Environmental Programs Managing Supervisor - GIS

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on March 24, 2020

JOB SUMMARY: This two-year Special Duty position is responsible for performing full supervisory duties for the staff assigned to the Wastewater Treatment Division's Geographic Information System Work Group.  The selected person will also perform GIS technical analyses, data management and programming and will generate GIS products.
WHO MAY APPLY:  This position is open to qualified King County employees in the Wastewater Treatment Division. Wastewater Teamsters, Local 117 will have first consideration. 

WORK LOCATION: The primary work location will be at King Street Center, 201 South Jackson Street, Seattle, Washington, with some travel required to other WTD locations throughout King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties.

WORK SCHEDULE: This full-time, special duty assignment is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not overtime eligible. The regular workweek is full-time 40 hours, Monday through Friday.
King County VALUES: True North: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive.
  • We are one team: We put the team's interest first - We partner well with others to get work done and achieve County objectives - We value listening, seeking diverse perspectives and engaging others to challenge our assumptions - We assume positive intent of others. - We are honest, direct, and actively share information.
  • We solve problems: We make problems visible and treat them as opportunities - We embrace data, analysis, and science - We innovate and challenge the status quo - We align solutions with strategic priorities, goals, and objectives.
  • We focus on the customer: We continuously seek insight into customer needs - We identify opportunities and always try to improve and personalize the customer experience - We interact with respect, courtesy, and calmness.
  • We drive for results: We act with speed, commitment, and persistence - We accept responsibility and hold ourselves and others accountable - We take the initiative and tackle tough assignments - We improve our processes and master the details.
  • We are racially just: We acknowledge racism and oppression and seek to undo it at all levels - We recognize our positional power and how it affects our interactions with others and the communities we serve - We act as champions to achieve racial justice.
  • We respect all people: We actively seek to learn and understand all perspectives, beliefs, and values - We engage all people in decisions affecting them - We recognize all people for their contributions and accomplishments.
  • We lead the way: We seek to understand the big picture and think creatively - We communicate with clarity and conciseness - We advocate and advance organizational priorities - We exercise strong judgment and decision making - We inspire others.
  • We are responsible stewards: We act responsibly with our resources, and we protect and contribute to the things that make this region special - We demonstrate financial acumen and a commitment to controlling costs.
To learn more about the Wastewater Treatment Division click on the below links:

Job Duties

The successful candidate will perform the following job duties:

  • Supervise staff assigned to the WTD GIS Work Group within the Planning, Inspection, Modeling, Monitoring, & Mapping Unit.
  • Assign work and oversee the review of the work of GIS staff.
  • Assign and direct the coordination and implementation of specialized work assignments involving database research, analysis and report preparation.
  • Plan, develop and administer the work group's budget.  Monitor and authorize expenditures and determine methods to meet program objectives within established budget requirements.
  • Develop and implement procedures to review work products including peer review, individual meetings or other methods to ensure quality control of work processes and products.
  • Develop and implement staff and section work plans, strategic planning/goals and metrics for the group, and promote the use of Lean concepts in collaboration with other supervisors and leads.  Monitor progress on the group's work assignments and determine methods to meet program objectives within schedule requirements.
  • Provide check-ins with individual staff and coordinate staff meetings to ensure regular communication is occurring.
  • Provide assistance to staff on administrative and technical issues; model excellent workplace behaviors and expectations and provide feedback to staff in these areas.
  • Identify and recommend training for GIS staff.
  • Write and communicate performance appraisals, recommend staffing actions (hiring, promotion, discipline, etc.), and participate in strategic discussions and decisions with other supervisors and managers.
  • Provide master level GIS expertise including developing methodology, structure and formats for use in GIS programming, databases and related software.
  • Provide master level GIS subject matter expertise on capital, operations and asset management projects and programs for WTD.
  • Work with staff to develop and prepare technical documentation to describe WTD GIS programs, databases and related software.
The successful candidate will embody the following competencies:

Plans and Aligns – sets objectives to align with broader organizational goals; stages activities with relevant milestones and schedules; focuses on highest priorities and sets aside less critical tasks; uses milestones to diligently track and manage the progress of the work; breaks down objectives into appropriate initiatives and actions; anticipates and adjusts effective contingency plans

Interpersonal Savvy – relates comfortably with people across all levels, functions, culture and geography; acts with diplomacy and tact; builds rapport in an open, friendly, and accepting way; builds constructive relationships with people both similar and different to self; understands interpersonal and group dynamics and reacts in an effective manner; engages input form others constantly and listens with empathy and concern
Optimizes Work Processes – Identifies and creates the processes necessary to get the work done; Separates and combines activities into efficient workflow; Designs processes and procedures that allow managing from a distance; Seeks ways to improve processes, from small tweaks to complete reengineering
Manages Complexity – Asks the right questions to accurately analyze situations; Acquires data from multiple and diverse sources when solving problems; Uncovers root cause problems; Evaluates pros and cons, risks and benefits of different solution options
Communicates Effectively – Provides timely and helpful information to others across the organization; is effective in a variety of communication settings (one-on-one, small and large groups, or among diverse styles and position levels); actively listens to others and checks for understanding; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; encourages
 the open expression of diverse ideas and opinions; delivers messages in a clear, compelling, and concise manner
The ideal candidate will have the following required experiences, skills, knowledge, and abilities:  
  • Demonstrated experience working with minimal guidance where there may be ambiguity and established procedures and policies may not exist and must be developed.  Ability to identify issues needing management attention and input.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in dealing with King County staff at all levels in all phases of the work.
  • Managerial Courage; willingness to initiate difficult conversations with managers and staff in a tactful and productive manner.
  • Demonstrated technical competence in all aspects of the WTD GIS group's work with at least five years of experience in:
    • GIS technology, application development and programming, GIS design conceptualization and composition, production of cartographic and other spatial data displays, and data management.
  • Understanding of WTD's system, data, processes, programs, projects and organization.
  • Working knowledge of project management, and operational management techniques and principles.
  • Working knowledge of wastewater treatment infrastructure as implemented in the Wastewater Treatment Division.
  • Strong information technology knowledge, with particular emphasis on database, spreadsheet and geospatial software.
  • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds including staff throughout the division, external consultants, peer supervisors and upper management.
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to work with a variety of staff at different levels.
  • Ability to make tough decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure.
  • Demonstrate exceptional skill in working collaboratively with co-workers, supervisors and manager(s) in handling difficult conversations.
  • Willingness and ability to lead in equity and social justice efforts including having difficult conversations.
  • Possess a self-awareness and awareness of, and understanding in, how biases, macro and micro aggressions lead to continued racial and social inequities.
  • Exemplify continuous improvement in conducting assigned work.
  • Be exceptionally dependable in accomplishing work assignments with little or no assistance required and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Advanced analytical, problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Skill in conveying technical information to non-technical audiences.
  • Experience in team building, team leadership and collaborative approaches.
  • Demonstrated skill in tracking progress on specific work assignments or other items related to the position.  Demonstrated initiative and accountability for delivery of detail-oriented products or services. 
  • Previous supervisory and/or lead experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex information including graphs and charts to illustrate results of analyses and inform business decision.
For a full job description seehttp://hrd.kingcounty.gov/ccs/ccsDetails.aspx
Environmental Programs Managing Supervisor

License / Certification:
A Valid Washington State Driver's License; The successful candidate must submit a complete 5-year driving abstract.

Applications Process:

Selection Process:  Applicants meeting qualifications will be screened based upon the clarity, completeness, content, grammar and punctuation of their application materials.  Selection process may also include written and/or computer exams, panel interview, references and final interviews.

Physical Requirements: 
Some physical skill and effort is required during site visits. Ability to traverse an active construction site. This position may require entry into operating wastewater facilities including confined spaces, live sewers, tanks, etc. This position may require climbing up and own maintenance hole ladders, extension ladders, and scaffolding to access the work.

Union Affiliation: This position is represented by the Wastewater Teamster Local 117.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Diana Eberly
Senior Human Resource Analyst

King county and the Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) vales diverse perspectives and life experience and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans.

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.