Deputy Division Director - WLRD

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on November 18, 2022
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This is a unique opportunity to join the leadership team of the Water and Land Resources Division as the Interim Deputy Director for one year and to gain experience managing a natural resources management organization with more than 400 employees and a biannual budget of more than $300 million. Your work will help our organization implement vital programs that support and enhance public health and safety, improve water quality, assist in salmon recovery, and grow the region’s land conservation, forestry, and agriculture programs.

You will thrive in this role if… 

  • You are a creative problem solver who enjoys working across many different programs to achieve the best outcomes for clean water, healthy habitat, and the communities we serve, 
  • You are skilled at communicating science, policy, and fiscal considerations to decision-makers,
  • You are passionate about applying equity and social justice principles to environmental work,
  • You are customer-focused and committed to a career in public service,
  • You are comfortable charting a path forward in the face of uncertainty, and 
  • You are inspired by the WLRD’s mission to protect, restore, and manage King County's water and land using the best available science and innovation in collaboration with our partners and the community.
What You’ll Be Doing: 
  • Leading Division-government relations, including guiding staff review of state legislation, serving as liaison with the King County Flood Control District, briefing Councilmembers, and guiding development of county legislation and reports. 
  • Collaborating with division leaders and project teams to improve salmon habitat, deliver capital projects to enhance stormwater management and flood protection, strengthen local agriculture and forestry, and accelerate land conservation.
  • Partnering with our Division Equity Team to deliver on commitments to our employees and communities for an equitable, inclusive workplace and clean water and healthy land for all.
  • Helping develop and apply visual performance management tools to improve transparency and accountability for environment, equity, and social justice outcomes.
  •   Serving on Department cross-teams related to Equity and Social Justice, remote work, safety, and emerging policy issues.
Who is Eligible:  This position is open to all qualified applicants.  King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.
Duration: This term-limited position is anticipated to be up to one (1) year in duration.
If the successful applicant is a King County Career Service employee, this position will be offered as a Special Duty Assignment. Employees must have their current supervisor’s approval to accept an SDA.
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 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.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The Successful Candidate will have the Following Competencies:

  • Manages Complexity:  Making sense of complex, high-quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Strategic Mindset:  Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.
  • Decision Quality:  Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward. 
  • Racially Just:  Acting in a manner that advances racial equity in everyday interactions and in work outcomes.
  • Instills Trust:  Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Courage:  Stepping up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said.
 Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in public policy, political science, or closely related field and 5 years of increasingly responsible experience in environmental policy OR a combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work.
  • Demonstrated experience in navigating local and state legislative processes as well as knowledge of federal and state environmental policies and funding programs related WLRD’s mission.
  • Extensive demonstrated experience developing and analyzing public policy and regulations and framing policy choices for decision-makers. 
  • Skill in handling multiple competing priorities and politically sensitive issues in a tactful and diplomatic manner.
  • Demonstrated success working with all levels of government, and in partnership with community organizations and private sector businesses to develop and implement projects and strategies.
  • Knowledge and experience with applying equity and social justice principles in hiring, employee engagement, and development of programs and policies. 
  • Skills and experience as a people leader, including managing, coaching, and supporting professional development of employees.
  • Skills and experience in convening and facilitating cross-disciplinary teams with frontline staff and managers to develop and implement strategic plans.
  • Strong writing, presentation, and facilitation skills and experience. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, on-line meeting platforms, and willingness to learn new platforms for on-line routing of documents for review and approval.
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
Union Representation: This position is not represented by a union.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact: 
Josh Baldi, Director, Water and Land Resources Division 
(206) 477-9440
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, please contact Pamela Johnson, Human Resources Manager at  or 206-477-4717.

Supplemental Information

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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
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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
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Executive Branch includes 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.

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.