BSK Youth Development Program Manager (PPM III)

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Education
Posted on January 24, 2023
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$96,699.20 - $122,574.40 Annually

WA 98188, WA

Job Type
Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

DCHS - Community & Human Srvcs

Job Number

Children & Youth Services

2/4/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


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.

DCHS manages a wide range of programs and services to assist the county's most vulnerable residents. The department maintains a pro-equity focus aimed at developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all county residents.

The Children, Youth and Young Adults Division (CYYAD) is one of five divisions in DCHS. CYYAD believes that King County should be a place where all young people have equitable opportunities to be happy, healthy, safe, and thriving members of their communities. The division operates several re-engagement, education, and employment programs for youth and young adults, and is home to Best Starts for Kids 5 to 24 investments, the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Act's K-12, community, and post-secondary investments, and Restorative Community Pathways.

Best Starts for Kids (BSK) is King County's initiative to improve the health and well-being of residents by investing in promotion, prevention, and early intervention for children, youth, families, and communities ( ). BSK investments are guided by the BSK Implementation Plan approved by the King County Council in November 2021 and includes the Youth Development Strategy.

CYYAD and the BSK Initiative are seeking candidates for Youth Development Manager who will lead the BSK Youth Development investment strategy. This strategy encompasses programs that provide opportunities for young people to participate in mentoring, activities that promote positive identity development, youth leadership and engagement, and healthy and safe relationships. The position works closely with the BSK Sustain the Gain (5-24) Policy and Program Manager who ensures alignment across all strategies for young people ages 5 to 24 years old.

This position has been designated Non-Mission Critical. Unless otherwise directed by the County Executive, department director or agency head, all employees, regardless of designation, are expected to report to work or request leave during an emergency or inclement weather. For more detailed information, please visit HR Policy County Operations During Emergency Situations and the King County Guidelines for Workforce Management in an Emergency .

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to current King County employees only.

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 position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime. Typical hours are Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. This position is represented by PROTEC17.

Teleworking Requirement

The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of 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.

RECRUITER: Susan Churchill,

Job Duties
  • Provide project management and leadership for the Youth Development strategy as outlined in the Best Starts for Kids implementation plan.
  • Develop the BSK Youth Development strategy's annual work plan and ensure effective workflow across relevant County teams, and in close partnership with community-based organizations.
  • Manage BSK Youth Development Requests for Proposals processes and manage subsequent contracting processes with selected community-based organizations, in partnership with relevant County team members.
  • Work closely with County Performance Measurement and Evaluation (PME) team members and youth development community organizations to ensure that performance, measurement, and evaluation plans amplify the stories of young people being served, reflect the values of their communities, and demonstrate accountability for use of public funds.
  • Oversee the work of the Youth Development Contract Monitor to ensure that monitoring and compliance review is realized successfully, and in ways that build and maintain strong relationships with community organizations.
  • Plan and convene meetings with community partners to generate learning, exchange and ideas that inform implementation of the BSK Youth Development strategy over the life of the levy.
  • Ensure coordination of BSK Youth Development investment strategies and execution with overall implementation, monitoring, and reporting of BSK 2.0 investments.
  • Interact closely with relevant County staff members to support effective policy execution and communications on issues related to BSK, with an emphasis on youth development.
  • Plan, convene, and join internal and/or external work groups, committees and learning circles relevant to the youth development field in King County.
  • Create opportunities for youth to participate in planning and engagement activities for BSK, especially the youth development strategy implementation.
  • Actively participate in CYYAD team meetings and contribute to shared consciousness, systems analysis, and strategic alignment of programming across the division.
  • Create an environment that fosters open communication, teamwork, and a culture of learning and continuous improvement.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • At least 6 years of experience working directly with and for youth and young adults.
  • At least 5 years of experience in a program management position in relation to youth development strategies or other youth-serving strategies.
  • At least 5 years of experience managing contracts, monitoring performance, and working with a broad range of community-based organizations to adapt plans and deliverables based on progress and learning.
  • Demonstrated understanding of youth development strategies related to BSK, and the youth development sector in King County.
  • Demonstrated experience cultivating and managing partnerships with community organizations in ways that center equity, relationships, and effective communication.
  • Solid knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices, and understanding of the effects of place, race, policy & systems-based inequities on marginalized communities and populations.
  • An ability to identify intersecting issues and opportunities for collaboration across County departments and with external partners.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and facilitation.
  • Skilled in negotiation, problem solving, and conflict resolution, and the ability to handle multiple competing priorities and sensitive situations.
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and build consensus among a group of individuals with varying opinions.
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

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes 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 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
  • 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.