Electrification Program Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
Posted on June 14, 2022
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Metro is seeking an Electrification Program Manager (Strategic Planning Manager I) for the General Manager’s Office. The Electrification Program Manager will coordinate and strategize the zero-emissions work across the agency, ensuring that Metro’s efforts are successfully implemented. The Electrification Program Manager will report directly to the Deputy General Manager of Metro and work in partnership with employees, colleagues, King County agencies, and other affected parties. The position will coordinate with professional and technical staff throughout Metro.
King County Metro Transit has ambitious goals to continue transitioning to electrify its fleets by 2035; 100% of Metro buses will be zero-emission by then. The electrification program’s success is fundamental to meeting Metro and King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) goals while continuing to provide reliable mobility services to the public. Metro’s goals are to transition the approximately 1,400 fixed-route bus fleet from 16% zero emissions to 100% between 2022 and 2035 and to transition a similar number of light- and medium-duty vehicles such as rideshare vans, non-revenue vehicles, and the ADA paratransit fleet to meet earlier targets. Converting our fleets will require significant investments in infrastructure, replacement of our entire fleet, and revisions to aspects of nearly all of Metro’s operational activities.  

Our ideal candidate is a dedicated people and program leader with experience leading, managing, and directing teams to successfully achieve agency-wide business goals. The successful candidate will have experience with highly visible and politically sensitive strategic initiatives and special projects, and a proven/demonstrated ability to implement equity and social justice principles into all aspects of their work.  

Job Duties

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. As the Electrification Program Manager, you will:  

  • Lead the development and implementation of Metro’s electrification strategic plan with direction and collaboration from employees, colleagues, Metro and King County leadership, and other internal and external parties.
  • Identify and recommend policy direction to Metro and King County leadership necessary for the successful development, implementation, and administration of Metro’s electrification strategy.
  • Manage Metro’s electrification program across the department and ensure activities undertaken by this initiative are managed responsibly and comply with all relevant laws, regulations, and County policies.
  • Develop department electrification program objectives timeframes, deliverables, and assessment criteria. Report on project status, budget, schedules, and other issues.
  • Facilitate the development of Metro’s electrification budget and forecasting and identify and recommend financial improvement opportunities for existing practices, new initiatives, or projects to meet organizational commitments.
  • Develop strategies to improve operational efficiency and/or performance, including overseeing the development of operational and service plans which identify future operational resource requirements to ensure performance targets are met. Ensure a consistent agency-wide approach to operational planning.
  • Establish partnerships across Metro and the County to define, develop, manage and drive the execution of Metro's electrification program based on business and customer needs.
  • Partner with Metro’s Partnerships and Engagement section to engage regional partners, such as utilities, local, state, and federal jurisdictions, elected officials, and the community in key programmatic decisions and work planning to advance the electrification strategic plan.
  • Participate as a core leadership team member and ensure consistency of electrification activities with Metro’s mission and goals; develop annual objectives, work priorities, and work plans.  
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • 5 years of demonstrated experience in complex program management, continuously staying up to date with techniques and principles 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a cross-functional team to implement an agency-wide initiative
  • Skills in supervising and/or leading multidisciplinary staff. Demonstrated ability to influence, lead and coach cross-functional teams and champion new concepts and ideas
  • Knowledge of strategic business planning techniques, principles, and practices
  • Knowledge and skill in financial planning and quantitative performance analysis for a public agency with multiple and diverse services
  • Knowledge of automated data analysis methods, models, and systems
  • Skill in synthesizing information and making recommendations within and outside of established policies and procedures
  • Leadership courage and the ability to identify and take steps necessary to ensure that all in the Metro employee community have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential
  • Skill in making timely and quality decisions
  • Experience prioritizing work in complex operational environments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing
  • Skill in working effectively with diverse individuals and populations
  • Ability to drive or facilitate action in ambiguous and complex environments.
  • Ability to work on a number of projects/tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Skill in using current office software programs and ability to stay up to date on programs
  • Knowledge of King County government
  • Knowledge of transit operations and optimization
  • Knowledge of sustainability principles and implementation strategies
  • Knowledge of budgeting and forecasting
  • Skilled in leading organizations to durable, risk-informed decisions
  • Quick study of highly technical subject matters

Supplemental Information


This Term-Limited-Temporary (TLT)/ Special Duty Assignment (SDA) position is anticipated to be a term of five total years in duration.  
  • TLT: Open to the public and all King County employees 
  • SDA: Open to current King County career service or appointed employees who have passed their initial probationary period. 
 This recruitment may be used to create an eligibility pool to fill future career service, TLT and/or SDA vacancies that may occur within the next 12 months or at the discretion of the hiring manager.

Application & Selection Process
An online employment application and cover letter describing your interest, and answers to the supplemental questions are required.

Applications will be screened for completeness, writing accuracy, and competitiveness. Any additional attachments will not be reviewed or considered. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews.  

Work Schedule  
The work week is typically 40 hours, Monday through Friday. This position is not subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and therefore is not eligible for overtime pay.
Union Representation /Job Code/Grade
Non-Rep /Job Code 249101/Grade 73

Work Location
The primary location of this position is in King Street Center (201 S. Jackson, Seattle, WA )

Teleworking Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly in a hybrid work environment working in the office and at home. 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.  
(New) Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

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:  Aimee Higbee, ahigbee@kingcounty.gov

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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.

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