Capital Project Manager III

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
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Posted on October 14, 2020

The Solid Waste Division (SWD) of King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks currently has an opening for a Capital Project Manager III position, providing an opportunity for talented leaders, team-builders, and communicators to serve the public and the environment of King County. SWD offers a flexible schedule, diverse workgroup, a robust benefits package, abundant opportunities for professional and personal growth, and work-life balance. We seek candidates committed to providing leadership in successful planning, implementation, monitoring, and control of major capital projects that span months to several years, with budgets ranging from less than $1 million to over $100 million.

The SWD vision is to achieve zero waste of resources and enhance the environment through collaboration and innovation. We model and advance environmental values through green-building principles; landfill gas-to-energy; promotion of zero waste, reuse, and recycling; and water-quality and habitat protection. SWD is deeply committed to the County’s Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan and our organization’s top-line cultural value is that employees are valued, engaged, and working together for a common purpose.

The Capital Project Manager III position resides within SWD’s Centralized Project Management Unit (CPMU). The person in this position will work independently with limited general day-to-day oversight as well as work closely with senior project managers to plan, design and implement project management plans and construction management plans to complete major capital projects.  Projects may include landfill area development and closure; recycling and transfer stations, and operational enhancements.

The position requires competencies in project management; contract administration; schedule development and analysis; cost estimating/analysis; performance monitoring and reporting; advanced project risk management; communication and leading project teams.

Who May Apply:  This position is open to all qualified applicants.

Forms and Materials Required: Applicants must submit a (1) King County application form, (2) resume, and (3) letter of interest detailing your background and describing how your education and experience meet the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job. 

Work Location: This is a permanent remote working position. However, there will be an expectation to various worksites throughout King County as needed for your work. 

Work Schedule: This career service position has a 40-hour workweek, Monday through Friday, with some evening and weekend work occasionally required. This position is exempt from FLSA provisions and is not overtime-eligible.  The position is represented by PROTEC 17A.
Examples of Job Duties:
The CPM III will manage projects by developing, tracking, and updating:

  • Scope, schedule, budget, risk, and procurement management plans;
  • Risk registers
  • Stakeholder engagement and communications management plans and
  • Work Breakdown Structures (WBS).

As Project Manager for assigned projects, the incumbent will:
  • Prioritize, organize and manage project work and resources;
  • Manage consultants and other professionals by monitoring performance and ensuring accountability;
  • Identify and effectively engage project stakeholders;
  • Perform quality assurance and quality control oversite;
  • Develop, manage and participate in project teams;
  • Manage both verbal and written communications in a professional manner;
  • Identify, manage, and respond to project risks;
  • Oversee the implementation of construction work;
  • Manage the design, construction management, and construction contracts;
  • Initiate and closeout projects and contracts following established protocols;    
  • Set up project performance monitoring parameters in SWD Project Tracking and Reporting Systems (PRISM);
  • Prepare project performance reports in compliance with King County requirements;
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have:
  • Bachelor's Degree in project management, construction management, resource management, environmental science, civil engineering, business administration, public administration, or closely related field from an accredited university or educational institution and a minimum of three years of work experience as a project manager for public- works capital projects or a combination of education and experience which provides you the skills to perform the duties of this job efficiently
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple complex projects simultaneously and produce high-quality deliverables in a timely manner
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of professional disciplines in dynamic team settings and utilize strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Documented professional experience in analyzing technical specifications to develop scopes, schedules, and budgets.
  • Ability to understand and appropriately integrate stakeholder needs.
  • Demonstrated success working with multi-disciplinary project teams and individuals with diverse backgrounds, and in building collaborative team relationships
  • Excellent organizing, planning, and process-management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite
  • Strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills.

The Most Competitive Candidate Will Have:
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification with Project Management Institute (PMI) or similar qualification. 
  • A minimum of five years of project management and/or project control expertise for public works projects and programs.  

Special Requirements:
  • A current Washington Driver License (or ability to obtain one upon hire), or alternative ability to travel in a timely manner to various locations including to sites which may not be served by public transportation. 

Contact Information: For questions regarding this announcement, please contact Prakash Meloot at

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.

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.

Do you have a Bachelor's Degree in project management, construction management, resource management, environmental science, civil engineering, business administration, public administration or closely related field?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, briefly describe your relevant education.
Do you have a minimum of three years of work experience as a project manager for public work capital projects?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, briefly describe your relevant experience.
If answered 'no' to question 3, do you have any other combination of education and experience which provides you the skills to perform the duties of this job efficiently?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, briefly describe your relevant education and experience.
Do you have a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification with Project Management Institute (PMI) or a similar qualification?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, please describe your certification.
Are you applying to this position as a 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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