Labor Equity Program Supervisor

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Management
Posted on August 23, 2021
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Join our team! The Business Development and Contract Compliance section of the Finance and Business Operations Division is seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds who are representative of our King County population, to apply for the position of Labor Equity Program Supervisor.  

This position will provide program management, supervision, and policy development support for a Priority Hiring Program that prioritizes the hiring of underrepresented construction workers on King County public works projects.   Underrepresented workers include residents living in economically distressed ZIP codes based on income, education, and employment data.  The intent of the Program is to create new jobs and career pathways for local apprentices and journey-level trades workers.

Our ideal candidate is collaborative, builds rapport quickly, leads and engages team members, is self-directed and has a passion for equity and social justice (ESJ) programs.

The Business Development and Contract Compliance (BDCC) office aims to increase the participation of Small Contractors and Suppliers, Small Business Enterprises and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Minority and Women owned Business Enterprises in the county’s contracting opportunities and the workforce of its contractors through its Apprenticeship and Priority Hire programs. About BDCC

The Finance and Business Operations Division's mission is to provide exceptional customer value for accounting, procurement, treasury, and small business services. We are actively seeking employees whose behavior is in alignment with our division's core values: Respect, Teamwork, Results, and Innovation.  Our Division
Scope of Job Duties: To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill, and ability to:

  • Supervise a small team by establishing priorities and work schedules; coach, motivate and evaluate job performance; recommend hiring and disciplinary actions; identify training needs and provide training.
  • Manage day-to-day program operations to fulfill the mandate outlined in the King County Priority Hire ordinance and related community workforce agreements.
  • Advise and make recommendations regarding administrative operations and strategic planning to the manager of Business Development and Contract Compliance (BDCC).
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with County staff and contractors, labor representatives, community associations, pre-apprentice programs, apprenticeship programs, and other public agencies, to provide information about the Program and to ensure efforts are collaborative and well-coordinated.  Seek to leverage opportunities with other public agencies to increase the supply and diversity of workers at the pre-apprentice, apprentice, and journey worker levels.
  • Draft and edit internal and external program policies and informational documents to define program processes, procedures, and requirements.  
  • Develop recommendations and administrative plans for resourcing and scaling the Program based on the experience gained from best practices. 
  • Manage a reporting compliance system to track the Program’s performance and results to make programmatic adjustments going forward.
  • Manage performance tracking/reporting and implement a program evaluation plan in coordination with other BDCC team members.
  • Manage several contracts with community-based organizations that will assist in the recruitment of pre-apprentices, apprentices, and journey workers.  Manage the development, procurement, and execution of contracts with community-based organizations responsible for the recruitment of priority workers.
  • Conduct job site and union hiring hall visits and attend meetings to provide technical assistance and ensure individuals are prioritized.  Also raise issues and make recommendations to overcome barriers for priority hiring during the construction process.
  • Assist in developing and executing outreach and education about the Program for contractors and subcontractors, including the critical components and expectations for Program execution as set forth in community workforce agreements (CWAs).
  • Participate as part of a County team to carry out a comprehensive stakeholder education strategy for the Program so there is widespread support and realistic expectations going forward.
  Minimum Qualifications:
  • Professional experience in one or more of the following fields: worker recruitment, construction hiring, career counseling, labor relations, construction training (or similar).  
  • Experience leading and/or supervising staff
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Construction Management, Business Administration, Human Services, Political Science, Social Sciences, or a closely related field (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background)
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written; ability to translate and tailor complex technical information for various audiences.
  • Commitment and passion for equity and social justice (ESJ) programs
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of planning processes, analysis techniques, and program evaluation.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement in decision making and determining the information and decisions that should be shared with upper management
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, writing and customer service skills
  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively as a team member 
  • Ability to think differently, are eager to try new things and challenge yourself to improve processes
  • Intermediate level of technology proficiency using MS Office Productivity tools in your daily work 
  • Ability to manage your time and adapt to changing priorities, work on multiple priorities and projects simultaneously, meet quick deadlines, and produce timely and quality work products
  • Ability to uphold our Division’s values
  • Ability to work in a remote work environment
 We would love it if you have:
  • Experience working with public agency staff, construction contractors, construction workers, employment service providers, or union representatives
  • Expertise in construction trade labor union structures and hiring practices and/or is a trades apprenticeship graduate
  • Knowledge of Priority Hiring programs, community workforce agreements, or the obstacles/challenges facing workers from economically distressed areas
  • Experience in designing and/or implementing new initiatives and programs
  • Proficiency in electronic tools commonly used for sharing information and for contract compliance (such as web-based labor compliance software)
  • Experience with LEAN processes and principles
  • Experience with SharePoint, MS Teams, and other collaborative online tools 
Who may apply:
The recruitment for this position is open to all qualified candidates. Applicants from this recruitment may be used to fill future opportunities in this job classification [Project Program Manager 4] for the next six months. 
Other Position Information:
 This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore not overtime-eligible.  Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek; normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This position is not represented by a union.
The work associated with this position will be performed remotely in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandateEmployees must reside in Washington 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.  It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis.

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.  

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.  
The Application Process:
A completed King County Application is required.

We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter addressing how you meet the minimum qualifications and why you are interested in this position. 

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.

 If you have any questions or concerns while applying, please contact: Sandy Treibel, SPHR, HR Manager 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.

(New) Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement 
 As of October 18, 2021, most King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th.  People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
This directive applies to 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 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 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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