Determinants of Equity Project Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on January 5, 2022
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The Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget ("PSB") is seeking a team-oriented candidate for the term-limited temporary or special duty appointed position of Determinants of Equity Project Manager to manage all aspects of the project to update and refine the county’s Determinants of Equity report.

 PSB serves as the hub of county budget and policy development, strategic planning, performance management, and as a key implementation arm of the County Executive.  PSB is committed to becoming a diverse, inclusive, and open organization that models the County's values.  PSB employees enjoy a flexible work environment and frequent opportunities for collaboration and celebration.  For additional information please visit our website:  The Project Manager will be part of the Performance and Strategy work section in PSB that works on major elements of the King County Operational Excellence system including strategic and business planning, operational reviews, performance measurement, enterprise performance data management, employee surveys, and customer experience measurement.
As the only county in the United States 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 community with residents who represent countries from around the world.  It is a region with increasing diversity that values the traditions of many cultures.  King County is changing the way government delivers service and has been recognized nationally as a model of excellence.
King County continues to build on a legacy of shared values: equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement.  King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income.  All of these qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play.
King County provides a generous employee benefits package including comprehensive health benefits, paid parental leave, and paid time off to volunteer.  For details, see:

The Project Manager will engage with and facilitate a multi-disciplinary group of leaders and subject matter experts within the executive branch in producing an updated Determinants of Equity report. This work will entail reaching agreement on a set of community indicators aligned to the county’s determinants of equity with executive and legislative branch staff as well as community members. The report will likely be an interactive, electronic format rather than static written report. It will be used to support operational, legislative, and equity gap analyses to inform policy development and programmatic action.

The original Determinants of Equity Report was developed in 2014 by PSB in collaboration with county agencies to identify equity measures related to the county’s fourteen determinants of equity to highlight disparities in the county. The 2014 report is widely cited as a groundbreaking body of work and has been used to inform the King County Equity & Social Justice Strategic Plan and is used by executive branch departments and King County Council to advance equity in policy development and program implementation. The updated report will entail refining the list of indicators in conjunction with community and executive branch engagement as well as updating the report format to make the report more actionable for the executive and legislative branches and the public.
The selected candidate will join the six-member Performance and Strategy Team. This team works on major elements of the King County Operational Excellence system including strategic and business planning, operational reviews, performance measurement, enterprise performance data management, employee surveys, and customer experience measurement. In addition, the team also supports other high priority issues such as Racism as a Public Health Crisis and emerging complex county priorities such as federal grants, COVID response, or the transition of the Sheriff’s Office to the executive branch.

Job Duties

  1. Project management from inception to completion, following PSB’s project management standards including chartering, risk assessment, performance reporting/tracking, change management, and maintaining schedules.
  2. Develop and manage the project’s budget, schedule and scope.
  3. Manage and control day-to-day activities, issues, risks, quality and budget.  
  4. Establish and manage an advisory group composed of department and agency leaders.
  5. Facilitate meetings with community stakeholders.
  6. Potentially manage funds to departments for staffing and data support.
  7. Facilitate and negotiate resolution across community members and leaders where conflict may arise.
  8. Handle politically sensitive inquiries about the program or work being done.
  9. Conduct a landscape analysis of existing community-identified indicators as prioritized by Black, Indigenous, and communities of color and those at the intersections of other forms of systemic oppression.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  1. Knowledge of racial equity and inclusion principles, strategies, and indicators
  2. Experience with complex project management, including directing work of multi-disciplinary staff
  3. Knowledge of research and analysis methods
  4. Knowledge of general government principles, policies, and operations that impact equity and social justice
  5. Experience with data analysis, large data sets, interpreting, and reporting data
  6. Advanced skill in effectively communicating orally and in writing, including making formal presentations to groups and committees, influencing decision makers in a political environment, and working with the media
  7. Facilitation and negotiation skills
  8. Analytical and problem-solving skills
  9. Data visualization (dashboard development desirable)
  10. Skills in self-direction and managing multiple tasks simultaneously

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.
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.
APPLICATION PROCESS: This recruitment opportunity is open to all qualified applicants. To apply for this opportunity, you must provide three application components: 1) your resume, 2) a cover letter, and   3)  a completed King County application form.
For further inquiries regarding this recruitment, please contact Seth Watson or 206-477-5330.
SELECTION PROCESS: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness, and qualifications. Competitive candidates will be invited for an interview.  Reference checks will be conducted for final candidates.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A valid state driver's license or the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner as needed.

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.

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I have submitted a fully complete online application, a resume, and a letter of interest that fully describes my experience with managing complex projects to completion, integrating equity and social justice considerations, and applying data to programmatic and policy issues.

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