Fleet Electrification and EV Infrastructure Planner

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Transportation
Posted on May 2, 2022
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Summary

As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King, Jr., King County is a vibrant community with residents who represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.
 
We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make this King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play.

King County is changing the way we work—improving performance, processes, and service delivery to increase equity and respond to our region's changing needs.

King County seeks a Fleet Electrification and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Planner (“EV Planner”) to support the development of an enterprise-wide electric vehicle charging plan and other activities related to the electrification of the County’s vehicle fleets, including light, medium, and heavy duty vehicles. The EV Planner will collaborate with King County departments and other regional partners to identify priority EV charging projects, develop associated budget proposals, and seek grant funding for the projects. This work supports King County Strategic Climate Action Plan goals and actions outlined in King County Council Ordinance 19052 (Download PDF reader).

This full-time position is expected to last for 18 months. The EV Planner will report to the Climate and Energy Program Manager in the King County Executive Office, and will work with King County staff, members of the King County Energy Task Force, King County – Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) staff, and other regional partners.
 
The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is skilled at building relationships with a broad range of policy and technical staff, and who is comfortable with ambiguity in projects.  

Job Duties

Develop Enterprise-Wide Charging Plan

  • Compile and review existing charging studies/plans that have been developed by the various King County departments
  • Research, review, and compile best practices from other jurisdictions and private businesses with large fleet electrification initiatives 
  • Assess how plans need to be adapted to account for “Future of Work” in a post-pandemic operational context, accounting for factors such as: 
    1. Increased remote work
    2. New distribution of vehicles across County and different overnight parking locations 
    3. Increased use of “take home” vehicles due to telework 
  • Develop recommendation(s) for other features needed for King County future chargers (e.g., smart chargers, standardizing chargers across agencies) 
  • Develop maps of existing King County EV charging infrastructure and identify key gaps (“charging desert” areas) for King County fleet vehicles 
  • Analyze future charging locations to determine appropriate charger type / charging level, and determine if available power source for the location will support needed charger type 
  • Identify existing charging infrastructure owned by regional partners and opportunities to share charging stations; develop MOAs for shared use as appropriate 
  • Develop a prioritized list of charging investments needed by the County and partner with County agencies to identify budget resources to support the projects 
Policy Development: Working with the Climate and Energy Program Manager and partnering with staff across County departments, develop draft policies for EV charging operations, maintenance, and use.

Support for Other Strategic Climate Action Plan Priority Actions: The EV Planner will primarily focus on EV charging-related tasks in support of King County vehicle fleets, but may also be asked to support other SCAP Priority Actions that relate to regional transportation electrification depending on workload, interests, and skillset of the successful candidate. These could include: 
  • SCAP Strategy GHG 2.10. Accelerate electric vehicle adoption that prioritizes environmental justice and equitable access to shared mobility solutions: 
    1. Evaluate opportunities to expand publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure at King County facilities that prioritizes equitable access to shared mobility 
    2. Engage in regional coordination efforts to accelerate equitable distribution of benefits of electric vehicles 
    3. Support engagement and partnerships with utilities and organizations to develop regional pilots to incent the transition to EV ownership 
Grant and Funding Applications: Research state, federal, and private funding sources for EV charging and fleet electrification. Partner with King County staff across multiple departments to complete grant applications.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Experience:

  • 4-8+ years in planning, analyst, or other relevant capacity. 
  • Experience developing complex strategic plans and policy recommendations. 
  • Experience facilitating collaborative teams and negotiating strategy/policy recommendations between team members. 
Skills:
  • Demonstrated ability to research complex issues using analysis, experience, judgement, and networks and to provide recommendations. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrate success managing multiple priorities and projects. 
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively. 
  • Experience building relationships and working collaboratively with a range of policy and technical teams. 
  • Creativity and ability to operate with ambiguity.
  • Comfortable presenting complex topics to executive-level staff and senior leadership. 
Highly Desired:
  • Experience with infrastructure planning and/or electric vehicle charging.
Collaboration
Works cooperatively with others across the organization to achieve shared objectives. Represents own interests while being fair to others and their areas. Partners with others to get work done. Credits others for their contributions and accomplishments. Gains the trust and support of others.
 
Plans and Aligns  
Sets objectives to align with broader organizational goals. Breaks down objectives into appropriate initiatives and actions. Stages activities with relevant milestones and schedules. Anticipates and adjusts effective contingency plans.
 
Customer Focus 
Gains insight into customer needs. Identifies opportunities that benefit the customer. Builds and delivers solutions that meet customer expectations. Establishes and maintains effective customer relationships.
 
Values Differences
Seeks to understand different perspectives and cultures. Contributes to a work climate where differences are valued and supported. Applies others' diverse experiences, styles, backgrounds, and perspectives to get results. Is sensitive to cultural norms, expectations, and ways of communicating.

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.
 
King County provides a generous employee benefits package including comprehensive health benefits, paid parental leave, and paid time off to volunteer. For details, see: https://www.kingcounty.gov/audience/employees/careers/why-work-here.aspx?

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.
 
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 
As of October 18, 2021, King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination. 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.
 
 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 HR professional listed on this job announcement.
 
 Who May Apply 
 This position is open to all qualified candidates.
 
  Application Process 
  The following items are required to be considered for this position:
 

  • An electronic application through www.kingcounty.gov/jobs or www.governmentjobs.com (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties. 
  • An attached resume.
  • An attached letter of interest/cover letter.
  • Responses to supplemental questions. Do not copy and paste your resume or resume sections as Supplemental Question responses. If you do and the do not directly answer the question, this will be considered an incomplete application. 
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
 
Work schedule 
The normal work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. This position is not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible, and the incumbent will be required to work the hours necessary to meet position responsibilities
 
Union affiliation 
This position is not represented by a labor union.
 
Contact 
For more information about the application process, please contact? Seth Watson, HR Manager at seth.watson@kingcounty.gov.

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.

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I have submitted a complete online application.
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  • No
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I have submitted an attached resume.
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I have submitted a letter of interest.
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I am applying for consideration as: *For consideration as a special duty candidate, you must currently work for King County government (this does NOT include the city of Seattle, other communities, City Light, or other independent government aqencies)
  • A term-limited temporary candidate
  • A special duty candidate
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Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program participant and is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time 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 full-time status when compared to this one.
  • No
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If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Program 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 If you indicated "No", write "NA" in the available space.

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