Transit Security and Emergency Management Program/Project Management (Z3 : KC Personnel Guidelines)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Management
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Posted on October 18, 2020


King County Metro Transit employees will be provided preference in this selection process.

King County Metro Transit has an exciting opportunity for a Transit Security and Emergency Management Program/Project Management III.   PPM IIIs play an integral role in ensuring passenger service is safe and secure through the development and creation of technical and management strategies for organizing, controlling, and influencing safety and security for Metro Transit.  This position is in the General Manager's division and reports to the Transit Superintendent -Security.   During the extended telework requirement most of these duties can be performed from home; a dependable internet connection is required. 

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. As a Transit Security and Emergency Management Program/Project Management III, you will:

  • Facilitate the preparation for and execution of plans, threat  and vulnerability assessments, criticality assessments, after action reviews and other drills and measures to ensure that Metro is prepared for all manner of hazards, in accordance with federal, state, and local standards, using the NIMS (National Incident Management System) standards, and in coordination with Metro's agency partners (Police, Fire, Emergency Management Services, APTA,TSA, Homeland Security, etc.)
  • Draft, edit, maintain, test, coordinate and distribute plans and procedures, including the All Hazards Response Plan (AHRP), System Security Plan(s) (SSP), Emergency Management Plans and various Standard Operating Procedures and associated documents
  • Function as a responsible liaison with other work groups within Metro and outside stakeholder groups including the King County Sheriff's Office, Metro Transit Police, Sound Transit, and other local municipal partner agencies -  defining needs, investigating issues and alternatives, and recommending practices to anticipate and avoid conflicts around competing perspectives and needs
  • Provide tactical assistance in the planning, coordination and assessment of technology and infrastructure needs and related best practices
  • Review incidents and exercises, collecting evidence, compiling statistics, gathering information, and coordinating discussions to learn from past incidents, prepare for future incidents, and provide Metro management with information and perspectives for decisions
  • Collect data to support preparation of budget documents for Metro Security, research and coordinate funding applications, monitor billing and invoicing, forecast expenditures, and prepare assessments and reports related to spending
  • Conduct occasional special assignments which may include preparing position papers, researching documents, and recommending presentable findings

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience assessing, planning, developing, implementing and maintaining a comprehensive security or operational program (for loss/asset protection and/or homeland security) for multiple sites within a large organization
  • Completion of FEMA's IS-100.b and IS-200.b courses (ICS 100 and 200 are acceptable)
  • Demonstrated experience of not less than 100 hours of providing adult-education, instructing complex topics to a diverse audience
  • Knowledge of methods used to enhance security through facility/environment design and monitoring
  • Experience reviewing nuisance locations or areas for CPTED-related solutions (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
  • Experience with project management concepts and practices
  • Experience and knowledge related to facility hardening.
  • Well-developed analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to apply sound judgment in assessing possible solutions, and adjust to changing priorities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to develop  and maintain professional and community relationships and the ability to present technical information and findings in a clear and concise way (orally and in writing) to non­ technical people
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Demonstrated excellence of customer service skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook, and comfort with database management systems
  • Basic quantitative skills

Desirable Qualifications
  • Experience in emergency and disaster preparedness planning and evaluation
  • Additional NIMS/ICS qualifications
  • Basic CPTED credentials
  • Comprehensive knowledge of security management practices and techniques in the transportation industry
  • Experience planning security in a large public transit agency
  • Skill with MS Publisher

Special Requirements
  • A valid driver's license at time of application (and Washington driver's license by start date) and an acceptable driving record
  • Ability to pass criminal and enhanced security clearance background checks

Supplemental Information

Ready to apply?

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.

Application Process
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully.  Detailed experience should be included for each position listed on the application – 'Refer to resume' is not an acceptable response and may deem your application incomplete. Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Application FAQs at

The answer to supplemental question 1 should clearly describe how your education, training and work experience meet the position qualifications and why this position would be consistent with your career interests.  

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.

Selection Process
A selection process will be used to determine the most qualified candidates. This process may include the following: a review of application and supplemental questions, testing and/or a panel interview and references. In addition, an acting appointment would be dependent on the approval of your current supervisor/manager. Transit management will make the final selection of candidate to be placed into the acting assignment.

Work Schedule
This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is eligible for overtime pay.  Work schedule is normally Monday through Friday, 40-hour work week. Variations may be required depending on the demands and needs of the work.

Union Membership
The position is not represented.

Class Code

For more information on this recruitment, please contact the recruiter:
Deandra Stanley, PHR|MBA

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.

Letter of Interest. Please include a letter of interest including details on how you meet or exceed the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position and your experiences as it relates to the primary job functions and desired qualifications. Please cite specific examples of experience relevant to this assignment. Please do not include your name or any other identifying information in your answer to this question. Including identifying information in your response may cause your application to be excluded from consideration.
Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant and is this position the same or lower percentage of FT 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
How many years of security and/or emergency management experience do you have?
  • Less than 2 years
  • 2 to 4 years
  • 4 or more years
What computer programs are you proficient in using? Please check all that apply.
  • MicroSoft Word
  • MicroSoft Excel
  • MicroSoft Outlook
  • Internet
  • None of the above

Required Question