Strategic Planning Manager

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Management
Posted on May 19, 2023
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$134,784.00 - $170,830.40 Annually


Seattle, WA

Job Type

Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Job Number



DNRP-Natural Resources & Parks


Wastewater Treatment

Opening Date


Closing Date

6/8/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



Bargaining Unit

Z3 : KC Personnel Guidelines


King County is looking for a senior leader who thrives on strategic challenges, navigating complexity and is a nimble learner ready to create a strategic vision for a long-term regional plan for one of the largest regional wastewater and resource recovery systems in the United States. Operating in the regional arena, this position will utilize your ability to engage with a wide variety of voices and decision makers to connect and manage tenuous and d isparate threads of good intent to reach a sustainable outcome. This is a job for a creative and collaborative leader that has strategic agility, delivers agreement on tough issues, and has strong program /project management experience .

This position plays a key strategic leadership role in crafting and managing the overall visioning project and re-launch of the County's Clean Water Plan process . Work includes oversee ing internal and consultant teams, ensuring timely and accurate communications, participating in and overseeing robust external engagement, overseeing rigorous technical analyses and performing other activities to develop a shared visioning process, understanding of the challenges and opportunities, and regional vision and goals then support carr ying those forward into development of an update to the Regional Wastewater Services Plan (RWSP), that is King County's general sewer plan.

The new plan will guide multi-generational investments in the regional wastewater treatment system, maximize resource recovery needs and opportunities, and will be coordinated with other water quality efforts. The plan will set a course for 50 years or more and will build on the legacy of the regional wastewater system and commitment to regional water quality that was spawned through the Metro campaign in the late 1950s. This is an opportunity to create a sustainable and equitable blueprint for critical public infrastructure and services to build and maintain a world-class system. This position will craft and lead the regional engagement process to create the foundation al content and direction for the plan and participate in the plan development and adoption .

This position is the external face for WTD in working with stakeholders, elected officials and others to create the foundation goals and objectives for the planning process. There will be extensive external interaction with cities and sewer districts that contract with WTD for wastewater treatment services, regulators, non-governmental organizations, and other external interested parties. The position will involve participating in and/or facilitating conversations on sensitive topics including prioritizing investments and utility rate setting.

Job Duties
  • Lead the development and implementation of a process to craft a regional vision which will be the foundation for long-term investments in our regional wastewater system and water quality.
  • Oversee and participate in the development and implementation of a regional engagement plan and process working collaboratively with County and agency-specific leadership and incorporating input from other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Lead a multidisciplinary team of staff and consultants.
  • Serve as liaison with public officials; provide status reports and make presentations , provide staff support for service evaluations.
  • Develop foundational content for an update to the RWSP. The fo undational content includes planning process guiding principles, challenge and opportunity statements, and a 5 0-year vision for wastewater services in the region.
  • Oversee and participate in identification of specific policy change s for the RWSP and any other related plans.
  • Oversee key elements of the development and adoption of the updated RWSP.
  • Oversee program budget and multi-disciplinary staff team of more than 30 internal staff and consultants.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • Advanced knowledge of strategic business planning techniques, principles and practices.
  • Advanced knowledge and skill in regional engagement, communication, facilitation and negotiation on difficult complex issues.
  • Advanced knowledge of public sector issues and planning principles.
  • Advanced skill at working with Executive leadership to guide the work, process, outcomes and decisions .
  • Knowledge and skill in financial planning and quantitative performance analysis for a public agency with multiple and diverse services.
  • Knowledge of program and project management techniques and principles.
  • Skill in managing highly visible and politically sensitive projects.
  • Knowledge of legislative processes.
  • Skill in dealing with circumstances outside and in the absence of established policies and/or procedures and being able to facilitate decisions within the organization to get results while maintaining strong customer focus.
  • Experience navigating projects that have varied political implications but require legislatures to make an informed decision.
  • Skill in working effectively with diverse individuals and populations.
  • Committed to the principles of equity and social justice, valuing diverse perspectives and life experiences. Strives to ensure the delivery of equitable services to residents and businesses.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous experience leading complex regional decision-making process.
  • Understanding of mediation and conflict resolution principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of wastewater treatment including industry practices and trends.
  • Knowledge of water quality regulations.
The Successful Candidate will have the following Competencies:
  • Strategic Mindset - Anticipates future trends and implications accurately. Readily poses future scenarios. Articulates credible pictures and visions of possibilities that create sustainable value. Creates competitive and breakthrough strategies that show a clear connection between vision and action.
  • Collaborates - Works cooperatively with others across the organization to achieve shared objectives. Represents own interests while being fair to others and their areas. Partners with others to get work done. Credits others for their contributions and accomplishments. Gains trust and support of others.
  • Communicates Effectively - Is effective in a variety of communication settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, or among diverse styles and position levels. Attentively listens to others. Adjusts to fit the audience and the message. Provides timely and helpful information to others across the organization. Encourages the open expression of diverse ideas and opinions.
  • Manages Complexity - Asks the right questions to accurately analyze situations. Acquires data from multiple and diverse sources when solving problems. Uncovers root causes to difficult problems. Evaluates pros and cons, risks and benefits of different solutions.
  • Nimble Learning - Learns quickly when facing new situations . Experiments to find new solutions. Takes on the challenge of unfamiliar tasks. Extracts lessons learned from failures and mistakes.
Working Conditions: Telecommuting and King Street Center
The work associated with this position will be performed by telecommuting, onsite work and virtual and in person meetings to connect with stakeholders and partners , as influenced by business needs. Employee 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.

Work Location: Primarily teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104. There will be an expectation to travel to various worksites throughout King and South Snohomish County as needed for your work.

Work Schedule: T his position is exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and is not overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week. Monday through Friday.

Union Representation: This position is not represented by a Labor Union.

Application instructions and selection process: This opportunity is open to all qualified applicants. 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 viable 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
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, if you have questions related to this recruitment process, please contact at Diana Eberly at

Supplemental Information

WTD is committed to the principles of equity and social justice. We value diverse perspectives and life experiences in our workforce and are committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. WTD strives to provide equitable services to residents and businesses across King County.

About the Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) WTD protects water quality and public health in the central Puget Sound region by providing high quality treatment to wastewater collected from local sewer agencies. WTD includes over 700 employees across multiple facilities and serves 1.5 million people. To our agency, success means clean water. It means honoring our legacy while keeping a promise to another generation that our beautiful environment will be there for them to enjoy. It also means being accountable to our ratepayers and operating a well-managed agency.

To learn more about the Wastewater Treatment Division click on the below links:

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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
  • 12paid 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
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