Water Quality Planner/Project Manager II

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Project Management
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Posted on July 22, 2020
Summary

Please note that this recruitment will be conducted as a blind screen. 
Submit a King County Application Only.  
DO NOT INCLUDE A COVER LETTER, RESUME OR ANY KIND OF ATTACHMENTS 


Who may apply:  This position is open to all qualified candidates/applicants. 

JOB SUMMARY: This position will serve as a Community Relations public outreach planner to support WTD major capital improvement projects for the Community Services work group (CS), Environmental & Community Services Section, Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD), Department of Natural Resources & Parks. The person in this position will support WTD multi-disciplinary capital project teams, and serve on the CS group’s emergency response standby team, which requires one week of 24-hour availability every six to eight weeks. The person in this position will be expected to actively support the division’s work to advance social equity and racial justice. 

WORK LOCATION: Following the guidance given in the "GreenWhereWeWork" initiative of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks, this position will work remotely. There will be an expectation to travel to various worksites throughout King and South Snohomish County as needed for your work. 
 
OFFICE EQUIPMENT: A laptop will be supplied by King County. 
 
WORK SCHEDULE: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible. The regular workweek is full-time 40 hours, Monday through Friday. 


King County VALUES: True North: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive.
  • We are one team: We put the team's interest first - We partner well with  others to get work done and achieve County objectives - we value listening, seeking diverse perspective and engaging others to challenge our assumptions - We assume positive intent of others, - We are honest, direct, and actively share information.
  • We solve problems: We make problems visible and treat them as opportunities - We embrace data, analysis, and science - We innovate and challenge the status quo - We align solutions with strategic priorities, goals, and objectives.
  • We focus on the customer: We continuously seek insight into customer needs - We identify opportunities and always try to improve and personalize the customer experience - We interact with respect, courtesy, and calmness.
  • We drive for results: We act with speed, commitment, and persistence - We accept responsibility and hold ourselves and others accountable - We take the initiative and tackle tough assignments - We improve our processes and master the details.
  • We are racially just: We acknowledge racism and oppression and seek to undo it at all levels - We recognize our positional power and how it affects our interactions with others and the communities we serve - We act as champions to achieve racial justice.
  • We respect all people: We actively seek to learn and understand all perspectives, beliefs, and values - We engage all people in decisions affecting them - We recognize all people for their contributions and accomplishments.
  • We lead the way: Wee seek to understand the big picture and think creatively - We communicate with clarity and conciseness - We advocate and advance organizational priorities - We exercise strong judgment and decision making - We inspire others.
  • We are responsible stewards: We act responsibly with our resources, and we protect and contribute to the things that make this region special - We demonstrate financial acumen and a commitment to controlling costs.
To learn more about the Department of Natural Resources and Parks click on the below links:
https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/dnrp.aspx
https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/dnrp/about/vision-mission-goals.aspx
King County Benefits link: 
https://kingcounty.gov/audience/employees/benefits.aspx

 

Job Duties

The successful candidate will:
  • Work effectively with WTD project teams and affected community members to gain community acceptance for WTD project goals and activities. 
  • Analyze community relations issues, threats and opportunities that may affect the success of a WTD project or initiative. Assignments may include capital projects with significant construction impacts for the community.  
  • Provide planning, assessment and advocacy for equity and social justice on WTD capital projects. Identify equity opportunities for projects during design. Develop and implement strategies to meet identified opportunities through project completion. Advise managers on appropriate activities to build community acceptance for projects as circumstances change. 
  • Develop and implement public involvement plans for projects and programs to provide responsive customer service and equitable outreach for affected community members during all phases of the project. Ensure appropriate documentation of all public communications and outreach activities for assigned projects. 
  • Effectively communicate the details of wastewater management and construction projects, plans and programs orally and in writing. Audiences typically include elected/appointed officials, agencies, environmental and business representatives, neighbors of construction sites and the general public.  
  • Be regularly available to respond to project inquiries and emergencies on nights and weekends as necessary.  
  • Support the community relations elements of the Wastewater Treatment Division emergency response program, which requires night and weekend availability on a rotating basis. 
  • Support King County’s social media efforts. 
  • Design, implement and facilitate successful outreach activities including public events.  
  • Direct the work of consultants: delegate assignments appropriately; provide quality control and timely delivery of work products; and determine the best use of consultant and county staff resources. Participate in consultant procurement processes. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 
  • Work effectively with WTD project teams and affected community members to gain community acceptance for WTD project goals and activities. 
  • Analyze community relations issues, threats and opportunities that may affect the success of a WTD project or initiative. Assignments may include capital projects with significant construction impacts for the community.  
  • Provide planning, assessment and advocacy for equity and social justice on WTD capital projects. Identify equity opportunities for projects during design. Develop and implement strategies to meet identified opportunities through project completion. Advise managers on appropriate activities to build community acceptance for projects as circumstances change. 
  • Develop and implement public involvement plans for projects and programs to provide responsive customer service and equitable outreach for affected community members during all phases of the project. Ensure appropriate documentation of all public communications and outreach activities for assigned projects. 
  • Effectively communicate the details of wastewater management and construction projects, plans and programs orally and in writing. Audiences typically include elected/appointed officials, agencies, environmental and business representatives, neighbors of construction sites and the general public.  
  • Be regularly available to respond to project inquiries and emergencies on nights and weekends as necessary.  
  • Support the community relations elements of the Wastewater Treatment Division emergency response program, which requires night and weekend availability on a rotating basis. 
  • Support King County’s social media efforts. 
  • Design, implement and facilitate successful outreach activities including public events.  
  • Direct the work of consultants: delegate assignments appropriately; provide quality control and timely delivery of work products; and determine the best use of consultant and county staff resources. Participate in consultant procurement processes. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Experience with public outreach planning and implementation, public communications, customer relations or environmental sciences/studies or closely related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Ability to plan and implement community relations for multiple construction projects with significant community impacts, conduct a number of tasks and projects concurrently, and to meet competing deadlines 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to:  
    • Work effectively and equitably with racially and culturally diverse individuals and communities 
    • Provide strong customer service to internal and external customers 
    • Plan and implement effective, culturally competent public outreach campaigns, including goals, objectives, tactics and schedule 
    • Build support among diverse audiences for recommendations and/or project decisions  
    • Identify and solve problems for project teams and leads  
    • Manage work adaptively to accommodate changing circumstances, different perspectives and competing priorities  
    • Use plain language to simplify technical concepts for general audiences, including people with limited English proficiency 
    • Serve as a settling influence in a crisis 
    • Resolve disagreements or interpersonal issues promptly, respectfully and discreetly  
 
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  
  • Willingness to report to work and perform work duties remotely in support WTD projects, programs and outreach. 
  • Ability to use software that supports the delivery of a work product, including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel, various social media platforms and databases 
  • A valid Washington State Driver's License or alternate ability to get to meetings and field sites not served by transit at varying times of the day   
  • Ability to safely traverse industrial facilities and construction sites that may include uneven surfaces and ability to move over materials on the ground such as 4-inch hoses 
  • Night and weekend availability as necessary, including at least one week a month of 24-hour availability in support of WTD’s emergency response program 

HIGHLY DESIRABLE: 
  • Experience with WTD’s equity and social justice implementation processes on capital projects 
  • Experience leading public agency efforts to empower community-based organizations to create information sharing with communities of color 
  • Knowledge of government operations, planning techniques and principles 
  • Familiarity with Project Management Institute (PMI) project management techniques, government permitting processes, public utility issues and communications methods to support on large-scale infrastructure projects 
  • Working knowledge of construction techniques, contract plans and specifications 
  • Experience working with graphic designers, printers, mail services and other professionals 
  • Experience planning and coordinating logistics for large and small events and troubleshooting emergent problems 

Required Application Materials:
  1. King County application ONLY (No cover letter, resume, or any kind of attachments.)

SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants meeting qualifications will be screened based upon the clarity, completeness, content, grammar, and punctuation of their application materials.  Selection process may also include written and/or computer exams, panel interview, references, and final interviews.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Some physical skill and effort is required during site visits.

UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by the Technical Employee's Association (TEA).

 
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Rodney O. Dungo
Human Resource Analyst
rdungo@kingcounty.gov



King county and the Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) vales diverse perspectives and life experience and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans.
 

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.

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