Metro Transit Interns or Veteran Fellows in Project Controls Office

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
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Posted on March 18, 2020
Summary

King County Metro Transit is currently recruiting for two undergraduate or graduate student Interns or Veteran Fellows to provide technical/database administration and document control services for the Project Controls Office. The Project Controls Office is a work group in the Project Controls, Management & Performance unit. This unit in Metro's Capital Division has over twenty team members and is expanding. They are responsible for performance monitoring, budget, and finance administration for the Division, data management, project administration, contract procurement, and developing process improvements.
 
The successful candidates will play a critical role in the development and launching of new services as our work group continues to support the growth of King County Metro Transit as we expand service to serve our growing communities where needs are greatest. If you enjoy taking on new challenges with a passion for improving processes and being part of a high-performing, collaborative team this is an excellent opportunity for you!
 
Ideal start time for interns or fellows is June 2020. The position is expected to work full time hours over the summer and part time hours during Fall and Winter 2020/2021.  Metro is open to interns or fellows starting before or after June if schedules align for the intern or fellow and program. Interested full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate students and qualified veterans are encouraged to apply.

About King County
As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together we are changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make this King County one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
 
King County Metro Transit
King County Metro Transit is a regional and national leader in getting people to work quickly, reducing commuter stress, addressing climate change and improving urban air quality through sustainable transportation strategies, and by providing comfortable, effective and equitable regional mobility services for commuters, residents, and visitors of King County, Washington.
 
Who May Apply
These internships/fellowships are open ONLY to:

  • Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate college program. Students must be full-time or part-time students during the entire internship, with the exception of the summer.
  • U.S Military Veterans, Reservists or members of the National Guard. Those who left the military within the last five years and reside within King County will be given preference.

Work Schedule
Student applicants should expect to work up to 20 hours/week during the school year; up to 40 hours/week during the summer; non-student applicants (Veterans) may work up to 40 hours/week. Work will generally be carried out during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am- 5pm). Interns/fellows may work with their supervisors to accommodate class schedules or other conflicts.
 
Benefits
Interns/Veteran Fellows receive a free ORCA transit fare pass for unlimited rides on King County Metro, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Kitsap Fast Ferries, Community Transit, Everett Transit, Sound Transit and King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar and Seattle Monorail.  Additionally, Interns/Veteran Fellows will accrue .025 hours of paid sick leave for each hour in pay status. Veteran Fellows who work 30 or more hours/week for the duration of their assignment will also be offered medical benefits under the Affordable Health Care Act. Interns/Veteran fellows are not eligible for retirement, holiday and vacation pay.
 
Specific Salary Ranges:
  • Undergraduate Interns: $17.5208 - $22.2087 per hour Graduate Interns: $19.7266 – $25.0045 per hour.
  • Vets 4 HIRE Veteran Fellows will be compensated at a range of $17.5208 - $31.6969 depending on military rank and education level.
    • Veteran Fellow I - $17.5208 – $22.2087 per hour - High School graduate; or pursuing BA; or enlisted grade E4 or lower
    • Veteran Fellow II - $19.7266 - $25.0045 per hour - Possess BA; or pursuing Masters; or enlisted grade E5 or higher
    • Veteran Fellow III - $25.0061 - $31.6969 - Completed Masters or Officer rank

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. Each intern or veteran fellowship assignment will involve a set of customized learning objectives and deliverables that provide hands-on experience assisting with and accomplishing specific work tasks or projects.

Under the guidance and mentorship of a professional Project Controls Office staff, the selected Interns/Vet Fellows will gain hands-on experience by providing technical/database administration and document control services for the Project Controls Office.  Additionally, the selected candidates will have learning objectives specific to each program:

Document Control/Procurement Position:

  • Public sector contracting and procurement processes; Gain knowledge of RCWs and best practice.
  • Principles, practices, design and managing document resources for consulting and construction contract development.
  • Data collection, analysis, reporting and visualization for decision-making.
  • Supporting transit customers and other stakeholders, and managing communications with diverse audiences.
Technical/Database Administration Position:
  • Developing systems requirements, gathering data, normalizing data to be migrated into a centralized database.
  • Apply technical aptitude to improve contract management.
  • Apply academic learnings in the design of data collection methods and tools.
  • Develop applied data analysis and research skills toward contract data technologies to improve collaboration and communication using SharePoint.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Student Internship Candidates
Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program or registration for full-time or part- time classes for the Fall 2020 quarters/semester.
 
Veteran Fellow Candidates
Will have an equivalent combination of education and experience leading to ability to perform the duties of the position. Veterans who currently reside within King County, AND have left the military within the past five years will be given hiring preference.
 
Minimum Qualifications for both positions:

  • Full or part-time undergraduate or graduate student OR veteran.
  • Passion and interest in exploring a career procurement, supply chain management, technical management or database administration.
  • Self-starter willing and able to complete assigned tasks with minimal direct supervision.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Experience using GIS, Excel, Word, and email.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with a diverse group of individuals from a variety of positions and backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications:

Document Control/Procurement Position:
  • Strong interest in Public Contracting or Procurement process.
  • Experience in working with document controls including filing, tracking and version control.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and SharePoint.
  • Experience working in a structured business process environment and ability to evaluate current process and propose process improvements
  • Self-starter with the ability to take direction and work independently, as well as, on teams
  • Ability to work well and respectfully with a diverse group of individuals from a variety of different positions and backgrounds.
Technical/Database Administration Position:
  • Pursuing degree program in database design/administration, Technology Management, or related program
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to gather large sets of data from multiple sources and consolidate into a single data set.
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Data tables, relational database etc.
  • Ability to work well and respectfully with a diverse group of individuals from a variety of different positions and backgrounds

Supplemental Information

Required Application Materials
  1. An employment application completed at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs with complete employment history, answers to the supplemental questions.
  2. Attach a cover letter (in PDF format if possible) - Tell us why you are interested in this internship/vet fellowship and how you meet the qualifications.
NOTE: Please answer all questions in the online employment application, with each of your jobs listed (listing each position for each employer separately), with duties explained, reasons for leaving, etc. Applications that are not complete, or do not include all required materials may be rejected as incomplete, and not advanced in the process. 
 
If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper King County application form and answers to the required supplemental questions and a resume. Your application materials must be received prior to the closing date/time, April 1, 2020. Send your materials to: King County Metro Transit Department – Human Resources, 201 South Jackson Street, Suite 419, Seattle, WA 98104.
 
Selection Process
Candidates will be screened for qualifications and clarity, and completeness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews and a writing exercise or test. Final offers are contingent on successful completion of reference checks.
 
Questions? Please contact:
Angela Alcaraz, HR Analyst, aalcaraz@kingcounty.gov, 206-263-2466
 
King County is an equal employment opportunity employer. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging  in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workplace and 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 values--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, we are responsible stewards. We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

This position is not eligible for leave, holiday, insured, or other benefits.

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When applying for this position, please thoroughly complete the EDUCATION and WORK EXPERIENCE sections of your application. This includes a description of each position you have held in the last ten years if you have ten years of employment. Please include even earlier positions if they gave you work experience that relates to this job, or if you developed skills in those jobs that relate to the job you are now applying for. For each Employer listed, you must indicate your reason for leaving. If you have been terminated from any previous jobs, please state the specific reasons why. Your responses to the Supplemental Questions will be used in combination with your application and any additional attachments to determine whether you are a competitive candidate. I have read the above statement and certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. I acknowledge I have read and understand the above information.
  • Yes
  • No
02
Have you attached the required cover letter in PDF format? If not, you may still go back to that section of the application and do so. Applications that are not complete, or do not include all required materials may be rejected as incomplete, and not advanced in the process.
  • Yes
  • No
03
Please indicate which employment category applies to you.
  • Student Internship
  • Veteran Fellowship
  • Both
04
Based on your review of each position's description in the job bulletin, which position would you be interested in being considered for?
  • Document Control/Procurement
  • Technical/Database Administration
  • I would like to be considered for both positions
05
Are you currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate college program either full-time or part-time?
  • Yes
  • No
06
Are you currently either registered for full-time / part-time classes in an undergraduate or graduate program for the Fall quarter/semester of 2020 or will receive authorization from your college degree program to register for the Fall 2020?
  • Yes
  • No
  • I am applying for a Veteran Fellowship only. This question does not apply to me.
07
This internship/fellowship is expected to work full time hours over the summer and part time hours Fall and Winter 2020/2021. Would be able to work these hours?
  • Yes
  • No
08
Please use the capital letters shown to indicate the following information: NOTE: If applying for a Veteran Fellowship only, mark N/A. A. The college/university that you are currently enrolled in. B. The name of the college program you are enrolled in. C. The degree that you will be awarded upon graduation. D. When you are planning to graduate. E. When you would be available to start your internship. F. When you would need to end full time hours to return to school and start working part time hours.
09
Please indicate what year of study you will attain after completing your Spring 2020 quarter or semester. NOTE: If applying for a Veteran Fellowship only, mark N/A.
10
Have you served as either an active duty or a reservist member of the US Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard, or have you served in the National Guard?
  • Yes
  • No
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Because the Veteran Fellowships receive funding from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy, applicants who are residents of King County will be provided hiring preference. Are you a resident of King County?
  • Yes, I currently live in King County.
  • No, I do not live in King County, but I will relocate to King County for the duration of the fellowship.
  • I am a student intern candidate. This question does not apply to me.
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What is/was your military rank? (i.e. E-4, O-2). If applying for a student internship, mark this N/A for "not applicable."
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I certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question