Facility Engineering and Science Section Manager

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

We are re-opening this position with an upgraded classification and pay range. If you applied for this position previously, your application will be considered. There is no need to apply again.

The Solid Waste Division (SWD) of King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) is seeking an innovative seasoned strategic leader for its Facilities Engineering and Science Section (FESS).  This member of the executive leadership team will report to the Deputy Division Director and will lead and supervise a talented staff of about 45 individuals comprising of engineers, scientists, technology integration experts, real property portfolio coordinator, records management, and administrative staff.    FESS is integral in ensuring that the King County Solid Waste Division maintains its role as a recognized and award-winning leader in the solid waste industry by implementing state-of-the-art technology in developing and maintaining its award-winning solid waste handling systems.
FESS is responsible for providing professional and technical services to support the Division’s operation of the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, 8 transfer facilities, 2 dropbox facilities, 9 closed landfills, and various property holdings.  Project development efforts range from providing technical support for the development of new transfer stations, developing plans for the management of existing and new areas of the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, ensuring closed landfills environmental control systems are managed properly and are on-track to attain stabilization, conceptualization, and development of scope/cost/schedule of new capital and maintenance projects, permitting of new and existing facilities and ensuring that the facilities operate within regulatory requirements, supporting the Division’s IT-related systems such as cashiering and camera/security systems, and the SCADA and Building Automation Systems, and ensuring Division’s properties are managed in such a manner that they meet business-related goals.

The work associated with this position will be performed remotely on a permanent basis. There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite. Employees must reside in WA 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 by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

Who May Apply:  This position is open to all qualified applicants.  
Forms and Materials Required: Applicants must submit a (1) King County application form and (2) letter of interest detailing your background and describing how your education and experience meet the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job.  

Work Location: Primarily Teleworking and the King Street Center - 201 South Jackson Street, Suite 701

Work Schedule: This position works a 40-hour workweek, Monday through Friday with some evening and weekend work as required. This position is exempt from FLSA provisions and is not overtime-eligible.

About Solid Waste Division: The Solid Waste Division’s (SWD) core business is to operate the solid waste transfer, disposal, and recycling services for residents and businesses in all of King County, except for Seattle and Milton.  Our 400 employees have earned a reputation for being innovators and leaders within our industry, but our landscape is changing. As a result, we are in the process of creating our future-focused on three lines of business--waste prevention, resource recovery, and waste disposal. This innovation is backed by an ambitious six-year capital program totaling nearly a half-billion dollars, and a biennial operating budget of over three-hundred million. Our business is operated as an enterprise fund where we are solely dependent upon our revenue generation to fund our operations and environmental mission. SWD’s service area has a population of about 1.5 million, or approximately 70 percent of King County’s population. Construction activity in the service area generates approximately 900,000 tons of debris per year.
Facility Engineering and Science Section Profile: FESS provides the Division with professional and technical expertise and resources it requires to support its capital improvement, operations, environmental compliance, recycling, and waste reduction, and property management portfolios.  Staff expertise includes licensed engineers, environmental scientists, architects, geologists, permitting experts, construction managers and inspectors, program planners, information technology trained specialists, and CAD/BIM designers.  Work includes plan preparation/review, report preparation/review, field sampling and analysis, construction contract preparation and implementation, survey and scanning, coordination in leasing/purchasing/selling real property, and records management.
Examples of Job Duties:

  • Provide strategic direction and guidance to the work units and direct reports to ensure continued alignment with King County SWD priority actions and initiatives.  
  • Plan for and ensure that necessary resources are provided to staff for them to meet expectations from stakeholders.
  • Develop and actively manage staffing, staff development, and succession plans.
  • Promote and ensure staff awareness of opportunities for professional development.
  • Track and communicate policies, procedures, mandates, and management direction to staff on a timely and continual basis.
  • Provide managerial support and guidance to project staff to meet goals and address regulatory requirements in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that work performed by FESS is timely, technically sound, and meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements.
  • Use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure project performance and report progress to stakeholders.
  • Set work priorities for units and resolve conflicting priority issues when they occur.
  • Manage the operating budget for FESS, as well as develop Capital and operating project cost input into the Division’s rate structure.
  • Manage and supervise the workforce including hiring, performance evaluations, and personnel actions.
  • Review and approve contractual documents such as those related to Architectural and Engineering (A/E) and Construction contracts.
  • Provide managerial-level technical expertise in the evaluation and analysis of complex, sensitive, and political issues. 
  • Provide leadership in initiating and implementing Equity and Social Justice initiatives.
  • Oversee the coordination of purchases, surplus, and leases of the Division’s real estate holdings, with King County Facilities Management
  • Participate as a contributing member on the Solid Waste Division Management Team (SWDMT) providing leadership to the division in establishing the strategic direction of the division. 
  • Maintain open communications with the A/E and construction industry in order to promote the Division’s initiatives and keep current of upcoming changes in the industry.
Our Ideal Candidate Will Have:
  • A Washington State Professional Engineer’s license.
  • Demonstrated experience with design, permitting (including land use), construction, and operations of infrastructure, and building projects.
  • Leadership and supervisory skills.
  • Experience working in government/public works.
  • Experience in interpreting regulatory and code requirements for infrastructure and building projects.
  • Experience with Asset Management programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying new initiatives and creating programs that enable the Division to advance technologically. 
  • Experience with the regulatory environment surrounding solid waste landfills and handling systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in dealing with personnel issues and conflict management.
  • Experience with governmental processes related to buying, surplusing and leasing real property.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with assigned staff, management, and external stakeholders in verbal and in written form.
  • Skills and ability to understand stakeholder needs and meet them within policy guidelines and build collaborative relationships. 
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully working with multi-disciplinary work teams and individuals with diverse backgrounds. 
  • Ability to effectively engage in and sustain relationships with people from diverse cultures, professional backgrounds, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Competent in Conflict Management, Problem Solving, and dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers.
  • Competent in dealing with ambiguity, building effective teams, priority setting, managing and measuring work.
  • Experience with utilizing strategic skills in providing work teams with clear direction when conflicts arise.
  • Comfort around higher management and experience with making complex decisions in a timely manner that enables the Division to attain its goals.
Contact Information: For questions regarding this announcement, please contact Prakash Meloot at prakash.meloot@kingcounty.gov.

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.

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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.

Do you have Washington State Professional Engineers License?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have experience with design, permitting (including land use), construction and operations of infrastructure, and building projects?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, briefly describe your experience
Do you have prior supervisory and leadership experience?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, briefly describe your experience with the number of years of experience.
Do you have experience with Asset Management programs?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have experience in interpreting regulatory and code requirements for infrastructure and building projects?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, briefly describe your experience.
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

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