Seattle Department of Human Resources Bobby Humes, Interim Director


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The Seattle Department of Human Resources provides services for the City of Seattle's diverse workforce. We do this so that employees are managed fairly, are well-trained, supported, and assigned job duties to accomplish City business goals in a cost-effective, efficient and safe manner. Along with human resource services, we also provide human resource tools, expert assistance and information to our internal and external customers.

People are the City of Seattle's greatest asset. The Seattle Department of Human Resources is responsible for centrally setting the pace for human resources services: identifying, hiring, and retaining our dynamic, diverse workforce as well as developing and administering our compensation and benefits program to create a quality employee experience.

City's Guidance on Gender Identity in the Workplace

This document defines the City of Seattle's expectations for welcoming and supporting transitioning, gender diverse and transgender City employees. It also serves as a roadmap for transitioning employees and their supervisors and coworkers. The goal is a safe and productive workplace environment for all employees.

These guidelines are consistent with the City's commitment to RSJ and Workforce Equity.

More information can be found here: Gender Identity Guidance.

Workforce Equity

We created the new Workforce Equity Division in response to Mayor Ed Murray's Executive Order (EO) 2015-02: Workforce Equity Initiative. The order instructed SDHR and the Seattle Office of Civil Rights (SOCR) to expand the scope and reach of the City's efforts to achieve equity for City employees.

Please visit the City's Workforce Equity web page for more information.

Paid Parental Leave (PPL)
The City of Seattle is excited to announce that effective January 1, 2017, eligible City employees may receive up to 12 weeks (480 hours) of paid leave to bond with their new child. Please visit the City's Paid Parental Leave web page for more information and how to apply.

Paid Family Care Leave (PFCL)
Also effective January 1, 2017, eligible City employees may receive up to four weeks (160 hours) of leave to care for a spouse/domestic partner, child, or parent, or child or parent of the employee's spouse or domestic partner, who has a serious health condition. More information can be found at the City's Paid Family Care Leave web page.

Contact your department's Leave Coordinator or Shauna Fitzner at if you have additional questions. Shauna is available to answer any questions on this or other employee leave programs.