Administrative Specialist II

King County   Snoqualmie, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on September 10, 2021
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In order to hire and maintain a quality workforce that reflects the diversity of the community and works well within our True North values-based organization, the Permitting Division of the Department of Local Services (DLS) is accepting applications for the position of Administrative Specialist II 
 The person in this role interacts with customers to provide and process information in response to inquiries, concerns and requests about the Department's permitting process and services in particular and other King County services in general.  The Administrative Specialist II will be part of a support staff team in the Permit Center and provide administrative support to the Department's public service functions.
 Our ideal candidate will establish and maintain effective relationships with our customers and co-workers by building rapport, demonstrating superior listening skills, and adhering to King County's core values. The candidate will earn trust, respect, and support from their co-workers by sharing responsibility and accountability. The candidate will build effective customer relationships by attentive and active listening, and consistent problem solving, with prompt and effective follow-up on issues as they arise.

Job Duties

  • Provide customer assistance and support with Permitting record requests.  
  • Administrative permit record processing work including file management, digitization and permit tracking.
  • General administrative duties as assigned.
  • Provide support for customer inquires and general assistance.
  • Problem solve and research with limited guidance and have a sense of urgency in situations that require a quick turnaround while providing exceptional customer service to all stakeholders in person, on the phone, and via mail     

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Customer service experience with the public.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills with demonstrated ability to positively interact with a variety of people in a diverse work environment.
  • Effective listening skills and the ability to deal courteously, professionally and tactfully with the public.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and accommodate changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated skill to handle multiple tasks and prioritize work on a daily basis.
  • Some keyboarding skills and proficiency in a variety of software programs, including MS Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Demonstrated skill at working independently as well as an effective team member.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language, and have knowledge of proper grammar and spelling.
  • Demonstrated punctuality, dependability and excellent work attendance.
  • Ability to provide customer service support via phone and email and translate information from technical terms to terms easily understood by a diverse customer base.
  • Exceptional organization skills with superior attention to details and accurate work output
  • Demonstrated experience with fulfilling requests for records and research practices.  
Desired Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with the permit processing and terminology
  • Knowledge of records management practices, inventory control and record retention techniques and principles
  • Experience with Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SharePoint
  • Must be able to lift and carry 30 pounds including large rolled plans.

Supplemental Information

This recruitment will be used to fill special duty assignment (SDA) or term-limited temporary (TLT) positions. As with Career Service and SDA positions, the TLT positions will have full benefits.
 This recruitment may be used to create an eligibility list for future Administrative Specialist II Career Service, TLT, and SDA vacancies. Lists may be active up to 6 months at the discretion of the hiring authority.

WHO MAY APPLY: This full-time position may be filled as Term Limited Temporary (TLT), and is open to all qualified applicants, or Special Duty assignment for current King County Career Service employees who have passed their probationary period.  Current King County employees must have permission from their supervisor to be eligible for the Special Duty assignment.
 Pay upon SDA placement: Current employees selected for SDA will be compensated based on the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement or Master Labor Agreement for their base assignment if applicable.

  • SDAs are open to current King County career service or appointed employees who have passed their initial probationary period. 
  • Career Service and TLTs are open to all King County employees and the general public.
WORK SCHEDULE: The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but may at times require work outside of normal business hours and/or on weekends. This full-time position is overtime eligible.

Teleworking Requirement: 
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking; complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities.)  Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
 Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
FORMS AND MATERIALS: An online employment application, resume, and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) summarizing how you meet the experience, qualifications, knowledge and skills for the position.
 SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews.  Interviews will be conducted via Teams. Reference checks and/or file reviews will also be conducted.

 For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
  Sonali Sharma
  Human Resources Analyst

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement:
As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th.  People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.    

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Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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