Fleet Operations Manager

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
Posted on November 18, 2022
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King County - Department of Executive Services, Fleet Services Division is looking for an effective and strategic leader to join our highly productive Fleet team. As the Operations Manager you will have the opportunity to manage operations and staff for a large-scale fleet of vehicles and equipment. We are looking for a manager who can effectively lead a team and communicate strategy to staff, labor representatives, and county leadership, and make and justify difficult decisions. If you have the ability to influence culture change and are an experienced leader in fleet, we want to hear from you!
 Scope of Job Duties: To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum demonstrate skill and ability to:

  • Lead day to day operations of a large-scale fleet including acquisition, assignment, repair and maintenance of vehicles, heavy-duty construction equipment, and the purchasing and warehousing of materials, supplies, safety equipment, hand tools, and traffic signs.
  • Provide professional technical advice and assistance to the Director on best practices in fleet management. 
  • Be an effective leader; build teams, supervise, coach and mentor staff across the organization while ensuring consistent application and compliance with labor contracts and policies; implement best practices for performance improvement and workplace expectations. 
  • Build a culture of continuous improvement by empowering team members to solve problems, see failures as opportunities, and leverage strengths of each team member to build a high performing team delivering results to customers. 
  • Provide professional expertise and guidance in the areas of fleet management, vehicle purchasing and electrification, working in a unionized environment and staying up-to-date on industry changes and best practices.
  • Motivate and inspire a team to align with the King County True North: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive, as well as the Department of Executive Services and Fleet Services Division vision, mission, and values.
 We are looking for candidates who:
  • Are experienced in large-scale Fleet Management OR any combination of education and experience necessary to perform the scope of job duties.
  • Are experienced in positively managing internal and external partners and will follow-through with commitments, action items, and cultivating a cohesive team.
  • See failure as an opportunity to learn and can empower employees to do their work with autonomy.
  • Have strong leadership experience, a genuine collaborative approach, finds value in building relationships and a strategic thinker. 
  • Will be open and transparent in their communication to the division and create clear expectations for their employees.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and is approachable and politically savvy with an effective communication style using tact, diplomacy in all situations, and listens to learn. 
  • Have a strong customer focus with the ability to build relationships and seek to understand customer needs and priorities and incorporate in service delivery. 
  • Are able to lead a changing culture within an emerging LEAN organization focused on continuous improvement and understands the importance of gathering buy-in from the team. 
  • Be culturally aware and comfortable having complex and challenging discussions about race and diversity in the workplace. Be sensitive to managing differences and building bridges.
Supplemental Information
This position is represented by PROTEC 17-Section Managers.
This position is Exempt, therefore not eligible for overtime.

Why King County?
  • Competitive – healthcare plans
  • Free – transportation options
  • Manager Support – structured employee assistance program
  • Paid – vacation time (in addition to paid holidays)
  • Paid – sick leave
  • Paid – parental leave
  • Deferred – compensation plan
  • Twelve – paid holidays
  • Awesome Employee Giving Program!

Supplemental Information

The Fleet Services Division manages approximately 2,500 fleet vehicles and equipment in an equipment rental and revolving fund. The primary function is the acquisition, maintenance, replacement, and disposal of these assets for the County’s services associated with the Sheriff’s Office, Public Health, Roads, Parks, Wastewater, Water and Land Resources, and other agencies. The division has two primary vehicle and equipment maintenance shops that include robust storerooms of automotive and construction supplies, an administrative presence in downtown Seattle and several technicians working in the field.
 In addition, the division is responsible for the disposition of the county’s personal property assets, which includes a surplus warehouse in Georgetown. Disposal methods can include re-use within the county, donation to verified and approved non-profits, and sales via online portals or sealed bids.
 The work is accomplished by 75 employees, including light and heavy-duty technicians, storekeepers, and administrative staff.
 To learn more about Fleet, please visit our website at: https://kingcounty.gov/services/fleet.aspx.
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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).

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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.

Are you ready to APPLY?
The recruitment for this position is open to all qualified applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume.
If you have any questions, please contact Jen Irwin, Talent Management Supervisor, by e-mail at jirwin@kingcounty.gov, or by phone at 206-263-0601. Connect with Jen on LinkedIn.

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

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