Project Program Manager IV

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on January 24, 2023
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$104,686.40 - $132,683.20 Annually

Seattle, WA

Job Type
Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT)

DPH - Public Health

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Public Health | Seattle & King County | Communities of Opportunity (COO) Unit is seeking a Project Program Manager IV to join our team!

We would like to bring on board a strategic visionary leader who is intentional about centering race, transforming systems, and advancing equity. COO is a public-private-community initiative that aims to achieve social, economic, health, and racial equity through community-led solutions and equity-based strategies focused on the intersections of housing, health, economic opportunity, and community connections. The Interim COO Director is responsible for holding the vision and values of COO, providing strategic guidance, and overseeing the implementation of the Communities of Opportunity Initiative consistent with Best Starts for Kids Implementation Plan, 2022-2027 .

The Interim COO Director is the lead spokesperson for COO and liaison to partners that include: the COO Best Starts for Kids (BSK) Advisory Board (commonly known as the COO Governance Group), COO's two sponsors -King County & Seattle Foundation, community partners, and BSK leadership. The Interim Director leads a diverse team made up of government and foundation staff dedicated to the successful implementation of the initiative.
As a King County employee, the Interim Director reports to the Manager of the Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention (CDIP) units in PHSKC. The interim Director is accountable to King County and to Seattle Foundation for implementation of the COO Initiative.

Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:
  • Deep understanding of underlying racial and health/social/economic inequities
  • Commitment to dismantling racism and assessing and rebuilding antiracist processes to be racially equitable.
  • Experience working with communities to achieve social and racial justice
  • Experience working across systems and building cross-sector partnerships
  • Adept at operating in and navigating within a complex and political environment
  • Ability to hold the vision of a group, share power, and drive vision toward results.
  • Has leadership and management experience paired with strong relationship and communication skills
This vacancy will remain open until filled with the first review of applications to take place on January 09, 2023.

This is a Term-Limited Temporary opportunity. Term-Limited Temporary positions are "at-will" positions but are eligible for benefits. This TLT is currently anticipated to last for twelve (12) months .
This vacancy can also be filled as a Special Duty opportunity.

For Special Duty Assignment interest, you must be a Career Service, Career Service Exempt or other regular (non-temporary) employee in King County who has completed their initial County probation. You must have supervisor approval prior to taking a Special Duty Assignment.

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.

Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan .
Who May Apply:

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

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday

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

Leadership and vision:
  • Hold the vision and values of COO, provide strategic guidance, and oversee the implementation of the Communities of Opportunity Initiative consistent with Best Starts for Kids Implementation Plan, 2022-2027 .
  • Monitor the progress of COO and propose strategies to strengthen the work of COO based upon engagement of community partners and others.
  • Primary liaison to partners that include: the COO Best Starts for Kids Advisory Board (commonly known as the COO Governance Group), COO Sponsors King County & Seattle Foundation, community partners, and BSK leadership.
  • Work with COO sponsors, governing group, staff, and partners to maintain the collective vision, share power, and drive vision toward results.
  • Work with Sponsors and COO partners to garner new opportunities that extend and leverage the work of COO in creating equitable, healthy, and thriving communities.
  • Engage with BSK leadership, BSK/COO evaluation teams, COO sponsors, and COO program leads to inform policy decisions for the BSK levy.
  • Partner with government affairs staff and BSK leadership in communicating with elected officials and the Executive's office on issues related to Communities of Opportunity.
  • Represent COO and Public Health on various intergovernmental planning groups, cross-division teams, and coordinate with other divisions and departments on joint implementation of projects.
Management, operations, and finance:
  • Support the COO Governing Group and its committees in setting strategic direction and making policy recommendations to the King County executive and Council on the use of levy funds.
  • Support and supervise the COO team, and actively create and foster an inclusive, supportive, power-sharing, and anti-racist workplace so that all employees can thrive.
  • Work with the finance, contracting, compliance, administrative, and other department staff to ensure compliance with Best Starts levy requirements and sponsors (King County and Seattle Foundation) requirements.
  • Support the work of COO program leads in developing and implementing anti-racist operational processes.
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction for policy documents (e.g., annual report) and works with BSK/COO evaluators.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • Minimum of 3 years in a leadership role.
  • Experience advancing equity and social justice principles, practices, and policies that address the effects of place, race, policy, and systemic inequities on communities and populations.
  • Knowledge and experience in at least one of the following areas: community development, housing, economic development, public health, or human services.
  • Experience with capacity-building and partnerships, such as with non-profits and community-based organizations.
  • Understanding of community organizing and policy and system change strategies.
  • Experience working within partnerships and collaborations, and ability to share power with a group and support collective decision-making processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate complex group dynamics and navigate inter-personal and group conflict in a generative manner.
  • Strong written and verbal skills with demonstrated experience to communicate effectively with diverse audiences including community members, elected officials, representatives of agencies/organizations, peers, and staff.
  • Skilled in comprehending, analyzing and interpreting information from multiple sources to inform strategy, operations, and budget.
  • Strong problem solving and interpersonal skills.
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience in local government, philanthropy, and/or non-profit settings.
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.
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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.