Capital Projects Section Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
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Posted on September 10, 2020

King County’s Facilities Management Division (FMD) is searching for a leader to serve as the Capital Projects Section Manager for the division. King County is one of America's fastest-growing regions and Executive Dow Constantine is building partnerships and working with employees to meet the key challenges facing the Pacific Northwest in the 21st Century – regional mobility, equity and social justice, and climate change.

This manager will lead the Capital Projects Section (CPS) which is comprised of capital project managers and support staff. CPS manages the development, design, and implementation of a wide variety of complex capital improvement projects and an extensive major maintenance program.

The vision for this manager is to deliver capital and major maintenance projects on time and within budget while providing excellent project quality and results. The position is key in prioritizing, developing and monitoring the sections budget, and managing process improvements to include actively managing staff and driving positive employee engagement.

This role involves daily interaction with staff from all levels of the organization including agency stakeholders and partners from the separate branches of government. This role requires a commitment to efficiency and innovation, a desire to push self and others for successful results, and a focus on building functional teams.

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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.

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King County has a strong and resilient economy and an environment where people and businesses can thrive. Located on Puget Sound in Washington State, and covering 2,134 square miles, King County is nearly twice as large as the average county in the United States. With more than 2 million people, it also ranks as the 13th most populous county in the nation.

King County encompasses 39 cities and is truly an international destination, with more than 100 languages spoken in the region. More than 30 million tourists from all over the U.S. and the world visit King County every year. King County is home to the vibrant urban centers of Seattle and Bellevue, suburban areas, small towns, islands, and rural communities, as well as vast forests, spectacular mountains, glittering bodies of water, and productive farmlands. 

Cities in King County frequently appear on "Best Places to Live" lists and is #34 on the 2017 Forbes "The Best Places for Business and Careers" List. As home to some of the world's most influential companies and industries, our leaders are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive economy that benefits all. In addition, King County government was named by Forbes as one of the nation's top 200 employers in 2016. Many King County communities have highly rated schools, nationally recognized restaurants, vibrant recreation, and numerous cultural opportunities. Housing options range from single-family homes to high-rise apartments and condos to large country acreages. In King County, you'll find a community that suits you best, from urban neighborhoods, suburban developments with walkable amenities, to rustic rural settings.


The Capital Projects Section Manager is responsible for managing the daily operations of the sections various functions and will be tasked with building and implementing the strategic planning, performance management, and process improvement capacities for the section. Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage the development and implementation of the section’s biennial capital and major maintenance budget and monitor the operating budget.
  • Advise the Division Director on the section’s strategic and policy issues.
  • Provide strategic direction and technical expertise to capital project managers. Determine performance standards for unit, individuals, and project work teams, and monitor progress for reporting and compliance with FMD design and construction policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with elected officials, County employees, other County departments and agencies, clients, and the public to ensure Capital Projects Section goals are met. Represent FMD at public meetings, briefings and presentations.
  • Coordinate sensitive and complex projects and review their impacts with the division and department directors, tenant and other agency managers, the County Executive, the County Council and external agency officials.
  • Provide technical expertise to capital project managers in areas of construction and project contract administration, project development, consultant fee negotiation, and procurement activities.
  • Oversee and maintain the section’s facility condition database.
  • This position reports to the Deputy Division Director – Operations.
  • Have strong project and or construction management, architecture, or engineering knowledge, background, and experience, preferably with a large facilities, public works, or real estate management organization, and extensive knowledge of contracting methods; OR any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrate the ability to perform the scope of job duties;
  • Create vision and goals for the Capital Projects Section which align with FMD and County goals and establish clear processes for measuring successful results.
  • Address conflict directly and in a transparent manner. Take personal responsibility for decisions and act with ownership.
  • Have a track record of delivering high quality projects on time and on budget.
  • Adapt while working in a multi-faceted, changing and sometimes ambiguous environment. Can work through tasks or issues when clear answers are not readily present.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Bring parties with different views or priorities to common ground and equitable outcomes.
  • Build teams of diverse perspectives, experience, and work styles; foster positive work environment to bolster team morale and drive employee engagement. Implement culture of collaboration, delivery, and success.
  • Be a champion for Equity & Social Justice. Understands that systematic racism and its long-term effects are pervasive in our society. Are comfortable having candid and sincere conversations with all employees about race and equity in the workplace.
  • Communicate technical terms or process to diverse audiences of various skill and understanding.
  • Operate at a strategic level without being hindered by minutiae of work.


This exciting opportunity is open to all applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly suggest that you include a resume and cover letter with your submission. This position will remain open until filled. Applicants who apply by September 7, 2020 will receive first consideration.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrés Boyer, Recruiter, by e-mail at, or by phone at 206-263-8388. Connect with me on LinkedIn!

King County is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and we encourage people of color, women, veterans and people with disabilities to apply.

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.

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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
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.