Manager for Archives, Records Management, and Mail Services

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
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Posted on July 10, 2020

King County's Records and Licensing Services (RALS) is searching for a leader to serve as the Manager for Archives, Records Management, and Mail Services (ARMMS).
The Records and Licensing Services Division is comprised of four sections:

  • Vehicle/Vessel and For-hire Licensing – Products and services include vehicle/vessel license renewals, license tab- registration and title work and For-hire driver’s licensing and regulatory services. 
  • Recorder’s Office – Products and services include recorded documents (electronic and paper), public records and maps, and marriage licenses. 
  • Regional Animal Services of King County – Products and services include pet licenses; and animal shelter care and field enforcement. 
  • Archives, Records Management and Mail Services – Products and services include referral services for King County archival records, metered outgoing US mail for County agencies; inter-agency mail distribution; manages and supports the county-wide records management program and the County’s central records management system (repository).  This section manages current, inactive, and historic records and information assets in compliance with laws, regulations, and industry standards.

ARMMS operates four programs to ensure that King County’s records are managed in accordance with King County policies and Washington state law throughout their lifecycle.
  • The Records Management Program (RMP) provides the tools, resources, education and guidance necessary to support records management best practices countywide. 
  • The Records Center provides centralized, secure and economical storage for the County’s inactive physical records.
  • King County Archives serves King County and the public by collecting, preserving, and providing access to County records of enduring historical value.
  • King County mail services include sending, receiving and delivering mail within King County buildings and locations.

As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
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King County has a strong and resilient economy and an environment where people and businesses can thrive. Located on Puget Sound in Washington State, and covering 2,134 square miles, King County is nearly twice as large as the average county in the United States. With more than 2 million people, it also ranks as the 13th most populous county in the nation.

King County encompasses 39 cities and is truly an international destination, with more than 100 languages spoken in the region. More than 30 million tourists from all over the U.S. and the world visit King County every year. King County is home to the vibrant urban centers of Seattle and Bellevue, suburban areas, small towns, islands, and rural communities, as well as vast forests, spectacular mountains, glittering bodies of water, and productive farmlands. 

Cities in King County frequently appear on "Best Places to Live" lists and is #34 on the 2017 Forbes "The Best Places for Business and Careers" List. As home to some of the world's most influential companies and industries, our leaders are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive economy that benefits all. In addition, King County government was named by Forbes as one of the nation's top 200 employers in 2016. Many King County communities have highly rated schools, nationally recognized restaurants, vibrant recreation, and numerous cultural opportunities. Housing options range from single-family homes to high-rise apartments and condos to large country acreage. In King County, you'll find a community that suits you best, from urban neighborhoods, suburban developments with walkable amenities, to rustic rural settings.

The Archives and Records Manager will:
  • Provide strategic leadership for King County's Archives, Records Center, Records Management, and Mail Services programs
  • Be responsible for the maintenance and development of the County's historical records research collections and improvement of access including traditional aids and electronic tools
  • Be responsible for the evaluation, selection, and oversight of all King County Archives, Records Center, Records Management, and Mail Services staff
  • Represent Archives, Records Management, and Mail Services section and serves on countywide committees and task forces
  • Take initiative and commitment to implementing innovative approaches for improving operations and services
  • Be responsible for ensuring proper housing, storage, and long-term preservation of the collections
  • Oversee appraisal and retention of County records deemed to have administrative, legal, or historical value
  • Brings a strong background in managing and providing strategic leadership to multi-faceted teams or businesses, including working collaboratively at all levels OR any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrate the ability to perform the scope of job duties;
  • Is customer-focused and comfortable in advising and partnering with senior and executive-level management with complex initiatives, polices, and workplace/labor issues;
  • Will persevere and adapt as required, while working in a multi-faceted and sometimes ambiguous environment;
  • Understands how to manage across multiple lines of business, navigate complex projects including scoping and organizing resources, developing work programs and facilitating multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Has strategies and ideas to continue to build on a culture of employee engagement which supports the development, coaching, and team building necessary for the workforce of the future.
  • Is a champion for Equity & Social Justice. Understands that systematic racism and its long-term effects are pervasive in our society. Are comfortable having candid and sincere conversations with all employees about race and equity in the workplace.
  • Can create initiatives necessary to develop, coach, and mentor a culturally and generationally diverse staff in a collaborative manner that focuses on employee engagement, good communication, and team building.
Desirable knowledge and skills include:
  • Experience with records management, public records, or archives, including supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of intellectual property and rights management issues and knowledge of preservation practices and standards or related experience.
  • Education/experience in Archival Administration, Records Management, or Public Administration OR ongoing learning or professional certification such as certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists OR any combination of education or experience.
  • Familiarity with RCW 40.14 Preservation and Destruction of Public Records and 42.56 Public Records Act.

Supplemental Information:
  • The selected candidate must pass a background investigation.

This exciting opportunity is open to all applicants. The salary for this role is $102,537.34-$129,972.34 annually and includes innovative and award-winning employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as a robust leave package. To see all of King County's benefits, please visit our web site at

This position will remain open until filled. Applicants who apply by July 31, 2020 will receive first consideration. Please apply online at

Confidential inquiries are welcome to Andres Boyer at or 206-263-8388.


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.