Project/Program Manager IV

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Project Management
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Posted on April 29, 2021

The Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) protects, restores, and manages King County's water and land using the best available science, innovation, and collaborating with our partners and the community. WLRD employs scientists, engineers, policy experts, ecologists, and project managers dedicated to protecting the health and integrity of King County’s natural resources, so that they can be enjoyed today and for generations to come. WLRD provides flood control services, stormwater management, and other natural resource management services throughout the county. The division has six section – Stormwater Services (SWS), Rivers & Floodplain Management (RFMS), Rural & Regional Services (RRS), Science & Technical Support, Environmental Lab, and Finance & Administration (F&A). 
This Project/Program Manager IV resides within F&A section, and it provides division-wide support and coordination across various programs.  This position will support the integration efforts across sections and units that are responsible for delivery of capital programs geared to achieve the common goals and outcomes outlined in the County’s Clean Water and Healthy Habitat (CWHH) plan. The position will ensure compliance with project management standards published in the WLRD’s Project Management (PM) manual, which complies with Capital Project Management Working Group (CPMWG) requirements. In addition to the capital programs support, this position will lead the development of data-driven performance metrics and dash boards to improve performance management and reporting to aid Division and Department leadership in making important business decisions. As part of this role, this position will serve as a resident expert in Continuous Process Improvement concepts and LEAN methodologies to collaborate with capital and operating programs seeking to improve their performance measures over time.  On occasion, this position may be assigned to lead special projects and/or process improvement efforts at the section or division level that may involve coordinating work with staff without having any direct supervision over that staff.    
Commitment to Equity and Social Justice:
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.  
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts. To learn more, please visit  
The selected candidate will integrate King County's Equity and Social Justice principles and the Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) Equity Policy into the daily functions of this position.
Who is Eligible:  This position is open to all King County employees and the general public.

Telecommuting Requirement 
The work associated with this position will be performed remotely on a full-time basis.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite. 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.
Work Location: Primarily teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104.
Work Schedule:  This full-time position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and it is not overtime eligible. This position is based on a 40-hour workweek.  The typical work schedule is 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday– Friday. Attendance at evening meetings and weekend events will be required from time to time.  

Job Duties

Capital Coordination/Facilitation Role

  • Provide facilitation and coordination support for Capital Program Managers and Business and Finance Officers (BFOs) during a) development of integrated strategic long-range capital plans that include Stormwater/Basin, Habitat, Flood, etc., b) development of 6-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) during budget, c) establishing and maintaining project management standards and reporting requirements.
  • Facilitate a quarterly Capital meeting for Division leadership to increase visibility of capital investments and how they’re helping meet the outcomes of CWHH plan.  
  • Provide ongoing support for the Capital integration project - an effort to establish common project management practices across three distinct and varied capital programs within WLRD.
  • Support the Capital Program Managers to implement any new project control standards, processes, and procedures established by CPMWG.
  • Conduct periodic performance reviews and/or compliance audits of capital programs, including an equity analysis to ensure capital investments meeting the new equity guidelines and standards.
Performance/Continuous Improvement Role
  • Lead development and maintenance of division’s performance measures across a variety of programs – both capital and operating.
  • Provide technical support in developing performance measures using advanced data analytics and business intelligence applications e.g. Microsoft BI and/or Tableau 
  • Coordinate with county’s Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget and Division leadership to develop and maintain key performance measures included in Division’s business plan. 
  • Provide support for division-wide continuous improvement/LEAN projects through consultation, guidance and liaising with Department and/or County continuous improvement experts.
  • Lead special projects within F&A section e.g. implementation of a Low-income discount or enhancement to the SWM billing system by county’s IT department.  
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have the Following Competencies: 

  • Motivating Others/Teamwork: Creating and maintaining a climate in which people want to do their best in a collaborative environment. 
  • Strategic Agility:  Seeing clearly ahead and anticipating consequences and trends accurately. Bringing broad perspective and knowledge to the work to create breakthrough strategies and plans. 
  • Political savvy:  Maneuvering through complex political situations effectively and is sensitive to how people and organizations function. 
  • Written Communication: Writing clearly and appropriately in a variety of communication settings, styles, and to a diverse set of audiences.  
Required Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Regional Planning, Natural Resource Management, Construction management, Business Administration or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience which would provide the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties as described.
  • Five (5) or more years of increasingly responsible program management work that is applicable to the essential job functions of this position.  
  • Three (3) or more years of experience in managing complex programs and/or projects, including managing resources without direct authority. 
  • Experience leading a continuous process improvement program, including projects that provide significant value to the organization. 
  • Experience working with and presenting to senior leadership
  • Experience collaborating with program managers, project managers, project control specialists, procurement, finance, and administrative support professionals. 
  • Experience developing performance standards and dashboards to display results for senior leadership. 
  • Proficient in use of MS Office suite – Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, Share Point, and One Drive.  
  • Demonstrated expertise in advanced data analytics using business intelligence applications, preferably Microsoft BI.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, with varied audiences. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and build consensus with broad range of stakeholders with diverse interests.
  • Demonstrated ability to run and facilitate meetings. 
  • Knowledge of project controls and project management principles and systems. 
  • Ability to take initiative within the scope of the position, to develop and implement plans, and prepare recommendations for action. 
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize, and prioritize work. 
  • Ability to effectively work on multiple tasks accurately and quickly in a high pressure/short deadline environment. 
Desirable Qualifications: 
  • Advanced degree in related field and/or certification in Project Management, LEAN Six Sigma (Green Belt) or a related field. 
  • Experience working with local, state, and federal funding processes, including grants and inter-local agreements.   
  • Technical understanding of relational database and skilled in writing queries to extract and convert information from various formats.
  • Knowledge of Equity and Social Justice concepts and principles.  

Supplemental Information

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position. 

  • King County Application 
  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position. 
  • Responses to supplemental questions (no more than one page per question). 
Positions in this classification are represented by Teamsters, Local 117, Professional &Technical Union.  

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact: 
Pamela Johnson, Human Resources Manager 
Phone: 206-477-4717 
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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.

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
Describe your experience with managing complex programs and/or projects that required you assign work to individuals who did not report to you. Please include an example of a project under these circumstances, any challenges with the project, and how you dealt with those challenges. (no more than one page)
Describe your technical and analytical experience working with big data to develop performance measures and dash boards for management reporting. What sort of application(s) or system did you use? Did your work help resolve a business problem or improve a business process? If so, please describe the outcome. (no more than one page)

Required Question