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March 14, 2000

The City of Seattle, Seattle City Light Department ("SCL") requests proposals from qualified consulting firms to review and evaluate specific processes used to screen and select employees into five apprenticeship programs: Pre-Apprentice Lineworker, Cable Splicer Apprentice, Electrician Constructor Apprentice, Hydroelectric Maintenance Machinist Apprentice, and Laborer Apprentice. The apprentice titles are bargaining unit titles.

The review shall include validating each apprenticeship selection process, identifying and reporting obvious and subtle barriers to success in the selection processes for racial and gender minorities, making recommendations for revision to all or portions of each process, and developing revised selection tools, as determined by SCL in consideration of Consultant recommendations.

The selected consultant shall comply with all applicable laws of the United States and the State of Washington, the Charter and ordinances of the City of Seattle, and the rules, regulations and authorized directives of any of their officers, and applicable national, state, and local standards for apprenticeship. The consultant shall conduct review, validation, and development consistent with standards specified in professional and regulatory guidelines, including the EEOC's Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures.

Qualifications at a minimum shall be:

Three to five (3-5 years) experience in Human Resources Management operations or consulting. Experience should include employment process validation and development (comprised of at least written and physical components), application of EEOC's Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures, and interpretation and application of equal employment rules and regulations. Demonstrate ability to perform analysis, make recommendations, and develop selection tools for skilled trade positions, as well as an understanding of the unique challenges associated with racial and gender minorities in the skilled trade work environment. Requires familiarity with union contracts and related issues, and ability to become familiar with apprenticeship standards and requirements.

The City does not know at this time what the estimated budgets are for all Phases of work, however, the City estimates the budget for Phase I work to be between $40,000 - $55,000. The exact amount of compensation will be determined at the time of contract negotiations and shall be subject to continuing appropriation authority of the Seattle City Council.

Budget for Phases II and III will be determined based on actual costs incurred for Phase I.

The term of the contract shall extend from the date of execution by the City, through the calendar year 2000.

The City may amend the initial contract for additional time, funding, and work to cover Phases II and III. Budget for possible amendment(s) to the contract is not known at this time.

Copies of the Request for Proposals and any other additional information may be obtained from Bea Hughes, Executive Assistant, Human Resources Division, telephone number (206) 684-3153. Proposals must be delivered by 5:00pm on Friday, March 24, 2000, to the address below:

The City of Seattle, Seattle City Light Department
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3300  Seattle, WA 98104-5031
Attention: Bea Hughes
(206) 684-3153
Fax (206) 684-3961

The City is under strict timelines, and is proposing the following schedule for Phase I:

Release RFP March 14, 2000
Proposals Due March 24, 2000
Request for Information (by phone) March 17, 2000
Select Finalists (up to 2-3) March 27, 2000
Interview Finalists (by phone) March 28, 2000
Apparent Consultant Selected March 28, 2000
Contract Negotiations March 29 & 30, 2000
Contract Executed March 31, 2000
Consultant review, recommendations, and any revisions developed in time to administer the selection process and make final job offers by June 30, 2000.

The contract that is awarded as a result of this RFP will be awarded in a manner that will comply with all applicable laws of the United States, State of Washington, the City Charter, and Ordinances of the City of Seattle.


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