Why Work for Burien?

Under the direction of the City Manager, between 75 and 100 employees depending on the season have the honor of serving the residents of Burien. We are a contract city which means that we contract with King County or private vendors for many primary services including police, fire, animal control, and grounds maintenance services.  


The City of Burien offers regular status employees a generous benefit package that includes:

  • 8 hours* sick leave per month.
  • 8–14 Hours* vacation leave per month depending upon longevity.
  • 12 Paid holidays, including a floating holiday.
  • Two retirement funds: a 401(a) account (Social Security Replacement Plan) and the Public Employees Retirement System plan.
  • Employer paid long-term disability.
  • Employer paid life insurance equal to the employee's annual salary.
  • Employer paid dental and vision insurance for employee, spouse/domestic partner, and dependents.
  • Employer paid medical insurance for employee.*
  • 90 percent employer paid medical insurance for spouse/domestic partner and dependents.*
  • Employee-sponsored deferred compensation fund (optional).
  • Employee Roth IRA contributions through payroll.
  • Qualified tax-free commuter expense reimbursement program.
  • Flexible spending arrangements for daycare and health care expenses (optional).

* Benefit pro-rated for part-time employees.

Medical Plans

Employees may choose between four medical plans offered by Kaiser Permanente medical coverage and Regence Blue Shield. All of the plans are administered by the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust.

Dental Plans

Employees may choose either Washington Delta Dental or Willamette Dental of Washington dental coverage. The Willamette Dental plan includes orthodontia coverage. Both plans are administered by the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EOC)

The City of Burien is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The City employs, retains, promotes, terminates, and otherwise treats all employees and job applicants on the basis of job-related qualifications, competence, and organizational culture match. These policies and all employment practices shall be applied without regard to any individual's sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, pregnancy, age, marital status, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, genetic information, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law.

Innovative Stewards of Public Trust

Our work is based upon a framework of collaboration, trust, service, communication, integrity, and excellence. We care about our community and are happy to play a part in its future.

By Trust we mean relying on one another, based on mutual respect and a belief in the positive intent and competence of others . . .

  • I fulfill my commitments and deliver results.
  • I respect others’ thoughts and ideas.
  • I perform my tasks to the best of my abilities and encourage the same of others.
  • I accept personal responsibility for my work.

By Integrity we mean staying true to our values and doing what is right even when no one is looking . . . ·

  • I treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • I do what is ethical in all situations.
  • I handle confidential information discreetly and appropriately.

By Collaboration we mean working together towards a common goal by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus . . .

  • I support and contribute to group efforts and goals.
  • I work to achieve positive outcomes.
  • I consider and build on others’ thoughts and ideas.
  • I utilize individual talents of team members.

By Service we mean what each of us does every day to make a meaningful contribution . . .

  • I give my best efforts and take pride in all that I do.
  • I anticipate needs and take action.
  • I treat others as I would like to be treated.
  • I am positive and helpful to all.

By Communication we mean open, honest, consistent and timely exchange of information leading to a shared understanding . . .

  • I clarify and confirm what is expected of me.
  • I give and receive constructive feedback.
  • I share ideas and information, in a timely manner, to the appropriate party.

By Excellence we mean the pursuit of the highest standard . . .

  • I use creative solutions and strategies to continually improve.
  • I support the importance of life/work balance.
  • I celebrate success.