Planning and Administration Services Section Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
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Posted on October 3, 2020

King County's Facilities Management Division (FMD) is searching for a leader to serve as the Planning and Administration Services (P&A) Section Manager for the division. King County is one of America's fastest-growing regions and Executive Dow Constantine is building partnerships and working with employees to meet the key challenges facing the Pacific Northwest in the 21st Century – regional mobility, equity and social justice, and climate change.

This manager will lead the P&A Section and serve on the FMD Management Team. The section currently holds a variety of functions for the division, including county-wide space management, FMD legislation process, energy resources management, and the county's parking program and print shop, among others. The section coordinates the division's process improvement efforts, often serves as the face of FMD for agency partners across the county government, and regularly collaborates with the division's other sections to provide the division's wide breadth of services to our various and varied county partners.

The vision for this manager is to build out the division's strategic planning, performance management, and process improvement capacities within the section and division while expertly managing the various functions of the section.

This role involves daily interaction with staff from all levels of the organization including agency stakeholders and partners from the separate branches of government. This role requires a commitment to efficiency and innovation, a desire to push self and others for successful results, and a strong team player mentality.

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As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

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King County has a strong and resilient economy and an environment where people and businesses can thrive. Located on Puget Sound in Washington State, and covering 2,134 square miles, King County is nearly twice as large as the average county in the United States. With more than 2 million people, it also ranks as the 13th most populous county in the nation.

King County encompasses 39 cities and is truly an international destination, with more than 100 languages spoken in the region. More than 30 million tourists from all over the U.S. and the world visit King County every year. King County is home to the vibrant urban centers of Seattle and Bellevue, suburban areas, small towns, islands, and rural communities, as well as vast forests, spectacular mountains, glittering bodies of water, and productive farmlands.

Cities in King County frequently appear on "Best Places to Live" lists and is #34 on the 2017 Forbes "The Best Places for Business and Careers" List. As home to some of the world's most influential companies and industries, our leaders are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive economy that benefits all. In addition, King County government was named by Forbes as one of the nation's top 200 employers in 2016. Many King County communities have highly rated schools, nationally recognized restaurants, vibrant recreation, and numerous cultural opportunities. Housing options range from single-family homes to high-rise apartments and condos to large country acreages. In King County, you'll find a community that suits you best, from urban neighborhoods, suburban developments with walkable amenities, to rustic rural settings.


The Planning and Administrative Services Section Manager is responsible for managing the daily operations of the section's various functions and will be tasked with building out the strategic planning, performance management, and process improvement capacities for the division. Key responsibilities include:

  • Conceptualize, develop, and implement goals, vision, workforce management, performance measures, and strategies for the section's various functions;
  • Manage the development, implementation and administration of the County's facilities strategic planning capacity and function in collaboration with the FMD Director's Office and the division's other sections and section managers;
  • Establish and maintain positive work relationships with elected officials, staff of elected officials, representatives from other Executive agencies, special interest groups, and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement strategies, systems, and plans using Lean or other continuous improvement techniques to accomplish some of these initiatives.
  • Manage the division's performance management program in collaboration with the FMD's Director's Office and the division's other sections and section managers:
  • Identify and implement opportunities for continuous improvement methods, and foster a culture of innovation and process improvement across the division – in order to meet current and emerging customer needs

  • Have strong strategic planning knowledge, background, and experience, preferably with a large facilities, public works, or real estate management organization; OR any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrate the ability to perform the scope of job duties;
  • Be a champion for Equity & Social Justice, understanding that systemic racism and its long-term effects are pervasive in our society, and exhibit bravery in having candid and sincere conversations with all employees about race and equity in the workplace;
  • Develop, coach, and mentor a culturally diverse staff in a collaborative manner that focuses on employee engagement, good communication, conflict resolution, managing differences, and team building;
  • Have a strong track record of conceptualizing, developing and implementing strategies, systems, standards and plans for a wide variety of functions, including helping to build out the division's performance management and process improvement capacities;
  • Be action-oriented and will take on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Demonstrate a high level of self-awareness and is comfortable with own strengths and weaknesses;
  • Be skilled in prioritization and meeting competing demands, while able to help lead a complex, constantly moving and changing culture;
  • Be action-oriented and able to persevere and adapt as required, while working in a multifaceted and sometimes ambiguous environment.


This exciting opportunity is open to all applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly suggest that you include a resume and cover letter with your submission. This position will remain open until filled. Applicants who apply by October 25, 2020 will receive first consideration.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrés Boyer, Recruiter, by e-mail at, or by phone at 206-263-8388. Connect with me on LinkedIn!

King County is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and we encourage people of color, women, veterans and people with disabilities to apply.

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.

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.

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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.

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  • 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.
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