Green Skills and Pathways Coordinator

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on November 18, 2022
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The Green Skills and Pathways coordinator role will play an integral part in piloting new initiatives to support the King County workforce in growing their sustainability-focused skills. The role will also lead the development of innovative outreach and engagement campaigns designed to highlight high-demand positions in select industry sectors across the green economy. This position will have the opportunity to help support the implementation of King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) and Green Jobs Strategy while making valuable connections across the county workforce, including local community-based organizations and external employment partners.

This position is based in the DNRP directors’ office, led by executive-level leadership for the entire Department of Natural Resources and Parks. This role will also support the King County Climate Action team, an interdepartmental team matrixed to the King County Climate Office. This position presents an opportunity to be at the forefront of King County's efforts to reduce GHG emissions, support sustainable and resilient frontline communities and ensure climate preparedness in our communities and infrastructure.

The Green Skills and Pathways Coordinator will collaborate with the Green Jobs Program Manager to implement key directives connected to the Green Jobs Strategy. These include developing and launching the Green Skills Development Fund pilot, supporting identified county departments in their green career pathways goals, and designing and implementing a schedule of career engagement events and outreach campaigns (ex. job fairs, social media campaigns, workshops, career days, job shadows and tours) tied to promoting the green economy and green industry sectors to frontline communities throughout the county.

This position requires flexible and adaptable thinking while managing unforeseen challenges within the role and will require a resilient mindset and creative thinking to achieve goals.

Who is Eligible: This Special Duty Assignment or Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) is open to all candidates. King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.
Duration: This Special Duty Assignment (SDA) or Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) position is anticipated to be up to one (1) year in duration.

Job Duties

Manage the development and implementation of green skills development pilot connecting King County employees to short-term training and credentials to increase the sustainability skills of the county workforce. Duties include facilitating workgroups to advance project priorities and achieve consensus on implementation strategies.

Act as a liaison, collaborator, and project manager in partnership with identified King County departments to meet green career pathways goals outlined in Green Jobs Strategy.

Lead the development of events and community engagement campaigns in collaboration with frontline communities designed to highlight opportunities in the green economy and green jobs to frontline communities (historically unrepresented communities affected first and worst by the effects of climate change) throughout King County including job fairs, social media campaigns, workshops, career days, job shadows and tours.

In collaboration with the Green Jobs Program manager, assemble and convene internal and external county work groups to support the success of the Green Skills development fund pilot and the development and implementation of outreach and engagement events geared toward frontline communities.

Support implementation of King County Green Jobs Strategy in collaboration with the Green Jobs Program Manager

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  •  Excellent oral and written communications skills
  •  Demonstrated attention to detail in project management and planning
  •  Knowledge of local workforce development environment and resources 
  •  Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  •  Demonstrated understanding and commitment to equity and social justice and uplifting community voices.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience building relationships and working collaboratively with/in limited English-speaking populations, immigrant/refugee communities, BIPOC communities, and culturally diverse communities.
The Successful Candidate will have the following Competencies:
  • 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.
Working Conditions: 
Telecommuting and King Street Center
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by telecommuting, with occasional onsite work and meetings, as influenced by business needs. Employee will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. 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.
To support employees during this time 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.

Work Location: Primarily teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104. There will be an expectation to travel to various worksites throughout King and South Snohomish County as needed for your work

Work Schedule: This position is non-exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week. Monday through Friday.

Union Representation:  This position is not represented by a Labor Union. 

Application Instructions and Selection Process:
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most viable candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position. 
  • King County application 
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position 
  • Responses to supplemental questions 
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, if you have questions related to this recruitment process, please contact at Diana Eberly at

Supplemental Information

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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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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

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