Parks Levy Accountability Manager (PPMIV)

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Management
Posted on October 9, 2021
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King County Parks and Recreation Division is seeking an experienced project manager to provide leadership and accountability with respect to planning and implementing the voter-approved King County Parks Levy. On August 6, 2019, King County voters approved a measure to renew the property tax levy  supporting parks, recreation, trails, and open space in King County, including most of the division’s operating and capital budgets. The measure replaced the levy that expired at the end of 2019 and will generate an estimated $810 million over six years. Building upon a strong foundation of past levy successes and strong public support, the individual in this new role will lead the division’s efforts to:

  • Track, measure, and demonstrate successful completion of levy commitments
  • Collaborate with various internal and external partners to support successful levy project delivery
  • Facilitate strategic decision-making in response to dynamic policy, legal, financial, political, and community considerations 
  • Communicate across audiences and platforms to demonstrate the value of public investments in King County’s open spaces, parks, and trails
  • Help position the division to identify and prepare for   future funding needs. 
This position will be a member of Parks’ Environmental Policy and Initiatives Unit.

Individuals interested in joining our team must be committed to racial, social and economic equality for ALL people in King County. We welcome applications from people who will help us consistently demonstrate the values of equity, respect and partnership.
To learn about the King County Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan click here.

About the Division: Be a part of King County Parks! King County Parks has evolved from 150 acres in 1938 to more than 32,000 acres. Today, our system consists of more than 200 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 250 miles of backcountry trails. Our mission is to steward, enhance and acquire parks to inspire healthy communities. We seek to cultivate strong relationships with community partners to enhance park amenities for all King County residents to enjoy today and for generations to come. Learn more at
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Who is Eligible: This opportunity is open to all eligible applicants. King County and the Parks and Recreation Division values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, and veterans.
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.
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 Standard Act (FLSA) and is not overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.  

Job Duties

  • Collaborate with stakeholders across the division to manage various projects and track process
  • Provide leadership that help address and resolve complex problems in ways that best serve the division, department, and county. 
  • Apply equity and social justice principles and analysis to all aspects of levy implementation.
  • Make programmatic recommendations involving policy, legal, financial, labor, and public involvement considerations. 
  • Develop and implement tracking systems related to King County Parks Levy commitments and implementation. 
  • Establish appropriate performance measures and metrics; collect and manage relevant data. 
  • Coordinate with diverse agencies and interest groups regarding resource allocation, staffing strategies, and project development and direction. 
  • Coordinate efficiently across policies, initiatives, and work programs to meet levy commitments and achieve multiple benefits, where possible.
  • Coordinate across all levels of government to facilitate levy implementation and address barriers, as necessary.
  • Interpret financial, operational, and capital project and program detail, and be able to translate this information to different audiences. 
  • Help design, implement, and support strategies to engage, involve, and inform community members and other stakeholders around future funding for King County Parks.
  • Inform Division and Department management on project status.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Political savvy in advancing large, complex initiatives or projects. Experience working with elected officials and staff across a variety of topics to achieve common goals. Success in packaging and presenting operational, program, budget, and financial information to a variety of audiences. Working knowledge of governmental or large and complex organizational procedures. Adept at working behind the scenes to prepare and support leadership in decision-making and communications with partners and external audiences.  

  • Demonstrated project management success. Knowledge of the principles and practices of project management, budget development, and the financial concepts employed in capital improvement and operating programs. Strong organizational, project, and time management skills. Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously. Effectively delegate responsibilities and holds others to the project timeline and deliverables throughout the project lifecycle. Excellent attention to detail.

  • Performance measurement experience. Experience developing and implementing tracking systems related to large, complex work programs. Experience setting up processes to monitor progress and results and designing feedback loops into that work. Success in establishing shared performance measures, collecting and managing relevant data, and adaptively managing work programs based on resulting information and trends. Ability to monitor progress and investments using an equity and social justice lens.

  • Effective communications skills. Ability to deal tactfully, patiently, and courteously with diverse individuals (often with opposing perspectives), including government officials, the public, community groups, and organizational colleagues. Experience communicating technical and policy issues with varied levels of staff, consultants, jurisdictions, community groups, constituents, and the public. Excellent written and oral presentation skills in a variety of settings. Ability to listen.

  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills. Agility in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and communications with supervisors, other levels of staff, volunteers, levy partners, and the public. Skill in working effectively with a diverse employee population. Ability to facilitate conversations with a range of audiences, highlighting the strengths and common goals of multiple perspectives for projects or initiatives that are politically sensitive or have significant political implications. Team player willing to pitch in and learn new things.
 The Successful Candidate Will Have the Following Competencies: 
  • Ensures accountability. Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments. 
  • Approaches work with a strategic mindset. Sees ahead to future possibilities and translates them into breakthrough strategies. 
  • Action oriented. Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Plans and prioritizes work. Meets commitments and aligns with organizational goals. 
  • Manages complexity. Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Cultivates innovation. Creates new and better ways for the organization to be successful. Identifies creative solutions to “get to yes.”
  • Demonstrates organizationally savvy. Can maneuver comfortably through complex policy, process and people-related organizational dynamics. 
  • Demonstrates situational adaptability. Adapts approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations. Calm under pressure. 
The Most Competitive Candidates Will Have: 
  • Experience and knowledge working on recreational, natural lands, or other parks-related policies, projects or initiatives. 
  • Five or more years of increasingly responsible work experience at the policy and project management level. 
  • A combination of experience or education in Regional/Urban Planning, Public Administration, Environmental Science, Public Policy, Economics, Business Administration, or related field relevant to achieve the described job duties. 

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 
  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position 
  • Responses to supplemental questions
 Union Representation:  This position is not represented by a union.
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:  
Shawna Ousse at or (206) 263-3536
Delores Venter at dventers@kingcounty.govor (206) 477-1678

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  • 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
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Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND 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 AND 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. AND 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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Describe an example of your work leading, tracking, and implementing commitments related to a large, complex initiative or work program. What were your direct responsibilities and accomplishments, and for what other aspects of the work did you have a supporting role?
Describe your experience communicating technical and policy issues with varied levels of staff, consultants, jurisdictions, community groups, constituents, and the public.

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