Project/Program Manager III

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
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Posted on June 10, 2021

King County Metro Transit is seeking a Project Program Manager III in the Capital Division to help identify, develop, and execute the agencies conversion to a zero emissions fleet. This role will lead development of on-route/layover charging installations as well as the conversion of Metro’s existing transit bases to charging depots for the revenue bus fleet.  Candidates for this roll with have extensive experience translating visionary objectives into strategic and tactical plans and then further developing those plans into individual capital project.
Who may apply and position information: 
We are accepting applications from all qualified candidates. This recruitment will be used to fill 1 (one) career service vacancy. This recruitment may also be used to create an eligibility pool for future career service, term-limited-temporary or special duty assignment vacancies in this classification within this section. The eligibility pool is valid for up to 6 months, or until exhausted, at the discretion of the hiring authority.

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. As the PPM III, you will also:

  • Development of Strategic and Tactical Program and Project Plans
  • Development of standard project management documents including project management plans, project charters, resource plan, cashflow prediction, and budget request
  • Determine project or program budget, schedule, and scope. 
  • Monitor the financial status of the program or projects. 
  • Coordinate with diverse stakeholders to understand program or task needs and establish viable program plan for the execution of task. 
  • Partner with multiple subject matter experts to capture program requirements and identify future program needs and goals. 
  • Review detailed list of programs need and meaningfully engage in project packaging strategy discussions with internal and external partners. 
  • Prioritize program goals/objectives. 
  • Frame budgetary, statutory, and operating conditions for the program. 
  • Coordinate the work of multiple professional staff. 
  • Ensure that program maintains compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. 
  • Develop lifecycle management plans and engage with Asset Management Staff to review and adopt those plans. 
  • Manage contracts and develop scopes of work for procurement
  • Manages grant reporting. 
  • Write complex analytical or program evaluation reports. 
  • Develop and implement transition plans for hand-off to operating departments. 
  • Manage data gathering.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in business management, engineering, construction management, transportation planning, business administration or a closely related field.
  • Three years of experience in project or program management, predominantly working with large scale construction or maintenance projects, which included some responsibility for resource coordination, scheduling, budget monitoring or reporting, contract management and risk analysis.
  • Alternatively, any equivalent combination of education and experience which match the skills, knowledge, and abilities required to perform the work will be considered. 
Additional Minimum Qualifications:
  • Experience with Transit Operations, Vehicle Maintenance, and/or Large-Scale Electrical Systems
  • Demonstrated history of flexibility and adaptability in managing and responding to competing priorities and changing assignments. 
  • Demonstrated history of taking on additional and unexpected work assignments. 
  • Experience with negotiation and conflict resolution. 
  • Ability to conduct effective meetings. 
  • Experience in leading multi-disciplined work teams and working with individuals at all levels within an organization. 
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to synthesize complex information, prepare clear and concise materials and communicate technical information to non-technical audiences. 
  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities. 
  • Experience in the use of large, complex spreadsheets, word processing, presentation, project management, and database software. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively and build consensus with a diverse group of individuals.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Experience with design, implementation, or operation of Zero Emission Transit Bus Systems and/or related infrastructure 
  • Project Management Institute certification 
  • Knowledge of construction management principles 
  • Experience working with large organizations and matrixed workgroups. 
  • Experience with coordination of staff and contractors engaged in development, design, review, installation, testing and implementation of construction projects. 
  • Knowledge of multiple project delivery methodologies (design/bid/build, design/build, GC/CM, etc). 
Necessary Special Requirements:
A valid Washington State driver's license within thirty (30) days after hire, or the ability to travel throughout the county in a timely manner, is required. 

Supplemental Information

Ready to Apply?
Complete an online application and answer the supplemental questionnaire. You are also required to attach a resume. 

NOTE: Please answer ALL questions in the online employment application itself, with each of your jobs during the last 10 years listed (listing each position for each employer separately), duties explained, reasons for leaving etc.

Applications that are not complete, or do not include all required materials may be rejected as incomplete, and not advanced in the process. Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Application Tips and FAQs at  

Selection Process
The online employment application, answers to the supplemental questions, and resume will be evaluated for qualifications. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a test and one or more panel interviews. Employment offers will be finalized only after candidates have successfully completed reference checks.

About King County Metro Transit
King County Metro Transit is a regional and national leader in getting people to work quickly, reducing commuter stress, addressing climate change and improving urban air quality through sustainable transportation strategies, and by providing comfortable, effective and equitable regional mobility services for commuters, residents, and visitors of King County, Washington.

Competitive Benefits
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on most transit systems throughout the Puget Sound region) and access to the building gym, with lockers, showers, and bike room. We offer a benefits package that includes a medical, dental and vision benefits plan with employer-paid premiums for the whole family and domestic partner, generous vacation, sick holiday and executive leave plans, and participation in the State's Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS) are provided, as well as the option of participating in the County's deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan).

Work Schedule
This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. A typical work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Alternative work schedules may be considered. Work outside of the normal workday is required periodically.

Temporary Telecommuting Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis after July 5, 2021.  

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.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  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.

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. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
Union Membership: This position is represented by PROTEC17 bargaining unit

Class Code: 2441300 Project/Program Manager III

Questions about this recruitment? Contact Angela Alcaraz, HR Analyst, 206-263-2466,

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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.

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.

Did you complete all portions of the application and attach the required resume? Applications that are not complete, or do not include all required materials may be rejected as incomplete, and not advanced in the process.
  • Yes
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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.
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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
Please briefly explain your experience with Transit Operations, Vehicle Maintenance, and/or Large Scale Electrical Systems.
Please briefly explain your experience with design, implementation, or operation of Zero Emission Transit Bus Systems and/or related infrastructure. If you do not have this experience please enter N/A.
I certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
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