Nutrient Management Coordinator (WQPPM IV)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Other
Posted on May 4, 2022
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At King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD), we perform best management practices and collaboration to ensure a sustainable future that minimizes waste, maximizes resources, protects our ratepayers, improves the community, and embraces innovation. The Resource Recovery section of WTD strives to bring valuable resources, technology, and sound business practices together to deliver products and programs that inspire our customers to be part of an environmentally sustainable future. 

The Nutrient Management Coordinator will work across all sections within the division to manage and coordinate implementation of nutrient management, including but not limited to, tracking permit deliverables, tracking and managing contracts for nutrient work, budgeting capital and operational expenses, working with internal and external science groups and organizations, and representing WTD in stakeholder groups. Success in this position requires superior attention to detail, excellent organizational skills and good time management. This position reports to the Section Manager.

Who is Eligible:  This position is open to all King County employees and the general public. First consideration for this position will be given to employees represented by Technical Employees' Association (TEA). Expected duration of the TLT/SDA is through April 2025.

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.

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.

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 Standards Act (FLSA) and is not overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week. 

Job Duties

  • Provide strategic coordination, planning, and implementation of the Puget Sound Nutrient General Permit across all section in WTD, this includes development of the Nutrient Management Program.
  • Establish the Nutrient Management program goals and evaluation criteria.
  • Serve as liaison for WTD in developing and implementing innovative water quality enhancement or restoration programs to enhance nutrient removal or reduction of effluent discharged.
  • Coordinate information sharing, increase collaboration and communication, and build relationships with internal and external target audiences as needed to address emerging science, regulations, and permit requirements.
  • Oversee consultant contracts; authorize payment and approve scopes of work and change orders.
  • Represents Wastewater and the Resource Recovery section on various intergovernmental planning groups, cross-division teams, and coordinates with other divisions and departments on joint communication teams.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Sciences or related discipline OR the equivalent of experience, and 3 years of increasingly responsible project management work. 

Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:

       Approachability: Is easy to approach and talk to; builds rapport well. 

Interpersonal Savvy:  Relates well to all kinds of people – up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds constructive and effective relationships using diplomacy and tact.

Strategic Agility: Can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough plans. 

Business Acumen: Knowledgeable in current and possible future policies, practices, trends, technology, and information affecting wastewater; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace. 

Political Savvy:  Can maneuver through complex political situations effectively and quietly; is sensitive to how people and organization’s function; anticipates where the land mines are and plans his/her approach accordingly.


The most competitive candidates will have experience in wastewater, regulations and policy, and/or strategic coordination. Additionally, they will have the following experiences and qualifications:  

  • Demonstrated success working both independently and as a productive and engaged member of a project team.
  • Demonstrated ability to experiment to find creative solutions; adaptable to change and able to remain open to new ideas and ways of doing things; customer service oriented.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including demonstrated ability to effectively interpret technical information for non-technical audiences simply, clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to present to groups, large and small, formal and informal, conveying a compelling message targeted to the audience using sophisticated media and communication tools.
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues in water quality and Wastewater Treatment.
  • Skilled in comprehending, analyzing and interpreting technical information and understanding its impact on operations, permitting and planning, and budgeting.

Necessary Requirements: A valid state of Washington driver’s license will be required for travel to field locations where no public transportation services are available.

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
  • Responses to supplemental questions
  • Cover letter

Union Representation: This position is represented by Technical Employees’ Association (TEA)

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:  

Helen David, Human Resources Analyst

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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.

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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.

What is your experience with Washington State's legislative and rule-making processes?
Do you have experience serving on organization-wide work groups?
  • Yes
  • No
How much experience do you have developing, administering, and coordinating contract budgets and deliverables?
  • 1-2 years
  • 3-4 years
  • 5+ years
Do you have experience working in wastewater or a similar industry?
  • Yes
  • No
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

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