Capital Project Manager III and IV - Construction

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on September 15, 2021
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We are currently recruiting Capital Project Managers (CPM) (Level III & IV) to join our highly productive, customer-focused Capital Project Management Team dedicated to providing excellent service to all King County residents and park users. We are currently recruiting for two construction management roles.
These positions report to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Construction Manager. In this role, you will perform a broad scope of professional journey-level construction management duties most specifically related to planning, implementing, and administering the inspection and construction of a variety size and scale of projects including large complex multi-million-dollar Park’s capital projects. Duties will involve, leading, and overseeing the administration of construction project(s) by performing daily or weekly inspection or by managing construction management consultants as they perform their duties in support of Parks Capital construction projects.  The work also involves assisting the CIP Construction Manager and other team members in a variety of duties such as but not limited to participating in design constructability reviews, planning for, budgeting, scheduling, estimating, drafting and overseeing consultant contracts, analyzing and resolving claims.
Individuals interested in joining our team must be committed to racial, social and economic equality for ALL people in King County. We welcome applications from people who will help us consistently demonstrate the values of equity, respect and partnership.
To learn about the King County Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan click here.
Hiring Pool Notice: This recruitment may be used to create a list of qualified applicants to fill current and future Capital Project Manager III-IV – Construction positions over the next 6 months.  These positions may be Term-Limited-Temporary (TLT), Special Duty Assignment (SDA), or Career Service (FTE). Unless we no longer have eligible candidates, this recruitment will be used to fill these positions until 3/28/2022.
About the Division: Be a part of King County Parks! King County Parks has evolved from 150 acres in 1938 to more than 32,000 acres. Today, our system consists of more than 205 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 250 miles of backcountry trails. Our mission is to steward, enhance and acquire parks to inspire healthy communities. We seek to cultivate strong relationships with community partners to enhance park amenities for all King County residents to enjoy today and for generations to come. Learn more at
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Who is Eligible: This position is open to all qualified applicants, King County and the Parks & Recreation Division values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.   
Telecommuting Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed generally by telecommuting, with  field inspection and other work onsite, as influenced by construction business needs. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities.

Employees must reside in WA 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 by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

Work Location:  Primarily teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104.

Work Schedule: This position is exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and is not overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.

Job Duties

  • Act in the capacity of the Parks Project Owner’s Representative, inspect and administer Construction projects and/or oversee consultants in the inspection and administration of Parks capital projects.
  • Use and strengthen existing Capital Construction Program systems, standards and processes in the inspection of Capital projects. 
  • Apply an Equity and Social Justice lens to all actions, processes, decisions and contracts.
  • Oversee consultant contracts used in the administration, design review, construction and/or inspection of multiple capital projects.
  • Monitor, review and oversee the progress of contractors to ensure compliance with contract requirements, permit conditions, applicable codes, and regulations, and for quality assurance. 
  • Continuously identify and propose needed improvements to our existing construction processes and program.  Work with Construction Manager and other project team members to implement improvements.
  • Oversee progress payment requests and authorize change order requests. Plan, develop and administer project budgets.  Monitor and authorize expenditures for assigned projects.   
  • Implement field inspection policies, procedures and standards in accordance with contract provisions (whether WSDOT (90% of Parks projects) or CSI specification-based contracts (10% of Parks projects) and/or federal, state, local laws and regulations.
  • Work with other Parks team members in the proactive identification and resolution of construction management, contract and inspection issues for assigned projects. 
  • Act as the technical liaison on project related construction management and inspection issues.
  • Develop and implement project scope, schedule, budget staff resourcing and contract requirements for assigned major construction projects.  
  • Participate in the evaluation and selection of contractors and consultants for a variety of construction and construction management contracts.
  • Negotiate and resolve contract changes with contractors and consultants for assigned projects.  
  • Perform 30, 60, and 90 percent design reviews.
  • Develop cost estimates.
  • Review project plans and specifications for completeness, accuracy, content and the constructability as designed.  
  • Transfer documentation of Capital Project Operating and Maintenance knowledge and provide start-up assistance to ensure operating staff is adequately trained to utilize new equipment and constructed facilities.
  • Prepare project status reports, resolutions, and other relevant documentation for assigned projects.   Make presentations on the status of project.
  • Participate in and lead a variety of internal and external online and in person public meetings and hearings on assigned projects.
  • Represent King County to the public on construction sites by answering questions, ensuring public safety, and referring the public to other King County staff as needed.
  • Participate in contract and claim negotiations to resolve a variety of construction contract issues including, but not limited to, mediations, arbitrations, and litigation, etc.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Required Qualifications for CPM III:

  • A degree or equivalent work experience in architecture, engineering, construction management or a closely related field to provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job duties. 
  • Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in construction inspection or management on large-scale public works contract or complex, multiple public works contracts.
  • Two (2) years relevant field inspection. 
  • One (1) year of managing consultants and contract administration. 
  • Working knowledge of civil and building construction techniques, practices and administration is required.
  • Working knowledge of state DOT and CSI specifications, construction and project management techniques and principles is essential to managing and inspecting contractor workmanship.  
  • Significant working knowledge of and ability to proficiently use computer systems including but not limited to Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, Project Pro, PowerPoint, SharePoint, etc.).
  • Skill and ability to use remote interactive presentation software such as Zoom, and Microsoft Teams is essential.
  • Analytical and technical abilities are required to evaluate engineering design cost projections and construction budgets and schedules.  
  • Working knowledge of codes relevant to the construction of facility and/or equipment is necessary to oversee the work done by contractors.  
Additional Required Qualifications for CPM IV:  
In addition to the above noted requirements the following additional required qualifications for the CPM IV classification:
  • Five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in construction inspection or management on large-scale public works contract or complex, multiple public works contracts.
  • Two (2) years of managing contractors or consultants and contract administration. 
  • One (1) year of mentoring, training and managing team members on construction projects.
The Successful Candidate Will Have many of the Following Competencies:
  • Drives for Results – consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Ensures Accountability - Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments.
  • Action Oriented – Taking on new opportunities and challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Plans and Aligns – Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
  • Optimizes Work Processes – knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Collaborates – Building internal and external partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Manages Conflict – Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise.
  • Values Differences – recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
Necessary Special Requirements: Valid Washington State Driver’s License upon hire or ability to travel throughout the County in a timely manner.
Physical Requirements: The position requires that the individual visit a variety of construction project sites.  This may necessitate the ability to traverse construction sites which generally include unlevel surfaces.  It also may require the ability to climb rough grades or ladders.  Work involves walking moderate distances on even and uneven surfaces in the field year-round in varying weather conditions. 
Work Environment: Work is generally split between a field office environment and working remotely in a home office environment.  Field work is required on a regular basis when evaluating contractors’ work performance, collaborating with team members, and/or researching construction problems.

Supplemental Information

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position. 

  • King County application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position
  • Responses to supplemental questions
Union Representation: This position is represented by Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17.
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Shawna Ousse at sousse@kingcounty.govor (206) 263-3536

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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
How many years of increasingly responsible experience in construction inspection or management on large-scale public works contract or complex, multiple public works contracts?
  • No experience to less than one year
  • One year to less than three years
  • Three years to less than five years
  • Five years or more
How many years do you have in field inspection?
  • No experience to less than one year
  • One year to less than two years
  • Two years or more
How many years of experience do you have managing contractors or consultants and contract administration?
  • No experience to less than one year
  • One year to less than two years
  • Two years or more
Describe your experience mentoring, training and/or managing team members on construction projects.

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