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Applicants sought for Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Board

SEATTLE – Mayor Michael McGinn and the Seattle City Council seek candidates to serve on the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Board. Created as a result of the City’s 2007 Immigrant and Refugee Report and Action Plan, the board advises the Mayor and Council on issues affecting immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle. Representatives of those communities, and others interested in the issues, are urged to apply.

Reflecting the diversity of Seattle’s immigrant and refugee communities, the board has 15 members (eight appointed by the Mayor and seven appointed by the Council). Board members are appointed for two-year terms, with the option of re-appointment for another term.

The duties of the Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Board include:

  • Advising the Mayor, City Council and city departments and offices on ways to enhance and improve access to city services and resources for immigrants and refugees, advising all city departments and offices in matters affecting immigrants and refugees, as appropriate as well as strengthening opportunities for immigrants and refugees to participate in the civic life of the city;
  • Advising city government on successful implementation of the Immigrant and Refugee Action Plan and on future updates to the plan; and
  • Encouraging understanding between and among the various immigrant and refugee communities and the larger Seattle community.

In keeping with the City’s “Paper Cuts” program, electronic submissions are preferred.

To be considered, send a letter of interest and resume by July 30, 2010

To send a paper submittal, address it to: Yemane Gebremicael, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Board, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

In lieu of a resume, applicants may submit a summary document with name, address, contact information, employment history, volunteer experience, and a statement of why they want to serve on the advisory board.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, people with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, people of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.