Land Management Unit Supervisor (PPM IV)

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on November 10, 2021
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King County Parks is accepting applications for a Land Management Unit Supervisor (Project/Program Manager IV) to manage a growing team within the Property Management & Business Revenue Section. 

We are seeking an effective leader with a property management background to delegate assignments and monitor daily staff workloads. The Land Management Unit Supervisor will join our highly productive, customer-focused team that provides excellent service to all King County residents and park users.

This position will supervise our team of Property Agents by implementing system-wide Special Use Permit policies and standards. This position will review special use permit applications, address encroachment issues, provide mapping services, conduct title searches, review legal descriptions, and provide surplus property recommendations. They will act as the technical expert for highly visible, politically sensitive programs and projects and will handle multi-disciplinary, technically challenging and high priority assignments while implementing best practices for standard operating procedures system-wide while assuring fair, reasonable, and consistent treatment for all in the management of King County's public park lands. Providing excellent customer service to all property owners and other partners is a key function as we work to preserve and enhance our park system for all citizens to enjoy.
Individuals interested in joining our team must be committed to racial, social and economic equality for ALL people in King County. We welcome applications from people who will help us consistently demonstrate the values of equity, respect and partnership.
To learn about the King County Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan click here.
About the Division: Be a part of King County Parks! King County Parks has evolved from 150 acres in 1938 to more than 32,000 acres. Today, our system consists of more than 205 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 250 miles of backcountry trails. Our mission is to steward, enhance and acquire parks to inspire healthy communities. We seek to cultivate strong relationships with community partners to enhance park amenities for all King County residents to enjoy today and for generations to come. Learn more at
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Who is Eligible: This position is open to all qualified applicants, King County and the Parks and Recreation Division values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.
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. Employees 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.

Work Location: Primarily teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104

Work Schedule: This position is exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and is not overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.

Job Duties

Sample of key deliverables:

  • Supervise, plan, organize, assign, review and evaluate the work of professional staff for assigned work area; develop performance measures, evaluate job performance and conduct performance evaluations; recommend hiring and disciplinary actions to appropriate management staff; provide or assure staff training and development; and provide technical and policy guidance to assigned staff.
  • Recommend, develop and implement new policies, procedures and strategies relating to parks property and special use permitting issues.
  • Review construction plans submitted by property owners to utilize county rights-of-way. Work with internal staff and jurisdictional authorities to identify required building and land development permits needed for proposed improvements. Develop special use permit terms and conditions.
  • Coordinate permit compliance monitoring and inspection.
  • Apply equity and social justice principles when developing and enforcing land management guidelines.  
  • Investigate and remedy improper or unauthorized private land uses of Parks' property. Work with code enforcement officials and the Prosecuting Attorney's Office to resolve unpermitted or unauthorized activities on Parks Division property.
  • Recommend program strategies and plans for highly visible and politically sensitive capital projects and land acquisitions.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge of complex permitting for public sector projects and programs with advanced knowledge of local, state and federal environmental laws, regulations, guidance documents and mandates, including eminent domain law.
  • Experience leading, mentoring and training staff and providing direction and oversight to a work team.
  • Experience in researching, preparing, and presenting property reports. 
The Successful Candidate Will Have the Following Competencies:
  • Manages complexity - Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Communicates Effectively - Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Balances Stakeholders - Anticipating and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • Directs Work - Providing direction, delegating, and removing obstacles to get work done.
  • Manages Conflict - Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise.
  • Builds Effective Teams - Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Drives Engagement - Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.
  • Nimble Learning - Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.
  • Courage - Stepping up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said.

The Most Competitive Candidates Will Have:
  • Experience addressing property-related issues on open space lands (for example, encroachments, illegal activities, access issues).
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local right-of-way laws and requirements needed to purchase and manage land acquisitions.
  • Knowledge of the State Department of Transportation's right-of-way manual.
  • Ability to navigate in a political and litigious environment and handle multiple competing priorities.

Supplemental Information

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 competitive 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
Union Representation: This position is not represented by a union.  
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact: 
Shawna Ousse at sousse@kingcounty.govor (206) 263-3536

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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).

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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
Describe your experience leading staff and providing direction and oversight to work teams. If you do not have this experience, please indicate NA.
4. Describe your experience authorizing and/or issuing permits or contracts. If you do not have this experience, please indicate NA.

Required Question