Organics Circular Economy Program Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
Posted on June 18, 2022
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The Solid Waste Division (SWD), Recycling and Environmental Services Section (RES) is inviting applications for a Project/Program Manager II (PPM II). We are looking for an enthusiastic team player to provide a wide range of functions, including policy, grant administration, education, partnerships, infrastructure development, and recycling market development with a key focus in organic materials, to move the County towards Zero Waste of Resources and its circular economy agenda.
Responsibilities of this position include helping deliver the RE+ plan and coordination with multiple stakeholders, analysis, research, planning and policy development, grant administration, and contract management, to strengthen markets for recycled materials and divert material from disposal in line with SWD’s strategic and climate goals. Typical projects involve interagency, inter-jurisdictional or multi-disciplinary coordination to develop and/or implement analyses, plans, policies, and budgets. Work is performed independently and in close coordination with other program managers and the RES Supervisor.  The position will play an important role in shaping and delivering the forthcoming Re+ regional plan that will move the region to a more circular, low-carbon and equitable future for all. You can find more information about this plan here.
Opportunity to Learn More: We invite you to join an MS Teams Meeting Open House to learn more about this position. This is an opportunity to ask questions about the job description, learn about SWD, and generally gain information about the position. We will hold this event on  Tuesday, June 28 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Click here to join the meeting. For audio-only call +1 425-653-6586, Pin: 700 352 368#
Who May Apply:  This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Forms and Materials Required:  Applicants must submit a (1) King County application form and (2) letter of interest detailing your background and describing how your education and experience meet the qualifications and have prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job.
Permanent Teleworking 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 occasionally King Street Center - 201 South Jackson Street, Seattle. There will be an expectation to travel to various worksites throughout King County as needed to carry out job responsibilities.
Work Schedule:  This position works 8 hours per day, M-F, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is non-exempt from FLSA provisions and is over-time eligible. Under certain circumstances, one’s schedule may be modified once the probationary period is completed to accommodate flexible schedules. During the legislative session, schedules will vary and include work at night and on the weekends. This position is represented by Teamsters Local 117.
About Solid Waste Division:  The King County Solid Waste Division (KCSWD) is responsible for the public solid waste system that serves the people and communities of unincorporated King County and most cities within King County. KCSWD is the lead King County Agency for delivering Zero Waste of Resources (ZWoR) goal for the region, which will reduce valuable materials sent to landfill by up to 70%. KCSWD operates the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, ten transfer facilities, nine closed landfills, and many programs to design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use and regenerate natural systems.  The Recycling and Environmental Services (RES) Section leads the Division’s efforts on recycling and composting, product stewardship, policy, developing end markets for recycled materials, environmental stewardship, and several compliance programs. Notable among those are the Waste Stream Compliance & Enforcement Program, green building, household hazardous waste and “Wastemobile” service, school education, and resource recovery.
Example of Job Duties:

  • Implement portions of the RE+ Plan, fast start initiatives and other programs that support SWD plans and goals.
  • Provide in-depth program management to sustain current and develop new markets for recycled products with a focus in compost and organics, and other materials as appropriate.
  • Recommend policy and program areas for SWD investment to sustain and develop organics recycling markets. 
  • Support the distribution of county funds through the RE+ grant programs that help move the region towards zero waste of resources.
  • Coordinate work with community groups and build racial equity considerations into all policy efforts of the KCSWD.
  • Engage in market development efforts with regional stakeholders.   
  • Coordinate or participate in programs or actions involving multiple agencies, partner organizations, and community groups. 
  • Manage projects involving multi-agency teams, including budget/expenditure oversight, such as Compostwise, 'Food Too Good To Waste', and other campaigns and initiatives. 
  • Manage scope, schedule, and budget of contracts and projects.
  • Research and gather information to update and keep programs and projects current. Develop program recommendations.
  • Develop, build, and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders in the recycling community.
  • Assist with contract procurement and manage consultant contracts related to policy development including drafting plans and reports, program budgets and scopes of work.
  • Assist with SWD planning and development of policies as required.
 Our Ideal Candidate Will Have:
  • Demonstrated skills in managing projects involving multi-agency teams and developing effective networks to accomplish program goals.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships and partnerships with a variety of partners, stakeholders, and interest groups, including, but not limited to various county and/or state agencies, organizations, and associations.
  • Experience managing grant programs and/or contract management. 
  • Ability to successfully work with multidisciplinary teams, matrix-based organizational structures, and coalitions.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines with high attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with program management and various project teams to achieve results within specified deadlines. 
  • Demonstrated skill in written and oral communications and making presentations.
  • Demonstrated skills in translating technical information and goals into specific action steps necessary to cause public policy changes to be adopted. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience implementing recycling/waste management (programs and/or policies), environmental, circular economy and/or climate change policy, and demonstrated knowledge of environmental issues.
 Our Most Competitive Candidate Will Have:
  • Demonstrated experience working with public policy, recycling markets, and multiple stakeholders 
  • Knowledge of and/or experience using the circular economy and just transition framework
  • Passion for environmental stewardship
Who to Contact:  If you have questions about this position and wish to learn more about SWD, visit or contact Prakash Meloot at  

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.

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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.
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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.
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