Project Program Manager II - CDIP

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on September 22, 2022
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The Communities of Opportunity (COO) unit within Public Health Seattle & King County is seeking to hire a  Project/Program Manager II to join our team!

Individuals interested in joining our team must be committed to racial, social and economic equity for ALL people in King County. We're looking for a team player with strong communication skills who can help advance COO's vision of enhancing community leadership, investing in community-led solutions, and advocating for institutional, systems and policy change so that all people thrive and prosper, regardless of race or place. If you enjoy working collaboratively and are open to continuously learning, improving and sharing lessons, and being an agent for change, you're encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from people who will help us consistently demonstrate the values of equity, respect and partnership.
The Project/Program Manager II (PPM II) position will work collaboratively with COO staff and community partners to expand our portfolio of visual and narrative content. The candidate selected for this position will be an outstanding writer, editor, and storyteller with experience using innovative and established tools. They will gather and analyze program information to develop creative and strategic communications that support and highlight community-level and initiative-wide work. This position will work with established Communications and Evaluation Teams within Public Health and King County to contribute to formal reports highlighting the work and learnings of the Initiative.

This PPM II will identify strategic opportunities to share the work of the Initiative to influence institutional policy and system change. In addition, the PPM II will work directly with community organizations and grass-roots coalitions, building on the community's strengths and assets. The PPM II will draw on experience bringing people together to convene sessions with stakeholders to share and hear lessons learned across the initiative. The PPM II will provide technical assistance, manage grant agreements, and services contracts related to skills and capacity building, strategic communications, and storytelling projects.
The PPM II will join a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team that includes COO co-founding partners at King County's Department of Public Health and the Seattle Foundation. This is a full-time, Career Service position that is funded through the voter approved Best Starts for Kids levy and reports to the COO Director. The position would start no sooner than November 14, 2022.

About Communities of Opportunity: 

Communities of Opportunity (COO) is a community initiative that was launched through a partnership between King County and the Seattle Foundation in 2014. Through community
partnerships, COO is creating greater racial, economic, health and social equity that enables all people in King County to thrive and prosper. We convene and fund community-led solutions at the intersection of housing, health, economic opportunity, and community connection. COO seeks to build, support and accelerate momentum through collaborative projects, policy & system change efforts, and learning activities to improve population health and well-being in parts of the county where the greatest health and well-being disparities exist.
Communities of Opportunity receives funding from Best Starts for Kids. Best Starts for Kids (Best Starts) is King County’s community-driven initiative to support every baby born and child raised in King County to be happy, healthy, safe, and thriving. Initially approved by voters in 2015 and in place since 2016, Best Starts invests in comprehensive supports for children, youth, young adults, and families and caregivers, catalyzing strong starts in early childhood, and sustaining those gains as children progress to adulthood. Best Starts was renewed by voters in August 2021. Implementation of Best Starts is guided by the BSK Implementation Plan, approved by the King County Council in November 2021 for Levy 2022-27.
Information about COO is available at
Information about Best Starts for Kids is available at 

Who May Apply: 

This full-time position is open to all qualified applicants.
Work Schedule: 

Initial Schedule may be Monday – Friday | 40 hours weekly | Schedule may be subject to change for organizational needs.

The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work and 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.  

Job Duties

Program/Project Communications: 
Research, plan, write and edit various documents in
draft and final form, including reports, newsletters, correspondence, op-ed articles, news
releases, fact sheets, education materials, and website content. Develop messaging and
communication tools for key issues or to frame COO strategies. Produce marketing
materials and outreach tools and materials, including on-line content. Contribute to evaluation planning, activities and products.
Communications planning: 
Collaborate with staff in the formulation of communication
plans and strategies to translate data into stories.
Technical Assistance
Develop and sustain relationships with community-based nonprofit and grass-root coalition partnerships on behalf of COO/King County. Provide technical assistance and resources to community partners, as appropriate. In collaboration with Learning Community lead and COO staff team, plan and convene sessions with partners to learn about community conditions, challenges, and successful projects/models. Support learning, innovation, and evaluation activities and cohorts.
Maintain an understanding of best practices and promising approaches to racial
equity, social determinants of health, community-economic development, and/or public
health. Evaluate and share information relevant to COO result areas of community connections, economic opportunity, promoting health, and safe & affordable housing.
Contract Management: 
Manage service agreements and contracts with community
agencies including developing scopes of work and ensuring grantee produces identified
Other duties, as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Subject matter expertise in one or more of these practice and policy areas: housing,
economic development, social determinants of health and/or public health. The equivalent
of four years of experience or advanced training/education in planning, public
administration, social work/human services, public health, community development or
a closely related field.
Experience with community-based initiatives
Experience with community-driven planning, implementation, and participatory evaluation of projects, programs and services. Experience in policy development and implementation.
Skilled in synthesizing and communicating technical information in writing,
orally, and visually to a variety of audiences
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Skills in writing and editing information in a clear and concise manner. Demonstrated experience with research, production of written reports and/or communication products. Skilled in producing reports, fact sheets and education materials with high proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite products, social media, and web-based tools.
Interpersonal Skills
Demonstrated ability and commitment to working collaboratively in a team environment with a variety of multi-disciplinary partners. Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders. Ability to act in a tactful and diplomatic manner with strong listening skills with diverse groups.
Community engagement: 
Experience working with diverse ethnic-minority and low-income communities.
Commitment to equity and social justice and ability to use an equity lens.

Desired Qualifications:
Graphic or Visual design skills are a plus: Ability to use graphics, photography, and
videography to effectively engage audiences in content. Able to develop graphics to share
data and stories using a variety of graphics software. Create infographics, brochures and
other materials in collaboration with subject matter experts.
Experience working with and in COO priority communities; communities that have historically and currently are facing economic and racial inequalities, including cultural, geographic and identity-based communities. 
Personal or professional experience in social movements, organizing and/or coalition building.

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:

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.

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.
Application process:

Applications will be reviewed after the job posting closes. The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  1. NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application 
  2. Supplemental questionnaire responses
  3. Resume
  4. Cover Letter
Please do not use "see resume" in your application or answers to supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.
Please do not copy and paste your entire resume, or copy and paste your entire job history, as your answers to the supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.
You may attach multiple documents if you wish:
  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the standard information in the application. Providing information only in a resume will not be considered a complete application.
Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the process.
The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation. In the event the job classification requires an exam; an offer of employment will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical exam and must maintain security clearance.
Supplemental Information:
This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to 
Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.
Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.
If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.
Union affiliation:

For more information about the application process please contact Mark Lacy 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.

Tell us about an experience working with a community to advance equity. Briefly describe the goal of the work, your relationship to the community and your role. What contribution to this project are you most proud of? What were the results? What have you learned from this and other experiences, that would help you to be successful in this position? If you do not nave this experience, then type N/A.
Describe a report or presentation that you developed to convey information to a group of decision makers. Who was your audience and what was the objective of the report/presentation? Include a brief description of your process and product(s), including your approach to gathering information through research, interviews, analysis of data, etc. If you do not nave this experience, then type N/A.
Describe a project where you were working with a community that you were not a part of. What strategies and approaches did you use to build trusting relationship with the community, individuals and/or organizations? What did you learn from that experience that shaped how you approach other projects today? If you do not nave this experience, then type N/A.
Describe your experience writing narrative stories of community-efforts to address equity? If you do not nave this experience, then type N/A.
This position requires a resume & cover letter. Did you attach your updated resume and cover letter?
  • Yes
  • No
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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