PMO Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
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Posted on January 9, 2021

The Solid Waste Division (SWD) of King County's Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) is seeking an innovative seasoned strategic leader for its Project Management Office (PMO).  This member of the executive leadership team will report to the Deputy Division Director and will lead a talented staff of about ten project managers and project support professionals that is committed to continuous improvement and excellent project delivery.
The SWD PMO is responsible for planning, management, and delivery of the largest, highest risk and most visible Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects for the Division. The PMO Manager supervises capital project managers and project control staff. The primary responsibility of this position is to provide strategic and project management oversight to the planning, design, and construction of CIP projects that are assigned to the PMO. Work typically involves a broad scope of planning, engineering, construction management, and project management responsibilities for the design and construction of solid waste management facilities, including Transfer Stations, landfill development and closure, facilities relocation, and environmental control systems.
This opening will remain open until filled. However, applications submitted by June 7 will be considered first. Subsequent applications will be considered if no hire is made from that batch.
Who May Apply:  This position is open to all qualified applicants.  King County and the Solid Waste Division values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans.
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 has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job. 

Work Location: Following the guidance given in the ‘GreenWhereWeWork’ initiative of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks, this position will be working remotely. There will be an expectation to travel to various worksites throughout King County as needed for your work.  

Work Schedule: This position works a 40-hour workweek, Monday through Friday with some evening and weekend work as required. This position is exempt from FLSA provisions and is not overtime-eligible.

About Solid Waste Division: The Solid Waste Division's (SWD) core business is to operate the solid waste transfer, disposal, and recycling services for residents and businesses in all of King County, except for Seattle and Milton.  Our 400 employees have earned a reputation for being innovators and leaders within our industry, but our landscape is changing. As a result, we are in the midst of creating our future-focused on three lines of business--waste prevention, resource recovery, and waste disposal. This innovation is backed by an ambitious six-year capital program totaling nearly a half-billion dollars, and a biennial operating budget of over three-hundred million. Our business is operated as an enterprise fund where we are solely dependent upon our revenue generation to fund our operations and environmental mission. SWD's service area has a population of about 1.5 million, or approximately 70 percent of King County's population as a whole.

Project Management Office (PMO) Profile: In 2015, the PMO structure was established in SWD to be consistent with other capital-intensive King County divisions. The PMO is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing SWD projects that are within its domain, including overseeing permitting, community outreach, and communication functions. This unit provides project management services such as the development of project management methodologies, training, project control, performance monitoring, and reporting. PMO staff provides supportive PMO functions for projects that are managed by other sections within the SWD. In general, the PMO follows the Project Management Institute (PMI) guidelines and methodologies.
Examples of Job Duties:

  • Provide strategic direction and guidance to capital project teams and capital project managers to ensure continued alignment with the King County project delivery requirements. 
  • Coordinate CIP project teams' work with various SWD sections, units, and workgroups to ensure collection, integration, and unification of stakeholder requirements in project planning processes.  
  • Apply Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure project performance and report progress to stakeholders.
  • Recommend and oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures for the PMO.
  • Administer and monitor the PMO capital projects budget and the unit's operating budget. 
  • Supervise the work of the PMO staff members; Hire, assign and schedule work, evaluate performance, and initiate disciplinary action when appropriate.
  • Oversee the development and preparation of the annual capital improvement program requirements and budgets for assigned work, which includes developing the project, estimating costs, estimating budget requirements, and initiating approval of the project.
  • Oversee preparation of consultant scopes of work.
  • Oversee the preparation and negotiation of contracts and change orders to contracts.
  • Evaluate contract claims.
  • Develop staff by providing mentoring, coaching, and training. 
  • Provide technical expertise in the evaluation and analysis of complex, sensitive, and political issues.
  • Serve as a project management subject matter expert at the Capital Project Review Board and other management meetings to assist SWD management in making project-related decisions.
  • Act as liaison on modifying and updating county-wide policies, procedures, tools, and templates related to project management.
  • Represent SWD at various county-wide initiatives, including Capital Project Management Working Group (CPMWG), Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) teams, Facilities Systems Improvement group, and Contracting Forums.     
  • Participate as a contributing member on the Solid Waste Division Management Team (SWDMT) providing leadership to the division establishing the strategic direction of the division.
Our Ideal Candidate Will Have:
  • A Bachelor's degree in Project Management, Engineering, Construction Management, Business Administration or closely related field and, a minimum of four years of progressively responsible project management experience comprising of project control, construction and contracts management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the skills required for the responsibilities of this position.
  • Experience in project management strategy planning, capital project budgeting, stakeholder engagement, and customer relations management.
  • Experience working in government/public works (Preferred).
  • Experience in construction-contract dispute and claim management including large and complex CIP projects
  • Excellent leadership and supervisory skills
  • Current Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or ability to achieve PMP certification within 6 months of hire.
  • Documented professional experience demonstrating the ability to analyze and understand design engineering plans and technical specifications to formulate WBS, schedules, and budgets for performance measurement using EVM technique or similar methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively present proposals, progress reports, and recommendations to work teams, management, and external groups in verbal and written form.
  • Skills and ability to understand stakeholder needs and meet them within policy guidelines and build collaborative team relationships.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully working with multi-disciplinary project teams and individuals with diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience in successfully negotiating agreements by applying established processes and tools.
  • Ability to effectively engage in and sustain relationships with people from diverse cultures, professional backgrounds, and socio-economic backgrounds.
The Successful Candidate Will Also Competent In:
  • Conflict Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers
  • Dealing with ambiguity
  • Building effective teams,
  • Priority setting
  • Comfort around higher management
  • Managing and measuring work.
Contact Information: For questions regarding this announcement, please contact Prakash Meloot at

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.

Do you have a Bachelor's degree in Project Management, Engineering, Construction Management, Business Administration, or a closely related field?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a minimum of four years of progressively responsible project management experience comprising of project control, construction, and contracts management?
  • Yes
  • No
If answered 'No' to either question 1 or question 2, do you have any other combination of education and experience that provides the skills required for the responsibilities of this position?
  • Yes
  • No
If answered 'yes' to question 3, please describe your education and experience briefly.
Do you have experience in project management strategy planning, capital project budgeting, stakeholder engagement, and customer relations management?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have experience in construction contract dispute and claim management including large and complex CIP projects?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a current Project Management Professional (PMP) certification?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you applying to this position as a 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.
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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