K-12, Postsecondary, and Community Strategies Manager/PPM III

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Management
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Posted on October 8, 2020

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans and those with lived experience.

King County's Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community. 

Are you a skilled project manager with a passion for education, social justice, and community development? Do you enjoy working collaboratively to bring a vision to life? Can you move quickly between big picture vision and project-level details? Do you have a high tolerance for ambiguity? If so, King County's Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is looking for you!

DCHS manages a wide range of programs and services to assist the county's most vulnerable residents. The department maintains a pro-equity focus aimed at developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all county residents, regardless of race, gender identity or income.

The Children, Youth and Young Adults Division (CYYAD) of DCHS seeks a K-12, Postsecondary, and Community Strategies Manager to oversee investments related to the College, Career, and Technical Education as well as the Community-Based Supports for K-12 funding categories of the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA) implementation plan.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum requirements. 

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit a complete King County application online and respond to the supplemental questions.
 This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and not eligible for overtime. Typical hours are Monday - Friday 8am-5pm.  

RECRUITER: Susan.Churchill@kingcounty.gov

PSTAA was created as an amendment to the 2015 State Transportation Revenue Package by the Washington State Legislature and directs that Sound Transit-related funds be used to improve educational outcomes in early learning, K-12, and post-secondary education. The State’s vision for PSTAA is described in RCW 43.79.520

Approximately $318 million of PSTAA funds are expected to become available to King County between 2019 and 2034. In September 2020, the King County Council took action to pass Motion 15673, which approved the Implementation Plan for Investment of Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account Proceeds. The plan authorized investment in early learning facilities; college, career, and technical education; and community-based supports for K-12. 

Job Duties

  • Manage investments related to the College, Career, and Technical Education as well as the Community-Based Supports for K-12 funding categories of the PSTAA implementation plan. 
  • Work with internal and external partners to develop and implement program strategies in accordance with legislative requirements.
  • Facilitate the RFP process for all efforts relating to PSTAA’s College, Career, and Technical Education funding category.
  • Develop, negotiate, and manage all contracts to be awarded for the College, Career, and Technical Education as well as the Community-Based Supports for K-12 funding categories.
  • Build relationships and maintain good communication with community stakeholders, working together to achieve project goals.
  • Serve as liaison with all funded community and institutional partners, providing information and technical assistance, as needed.
  • Provide supervision, training, and work planning support to one direct report.
  • Participate in ongoing community engagement with King County Promise and Racial Equity Coalition partners; attend community of practice meetings.
  • Partner with colleagues across DCHS divisions to foster teamwork and to share best practices that promote cohesion and advance equity.
  • Document learnings that result from continuous improvement and participatory grantmaking processes.
  • Work closely with PSTAA Evaluation team in assessing effectiveness of programs.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices, and understanding of the effects of place, race, and policy and systems-based inequities on communities and populations.
  • Ability to apply a race equity lens to all areas of the work, including supervision, partnerships, and funding decisions.
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to ensuring children, youth and families are happy, healthy, safe and thriving.
  • At least five years’ experience building and managing new, multi-functional programs and systems that serve youth and young adults.
  • At least three years’ experience providing direct supervision, including hiring, training, and ongoing coaching.
  • At least three years’ experience monitoring programs for results and providing technical assistance to community organizations.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain trusting relationships with internal and external partners, bringing them together to work toward a common goal.
  • Ability to multi-task and complete complex, time-sensitive project management tasks with high quality and attention to details.
  • Demonstrated ability to work though ambiguity, including changes in direction or deadlines.
  • Experience ensuring compliance with legislation, contract requirements/regulations.
  • Experience with analyzing and using research and data.
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills, including strong facilitation skills.
  • Strong problem-solving and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work independently and maintain collaborative relationships as part of a team.
  • Master’s degree in social work, education, public administration, or a related field and/or equivalent education and experience.
  • Three or more years of experience in multi-sector strategy development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify systems gaps and develop strategies for improvement.
  • Experience with evaluating performance effectiveness and program outcomes, developing guidelines, metrics, outcomes and evaluation tools.


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.

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 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
Please describe your experience building and managing new, multi-functional programs and systems that serve youth and young adults. Include dates and organization name.
Please describe your experience working collaboratively with community partners to achieve a common goal. Include dates and organization name.
King County is committed to using an equity and social justice lens for all of its programs and initiatives. Please describe your experience related to incorporating equity and social justice into your work and share how you would apply equity and social justice principles in this position.

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