Capital Project Manager III

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on September 20, 2022
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Are you interested in a career in stormwater management and engineering, permitting and/or design and construction? Come join our team as a Capital Project Manager III
We are recruiting for a career service Capital Project Manager III to join our Capital Improvement Program. This position will be part of the Capital Services Unit and Stormwater Services Section within the Water and Land Resources Division. The Capital Services Unit is a team of project managers, engineers, drafters, a surveyor, and an environmental scientist tasked with planning, designing, and implementing capital projects that manage storm and surface water to protect people, property, and the environment while complying with county, state, and federal requirements.
In this role, you will have the opportunity to perform project management and construction management work responsibilities of stormwater infrastructure of varying size and complexity with little direction and guidance.
This individual will primarily apply project management techniques and principles to plan, implement, monitor and control, and report status of schedule and budget of a variety of stormwater management capital improvement projects.
This position requires the ability to manage multiple capital projects from initiation through closeout in coordination with on-going operations and other stakeholder interests. Additionally, there will be opportunities related to public outreach of capital projects and helping to advance pro-equity outcomes in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan.
Who is Eligible:  This position is open to all qualified candidates. but first consideration for the career service position will be given to all current King County PROTEC Local 17A bargaining unit employees eligible for a lateral transfer (transferring within the Capital Project Manager III classification and having passed probation).

 Commitment to Equity and Social Justice:
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. To learn more, please visit
Who is Eligible:  This position is open to all qualified candidates, but first consideration for the career service position will be given to all current King County PROTEC Local 17A bargaining unit employees eligible for a lateral transfer (transferring within the Engineer III classification and having passed probation).
Telecommuting Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed by teleworking with some onsite work and meetings.  The frequency of onsite work will be informed by business needs. Employees will have access to shared workspaces as needed at various King County facilities. Employee 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: Predominately 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, typically 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening and weekend work may occasionally be required.

Job Duties

  • Manage capital projects through all project phases: planning, design/permitting, construction, and closeout.
  • Develop and implement approved scope of work, schedule, and budget. 
  • Identify deliverables and needed resources. 
  • Develop project management work plans. 
  • Coordinate project meetings with interagency teams, local jurisdiction and other agency partners and community stakeholders. 
  • Prepare status reports or memos or presentation slides. 
  • Maintain project files, monitoring budget expenditures and processing invoices.
  • Proactively apply an Equity and Social Justice lens to build and foster relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, customers, community member and partners.
  • Coordinate with technical and engineering staff to prepare Plans, Specifications and Estimate (PSE) including grant applications, feasibility studies, permit applications, Basis of Design documents, Technical Information Reports, stormwater pollution prevention plans, and public outreach materials.
  • Lead project team to secure applicable permits and completing the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process.
  • Represent WLRD in a wide range of settings, including inter-agency collaborations and project meetings to build support and communicate complex technical issues effectively with stakeholders, including citizens and regulatory agencies. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have the Following Competencies:

  • Manage complexity – Make sense of complex, high quality, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.  
  • Communicates effectively – Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that coney a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Manages ambiguity – Operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear. 
  • Functional/Technical Skills - Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.
  • Collaboration: Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Planning (Land Use, Urban, Regional, Environmental), Engineering, Environmental Studies, or a related field and two (2) years of any related work experience OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the skills, knowledge and abilities required to perform the work.
  • Strong written, verbal, and graphic communication skills to present complex information to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to write and communicate clearly and effectively with people of varying technical and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently and manage numerous projects simultaneously.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to learn new skills quickly, self-manage, prioritize, and meet tight 
Desired Qualifications
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering plans and specifications.
  • Ability to navigate a multi-discipline team through applicable permitting processes.
  • A Project Management certification OR experience with Project Management Institute’s Book of Knowledge.
  • Commitment to furthering one’s personal development in cultural competency, equity, and social justice.
  • Demonstrated skill in AutoCAD, Civil3D, Bluebeam, ArcMap or similar program.
  • Demonstrated experience or knowledge of federal (ACOE), state (HPA), and local (C&G) permits.
Necessary Special Requirements:
  • A valid Washington State Driver's License and the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner, or the ability to obtain a Washington State Driver's License within 30 days of employment.
  • The final candidate will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment physical.
Physical Requirements:
This position requires the ability to work outside conducting physical site inspections and evaluations, including in times of inclement weather conditions. There is often a need to walk on uneven terrain for short periods of time. Field conditions include brushy, forested environments; river, stream, and wetland corridors; and slippery, uneven surfaces and adverse outdoor weather conditions. Work tasks may also include in-water situations involving wading and the use of rafts or canoes.

Work Environment:
Heavy workloads, deadline pressure, and interruptions due to changing priorities are not uncommon. Projects may occasionally require evening, weekend, or holiday work.

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.  Application 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 
UNION MEMBERSHIP: Positions in this classification are represented by PROTEC 17.
  CONTACT:  For questions about this recruitment, contact:
  Calvin Rivers
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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
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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.
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Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? 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? 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. Additionally, 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
Please describe your experience managing projects or tasks during all project phases: planning, design/permitting, construction and closeout. (Limit your response to 200 words).

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