice Basic Law Enforcement Academy? Are you passionate about serving others and your community? Do you have a desire to help people on a daily basis? Would others describe you as professional and ethical? If you answered yes to these questions, a career as a Police Officer at the City of Spokane may be the perfect profession for you!The Spokane Police Department (SPD) seeks applicants that are interested in joining a team of dedicated individuals to protect and serve Spokane citizens. SPD operates off the values of integrity, professionalism and compassion. SPD is committed to community outreach, public service, community policing and inclusivity.Not only does a career as a Police Officer offer various advancement opportunities and diverse career paths but also rewarding and fulfilling work. A day in the life of a Spokane Police officer means doing work, each day that is vital to our community.Police Officers also receive an excellent benefits package including a pension plan and annual salary increases!Why choose the Spokane region:Why do locals love Spokane? It may depend on whom you ask but most will tell you it is because of the abundance of outdoor recreation, numerous waterways within a close driving distance, arts and culture, a plethora of breweries and wineries, and a rich food scene in the vibrant downtown core. With its natural beauty, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and excellent colleges and universities it's no wonder why Spokane continues to grow! Learn more about our city here.

This position pays $55,645.20 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $96,737.00

Accepting applications until further notice.

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Police Officer - Lateral

Are you currently serving as a law enforcement officer, or have you recently left your officer position in good standing? Are you interested in continuing your career in public safety? If so, coming to work for the City of Spokane could be your next great career move!The Spokane Police Department (SPD) seeks applicants that are interested in joining a team of dedicated individuals to protect and serve Spokane citizens. SPD operates off the values of integrity, professionalism and compassion. SPD is committed to community outreach, public service, community policing and inclusivity.SPD offers a generous compensation package that includes a pension plan and annual pay increases!Why choose the Spokane region:Why do locals love Spokane? It may depend on whom you ask but most will tell you it is because of the abundance of outdoor recreation, numerous waterways within a close driving distance, arts and culture, a plethora of breweries and wineries, and a rich food scene in the vibrant downtown core. With its natural beauty, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and excellent colleges and universities it's no wonder why Spokane continues to grow! Learn more about our city here.

This position pays $55,269.40 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $84,459.60

Accepting applications until further notice.

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Police Radio Dispatcher II - Lateral

Do you have one year of continuous experience (full time or equivalent) as a Police Radio Dispatcher? Have you been employed in the last 18 months as a law enforcement radio dispatcher utilizing a Computer Aided Dispatch System? If so, coming to work for the City of Spokane could be your next great career move!The Spokane Police Department (SPD) seeks applicants that are interested in joining a team of dedicated individuals to protect and serve Spokane citizens. SPD operates off the values of integrity, professionalism and compassion.SPD offers a generous compensation package that includes a pension plan and annual pay increases!Why choose the Spokane region:Why do locals love Spokane? It may depend on whom you ask but most will tell you it is because of the abundance of outdoor recreation, numerous waterways within a close driving distance, arts and culture, a plethora of breweries and wineries, and a rich food scene in the vibrant downtown core. With its natural beauty, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and excellent colleges and universities it's no wonder why Spokane continues to grow! Learn more about our city here.

This position pays $46,140.60 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $73,835.90

Accepting applications until further notice.

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Project - Integrated Capital Management Communications and Outreach Coordinator

POSITION OVERVIEW:The City of Spokane's Water and Wastewater Departments are embarking on a strategy for 20-year and long-range planning. Strategic planning is a way to prioritize capital projects, focus efforts, and strengthen operations of water and wastewater utilities to meet the City of Spokane's comprehensive plan goals. Communications and engagement is essential to a strategic path forward and the communications and outreach is expected to require 2 years for both Water and Wastewater Department strategic planning.The Growth Management Act (GMA) provides statutory authority for local governments to plan in Washington State (see RCW 36.70A). The process of identifying capital facilities to serve the growth anticipated in the comprehensive plan and funding for these facilities is an important aspect of planning under the GMA.

This position pays $75,752.60 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $75,752.60

Accepting applications until 11:59 PM Friday, May 7, 2021.

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Project Employee - Civil Rights & Housing Policy Program Coordinator

DEPARTMENT PURPOSE:The Division of Neighborhood, Housing & Human Services serves citizens and builds healthy neighborhoods, through community engagement, by delivering information, securing and allocating resources, and implementing and overseeing programs designed to connect people, neighborhoods and organizations to resources and services.JOB SUMMARY:Performs a variety of specialized professional responsibilities related to human rights education and housing programs within the Neighborhood Housing and Human Services (NHHS) Division; administers and manages discrimination complaint processes, performs public outreach; makes presentations, acts as the technical program expert; provides customer service to client or partner participants of programs; and performs other complex program related work.SUPERVISION:General objectives are established and work is performed under the general direction of the Director of Neighborhood, Housing and Human Services. Incumbents in this class may occasionally supervise or train and have functional oversight of work performed by subordinate support staff or contracted program managers who are directly performing work in support of the assigned program area. Refers questionable or unfamiliar situations to supervisor or appropriate professional staff.

This position pays $56,856.20 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $80,534.20

Accepting applications until 11:59 PM Sunday, May 23, 2021.

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Senior Engineer

Do you consider yourself a team leader with attention to detail and have the ability to coordinate complex projects? Are you passionate about serving the Spokane community through reliable, consistent and coordinated efforts? Do you have experience in Public Works planning, design, or construction engineering? If so, a career at the City of Spokane’s Water Department as a Senior Engineer may be the perfect position for you!Our Water Departmentdelivers up to 180 million gallons of clean, safe drinking water every day to more than 200,000 people in the community. The city's water system is the third largest in the state of Washington, behind Seattle and Tacoma. Serving as a Senior Engineer you would lead, plan, schedule and coordinate engineering work for the Comprehensive Water System Plan - a plan designed to help ensure the continued, reliable delivery of safe drinking water for citizens.Working for the City of Spokane provides the opportunity to serve others while doing what you love! In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes dental, medical, annual pay increases and a pension plan!

This position pays $78,070.30 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $111,123.00

Accepting applications until 4:00 PM Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

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Streets Manager

THE CITY OF SPOKANE SEEKS A PROVEN, DYNAMIC AND STRATEGICLEADERFOR THE POSITION OF:STREETS MANAGERNature of Work:Under the direction of the Streets Director, performs work assisting in the managing, planning and directing of the day to day activities of the City's street departments. Work is performed with considerable independence within the framework of general policies established by the Street Director. Assumes duties of the Street Director in his/her absence. The Streets Manager will make departmental decisions in collaboration with the Streets Director and in conjunction with other City departments, outside agencies and public input.Supervision:Work is characterized by a substantial amount of management, administrative, and supervisory duties in direction, evaluation, and daily operations of the streets department. Employee works under the general direction of the Streets Director.

This position pays $78,070.30 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $109,495.00

Accepting applications until 11:59 PM Thursday, May 13, 2021.

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Contact Information

Civil Service Commission
4th Floor, City Hall
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201

Email: civilservice@spokanecity.org
Phone: 509.625.6160
Fax: 509.625.6077
TTY: 509.625.6681
24-hour Job Info Line: 509.625.6161

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