Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) Operations Manager, Project/Program Manager III

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on September 15, 2022
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The Department of Community and Human Services 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 experiences.

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

About the Division

This position is a member of the MIDD Team within the Behavioral Health & Recovery Division (BHRD). BHRD works to improve the quality of life in King County by ensuring that adults, youth, children, families, and communities receive the mental health and substance use disorder services that they need. BHRD's client-centered, coordinated system of service delivery is based on community assessment, measurable outcomes and systematic program evaluation that is accountable to our clients and their families, funding agencies and residents of King County.

About the Program

The MIDD Behavioral Health Sales Tax Fund generates over $136 million every biennium. MIDD funds behavioral health programs and services throughout King County through approximately 51 initiatives that support people living with or at risk of behavioral health conditions to be healthy, have satisfying social relationships and avoid legal system involvement. This position plays a key role on the MIDD Team which works to assure that MIDD initiatives and programming are operating effectively and that MIDD policy goals are being achieved. More information about MIDD can be found here: MIDD Behavioral Health Sales Tax Fund,

About the Position

The MIDD Team is seeking a highly skilled Operations Manager to lead, manage and support MIDD-related programming and strategies. Duties include supporting existing MIDD initiatives, staffing the MIDD Advisory Committee, leading the development of the MIDD Annual Report and identifying opportunities for system alignment. The ideal candidate will have both project and program management experience, be a self-starter, enjoy collaborating with colleagues, and be skilled in working with both internal and external partners. 

The selected candidate will integrate King County's Equity and Social Justice principles into the daily functions of this position.


This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. 


Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit an online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state, “see my resume” are considered incomplete and will not be considered to be competitive.

WORK SCHEDULE/CONDITIONS:  This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime. Typical hours are Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. 

Teleworking Requirement 

The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington 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, including the wearing of masks in some situationsKing County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
 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 that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  


RECRUITER:  Annette Coleman,

Job Duties

  • Develop a strong understanding of the many systems in which MIDD operates, identify opportunities for cross initiative pollination, and continuous quality improvement of overall MIDD programming.
  • Act as first point of contact and liaison for internal program staff who oversee individual MIDD funded initiatives. Provide technical support and assistance, review budget/billing status with fiscal, monitor initiative implementation and assure operations are in accordance with MIDD planning documents and expectations of MIDD.
  • In partnership with the MIDD Communications Specialist, manage the MIDD Annual Report process, collaborate on high profile documents, and/or other program materials for broad distribution to both internal and external stakeholder, including to the King County Council, the MIDD Advisory Committee, and the public. 
  • Convene Provide program development and project management support to MIDD Team, program leads and MIDD Advisory Committee.
  • Work cross divisionally with fiscal, contracting, evaluation and MIDD program staff to improve processes related to invoicing, budget monitoring, program management, and program outcomes for MIDD initiatives.
  • Provide staff support for the MIDD Advisory Committee, including recruitment and onboarding of new members, maintaining rosters, scheduling meetings, developing agendas, and assuring that the MIDD website is current.
  • Coordinate with division and/or departmental teams to assure alignment of MIDD programming, including items related to behavioral health policy, motions, ordinances, contracts, and request for proposals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • A Bachelor's degree in public administration, social work, public health, health care administration, or closely related field and a minimum of three years progressively responsible and relevant experience. Related experience may substitute for the degree.
  • Experienced program manager, with demonstrated knowledge of project management techniques, principles, analysis, planning and organization. Skilled in project management and program development, including implementing short and long-term objectives; facilitating meetings, communicating with partners, and ensuring deliverables meet deadlines. 
  • Strong commitment and experience creating programming grounded in Equity and Social Justice with understanding of equity and social justice principles and practices, and the effects of place, race and policy & systems-based inequities on marginalized communities and populations.
  • Skill in coordinating and convening multi-disciplinary staff and working in highly political environment; demonstrated experience building effective relationships, including moving others to act.
  • Experienced writer and presenter; ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them in an understandable way to others. 
  • Demonstrated experience in gathering, analyzing, and using information and data for a variety of uses, including reports, evaluations and preparing recommendations for action.
  • Skill in being process oriented with strong attention to detail and ongoing improvement efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a dynamic environment, work on several tasks simultaneously, organize and prioritize work in response to changing needs and meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency in the use of personal computers, with working knowledge of MS 2010 Word, Excel, and Outlook


Valid Washington State Driver's License, or the ability to travel around the county and state in a timely manner. 


Experience working in the field of public health, behavioral health and/or human services in a governmental and/or community-based not-for-profit organization.

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.

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 the 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? 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? 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. Additionally, 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 how you meet the qualifications for this position and why you think it's a good match for your skills.
How have you advanced equity and racial justice in your current or past positions?
Please describe your experience convening and facilitating meetings with a diverse group of members that drive toward a shared work product or goal.

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