Economic Alliance Program Coordinator

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on July 21, 2021

This Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Special Duty Assignment (SDA) is expected to last up to two years but may be extended based on funding availability.

The Economic Alliance Program Coordinator holds a key position within the Department of Local Services to support economic recovery for businesses impacted by COVID-19 and will provide coordination and support for economic development activities within unincorporated areas of King County.  This new position will work out of the Director’s office, reporting to the External Relations Manager, and will administer an unincorporated King County economic development alliance made up of community-based, business support organizations with the goal of helping businesses recover from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and advancing economic development in the unincorporated areas. One of the primary roles of this position will be to help develop the Economic Alliance Program which we will be submitting for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act eligibility review.

Our ideal candidate will establish collaborative relationships with our economic development partners and will build effective public/private partnerships, trust, and credibility throughout the business and development community. We are looking for someone to serve as a liaison between unincorporated communities, particularly groups supporting businesses in the unincorporated area. The Economic Alliance Program Coordinator will work to implement both existing and new strategies that support economic development. 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.

First Round of interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of August 23, 2021.
 Scope of Job Duties: To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill, and ability to:

  • Create and administer the unincorporated area business alliance to support economic recovery due to COVID-19 impacts;
  • Work with communities to create business district plans for unincorporated King County to help with COVID-19 recovery efforts; 
  • Develop, manage, and implement strategies and resources that enhance neighborhood business districts through small business support, marketing, and events;
  • Identify and implement strategies that will advance and actively apply the King County Equity and Social Justice Plan and priorities to enhance economic recovery for businesses within the unincorporated areas;
  • Promote collaboration on approaches to economic recovery through positive and proactive relationships with representatives of area economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, and business and industry associations;
  • Coordinate cross-departmental countywide efforts to address economic challenges facing unincorporated King County;
  • Utilize expertise in business district revitalization techniques, budgeting, contracting, organizational capacity building, and compliance to assist communities or organizations in securing additional federal, state, and/or local funding sources to support economic recovery in unincorporated King County;
  • Provide technical assistance to help build the capacity of local chambers of commerce, business groups, and nonprofit business-support groups in unincorporated King County;
  • Identify resources for unincorporated area business district improvement activities (e.g. Main Street program) to support economic recovery in unincorporated King County.
We are looking for candidates who have: 
  • Experience in public administration, economic development, community building, non-profit, community-based organizations or outreach involved in economic development;
  • Excellent people/public relations, communication, mediation, and negotiation skills;
  • Ability to network with communities, civic leaders, economic development professionals, private sector partners, and a wide variety of other organizations and constituents;
  • The ability to use innovative thinking and identify best practices to approach problems, resolve conflicts, and implement programs;
  • Knowledge of land use planning, real estate development, zoning, and municipal infrastructure;
  • Experience working with and supporting the needs of minority owned businesses and grant sources that are available;
  • Proficiency in conducting presentations in different settings, including public community meetings, businesses, nonprofit organization meetings, and small groups;
  • Skill conducting research to identify emerging needs, trends, and services that impact community development;
  • Experience effectively managing competing priorities, accomplishing tasks, and monitoring performance metrics;
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans;
  • Advanced ability with Excel, BI Insights, SmartView, Power BI or equivalent tools;
  • Knowledge of LEAN process improvement practices and other process improvement principals.
Why King County?
  • Competitive – healthcare plans
  • Free – transportation options
  • Manager Support – structured employee assistance program
  • Paid – vacation time (in addition to paid holidays)
  • Paid – sick leave
  • Paid – parental leave
  • Deferred – compensation plan
  • Ten – paid holidays
  • Awesome Employee Giving Program!
The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. The individual in this position will be meeting with community members and organizations and will be expected to engage in face-to-face interactions, as COVID-19 restrictions permit, throughout unincorporated King County.
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 may be required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
King County is the local service provider for the roughly quarter-million people who live in the unincorporated areas of the county. Taken together, the population in unincorporated King County would be the second-largest city in the state. The Department of Local Services includes a Director's Office and the Road Services and Permitting Divisions. The Director’s Office includes a robust Community Service Area group focused on identifying and responding to the needs of urban and rural unincorporated King County residents and businesses. The department provides a single executive point of accountability for delivery of local services to all of the unincorporated areas.
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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. 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 values--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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The recruitment for this position is open to all applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume.
If you have any questions, please contact Jen Irwin, Senior HR Analyst,  by e-mail at, or by phone at 206-263-0601. Connect with Jen on LinkedIn

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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  • 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.
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