Field Compliance Specialist

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on August 29, 2022
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The King County Finance and Business Operations Division, Business Development and Contract Compliance Section, is seeking a Field Compliance Specialist to join the Labor Equity Team.

This position will provide project compliance and site monitoring for King County public works projects including Community Workforce Agreement covered projects and the County's Priority Hire Program. The labor equity program prioritizes the hiring of underrepresented apprentices and journey level construction workers on King County Public Works projects. Underrepresented workers include residents living in economically distressed ZIP codes based on income, education, and employment data.

Scope of Job Duties: To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill, and ability to:

  • Collaborate with the Labor Equity Team Supervisor and Contractors to ensure compliance of contract requirements and enforce County policies;
  • Identify issues and minor disputes on project jobsites, determine when it is necessary to elevate issues and disputes and determine course of action when areas of non- compliance are identified;
  • Conduct on-site visits and worker interviews at King County project construction sites to ensure adherence to contract requirements, CWA requirements, and County policy; 
  • Monitor contractors’ compliance with contract reporting requirements, review monthly reports; conduct meetings with county staff and contractors as necessary to resolve compliance concerns with contract requirements.
  • Have an understanding of prevailing wage requirements and the ability to cross reference with collected data;
  • Arrange and attend safety trainings, Project Administrative Committee Meetings, pre and post construction meetings to present information about the requirements and expectations relating to Priority Hire, Apprenticeship, Diversity Goals and the Community Workforce Agreement;
  • Work with construction union representatives and County contractors/sub-contractors to ensure adherence to contract requirements, CWA requirements and County policies; Perform other duties as assigned by Labor Equity Team Supervisor to support implementation of the CWA, Priority Hire, and labor compliance requirements;
  • Maintain accurate electronic contract files using an online database to ensure audit accountability. Perform data entry to track, analyze and report data.
  • Write reports and summaries related to current project and programs.
  • Have any combination of education and experience that demonstrates candidate's ability to successfully perform the job responsibilities for this role.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Experience performing construction site monitoring and/or investigative/compliance interviews;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of prevailing wage laws and its applicability to workers' wages on public works construction project sites;
  • Demonstrated skill in monitoring construction sites for compliance with health and safety requirements;
  • Ability to demonstrate cultural awareness in working with diverse internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to develop, conduct, and participate in outreach events to promote and inform the public, including Contractors about the County's programs;
  • Ability to gather and analyze data for written reports;
  • Familiar with a construction project site, safety protocols and labor relations;
  • Ability to communicate with others clearly and effectively and have excellent oral and written skills;
  • Ability to manage conflict effectively;
  • Ability to manage time and adapt to changing priorities, work on multiple priorities and projects simultaneously, meet quick deadlines, and produce timely and quality work products.
We would love it if you have:
  • A bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Construction, Business, Social Sciences, or equivalent field or Journey Level certification;
  • Three to five years of demonstrated professional experience conducting grievance handling, construction site monitoring, investigative/compliance interviews and/or working under a Community Workforce Agreement;
  • Experience with LEAN processes and principles;
  • Experience with SharePoint, MS Teams and other collaborative online tools.
The Finance and Business Operations Division's mission is to provide exceptional customer value for accounting, procurement, treasury, and small business services. We are actively seeking employees whose behavior is in alignment with our division's core values.  

Physical Requirements: This position requires the ability to conduct physical site inspections and interviews on noisy active construction sites under a variety of weather conditions.
Work Environment:
  • Work in the field may require climbing ladders and scaffolds at various heights; walking on uneven terrain; steep slopes; rocky, and rough ground.
  • Field conditions include brushy, forested environments; rivers, streams and wetlands; and slippery, uneven surfaces and dynamic conditions in the outdoors.
  • Work may be conducted around heavy equipment and other potentially dangerous activities associated with construction sites.
  • Work may be performed in the field for extended periods of time and performed under unfavorable weather conditions.
  • Work may be performed in traffic environments during hours of daylight and darkness.
Other Position Information:
This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore overtime eligible. Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek; normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This position is represented by a union, Teamsters Local 117.

In order to accept this position, the successful candidate must have and maintain a valid Washington State driver's license. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

The work associated with this position will be performed on a hybrid basis. Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop. When working remotely employees 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 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.
The Application Process:
 A completed King County Application is required. The recruitment for this position is open to all qualified candidates. Applicants from this recruitment may be used to fill future opportunities in this job classification.

We highly recommend that you also provide a resume and cover letter addressing how you meet the minimum qualifications and why you are interested in this position.

The recruitment for this position will be continuous. First review of applications will begin September 12, 2022.

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.

If you have any questions or concerns while applying, please contact:
 Caitlyn Prouty, Recruiter

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).

The Executive Branch includes 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 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
I understand that I must reside in Washington state and within reasonable distance from the King County worksites and that this position will be hybrid with time in the office, in the field and remote.
  • Yes
  • No
This position requires travel to locations throughout King County. Do you currently have a valid Washington State driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No

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