OIR's International Affairs Director manages visits from international dignitaries and delegations in order to build relationships that create economic, cultural and educational opportunities for Seattle businesses and residents. In addition, the International Affairs Director:
- Provides expertise to the Mayor and City Council during visits by international delegations, advises on protocol, and helps to build Seattle's international engagement strategy;
- Oversees Seattle's relationships with its 21 Sister Cities;
- Promotes international business in partnership with organizations such as the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, the Washington State China Relations Council, and the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County;
- Manages the City's relations with the Consular Association of Washington and other local organizations that pursue an international mission or focus (e.g., World Affairs Council; OneWorld Now!).