Ending Secure Youth Detention Project Community Partner Co-Lead, Special Projects Manager (SPM) II

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on November 25, 2022
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The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.

King County's 
Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community.

The Children, Youth and Young Adults Division (CYYAD) is one of five divisions in DCHS. CYYAD believes that King County should be a place where all young people have equitable opportunities to be happy, healthy, safe, and thriving members of their communities. The division operates several re-engagement, education, and employment programs for youth and young adults, and is home to the Best Starts for Kids 5 to 24 investments, and Puget Sound Tax Payer Accountability Act’s K-12, community, and post-secondary investments. The division also includes several initiatives to support youth involved or at-risk in the criminal legal system including the community-led, County-supported Restorative Community Pathways program and the Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline investments. 


On behalf of the King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is also leading the strategic planning process to identify community-based alternatives to youth incarceration and oversee community engagement to create a roadmap that supports the health of young people, the safety of communities, and the efficacy of the juvenile legal system. Ultimately, King County is working to expand the community-based resources and accountability needed to support young people in their communities, close the juvenile detention facility at the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC), and repurpose that space to better support young people and families in King County. You can learn more about the strategic planning project at the project website (https://publicinput.com/cfjcstrategicplan2025). 

The Ending Secure Youth Detention Project Community Partner Co-Lead will advance this effort to reimagine and transform the County’s continuum of community-based alternatives to youth detention that addresses the needs and risks of young people, supports the health and well-being of young people, and upholds community safety. This position will be a leader with the proven ability to catalyze and sustain deep partnerships with community organizations and government partners to create systems change, facilitate decision-making across a diverse group of participants, collaborate and engage with community organizations and community members throughout the process, and know how to effectively interact with communities of color, and youth and young adults of color (ages 12-24 years) who are involved in the juvenile legal system and/or at-risk of involvement in the criminal legal system. They will work closely with the CYYAD Ending Secure Youth Detention Project Management Co-Lead and staff from other County departments.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications.


REQUIRED MATERIALS: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit an online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state, “see my resume” are considered incomplete and will not be considered to be competitive.


WORK SCHEDULE/CONDITIONS: This is a Special Duty Assignment (SDA), or Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) position anticipated to end September 30, 2025, but subject to change dependent on operational need. This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime. Typical hours are Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. This position is not represented by a union.


Teleworking Requirement 

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.

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 situationsKing 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. 


RECRUITER: Susan Churchill, susan.churchill@kingcounty.gov

Job Duties

  • Build community partnerships with organizations working with young people involved in the criminal legal system, facilitate critical dialogues to directly inform the project’s recommendations of community-based alternatives needed and establish, and manage relationships with community leaders and partners in King County.
  • Work with the Advisory Committee, community partners, and co-lead to conduct analysis of various options to inform recommendations regarding alternative systems of support and accountability to youth detention at the Children and Family Justice Center, including facilitation of meetings and strategy development.
  • Lead community-centered partnership strategy and facilitate activities to reach impacted populations, including young people and families with involvement in the criminal legal system, and partner with community organizations to implement activities with impacted populations. 
  • Establish measures of success, acceptance criteria, and methods to track, control, and report community partnership and engagement strategy; determine financial and performance indicators and use evaluation of findings to redirect and inform the project. 
  • Keep up to date with emerging local and national trends and insights and identify promising community-based alternatives to secure juvenile detention.
  • Run briefings and presentations, translating challenging and complex concepts, data, and information for diverse audiences, both orally and in writing.
  • Act as liaison and resource to community partners working to support young people involved in the criminal legal system. Identify potential problem areas, take corrective actions, advise others of required actions.
  • With communications team, manage communications on a regular and timely basis, ensuring that all project participants and community partners are informed of project status, problems, and required actions.
  • Exercise excellent collaborative and communication skills to act as a liaison with various committees, community partners, and public and political officials, including those officials with special responsibilities or interests related to this effort. Utilize similar skills to liaise with designated city, county, state, and federal agencies.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Highly skilled in community partnerships and previous demonstrated success in organizing, planning, and executing large-scale transformation projects from vision through implementation.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the effects of place, race, and policy and systems-based inequities as they relate to the juvenile legal system in King County. 
  • A well-developed understanding of anti-racism, equity and social justice principles and experience leading teams and/or implementing policies that integrate equity and social justice as well as community-centered approaches into program design and policy change. 
  • Skilled in group decision-making, including facilitation and negotiation skills, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and decision making; handling multiple competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated personal and/or professional experience of working with and supporting young people and families impacted by the criminal legal system in King County. 
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the juvenile legal system and strong understanding on the impacts of systemic racism in the criminal legal system. 
  • 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; skilled in working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to pass a background check to access the youth detention facility and engage with young people in juvenile detention.

Considerations for access to the youth detention center:

  1. Be free of drug and/or alcohol abuse – cannot currently be an alcohol or drug offender including: 
    • No illegal use/abuse of marijuana and other such drugs for at least three years 
    • No illegal use of narcotics-level drugs for the previous seven years 
    • No alcohol abuse (clean and sober) for the previous two years
  2. Successfully pass the DAJD criminal history background check including: 
    • Seattle, King County Washington Crime Information Center (WACIC), National Crime Information Center (NCI) and FBI criminal background check 
    • No outstanding charges or warrants 
    • If applicant has one charge and/or conviction, three years have lapsed since the applicant was last involved in the criminal justice system (including charges, incarceration, probation, parole, etc.) or 
    • If the applicant has more than one charge and/or conviction, five years have lapsed since the applicant was last involved in the criminal justice system (including charges, incarceration, probation, parole, etc.) 
    • No charges or convictions for introduction of contraband into a secure facility 
    • Off parole/probation for a minimum of two years 
    • No history (suspicion or conviction) of abuse against children or adults – including child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, assault 

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).

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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 the 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.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? 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? 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. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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
Please describe your experience building deep and meaningful relationships with community partners supporting young people impacted by the criminal legal system in King County. Please provide examples of when you worked with community partners to create sustained change.
Please describe what you consider as top priorities for creating community-based alternatives to youth incarceration and why.
King County has transformed its work on equity and social justice from an initiative to an integrated effort that applies the principle of "fair and just" intentionally in all the county does in order to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities. Please describe how your previous personal and professional experiences reflect this commitment to equity and social justice.

Required Question