Assistant Facilities Maintenance Manager (Z3 : KC Personnel Guidelines)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Maintenance
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Posted on April 29, 2021

Make a difference! The Facilities Management Division is looking for an Assistant Building Operations Section Manager to provide high-level management/administrative/supervisory functions under the direction of the Building Operations Section Manager, including assisting in the oversight of the computerized Maintenance Management System and other business activities of the section.
The candidate will possess effective team building skills and the ability to develop and nurture high performing teams. The candidate will have a track record of developing direct reports and having their direct reports develop staff at all levels of the organization. The candidate has skills to effectively deal with ambiguity and conflict.

Who are we? 

Through a workforce of over 300 dedicated employees, FMD operates and manages the County's capital assets by developing and maintaining cost-conscious, sustainable, high-quality facilities. The Building Operations Section of FMD maintains approximately 3 million square feet in facilities where King County provides regional services, including the King County Courthouse and District Courts, Maleng Regional Justice Center, King County Administration Building, King County Animal Shelter, and several Public Health facilities. Our facilities range in age from 8 to 100 years, with equipment such as boilers, chillers, DDC controls, ventilation fans, pumps and compressors, and fire/life/safety systems.  

Why it's worth taking a second look at working for King County: 
 As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
 We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
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Job Duties

The successful candidate will demonstrate skill and/or ability at a minimum to: 

  • Assist in developing the Building Operations Section budget by reviewing, evaluating, and approving budgets prepared by unit supervisors; prepare documentation in coordination with the Section Manager. 
  • Oversee Customer Care, Warehouse, Maximo Computerized Maintenance Management System, and maintenance planning operations.
  • Oversee Building Operations mandatory facility/safety compliance programs.
  • Assist in monitoring expenditures in all program areas for the Building Operations Section; review, recommend, and/or authorize purchases of equipment, materials, and contract services. 
  • Assist BOS Manager with human resource and labor relations issues; conduct investigations and make recommendations regarding grievance responses and disciplinary matters; provide guidance on recruitments. 
  • Act as Section Manager, as needed. 
  • Represent BOS Manager in contract negotiations, joint labor management, and labor management committees, as needed. 
  • Assist in developing the annual work programs for Section operations, including staffing and performance standards, benchmarking, and performance monitoring.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • A strong background in managing and providing strategic leadership to large, multi-faceted organization including working collaboratively at all levels OR any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the scope of job duties.
  • Professional experience in Facilities Management, Public Administration, Public Works, Project Management, or related field. 
  • In-depth progressive supervisory experience in operations management, preferably in public sector jurisdictions with multiple facility locations. 
  • The ability to lead and coordinate matrix and/or cross-functional teams in a   complex, and unionized public organization and to engage client stakeholders to make decisions. 
  • Experience overseeing a computerized maintenance management system, developing budgets, monitoring expenditures, and financial activities of an organization of similar complexity, size, and scope. 
  • Have knowledge and/or experience in monitoring, recording, collaborating, and implementing facilities compliance in areas to include but not limited to: Labor & Industries Elevator program, Building Fire & Safety programs, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES), Building High Rise Inspections, Generator annual testing, and other various applicable compliance programs.
  • Have knowledge and/or experience in customer service and warehousing operations.
  • A thorough knowledge of human resource management, and labor relations principles. 
  • Experience implementing programs and policies, communicating performance standards, and monitoring and evaluating work performance of a diverse workforce. 
  • Excellent written/oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with executive management and diverse stakeholders. 
  • Strong commitment to customer service and demonstrated ability to maintain positive interpersonal relationships with a wide variety of people and stakeholders, both internal and external to an organization. 
  • The ability to conceptualize, develop and implement strategies, systems, standards and plans for a wide variety of functions. Use continuous improvement techniques such as LEAN to accomplish these initiatives.

Supplemental Information


  • This position has been designated by department leadership as a FIRST RESPONDER in the event of a proclaimed emergency. Meaning this position has a role in emergency response and is responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, environment and/or restoration of order.

  • The normal workweek is 40 hours, Monday-Friday and may vary dependent on staff schedules and operational needs.
  • This position is on the Duty Manager rotation and is responsible for handling after-hours facility and/or building operational calls.
  • This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible.
  • Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek; schedule and work location are to be determined.
  • Final appointment is contingent upon successfully passing a thorough federal and county background investigation.

This position is open to all qualified applicants.
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.
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.
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 Tricia Morrison at or 206-477-9441.

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 willing to undergo a pre-employment physical examination?
  • Yes
  • No
This position requires a thorough background investigation process, including checking references. This also includes fingerprinting. Are you willing to undergo a background investigation process as described above?
  • Yes
  • No
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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