Human Resource Manager II

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Human Resources
Posted on September 23, 2022
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The King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) seeks an experienced Human Resource (HR) professional to join our team as the Human Resources Manager II. The most competitive candidate will demonstrate a commitment to equity and social justice, passion for public service, and success as a sound HR advisor and collaborative leader.  Utilizing your strong interpersonal skills, you will lead a team of HR professionals and build effective relationships to advise and influence change at all levels in KCSO.    You will apply your HR expertise and compassion when problem solving and addressing issues. You will champion the advancement of practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunities for all employees.
King County as the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nations' history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that 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 residents, regardless of their race or income. All these qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play. 
The King County Sheriff's Office (KCSO)   is the primary law enforcement agency for all unincorporated areas of King County, as well as 12 cities and two transit agencies which contract their police services to the KCSO. KCSO also provides police and fire Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting to the King County International Airport (Boeing Field). KCSO also provides regional-level support services to other local law enforcement agencies such as air support and search and rescue. The department has over 1,000 employees and serves 2.1 million citizens,[1] over 500,000 of whom live in either unincorporated areas or the 12 contract cities. To learn more about the department, visit 

Job Duties

The Human Resources Manager II reports directly to the Human Resources Manager III and will be responsible for leading a team of HR professionals executing daily policy and processes for the department.   The ideal candidate for this role will be a dynamic well-rounded HR leader with experience in the administration of general HR practices and policy as well as in workforce recruitment who brings fresh ideas, recruitment strategies, and the ability to develop the organization from a performance and culture perspective. Skill in performance management principals as well as workplace investigations will also be relevant for the ideal candidate.    Primary responsibilities include:

• Provide overall direction for the integration of sound human resources practices and strategic initiatives for the department, building and leveraging relationships and networks at all levels as a valued and trusted HR partner.
• Develop and implement recruitment strategies in today’s dynamic and constricted labor market, work collaboratively with KCSO internal recruiting team and Civil Service.
• Provide advice and consultation on workplace programs, policies, and procedures.
• Collaborate with leadership to design systems for recruitment, development, and retention of a high quality, diverse workforce that is prepared for the evolving business needs of the future. 
• Proactively assess and, in consultation with leadership, resolve employee relations issues objectively, interpreting employment law, labor agreements, and HR policies and practices to reduce liability and ensure consistency and compliance.
• Conduct investigations related to human resources issues. 
• Participate in negotiations of collective bargaining agreements, support and participate in employee discipline and grievances as needed and implement and interpret contract language where warranted.
• Oversee the management of requests for accommodations (Americans with Disabilities Act, religious, and others as applicable by law) to ensure adherence to all federal, state, and local regulations.
• Provide supervision, guidance, and development to support and sustain  HR team. 
• Lead the implementation of strategies to strengthen employee engagement and advance equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

• A bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management, Public or Business Administration, or a closely related field; AND five years of increasingly responsible experience in human resources at the professional/management level; OR any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties of the position.
• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build effective work relationships, influence behavior, and manage change.
• Direct working knowledge of major HR functions such as recruitment, compensation and benefits, risk management, Human Resources Information Systems, employee relations, leave management, performance management, training and development, and the relevant laws and regulations.
• Experience coaching and counseling supervisors to effectively develop employees and improve performance outcomes. Experience coaching supervisors in having candid conversations with employees regarding performance issues.
• Excellent customer focused service and ability to advise and partner at all levels of management on a variety of complex HR policies, procedures, and practices.
• Experience advancing equity and social justice, inclusion, and belonging.
• Excellent understanding and demonstrated knowledge of progressive workplace practices, including advances in available technology and resources to adapt to a competitive and changing labor market.
• Strategic thinker with extensive experience solving complex organizational problems through people-related solutions, with the ability to translate strategies into tactical actions and solutions.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate in both written and verbal form at a high level, bringing clarity to human resources issues and providing information to staff and leadership.
• Ability to effectively manage multiple and competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
• Comfortable working in a paramilitary environment with access and exposure to law enforcement activity and criminal information.

Desired qualifications that will be helpful in this role:

•    Experience in the public sector, government, or other municipal agency.
•    Experience in law enforcement
•    Experience performing HR service delivery in a unionized environment.

Application Process: To be considered for this position, the following items must be completed.  Your cover letter will be evaluated for grammar, punctuation and clarity.

  • King County Application (applying online satisfies this requirement)
  • Cover letter 
  • Resume
  • Answers to the supplemental questions
Selection Process  
All materials will be evaluated for spelling, grammar, and punctuation usage. The most competitive will be invited to interview.
 General Timeframe:  The timeframe and order of this recruitment is provided below.  Please note that dates are subject to change based on resource availability.
  • November: Oral Board Examination
UNION MEMBERSHIP:   This position is not represented by a union.
Work Location: This position is based at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle but does some telework. Some travel to locations throughout King County may also be required.
 CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have questions regarding this recruitment please contact:
 Michelle Kobuki , HR Analyst, Civil Service Administration 

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.

You must be a current US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident to apply for civil service positions with the King County Sheriff's Office. Are you now a United States citizen?
  • Yes
  • No
Can you read, write and speak the English language?
  • Yes
  • No
The King County Sheriff's Office maintains a list of automatic disqualifiers for employment. This list can be accessed by clicking on this link Automatic Disqualifiers. Please review the disqualifiers and respond to the following question before proceeding. Do you certify that based on your review of the automatic disqualifiers that you are qualified for employment with the King County Sheriff's Office? Note - This information will be verified prior to scheduling an oral board interview.
  • Yes
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The background of all King County Sheriff's Office employees and applicants are thoroughly checked. The required background investigation will review and evaluate driving records, criminal records, criminal behavior, employment histories, military records, personal and employment references, and related information. Candidates who pass the initial background investigation will be required to complete a polygraph, medical and psychological exam. Are you willing to undergo a background investigation and polygraph and psychological examination as part of the employment process?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you meet any of the automatic disqualifiers pertaining to DRUGS: •As an adult, convicted of any felony drug crime •Any use of heroin or methamphetamines •Any possession or use of GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) or any other "date rape" drug (includes, but not limited to; Ketamine or Rohypnol), including giving it to others •Any use of illegal drugs within three (3) years of application (other than juvenile or one-time experimentation). Illegal drugs include but are not limited to; cocaine, ecstasy, molly, MDMA (club drugs), spice, mushrooms, or Khat, or illegal use of prescription drugs (including steroids). •Illegal use of four (4) or more different controlled substances as an adult within the past ten (10) years •Any instance of manufacturing or cultivating illegal drugs for the purpose of sale or distribution •Use of any illegal drugs while employed in a criminal justice capacity •Obtaining a prescription under false pretenses •Any instance of illegally using a drug after applying to any Law Enforcement agency •Marijuana use will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis; however, to increase the likelihood of continuing in the hiring and background process, an applicant should not have used marijuana in the last 12 months
  • Yes
  • No
Do you meet any of the automatic disqualifiers pertaining to DRIVING: •Conviction of Driving/Physical Control Under the Influence within the last three (3) years •Conviction of Driving/Physical Control Under the Influence more than once will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis •As an adult, conviction of Attempting to Elude, or Hit and Run •As an adult, conviction of Reckless or Negligent Driving 1st degree in the last three (3) years •Driving While License Suspended/Revoked, convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis
  • Yes
  • No
Do you meet any of the automatic disqualifiers pertaining to CRIMINAL ACTIVITY: •Any adult felony convictions •Any adult misdemeanor conviction for crimes involving theft, violence, or crimes of dishonesty (including, but not limited to, perjury, forgery, impersonation, bribery, witness intimidation/tampering, or tampering with evidence) •All other misdemeanor convictions as an adult within the last three (3) years •Any conviction for a sex-related crime, including crimes involving a minor or individual with a disability, including pornography •Any instance of required registration as a sex offender, regardless of conviction status •Any conviction for animal cruelty as defined by RCW 16.52.205 •Any conviction for a violation of a court No-Contact, Protection, or Harassment Order •Any candidate currently named as a Respondent in any No-Contact, Protection, or Harassment DV Order
  • Yes
  • No
Do you meet any of the automatic disqualifiers pertaining to DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Any conviction for any crime classified as a Domestic Violence offense

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