Policy Writer - TLT (Special Projects Manager III)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on September 3, 2021
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WHO MAY APPLY:  This term limited temporary is open to the public.   The duration is estimated to be two years.

King County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) values the teamwork, problem-solving skills, and alignment with our vision, mission, goals, and core values that you'll bring to being our Term Limited Temporary (TLT) Policy Writer. We aim to do our work in a respectful manner based on our core values of leadership, integrity, service, and teamwork. With over 1,100 employees, the KCSO serves the law enforcement needs of over half a million people in unincorporated King County and our twelve contract cities. The KCSO also provides police services for the Muckleshoot Tribe, Metro Transit, Sound Transit, and the King County International Airport. Our command staff brings a wealth of knowledge and over 168 years of combined experience to their assignments.

Job Duties

The King County Sheriff’s Office has a great opportunity to join their professional staff Term Limited Temporary (TLT) Policy Writer.  This position will work within the Technical Services Administration Unit in the Technical Services Division and will report directly to the Technical Services Chief.  Duties will include reviewing and suggesting updates to the departments’ General Orders Manual (GOM).  This position will spend majority of their time writing new policy and editing current policies.  Applicants should have extensive experience writing policy for a large public sector agency.  
 In this role you will get to: 

  • Review and write policy for a large police agency
  • Determine charter and scope of the project, assuring project is aligned with KCSO strategies, initiatives and business needs or values; set priorities subject to review by leadership; ensure project maintains compliance with all relevant State, Federal, local and King County laws and regulations; monitor and document progress of project
  • Manage and control day-to-day project activities; develop breakdown structures, schedules and resource assignments
  • Establish measures of success, acceptance criteria, and methods to track, control and report status; determine performance indicators and use evaluation of findings to redirect the project
  • Build relationships with appropriate staff throughout organization
  • Lead project team members directly or through a matrix staff structure
  • Prepare and give presentations to senior management on project schedule progress, current status and responses to identified issues and risks.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

To do this job well you will need:

  • Advanced skill in assessing and writing policy and procedure
  • Advanced skill in effectively communicating orally and in writing, including making formal presentations to groups and committees, influencing decision makers in a political environment
  • Skill in gathering, analyzing and synthesizing data; skill in effective paper and report writing; skill in effectively presenting statistical and narrative information to non-technical stakeholders or audiences
  • Advanced knowledge and skill in successfully managing projects using current project management principles, methodologies and processes
  • Knowledge and skill in managing projects for a large organization with diverse business operations, strategic information requirements and priorities 
  • Knowledge of strategic planning principles and practices; knowledge of large organization business operations
  • Skill in problem-solving, conflict resolution, negotiating and decision making
  • Skill in handling multiple competing priorities 
  • Knowledge about how medium to large political organizations work, and ability to be collaborative in your approach to getting things done through formal and informal channels.
It would be excellent if you had:
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience writing policy
  • Experience writing policy in a unionized environment
  • Experience in writing policy in the public sector and/or specifically working with or for law enforcement agencies

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

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

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.

Selection Process - Important Notice All candidates who successfully meet the selection criteria and testing will be required to complete a comprehensive background investigation, including a polygraph examination. This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing, interviewing, and background investigation. The most competitive applicants will move forward in the selection and recruitment process.

Contact Information: Please direct questions about this recruitment to Nicole Hall at Nicole.Hall@kingcounty.gov.
Please fully complete the Government Jobs online application and attach the following materials:
  • Your resume – Please note, referring to ‘see resume’ is not an accepted substitution for a completed application.
  • Letter of interest (cover letter) describing your interest in this position and how your background meets or exceeds the requirements of this specific position.
  • A writing sample of your choice that is no more than five pages.  You may submit a copy of a policy that you have previously written if you wish.
  • Complete answers to the Supplemental Questions

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.

You must be a current US Citizen or permanent legal resident to apply for civil service positions with the King County Sheriff's Office. Are you now a United States citizen or permanent legal resident?
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Can you read, write and speak the English language?
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