Project/Program Manager III - Informatics

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on September 18, 2021
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Public Health – Seattle & King County is seeking to fill a Project/Program Manager III position to support the Analytics & Informatics team. This position is part of the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section (CD-EPI). The position will provide informatics coverage for COVID as well as for general communicable disease support.
The Project/Program Manager III leads database administration to support multiple systems relying on data from large-scale, relational databases and data warehouses. This position involves a combination of analysis, planning, coordination and management. The position is responsible for supporting the development of infrastructures and processes that ensure that data can be collected and reported to health planners and other public health officials to guide policy making and the development of effective disease intervention programs. In addition, the position is responsible for database administration, including performance monitoring and enhancement, database/files backup, and database security. The Project/Program Manager III is responsible for performing and participating in business and needs analysis to develop a cloud-based analytics workspace; enhancing data integration efforts; and exploring options to deploy virtual PCs. In coordination with other program leads, the Project/Program Manager will be involved in monitoring grant activities intended to meet these business needs. The scope of work may also include informing analyses to evaluate grant activities, as well as scoping budgets, helping select technologies, and guiding the development of system infrastructures.
In accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan, the positions support and advance Public Health values for fair and culturally competent service delivery, innovative, effective and efficient application of resources, building a culture of performance and expanding opportunities to seek input, listen and respond to community members.

This position is open to all qualified candidates. A Special Duty Assignment (SDA) position is open to all King County career service employees who have completed their initial County probation. You must have supervisor approval prior to taking a Special Duty Assignment.
WORK SCHEDULE. Work schedule is normally Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime pay. Alternative work schedules may be considered. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required. At Seattle/King County Public Health we strive to be accessible to those we serve. This position may require flexibility to accommodate different work schedules and work locations.

Some of 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.  
The duration of this Special Duty/Term-Limited Temporary position may be less than one year if demands on the program decrease.
CONTACT: If you have questions about your application or the application process, please contact Debbie Baker, Human Resource Analyst, at or 206-263-4053.
 A complete application packet will consist of the following:

  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  • Supplemental Questions - Answered completely and thoroughly
  • Cover letter detailing your qualifications
  • CV or resume 
You may attach multiple documents if you wish with your application:
  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application. 
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.
TIMELINE: Candidates who pass the initial screening (based on their responses to the supplemental questions) will be contacted approximately 2-3 weeks after the application period closes. Eligible candidates will be invited to at least one (and possibly two) interviews. Candidates will generally be notified of a final decision within 1-2 weeks of their interview date. This position is being re-opened and will remain open until filled. If you previously applied to this opening posted on 7/20/21 there is no need to reapply to this opening.


Job Duties

  • Provide leadership to project team, serving as a Subject Matter Expert or as a technical expert on the development of a cloud-based analytical workspace
  • Consult with users to develop scopes of work and recommendations for implementing a cloud-based analytical workspace
  • Explore opportunities for integrating data across databases and systems
  • Explore the deployment of virtual PCs to staff
  • Administer major relational databases at the back end; this administration will involve functions such as compacting and repairing databases, requesting the creation of schemas, monitoring and adjusting the performance of databases to utilize resources and perform more efficiently, managing users and permissions, performing system audits, resolving/escalating security issues, working with a team to modify database structures, and administering database standards
  • Develop and maintain documentation for system changes
  • Manage grant deliverables intended to meet program needs, including scoping budgets, guiding the selection of technologies, and guiding the development of system infrastructures.
  • Make and modify recommendations for program evaluation, inform technical analysis of program evaluation metrics, and contribute to writing program evaluation reports
  • Conduct technical committee meetings
  • Provide ongoing technical support to users.
  • May be called upon to provide support for service issues or failures at any time
  • The position may supervise assigned staff.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Master's degree in informatics, information technology, database administration, or related field OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the skills, knowledge and abilities required to perform the work
  • Knowledge of large-scale relational databases
  • Experience administering databases on the back-end (e.g., compacting and repairing databases, requesting the creation of schemas, monitoring and adjusting the performance of databases to utilize resources and perform more efficiently, managing users and permissions, performing system audits, resolving/escalating security issues, working with a team to modify database structures, and administering database standards)
  • Experience with database design 
  • Project management skills, including planning and organizational skills
  • Experience with technical documentation, including skills converting client needs into system requirements
  • Experience conducting advocacy for programs or systems
  • Problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Skill in working effectively as a team member to coordinate accomplishment of tasks
  • Planning and organizational skills
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction, as well as work well on a team
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work well under pressure with multiple competing priorities and deadlines
  • Skill in working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience working in a local or state public health practice setting
  • Experience designing relational databases 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services, or other enterprise-level Cloud platforms
  • Experience developing and responding to grant deliverables, or conducting monitoring of program- or grant-related activities
  • Strong analytical skills, including expertise programming in SQL, SAS, or R
  • Supervisory experience

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.

  • 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. 
  • 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 a role as a first responder in the event of a Public Health emergency.
  • The selected candidate must 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 their mandatory trainings on time.
 This position is not represented by a union.


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.

Do you have experience administering major relational databases at the back end?
  • Yes
  • No
Describe your database administration experience, including setting, types of databases you have administered, and years of experience. Include a description of any experience you have compacting and repairing databases, requesting the creation of schemas, monitoring and adjusting the performance of databases to utilize resources and perform more efficiently, managing users and permissions, performing system audits, resolving/escalating security issues, modifying database structures, and administering database standards. If you do not have database administration experience, please type N/A.
Do you have project management experience?
  • Yes
  • No
Describe your project management experience, including scope of work, setting, and years of experience. If you have experience managing program- or grant-related activities such as budgets, deliverables, and conducting program evaluation, include a description of those activities. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A.
Do you have experience with database design?
  • Yes
  • No
Describe your experience with database design. Please specify if you have experience designing relational databases. Include years of experience (beyond coursework) and setting(s) where you applied these skill sets. Describe any experience you have translating client needs into system requirements, and creating technical documentation to support developers or end users. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A.
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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