Economic Alliance Program Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
Posted on January 7, 2022
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Summary

The King County Department of Local Services (DLS) Director’s Office is hiring unincorporated King County (UKC) Economic Alliance Program Manager. The Program Manager will support economic recovery for businesses and individuals in unincorporated King County impacted by COVID-19. Unincorporated King County includes, amongst others, the urban communities of White Center, Skyway, East Federal Way, Fairwood, and E. Renton and the rural communities of Vashon, Fall City, Snoqualmie Valley, Maple Valley, and SE King County. This position will coordinate and support the UKC Economic Alliance Program.

This position is a Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Special Duty Assignment (SDA) and is expected to last up to one year and possibly three years subject to continued appropriation of funding by the King County Council. 

The King County Council appropriated $5.25 million in funding from the 2021 Federal American Rescue Plan Act to the King County Department of Local Services (Local Services) to support an economic alliance in unincorporated King County (UKC) to assist the region’s recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

The UKC Economic Alliance Program is anticipated to run for three years, from 2022 to 2024, subject to continued appropriation of funding by the King County Council. The program will be comprised of four components and is intended to support only COVID-impacted individuals and businesses in UKC.

  1. Small business grants for COVID-impacted businesses
  2. Training and job placement support for COVID-impacted workers
  3. COVID recovery technical assistance for small businesses, including accounting, legal support, and business planning
  4. Community outreach to ensure that the program benefits reach those most impacted by the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 health emergency

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. The program manager will develop, convene, and support the UKC Economic Alliance (which will be comprised of community-based economic development organizations and chambers of commerce), implement the small business grant program, and work with contracted organizations to ensure that all program beneficiaries meet Federal COVID-recovery eligibility requirements. The Program Manager will work closely with the Alliance, contracted organizations, and colleagues in DLS to ensure coordination and collaboration to promote economic recovery across UKC in compliance with federal funding requirements.

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.

Job Duties

To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to:

 

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. 

  • Work with Procurement to develop contracts with economic development partners.
  • Develop and implement a UKC Economic Alliance comprised of contracted organizations and partners.
  • Promote collaboration on approaches to economic recovery through positive and proactive relationships and planning with Alliance members.
  • Identify gaps in assistance and develop strategies with Alliance members to fill those gaps.
  • Assess short, mid- and long-term COVID-19 recovery needs with Alliance members.
  • Work with the contracted organizations and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to develop an assessment for “negatively impacted by COVID-19” which meets the needs of community while satisfying federal requirements
  • Ensure recipients meet the eligibility requirements
  • Implement the small business grant program using process and systems developed in previous rounds.
  • Help Alliance members identify and implement strategies that will advance and actively apply the King County Equity and Social Justice Plan and priorities to enhance economic recovery.
  • Coordinate implementation of strategies with Alliance members.
  • Oversee reporting of funded partners and ensure requirements are being met 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:  

  • Experience in public administration, economic development, community building, non-profit, community-based organizations or outreach focused on economic development.
  • Excellent people/public relations, communication, mediation, and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to network with communities, civic leaders, economic development professionals, private sector partners, businesses, 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.
  • Experience working with and supporting the needs of ethnic businesses and business districts.
  • Proficiency in conducting presentations in different settings, including public community meetings, businesses, nonprofit organization meetings, and small groups.
  • 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, multi-lingual environments, and veterans.
  • Knowledge of working within the unique challenges and experiences of immigrant and refugee business owners.
  • Comfortable and able to engage in multi-lingual environments.
  • Advanced ability with Excel, Power BI or equivalent tools.
  • Knowledge of LEAN process improvement practices and other process improvement principals.

Supplemental Information

Those applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to interview the week of February 7, 2022.
 
If you are selected as a finalist you will be asked to come back the week of February 14, 2022 for a second interview.
  

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants. If you are a King County employee in a Career Service position, you may be eligible for Special Duty assignment. The Department of Local Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.
 
WORK SCHEDULE: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not overtime-eligible. The position is paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour work week. The position may be required to work extended and/or flex scheduled work hours to respond to service needs. 
 
 FORMS AND MATERIALS: An online employment application, resume, and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) summarizing how you meet the experience, qualifications, knowledge and skills for the position.
   
SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness.  The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews.  Interviews will be conducted via Teams. Reference checks and file reviews will be conducted.
 
  UNION MEMBERSHIP: Non - Represented

 Teleworking Requirement: 
The work associated with this position will be performed by teleworking, field work, 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.
 
 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, 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.  
   
  Are you ready to APPLY?
 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.
   
   For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
     Sonali Sharma
     Human Resources Analyst
     206-477-7282
     sosharma@kingcounty.gov
 
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
 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. 
 
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.
 
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.

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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.
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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

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