Project Manager (Zero Youth Detention Program)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on November 8, 2021
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The Zero Youth Detention (ZYD) Project Manager (classification: Project/Program Manager IV) has an advanced understanding of the juvenile legal system, is an adaptive leader, motivator, thought-partner and doer. Its primary focus rooted in the ZYD Roadmap ( is to work with both internal and external partners to turn innovative strategies and ideas particularly around diverting youth form the formal juvenile system into impactful actions that align with the Road Map to Zero Youth Detention. A successful Program/Project Manager IV will build and maintain trusting relationships across internal and external partners. This leader is committed to leading with racial equity and will work to undo it at all levels.  This position reports to the ZYD Director and is a member of the ZYD Support Group, Workgroup and Regional Community Safety & Well-Being Plan.

The work performed in this position is anticipated to last until December 31, 2022.  
This recruitment will remain open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by 11:59pm on August 30th, 2021.
Commitment To Equity And Social Justice: As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nations' history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.
We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play.

Job Duties

  • Coordinate, support and lead juvenile justice transformation efforts creating a pathway to zero youth detention
  • Ensure constituency and broader community inclusion in shaping and implementation of strategies for the work of pathways to zero youth detention
  • Collaborate with entities that allow for upstream prevention and intervention (schools, law enforcement, Behavioral Health, child welfare)
  • Prepare and facilitate internal and external meetings and trainings as needed.
  • Ensure an equity lens, including a racial justice lens, is applied in all County work in the area of juvenile justice
  • Lead teams of internal and external stakeholders in developing, implementing, and evaluating specific policies and actions that help achieve Zero Youth Detention.
  • Implement consistent and intentional practices for involving youth, families, and employees at all stages of developing, implementing, and evaluating actions that align with Zero Youth Detention.
  • Manage the budget, contracts, and grants for ZYD projects funded within Public Health.
  • Develop and implement procedures affecting ZYD’s strategic direction; this may include investments, grant opportunities, and relationships with internal and external partners. Advise the
  • Advise the ZYD Director on policies that may have long-term impacts on ZYD and the Department. 
  • Interpret and/or analyze data to inform policy and strategic direction; use data to communicate with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Work closely with the ZYD communications lead on implementing a comprehensive communications approach for external stakeholders and internal partners and staff. 
  • Prepare briefing memos, reports and other written communications materials for leadership, and stakeholders including elected officials, sponsors, advisory councils and other decision makers.
  • Coordinate pathways to zero youth detention work with other similar and/or complimentary initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Act on behalf of and represent priorities and interests of ZYD and serve on a variety of cross functional, departmental and/or jurisdictional teams.
  • Responsible for other assignments as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Experience in social work, juvenile justice, public administration, public policy, human services or related field; or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work.
  • Experience with planning, strategic development, program development, public policy and/or grant writing and fund development. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the juvenile justice system
  • Skills in successfully forging collaborative relationships with a broad and diverse range of stakeholders
  • Strong understanding on the impacts of race on the juvenile justice system
  • Deep commitment to equity and social justice, and racial justice.
  • Skills in program management and experience in turning strategies into actionable items
  • Knowledge of Restorative Framework and a deep understanding of restorative justice
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including presentations, facilitation, public speaking, community building
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Skills in managing multiple projects with competing deadlines 

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.
(New) 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.  

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.
Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified internal and external candidates. To be considered as a Special Duty applicant, you must be a current Career Service, King County employee who has successfully passed probation and must get your supervisor's approval if this assignment is offered to you.
 Application Process: 
 The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • An electronic application through or (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  • Responses to supplemental questions. Do not copy and paste your resume or resume sections as Supplemental Question responses. If you do and the do not directly answer the question, this will be considered an incomplete application.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location and working hours.
Necessary Special Requirements
  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time.
Work location: The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly through teleworking with reporting to office location and to meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington 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, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
Work schedule: The normal work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. This position is not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible, and the incumbent will be required to work the hours necessary to meet position responsibilities
Duration of position:
The work performed in this position is anticipated to last until December 31, 2022. However, the end date of this position may be adjusted based on funding and program need.
Union affiliation:
This position is not represented by a labor union.
For more information about the application process, please contact Catherine Fitzpatrick, HR Analyst at For questions about the position, contact Fahima Mohamed 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.

Of the following, please select all of the areas in which you have experience, training or education:
  • Social Work
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Human Services
  • None of the above
Please succinctly describe the experience, training or education, you indicated in the previous question, including where you got it.
Do you have experience, training or education in planning, strategic development, program development, public policy and/or grant writing and fund development?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to the previous question- please succinctly describe this experience, training or education, including where you got it.
Do you have Program Management experience?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to the previous question, please succinctly describe your program management experience, training or education, including where you got this experience.
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.
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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