Hazardous Waste Policy Liaison (Environmental Public Health Planner III)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
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Posted on October 13, 2020

The Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County is searching for a dynamic leader to provide a wide range of policy-related support for our multi-jurisdictional program. To learn more about the Program visit www.hazwastehelp.org. This policy liaison role calls for experience and skill working to enact new laws, ordinances, and policies to achieve the Program’s goals of reducing toxics use and managing hazardous materials. We are looking for someone who cares passionately that all people living in King County should have the chance to reach their full potential in a healthy environment. We want someone who can build coalitions and partnerships with agencies, jurisdictions and community groups and work directly with elected officials to make that happen.

This high-level professional position will work closely with other Program policy staff and the Director. The role involves in-depth analysis of policies, research, planning and policy development, the ability to present and recommend policy initiatives, and follow through with action. The role will require the incumbent to be flexible in communication, and skilled in networking and building and maintaining relationships.  Program staff are hired by one of several participating agencies. This position will be hired by the Environmental Health Services Division of Public Health-Seattle & King County, whose mission is to identify and sustain environmental conditions that promote healthy people and healthy communities.

Current examples of this position’s work include providing comments on the L&I lead standard, participating in the Washington State Department of Ecology PFAS Chemical Action Plan stakeholder committee, product stewardship initiatives at local and state levels, policy changes through local and state ordinances, laws, licensing, building codes, purchasing guidelines, and other requirements.

Job Duties

  • Liaison:
    • Develop effective networks that help accomplish the Program’s strategic goals and determine the proper level of involvement with each group including community groups.
    • Act as a high-level liaison to organizations and groups including councils, boards and legislative committees, as well as state and federal agencies.
    • Take part in legislative and rule-making processes, including meeting with elected officials, negotiating, and providing written comments, testimony and legislative language.
  • Coordination:
    • Manage projects or actions involving multiple agencies, organizations, and community groups.
    • Carry out the Program’s Service Equity policy. Work in a culturally competent manner with individuals and communities of diverse race, ethnicity, religion, gender, ability, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
    • When required, lead and direct the work of other staff, mentor staff, and help negotiate agreement among program staff, consultants, and others.
  • Technical Expert on Policy:
    • Provide in-depth policy analysis and develop action plans for policies that conflict with or are counter-productive to Program goals.
    • Review and track laws, codes, rules and recommend the Program’s level of involvement in legislative actions at local, state, and federal levels.
    • Develop communication strategies, prepare white papers and briefings, lead meetings, train and mentor speakers, give public presentations, and prepare written communications of all types

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Be able to build and maintain positive working relationships with peers, partners, stakeholders and interest groups, including county and state agencies, organizations and associations.
  • Have experience or education in public policy or a related field equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree; AND have five years’ experience in programs that involve public policy development, communications OR an equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the skills necessary to perform the primary job duties.
  • Be able to research, document, analyze, make recommendations, and brief others on administrative changes, legislation, and national actions needed to change public policies.
  • Be skilled in policy analysis and development of local legislation and administrative rule change and in analyzing bills and drafting bill language.
  • Be able to present policy initiatives and follow them through the legislative process, working with elected officials on policy change.
  • Have the ability to act as a liaison and manage projects for organizations including public health and environmental coalitions, boards and legislative committees, and city, state and federal agencies.
  • Be skilled in applying or promoting the principles of equity and social justice in service-based programs. Experience working or supporting work with diverse individuals or groups in a culturally appropriate manner: including race, ethnicity, religion, gender, ability, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.  Working knowledge of community engagement, equity, and inclusion best practices.
  • Have experience in program evaluation, policy analysis, advocacy, and promotion.
  • Be self-directed, work independently, and perform duties with little supervision.

  • Demonstrated experience working directly with ethnic chambers of commerce, local elected officials, cities, school districts, Boards of Health or other bodies to enact policy change.

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 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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Who may apply:
This full-time Career Service position is open to all qualified applicants.

Application Process
This exciting career opportunity is open to all applicants. No prior knowledge of King County or the Hazardous Waste Management Program is required to compete successfully for this position. Please submit your King County application form, response to supplemental questions, and cover letter online at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs. Applications without the required material may not be considered.

  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/jobs/hiring.  

Necessary Special Requirements 
  • The selected candidate will be required to submit to a thorough background investigation. Records are not automatically disqualifying.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.  
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and the development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location, and working hours.

Work Schedule and Location
This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible. The normal workweek is Monday – Friday. Evening and weekend work may be required. The home site is King County Chinook Building located at 401 5th Avenue, Suite 1100, Seattle WA 98104.

Temporary Telecommuting Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through January 8, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis after January 8, 2021.  Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  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.

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. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint. 

Union Affiliation    
This position is represented by a Protec 17 labor union.

 If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Nic Horea, Senior Human Resource Analyst at nicolae.horea@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-8736. If you have questions about the position or wish to learn more about the Hazardous Waste Management Program, visit www.hazwastehelp.org or contact Ashley Pedersen at ashley.pedersen@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-3761.

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.

Describe your experience supporting equity and social justice objectives – within an organization and/or with communities.
Describe your experience providing in-depth policy analysis and developing local legislation and administrative rule changes.
Describe your experience building coalitions and working with diverse stakeholder groups to accomplish common goals.
Describe your experience working with legislative bodies and elected officials.
Are you applying to this position as a 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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