Engineer II - Home-Based Childcare Projects Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on October 6, 2021
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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.  

Are you passionate about community development, early learning/education, and social justice?  Do you enjoy working collaboratively to bring a vision to life?  Would you enjoy working with small business owners to bring project ideas to fruition?  Can you move quickly between big picture vision and project-level details?  If so, King County's Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is looking for you!

DCHS provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community. We manage a wide range of programs and services to assist the county's most vulnerable residents. The department maintains a pro-equity focus aimed at developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all county residents, regardless of race, gender identity or income.

The Housing, Homelessness, and Community Development Division (H2CD2) of DCHS seeks a skilled Home-Based Childcare Project Manager to provide information and technical assistance to community stakeholders and small business owners in King County, who are interested in receiving Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA) funding to expand, maintain, or repair their home-based child care centers. This job requires extensive home and in-person consultation with business owners, including home visits to inspect properties and assess the feasibility of projects. This job requires climbing on ladders, walking on uneven surfaces, crawling under homes, and other potentially strenuous activities. This position requires working proactively with the child care providers of King County, to explore, solve and improve a wide range of home rehabilitation issues to preserve or expand home-based family child care.

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 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 represented by PROTEC17.

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 requiredincluding 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.  

RECRUITER: Annette Coleman, 

Job Duties

  • Inspect dwellings for housing quality standards, code violations and eligible repairs under the PSTAA Family Childcare program activity.  The projects outcome is to achieve a secure, safe, and a reasonable housing unit in compliance with the In-home daycare standards.
  • Provide technical assistance and planning expertise to the project scoping process. Research all applicable building codes and early education licensing requirements to determine project feasibility.
  • Work to apply an equity and social justice approach to aspects of the work in partnership with team members and other division and department staff. 
  • Prepare written bids/proposals, develop construction specifications to facilitate the public bid process.  Administer construction/rehabilitation contracts between contractor and business/homeowner. Resolve business/homeowner/contractor disputes.
  • Conduct project site inspections with contractors to monitor contractor compliance. Authorize interim disbursements and contract final payments. Monitor and review budget expenditures for each individual client project.
  • Conduct outreach to home-based, family childcare providers working across diverse communities to provide information about program and funding.
  • Provide technical assistance to child care providers related to early learning accreditation requirements.
  • Participate in division and department-wide meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Experience managing construction projects, including monitoring compliance with requirements, staying within budgeted costs, and keeping project timelines.
  • Two years (24 months) of current construction-related experience in housing rehabilitation and/or general construction practices.
  • Demonstrated, recent experience with construction costs and labor requirements.
  • General understanding and ability to interpret current building codes, mechanical HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and applicable land use requirements.
  • Physical ability to conduct in-person home inspections, which may include demands such as going up and down steps and ladders as well as climbing over or crawling under or around obstacles.
  • Two years of experience in community development, early learning center design/ development, interior design, and/or general construction.
  • Demonstrated experience building trusted working relationships with communities of color including immigrant and refugee communities and other vulnerable populations. 
  • Teamwork orientation, ability to be cooperative, negotiate and compromise, and resolve issues with minimal direction.
  • Strong customer service, flexible attitude and a high-level of professionalism when interacting with the public as well as staff at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated clear and professional-level writing for client and/or contractor communications and providing written technical assistance.
  • Ability to manage time, to work on multiple tasks in high pressure/short deadline environment, and to adapt to changes in workload demand and priorities.
  • Understanding of equity and social justice principles and practices and the effects of place, race, policy and systems-based inequities, and the ability to apply an equity and social justice approach to all areas of the work, including communication, technical assistance, and contract processes.  
  • Intermediate proficiency using Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel.


  • Familiarity with the public/private bidding process to select contractors, including experience negotiating and writing contracts.
  • Two years’ experience reviewing Construction related project proposals and working in partnership with applicants to fine-tune projects for funding.
  • Knowledge of EPA/HUD regulations regarding lead-based paint inspections, risk assessments and clearance examinations. A State certified lead-based paint risk assessor is preferred, but not required.
  • Familiarity with early learning accreditation programs such as Early Achievers and Washington requirements for licensing home-based child care facilities. 
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills.

Necessary Special Requirements:

  • Possess a valid Washington State driver’s license and have the ability to travel to various locations throughout King County in a timely manner.
  • Ability to successfully pass a background investigation per FWAC or CW 43.43.

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

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. 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.

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.

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.
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
This position will require some knowledge of ADA requirements, Universal Design elements and WA state child care licensing requirements. Have you participated in any assessment, construction development or design elements related to early childhood learning spaces? This could be in any physical indoor or outdoor spaces specifically designed for children ages 0-12 (elementary schools, community rec centers, day cares etc.) Please give an example of a project and what your role was in helping to create those spaces.
Please identify from the programs below the ones you have proficiency with, and level of proficiency. List any projects that help describe your proficiency. a) Microsoft Word b) Microsoft Excel c) Other (Share Point, Power Point, Access, other databases etc.)
Describe your experience and approach to integrating equity and social justice into your current or previous roles.
This position, along with many other King County positions, will be required to telecommute at least through December 2021. When it is safe to return to the office, it is expected to be a hybrid model, or mix of some work in the office and some telecommuting. Do you have experience with telecommuting? If so, what challenges, if any, did that pose for you? If not, what challenges do you expect that a combination of telecommuting and working in the office might pose for you?

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