Project Program Manager II

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on October 13, 2021
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Summary

The Recycling and Environmental Services Section of King County’s Solid Waste Division - KCSWD (Part of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks), is looking for an enthusiastic and visionary employee in a Project Program Manager (PPM) 2 position.

The context for the Role
KCSWD is leading the regional planning efforts for a Zero Waste of Resources (ZWoR) goal and is developing a vision for the region: the Re+ plan. The Re+ plan will set out King County’s vision and priority first steps for a more circular economy. Our work will help to REduce material demand to maximize waste prevention, REuse products and materials as much as possible, REpair products to reduce demand for new material and REthink material management to be community-centered and promote local jobs, innovation and infrastructure.

We are seeking individuals who want to be a part of this exciting transformation. A PPM2 level position is open with a particular focus on reducing and managing food waste. We’ll also create and maintain a list for other similar RE+ opportunities and may contact interviewed applicants up to 12 months from the date of this job listing.

Organics Prevention and Management
With a strong focus on food waste and other organic materials, KCSWD is implementing projects, developing policies, conducting research, and expanding stakeholder and community engagement that will all help shape the future of our waste prevention and recycling goals, approaches, and priorities. This position will be part of an interdisciplinary team of King County staff and consultants working to deliver zero food waste in landfill by 2030, a key King County climate commitment. The role could also support other material priorities, such as on plastic and paper.  

To find out more about the role: We will be holding an open house where we will be talking about our working culture, you will get to meet the supervisor and work colleagues, see where the role fits into an organization chart, hear about the work plan, learn about the teleworking requirements and to ask general questions. We invite you to join an MS Teams Meeting Open House to learn more about this position. We will hold this event on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 2 pm to 3 pm.  To participate in the meeting, join by MS Teams: Click here to join the meeting

Our Mission
At KCSWD, we’re a leading part of the regional work to transform our single-use take-make-waste economy to a more circular economy where waste is minimized, and materials are kept in use longer to build a stronger, greener and more equitable county. Our work makes a real difference to all people and communities across King County and beyond. This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of the team and our exciting mission!

We’re building an equitable and inclusive culture to make KCSWD a great place to work, where all our people feel valued, have a voice and can be their authentic selves. To better reflect the communities we serve, KCSWD values difference and diversity, which will help us be more innovative and make better decisions. Incorporating equity and social justice is a central part of all of the Division’s work, and we support talented people from all backgrounds to build a career and thrive.

Our Organization
KCSWD is the lead King County agency for delivering on a Zero Waste of Resources (ZWoR) goal for the region, which will reduce valuable materials sent to landfill by up to 70%. KCSWD is responsible for the public solid waste system that serves the people and communities of unincorporated King County and most cities within King County.

The Recycling and Environmental Services (RES) Section leads the Division’s efforts to deliver a more circular, equitable and fair economy through our work on developing end markets for recycled materials, organics management, product stewardship, policy, recycling, environmental stewardship, green buildings, green schools, hazardous waste and several compliance programs.

Who May Apply:  This position is open to all qualified candidates.
 
Forms and Materials Required:  Applicants must submit  (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 and (3) Resume.
 
Work Schedule:  This position works 8 hours per day, M-F, 8:00am to 5:00pm. It is non-exempt from FLSA provisions and is over-time eligible.

Permanent Telecommuting Requirement: The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by telecommuting, with occasional onsite work and meetings, as influenced by business needs. Employees will have access to shared workspaces 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 (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 by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.  

To support employees during this time 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.  
 
Examples of Job Responsibilities: 

  • Analyze and synthesize research, consultant analysis and community engagement into recommendations for reports and presentations that communicate information in clear and compelling ways.
  • Conduct research and/or or manage consultant support to identify food waste prevention best practices and opportunities, programs and systems, from a lifecycle and circular economy perspective.
  • Develop and deliver an approach for culturally appropriate waste reduction and recycling outreach, in areas such as food waste, by engaging with commercial customers at various levels of companies, including restaurants, local businesses, and institutions.
  • Prepare presentations, information products and speak to diverse audiences about food waste reduction, recycling and material end markets.
  • Develop recommendations and approaches incorporating equity and inclusion, in particular, how solid waste management practices can support the development of expanded food recovery and donation system for King County.
  • Develop and support end markets for material market development, such as for food waste-derived processing through compost market development support for public jurisdictions.
  • Assist with contract procurement and manage consultant contracts, as related to food policy development or outreach, including drafting plans and reports, program budgets and scopes of work.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate communication and outreach channels, such as creating and managing content for the updated King County website.
The Successful Candidate Will Possess: 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in implementing recycling/waste management (programs and/or policies), environmental, circular economy and/or climate change policy.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial & social justice, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in distilling technical analysis to identify key findings and communicating them with conviction – often to lay audiences and decision-makers.
  • Demonstrated experience of being an excellent team player and ability to work independently as needed.
  • Understanding of key principles and issues driving decisions in waste prevention and materials management.
  • A strong interest in the environmental and/or material management agenda, and in furthering King County’s commitments delivering on Re+.
The Most Competitive Candidate Will Possess: 
  • Experience of or participation in the development and implementation of successful circular economy, environmental or climate policies and programs.
  • Experience of or participation in the development and implementation of successful food waste and/or organics prevention and material management programs.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of building coalitions across diverse stakeholders and incorporating underrepresented communities in policy development and analysis.
  • Knowledge of or experience in incorporating circular economy and social inclusion principles to projects or programs.
  • Demonstrated dedication to equity, diversity and inclusion, and to contributing to a positive working culture of a team.
  • Demonstrated experience of effective planning and prioritizing to meet changing deadlines and priorities to deliver results at pace.
  • Experience of taking an innovative approach, taking the initiative and seeking opportunities to do things differently.
Special Requirements: The selected person will need a valid Washington State Driver's License or the ability to travel throughout the County in a timely manner.
 
Contact Information: Please contact prakash.meloot@kingcounty.gov for questions regarding this announcement.

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.


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.

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.

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Do you have experience in implementing programs and/or policies related to recycling/waste management or policies regarding the environment, circular economy, or climate change?
  • Yes
  • No
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If yes, briefly describe your knowledge and experience.
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Do you have experience of or participation in the development and implementation of successful food waste and/or organics prevention and material management programs?
  • Yes
  • No
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If yes, briefly describe your relevant experience and knowledge.
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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.
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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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