King County Heat Mitigation Strategy Specialist

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Management
Posted on June 1, 2022
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  • The position will play a key role in developing a comprehensive and equitable Heat Mitigation Strategy for King County. This includes planning, organizing, and executing various aspects of the project, including stakeholder/frontline community workshops, research on heat mitigation strategies, and drafting the strategy.  
  • The position will be supervised on a day-to -day basis by the County’s Climate Preparedness Program Manager. The position’s work will also be guided by the County’s Climate Equity and Community Partnerships Program Manager and a project Steering Committee consisting of representatives from frontline communities, local governments in King County, King County agencies, University Washington, and others.
  • The position's term is up to one year.  The position will be based in the DNRP Director’s Office. 
About the strategy:
  • Building from the results of heat island mapping completed in 2020, King County will work with local communities and organizations in 2022 to co-develop a King County Heat Mitigation Strategy. The strategy will identify near term and longer-term mitigation actions that King County and community partners can take to effectively address the impacts of extreme heat events. Anticipated actions include planting urban and street trees; increasing public access to green space; developing incentives for energy efficiency retrofits, white roofs, and/or green roofs; increasing access to cooling centers; and increased outreach and education about managing heat impacts on health. 
  • Project partners include Public Health–Seattle & King County, the City of Seattle, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, King County Office of Emergency Management, and King County jurisdictions.
  • The strategy, is a shared action/activity in the Climate Preparedness and Sustainable and Resilient Frontline Communities sections of the 2020 SCAP.

Job Duties

In consultation and coordination with the Climate Preparedness Program Manager:

  • Develop and execute a workplan for completing the heat strategy by December 2022.
  • Plan, organize, and run meetings with the project Steering Committee. 
  • Plan, organize, and run workshops with internal and external stakeholders, including local governments in King County, community based organizations, developers/Green Building experts, and health service providers. 
  • Support frontline community facilitators in planning, organizing, and running meetings with frontline community members and organizations.
  • Conduct research on heat mitigation strategies and strategy implementation, including literature reviews and consultation with other communities who have developed heat strategies. Synthesize and present relevant information for use by the Steering Committee and workshop participants. 
  • Manage invoicing, in partnership with DNRP finance staff, related to reimbursement for frontline community facilitators and workshop participants. 
  • Write and produce the strategy. This includes working with a graphics designer to produce the final document and any associated derived materials (e.g., presentation slides, fact sheets, web content, etc.). 
  • Work with DNRP media relations staff to develop key messages and associated public release materials for the strategy’s release.
  • Prepare draft progress reports or other grant-related documentation required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience (professional, academic, organizing, lived, etc.) related to environmental and/or climate justice; working with communities of color; equitable community engagement and partnership building; developing and implementing public policy; and/or project management of environmental, climate change, climate equity, community resilience, or related issues.
  • Experience with organizing and facilitating discussions of focus groups, workshops, collaborative governance processes, and community-driven policy development.
  • Experience building relationships and working collaboratively with a range of stakeholder groups.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including a demonstrated ability to develop and deliver multi-mode communications tailored to the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Demonstrated success managing projects and resources.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to equity and social justice and uplifting community voices. 
  • Ability to articulate climate justice connections in this work.
Highly Desired:
  • Experience building relationships and working collaboratively with/in limited English-speaking populations, immigrant/refugee communities, BIPOC communities, and culturally diverse communities.
  • Strong understanding and prior experience applying climate justice, equity and social justice, and community partnerships best practices.
  • Keen analytical and strategic planning skills.
  • Experience with GIS/spatial analysis.
  • Functional and technical knowledge and experience in one or more climate related topics such as transportation, food systems, energy, green building, consumption and materials, forests, climate impacts and preparedness, and climate and environmental justice.
Key Competencies:
Ensures Accountability  
Follows through on commitments and makes sure others do the same. Acts with clear sense of ownership. Takes personal responsibility for decisions, actions, and failures. Establishes clear responsibilities and processes for monitoring work and measuring results.  Designs feedback loops into work.
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 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 difference 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 Requirement 
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 covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.
Union Representation: This position is not represented by a Labor Union
Application Instructions:
This position is open to all qualified applicants. 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.
Application and Selection Process: 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 or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement. Please contact: Diana Eberly, Senior Human Resource Analyst at 206-477-6899 or by email at 

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.

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 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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