Talent Acquisition Manager

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Human Resources
Posted on March 11, 2023
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$119,704.00 - $151,736.00 Annually

Seattle, WA

Job Type
Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

DAJD-Adult & Juvnile Detention

Job Number

Administrative Services

4/2/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) seeks an earnest, engaged and well-rounded Talent Acquisition Manager to join the Human Resources team. The Talent Acquisition Manager will report to the HR Manager III, and will play a pivotal role to create, drive, and measure strategies for current and future HR services across the department. Talent acquisition will be the primary function, while also providing leadership and consultation across general functional areas of Human Resources within the department in the areas of labor and employee relations, employment law, training and development, classification and compensation, and performance management. This is a unique opportunity to use strong change management skills to provide leadership and consultation with a strong emphasis on equity, inclusion, belonging, and transparency to drive employee engagement throughout the employee life cycle.

The DAJD HR team consists of the DAJD HR Manager III, Talent Acquisition Manager (HR Manager II), three Senior HR Analysts, three HR Analysts, one Employee Labor Relations Representative, two HR Associates and one Employee Engagement Manager. You will work collaboratively to manage all HR-related employee needs. If you are the type of leader that enjoys strategic HR consultation, collaborative innovation, providing exemplary customer service to a diverse group of people, and working in a fast-paced environment, you are encouraged to apply.

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 a Talent Acquisition Manager, you will:
  • Create and implement strategic recruitment plans to increase the efficiency and improve the effectiveness of the Department's recruitment efforts with a focus on the recruitment of Corrections Officers and Juvenile Detention Officers
  • Create and implement strategic recruitment plans focused on outreach to effectively network and establish relationships with underrepresented populations, and other internal and external parties of interest
  • Coach and mentor direct reports in the talent function, foster an environment of continuous learning and development of skills
  • Develop metrics and benchmarks and use continuous improvement methods to deliver talent strategy
  • Create and implement programs that support employee engagement; serve as the department lead in workforce development strategies that serve to advance the Department and County vision, mission, and values including the Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan
  • Interpret employment law and human resources practices and procedures and communicate that to department leadership and employees as needed
  • Participate in and support the department's collective bargaining process and implementation of collective bargaining agreements
  • Fill in for the HR Manager III within DAJD Human Resources on an as-needed basis
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • Demonstrated progressive and broad HR functional knowledge with a strong focus on recruitment, hiring, and retention, managing HR employees and talent strategy; or any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform all the key deliverables and expectations of the position
  • Ability to develop and implement innovative human resources strategies, best practices and goals, and ability to develop metrics and benchmarks
  • Demonstrated experience in a unionized and highly complex labor relations environment
  • Demonstrated experience providing legally defensible advice and opinions to applicants, employees, supervisors, and managers
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong and effective working relationships with employees, colleagues, and external interest groups
  • Knowledge of and skill to implement organizational development practices and increase employee engagement
  • Demonstrated a successful approach to navigate through potentially conflicting perspectives of interested parties
  • Skill and experience to create training development to better the job performance of individuals and groups in organizational settings
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communications to include small or large group presentations
Additional qualifications that will be helpful in this role:
  • Full cycle recruitment in a command environment
  • Experience supervising a medium size HR team in a public sector environment
  • Proficiency with NEOGOV applicant tracking system (ATS)
  • Proficiency with PeopleSoft
  • Proficiency with roster management systems
  • Experience with team engagement in a hybrid work environment
Special Requirements
It is a hiring requirement that all staff employed by DAJD successfully pass a thorough background investigation process, which includes fingerprinting, criminal history check, reference checks, and other tests as deemed necessary.

Work Location
The primary location of this position is in the King County Courthouse (513 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA)

Work Schedule
This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and not overtime-eligible. Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek, normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This position is not represented by a bargaining unit. Variations may be required depending on the needs of the work.

Who May Apply
This position is open to King County employees and the general public.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process
If you are ready to bring your passion for HR and public service to a vital leadership role with the department, please apply online with King County Careers , and include:
  • An online employment application, with employment history going back at least seven years (or more to include all relevant experience), and responses to supplemental questions
  • A cover letter no longer than two pages outlining how your skills and experience make you a fit for this position
Applicants will be screened for competitiveness, completeness, and written communication skills. Initial screening will be based on a review of application materials. The employment history detailed in your application materials MUST validate/support your responses to the supplemental questions. If your responses cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the review/selection process. The most competitive candidates will be invited to participate in a series of one or more interviews.

For more information on this recruitment, please contact:
Sarah Buelow (she/her), Sr. HR Analyst, sbuelow@kingcounty.gov

About the Department
DAJD is a professional and nationally recognized organization that supports safe, vibrant, and healthy communities in partnership with other criminal justice and human service agencies. DAJD consists of approximately 900 employees and operates the largest county jail system in the State of Washington, housing an average daily population of more than 1500 jail residents.

DAJD's mission is to contribute to the public safety of the residents of King County and Washington State by operating safe, secure, and humane detention facilities and community corrections programs, in an innovative and cost-effective manner.

It is committed to upholding and promoting equal opportunity in employment. DAJD encourages people of all backgrounds, cultures, and religions to apply, including veterans, people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities. DAJD values diversity and is committed to making appropriate accommodations as needed to support diversity as we believe that a diverse workforce is a strong workforce.

Teleworking Requirement
The work associated with this position is currently performed predominantly by teleworking, complemented by onsite work and meetings as needed. In-person work will be conducted primarily at the King County Courthouse but may also include work at another DAJD facility including the King County Correctional Facility (KCCF), Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC), or Patricia Clark Children and Family Justice Center (CCFJC). 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 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.

Forbes 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) EmployerNo 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 Request Assistance
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 the 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
  • 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
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.