Apprenticeship & Pathways Manager SDA

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on March 11, 2023
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$108,867.20 - $138,008.00 Annually

Seattle, WA

Job Type
Special Duty Assignment

MTD - Metro Transit

Job Number

Enterprise Employee Services

3/19/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


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This opportunity is only available to current King County Employees who have passed their probationary period.

Metro Transit's Employee Services division is seeking a dynamic Apprenticeship and Pathways Manager (Project/Program Manager IV) to fill a Special Duty Assignment (SDA) to lead the Apprenticeship and Pathways Team within our Organization Health and Development section (OHD).

This position will report to the OHD section manager and will last at least 7 months .

Th is position will be responsible for working directly with Employee Services leaders, division leaders, and translating vision to what are actionable workplans, timelines, and deliverables to provide world class organizational health and development function to meet agency and customer needs.

This position will be responsible for leading the apprenticeship and pathways team that manages and develops career pathways at Metro. To provide high-quality service, investment in the health and wellbeing of our employees is essential. In partnership with employees, we are creating programs that enable employees to grow their careers at Metro. Metro is committed to providing development pathways into the organization as well as expanding opportunities for existing employees.

Metro is committed to providing transportation services that connect all people and all communities of King County, focus on the equitable distribution of our service and the equitable application of our work (inside and outside the agency), and combat climate change by doing our work in a sustainable manner. Metro is King County's largest Department, employing over 5,000 people who primarily work in the field of transit operations, vehicle maintenance, transit facilities operations, and marine.

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.

As the Apprenticeship and Pathways Manager, you will:
  • Lead a team to design, implement, and sustain programs aligning with stakeholders' and Metro vision.
  • Utilize pro-equity, innovative, and people-centered approaches to guide the development of work products.
  • Build a collaborative team environment and develop capacity within each team member to deliver top quality programming.
  • Present to members of leadership project progress and outcomes.
  • Support team members in maintaining project plans, project outcomes, organizing work groups, stake holder engagement, and maintaining project timelines and alignment with other teams as needed.
  • Build rapport and engage employees through transparency, inclusion, and respect.
  • Collaborate on County workforce development priorities as they support or impact Metro apprenticeships and pathways goals
  • Drive organizational change through management of stakeholders
  • Oversee day-to-day project activities, issues, risks, quality and budget; develop breakdown structures, schedules and resource assignments; monitor progress of projects
  • Oversee data gathering, analysis, and reporting on program progress. Ensure that programs maintain compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and agreements.
  • Manage the development of new partnerships, opportunities and negotiate agreements.
  • Prepare and/or coordinate with appropriate staff Requests for Proposals, Information, and Bids; develop, negotiate, and review contracts associated with assigned project; and manage vendor relationships.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Demonstrated experience in project and program management and experience that provides the skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform the key roles and responsibilities of the position.

They must also be skilled people leaders who are/have:
  • Demonstrated experience building effective cross-functional teams in diverse work environments while creating strong morale, and instilling vision and purpose.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, making difficult decisions, and asking for leader support and consultation.
  • Demonstrated experience building effective relationships with various audiences, including Division leadership, Organized Labor Unions, and employees who work in the field.
  • Ability to manage and resolve conflicts and remove barriers to project completion while navigating a complex environment.
  • Demonstrated experience developing partnerships, negotiating agreements, and leveraging new opportunities.
  • Experience with apprenticeship programs or other similar programs.
  • Skilled in project planning, organizing people and activities to accomplish strategic work plans and deliverables within established timelines.
  • Self-starter who can lead or participate as a member of a self-directed work team and utilize the resources of other team members. Ability to apply project management principles and practices.
  • Must be able to handle multiple competing priorities and produce quality detailed work within tight timeframes.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office software - including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams.
Competitive Candidates Will Have (but not required)
  • Experience in building programming centering the lived experience of oppressed identities: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, etc.
  • Experience leading, mentoring, and supporting staff.
  • Experience with Metro Transit divisions and culture or experience in the public sector, leading programming for a similar essential employee workforce sector.
  • Progressively responsible professional experience leading large, complex employee development projects and programs.
  • Experience delivering service to support an equity and social justice framework. Experience in shaping strategies for effective employee development.
  • Ability to perform comfortably in front of large and small groups using creative presentation and facilitation techniques that engage the audience
  • Experience in program planning and project management, including determining program or project scope, budget, and evaluation.
  • Experience in facilitating and coaching in difficult conversations.
Supplemental Information

Who May Apply:
This position is open internally to all King County employees.

SDA Duration:
This duration of this position is anticipated to last 7 months or longer.

Required Application Materials:
  • Please complete the King County Job application
  • Answer the supplemental questions.
  • A cover letter is also required and should outline why your skills and experience make you the best fit for the job
Incomplete applications may be rejected as incomplete and not advanced in the process. Applicants who cannot apply online should follow the instructions under Application Tips and FAQs at: .

Selection Process:
Application materials will be screened for qualifications, clarity, and completeness. Competitive applicants may be invited to participate in one or more interviews. Final offers are contingent on the successful completion of reference checks. Employees must have their current supervisor's approval to accept a Special Duty Assignment.

Union Representation:
The position is not represented by a union

Class Code/Grade: 244140 /68

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Tracy Bylund (she/her), Talent Advisor,

Work Location:
This is a hybrid position. The main work site for this position is King Street Center, 201 S Jackson St., Seattle , WA 98104

Work Schedule
This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore not eligible for overtime pay. The workweek is normally Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, with additional hours as necessary, including evenings and weekends.

Teleworking Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking, complemented by 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.

Forbes 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.

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 the 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
  • 12paid 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.