Capital Project Manager III-IV - Architect

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on October 9, 2021
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We are recruiting for a career service Capital Project Manager III or IV Architect to join our highly productive, customer focused Capital Project Management Team that provides excellent customer services to all King County residents and park users. 


In this role, you will manage capital projects and provide architectural expertise in planning, design, permitting, and construction of both horizontal and vertical capital building and facility construction projects of varying size and complexity. You will also act as a licensed Parks Architect, stamping documents as necessary. 


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 an eligibility pool to fill current and future Capital Project Manager III-IV – Architect positions over the next six months.   These positions may be Term-Limited-Temporary (TLT), Special Duty Assignment (SDA), or Career Service (FTE). 

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Who is Eligible: This opportunity is open to all qualified candidates.  King County and the Parks and Recreation Division values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, and veterans.


Telecommuting Requirement

The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by telecommuting, with occasional onsite work and meetings, as influenced by 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 as the licensed Parks Architect stamping documents and providing architectural expertise across the Capital Improvement Projects Section and across the Division as necessary. 
  • Manage and deliver projects through all project phases (i.e., planning, design, permitting, construction) varying in scope, schedule, and budget from small to large, continuing our effort to rehabilitate, renovate, and replace assets in our Parks system.
  • Develop project management plans, scopes of work, risk registers, risk mitigation plans, resource assignment matrices, detailed project schedules, and other project management tools.
  • Proactively apply an Equity and Social Justice lens to all our actions, processes, decisions, and contracts to make our Capital Improvement Program more inclusive and equitable to the community we serve. 
  • Support the Division’s capital planning process by providing detailed cost estimates and long-range budget and expenditure forecasts.
  • Prepare and/or coordinate the preparation of architectural and design documents, building engineering systems, construction and materials specifications, spatial plans, and code calculations for projects with both internal and external project team members.
  • Prepare and process documents necessary for applicable notices, land use and building permits including development of permit sets using AutoCAD/Sketch-up/Revit/Bluebeam/ Civil3D/ArcMap or similar programs.  
  • Review and manage deliverables, plans and estimates for technical quality and adherence to applicable codes and standards.  Conduct review of technical documents and provide constructability reviews as necessary.
  • Manage the consultant procurement processes with the King County Payments and Procurement section including management of the consultant work orders, contract amendments, and invoicing.
  • Manage the construction procurement processes with the King County Payments and Procurement section and manage construction phase documents and communication. 
  • Oversee construction work, provide site observations, and resolve field issues during construction.
  • Work with elected officials, employees, other County agencies, clients, and the public to ensure project goals are met. Facilitate and represent Parks at public meetings, briefings and presentations with stakeholders.
  • Mentor and train junior level CPMs, providing guidance in all aspects of project management and architectural design. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Required Qualifications for CPM III:

  • A professional degree in Architecture. 
  • Five years of progressively responsible post-graduate professional architectural experience. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the International Building Code, architectural design requirements, and knowledge of distinctions between building codes, zoning codes, energy codes, and engineering codes governing the design and construction of facilities. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards governing the design and construction of facilities. 
  • Knowledge and experience designing building systems (structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, lighting) on small projects, and experience managing, coordinating, and integrating the work of consultant engineering disciplines when the scope of technical work requires specific engineering expertise or requires engineering calculations and stamps. 
  • Strong written, verbal, graphic, and data communication skills used to present complex information (spreadsheets, schedules) to non-technical audiences.  
  • Demonstrated skill in development of contract plans using AutoCAD/Sketch-up/Revit/Bluebeam/ Civil3D/ArcMap or similar programs.  
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully working with multi-disciplinary project teams and individuals with diverse backgrounds. 
  • Advanced level of computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Project, and PowerPoint); project management tracking software, and construction management tracking software. 
  • Ability to navigate design and construction principles and practices, cost estimating and scheduling, contracting, project management techniques, and complex federal, state and local development regulations and processes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in use and development of contract specifications in CSI Master Format and/or WSDOT Standard Specifications.


Additional Required Qualifications for CPM IV:

  • Seven years of progressively responsible post-graduate professional architectural experience. 
  • Experience on a variety of projects including large and complex projects with infrastructure, utilities, and facilities. 
  • Ability to independently perform capital project management responsibilities on projects or programs of the highest level of complexity and risk with limited direction or instruction.
  • Ability to navigate in a political and litigious environment and handle multiple competing priorities.  


The Successful Candidate Will Have the Following Competencies:

  • Manages Complexity – Ability to make sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances
  • Collaborates – Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Instills Trust - Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Manages Ambiguity - Operates effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.


Necessary 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. 



At the time of appointment, the selected candidate must possess a valid Registration as Professional Architect in Washington State, or possess a valid Registration as Professional Architect in another State AND possess a National Council of Architects Registration Board (NCARB) certificate indicating the candidate’s ability to obtain a reciprocal license in Washington State within six months.


Highly Desired:

  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Advanced skill in Microsoft Visio 
  • LEED AP or LEED BD+C, other LEED accreditation and/or Living Future Accreditation


Physical Requirements:

The position requires that the individual visit a variety of project sites including many that may be in pre-design and/or construction phase.  This may necessitate the ability to traverse rough terrain or construction sites which generally include unlevel surfaces.  It also may require the ability to climb rough grades or ladders including work on raised/lowered platforms that may require appropriate safety gear.  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, project site visits, 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 or (206) 263-3536

David Isaac at or (206) 477-3310

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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 progressively responsible post-graduate professional architectural experience do you have?
  • No experience to less than three years
  • Three years to less than five years
  • Five years to less than seven years
  • Seven years or more
Please describe your experience managing building or facility related projects during all project phases. If you have no experience managing projects, please enter NA.
Describe your experience designing multi-disciplinary architectural and/or engineering projects.
At the time of appointment, the selected candidate must possess a valid Registration as Professional Architect in Washington State, or possess a valid Registration as Professional Architect in another State AND possess a National Council of Architects Registration Board (NCARB) certificate indicating the candidate's ability to obtain a reciprocal license in Washington State within six months. Do you meet these requirements?

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