Administrator I - Front Desk Manager

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on November 13, 2021
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The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.  

King County's Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community.

The Front Desk Manager is responsible for supporting administrative needs and operations at the Federal Way Health through Housing Hotel, lodging refugees impacted by the events in Afghanistan, including refugees from other nations whose placement has been impacted by the surge. This position reports to the Site Director.

The Front Desk Manager is part of a team including a Site Director, Front Desk Manager, custodial staff, maintenance staff, Refugee Resettlement Agency Staff and overnight security. 

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. 

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit an online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state, “see my resume” are considered incomplete and will not be considered to be competitive.

WORK SCHEDULE/CONDITIONS: This is a Special Duty Assignment (SDA) or Short-Term Temporary (STT) position anticipated to end December 31, 2021, but subject to change dependent on operational need. This position is scheduled to work up to 40 hours per week. The position will include evening, swing and weekend shifts and is overtime eligible with supervisory pre-approval. The primary worksite will be in Federal Way.

RECRUITER: Annette Coleman, 

Job Duties

The Front Desk Manager must remain on-site for the duration of their shift (except meal breaks) and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the hotel including: 


  • Assign rooms and provide each Guest their own key card to the building.
  • Create name and picture badges for both Guests staying at the Facility and for all visitors.
  • Check all visitors in and out.
  • Distribute initial towels, linens, and personal hygiene supplies to Guests at check-in. 
  • Answer and respond to all phone calls addressed to the Facility within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Work with the Facilities Maintenance/ Facilities Custodial staff and the Refugee Resettlement Agency to promptly respond to Guests’ reasonable requests and inquiries regarding the property.
  • Work with Facilities Maintenance/ Facilities Custodial to identify rooms that need maintenance and troubleshoot support. Document date and time of all issues and resolutions.
  • Serve as King County’s on-the-ground agency contact at the hotel. 
  • Be a liaison to the Refugee Resettlement Agencies to provide a seamless experience for the Guests.  

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices, and understanding of the effects of place, race and policy and systems-based inequities on marginalized communities and populations.
  • Bachelor's degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and relevant job experience.
  • Abilities to work with creativity and flexibility, both independently and as a team member; to work on several tasks simultaneously and to organize and prioritize quickly in response to changing needs. 
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with MS Office Suite for daily use of Word, Excel, Teams and SharePoint. Basic knowledge of Adobe Acrobat. 
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills, including understanding and executing complex verbal and written instructions. 
  • Ability to take initiative and be accountable, use independent judgment to accomplish tasks and handle responsibilities while avoiding errors in judgment and discretion.   
  • Demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer service; work cooperatively with discretion, patience, professionalism, courtesy and tact with everyone (e.g. all levels of staff, guests, and Refugee Resettlement Agencies). 
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and utilize good judgement.
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License or ability to travel throughout the County in a timely manner.
  • Experience providing customer service support through an interpreter.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

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
Do you have previous experience performing the advertised duties? If so, when and where did you perform them?
Please provide an example of what you feel displays good customer service. Also, please detail an example of when you needed to de-escalate a situation, what did you do and how was it resolved?
King County has transformed its work on equity and social justice from an initiative to an integrated effort that applies the principle of "fair and just" intentionally in all the county does in order to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities. What is the most important equity or social justice issue to you and why?

Required Question