Professional Standards Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on August 5, 2022
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WHO MAY APPLY: This career service position is open to the public.  

The Sheriff’s Office has an excellent opportunity to have an impact on policy and improve the quality of policing for a large law enforcement agency. The Professional Standards Manager position will provide oversight of the Sheriff’s Office accreditation, writing, review and maintenance of department policies to work in partnership with the Internal Affairs Commander.    
We are seeking a candidate who has experience advising leadership at a senior level, and strong management and technical skills. This role will report to the Undersheriff.
The mission of the King County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is to be a trusted partner in fighting crime and improving the quality of life for our residents and guests. The hallmarks of service in the Office are Integrity, Teamwork, Service and Leadership. The KCSO strives to develop trust in our community by demonstrating transparency and accountability.    

This role will enable you to support KCSO in this mission by influencing and ensuring updates and consistency both in policy and procedures department wide. You will also build and maintain relations and open communication with OLEO.  

Job Duties

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee and engage in policy writing and revision.  Support efforts to receive and maintain accreditation. 

  • Compile and analyze data and respond to requests for various data and reports.

  • Identify and manage critical issues that have significant public impact which require the attention of the Sheriff and/or other managers.

  • Assure positive interactions with OLEO and drive initiatives on behalf of the department.

  • Support and sustain the department as a high-performing organization which models excellent organizational performance and exemplary customer service.

  • Provide ongoing leadership and contribute to the development and implementation of policy strategies that deliver efficient and effective services to the community served by King County and address changes to law.

  • Drive policy priorities through government and legislative processes and collaborate on problem solving of key issues as they arise.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Competitive candidates will have experience commensurate with the responsibilities of the position OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which demonstrates they are well organized, flexible, reliable and a team player.  
  • Management and leadership experience in a large law enforcement or public setting, operating within a complex multicultural and diverse environment, government, communications, public relations and/or related environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with county departments and external partners that support two-way communication, ensure that policy positions are well-grounded and informed, and help communicate the Sheriff’s Office priorities and rationale for decisions.
  • Advanced writing and communication skills, including the ability to write for/speak to political, specialist, media and public audiences.
  • Skill in database management
  • Strong technical skills and ability
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to multi-cultural and diversity issues, including managing and interacting with a multi-cultural staff from varying demographic backgrounds.
  • Skill in analytical and critical thinking and strategic confluence 
  • Ability to lead professionals through collaboration and influence
  • Ability to think critically and strategically, foster creativity and encourage problem-solving.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s or higher degree preferred or equivalent investigative experience in law enforcement.   
  • Ten years of relevant experience, preferably in a law enforcement environment providing independent research, analysis, and advice on complex issues, including evaluation of options and recommendations. 
  • Or any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform all the key deliverables and expectations of the position.
  • Knowledge of county functions, organization, and structure, including legislative and budget processes related to local government.
  • Demonstrated experience advising leadership and management at a senior level.

Supplemental Information

APPLICATION PROCESS: To be considered for this position, the following items must be completed.  Your cover letter will be evaluated for grammar, punctuation, and clarity.

  • King County Application (applying online satisfies this requirement.
  • Letter of Interest (Cover letter) detailing how your qualifications and experience meet or exceed the minimum qualifications stated in this job bulletin.
  • Resume
SELECTION PROCESS: All materials will be evaluated for spelling, grammar, and punctuation usage. The most competitive candidates will be invited to an oral board exam/interview.
WORK SCHEDULE:  This position is exempt and not overtime-eligible. The usual work week for this position is based on 40 hours per week (weekdays, approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Hours may vary based on business need, and may include some occasional early morning, evening, and weekend hours.
WORK LOCATION: This position is based at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle.
TIMEFRAME:  Interviews will tentatively be held the week of September 19, 2022
UNION MEMBERSHIP:  This position is not represented by a union.
CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have questions regarding this recruitment please contact:

  Jessica Klein , HR Manager, King County Sheriff’s Office 

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.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

Telecommuting: Some work associated with this position may be performed by teleworking. The frequency of onsite work will be informed by business needs. Employees will have access to shared workspaces as needed 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 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 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.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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 Legal Permanent Resident to apply for civil service positions with the King County Sheriff's Office. Are you now a United States citizen?
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Can you read, write and speak the English language?
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The background of all King County Sheriff's Office employees and applicants are thoroughly checked. The required background investigation will review and evaluate driving records, criminal records, criminal behavior, employment histories, military records, personal and employment references, and related information. Candidates who pass the initial background investigation will be required to complete a polygraph, medical and psychological exam. Are you willing to undergo a background investigation and polygraph and psychological examination as part of the employment process?
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Did you attach the required documents?
-Cover Letter detailing how you meet or exceed the required knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position, and your experience as it relates to the primary job functions and desired qualifications.
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Do you have experience researching, analyzing, and providing advice on complex issues to leadership and management at a senior level?
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Do you have previous experience working in a law enforcement OR local government setting?
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