WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to the general public
King County values diverse perspectives, life experiences and differences. The Water and Land Resources Division encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing equal access to opportunities for all.
FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED:
A King County Application Form
Resume and Cover Letter
Answers to the Supplemental Questions
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. The selected candidate will integrate King County's Equity and Social Justice principles into the daily functions of this position. King County is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations, as needed.
PRIMARY JOB DESCRIPTION: This position, located in the River and Floodplain Management Section within the Water and Land Resources Division, will involve a combination of planning, management, analytical, coordination and outreach in support of development and implementation of complex capital projects. This position will also support basin wide programmatic activities such as real estate acquisition, permit support, flood facility management, maintenance and repair. The successful candidate will be responsible for management of complex programs and projects using independent judgment with limited supervision. Responsibilities also include supporting the coordination and project management of the District's work program for the basin, based on the actions described in the 2013 King County Flood Hazard Management Plan and in the 6-year Capital Improvement Project (CIP) plan for the District.
As an integral member of multi-disciplinary teams, implement flood risk reduction project and program recommendations identified in the District's 6-year Capital Improvement Project list.
Build relationships through effective communication and outreach efforts for the Green River Basin team. Lead development of stakeholder, public and tribal outreach planning and activities. Conduct citizen and landowner contact, communication and outreach to facilitate project implementation serving as a liaison between technical staff and property owners.
Coordinate with internal King County staff from other watershed programs (e.g., salmon recovery, agriculture, stewardship) and associated regional projects to work collaboratively on river and floodplain management projects and address technical issues.
Lead and/or participate in all phases of capital project planning and management according to WLRD Project Management Manual. Implement work program items, including flood risk assessment, levee conditions assessment, planning, policy development and coordination.
Develop and oversee consultant contracts to support capital and programmatic projects related to actions underway in the basin.
Review data, reports and technical documents and prepare and present summary information to technical staff, elected officials, management, and the public.
Participate in development of planning and technical products such as evaluation of alternatives for capital projects and program initiatives to support recommendations.
Participate in flood warning and emergency response programs and activities, including Flood Warning Center, flood patrols, and post-flood inspections.
Coordinate with municipalities and federal and state agencies on projects and programs. Develop and manage state and federal grants for flood disaster recovery, flood hazard reduction projects and other floodplain enhancement projects. Track progress reporting and invoicing related to inter local agreements with municipalities.
Conduct research and analysis to develop policies, strategies, issue papers and recommendations in collaboration with regional partners and stakeholders.
Support budget development consistent with work program priorities and projects.
EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS:
· Bachelor's degree in environmental science, natural resource management, urban/regional planning, communications, public administration or related field; and at least five years of increasingly responsible program and project management work that is commensurate to the primary job functions of this position. ·At least three years' experience working in complex, multi-party project management, natural resource planning efforts with a demonstrated knowledge of interjurisdictional governance public planning processes and resources management. ·Minimum five years of experience directing and overseeing the work of professional staff, including quality assurance ·Masters degree in related field is preferred.
·Demonstrates effective communication skills: Ability to listen; ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences in writing, orally or visually. Experience communicating technical and policy issues related to floodplain management with varied levels of staff, consultants, business and professional groups, citizens and landowners. ·Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and build consensus with diverse interests including elected officials, citizens, and representatives of other county, city, state and federal agencies. ·Value diversity: Able to recognize the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization. Commitment to King County's Equity and Social Justice initiative and cultural competence growth. · Ability to deal tactfully, patiently and courteously with diverse groups of individuals, including government officials, the public, community groups, and organizational colleagues. ·Knowledge and understanding of King County (or equivalent), state & federal flood hazard codes, regulations and principles, and familiarity with associated disaster preparedness, mitigation and recovery programs through political and organizational savvy. ·Strategic mindset and broad perspectives during planning, permitting and implementation of flood hazard reduction capital projects and programs ·Familiarity with broad water and land resource issues that affect river and floodplain management actions including watershed planning, water quantity and quality, and the Endangered Species Act. ·Demonstrated success utilizing project management skills, including developing scope, schedule and budget, and principles of managing projects through to completion. ·Ability to grasp issues quickly and manage changing priorities. ·Strong facilitation skills with demonstrated ability to run and facilitate meetings, including public meetings. ·Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative and judgment within the scope of the position with minimum oversight. ·Ability to effectively plan, organize, prioritize work on a daily basis. ·Ability to work on multiple tasks accurately and quickly in a high pressure/short deadline environment.
DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: · Knowledge and experience working in the Green River Basin. ·An understanding of the separate roles and responsibilities of King County departments in the provision of floodplain management and flood hazard reduction services. ·Knowledge of the methods and techniques utilized in the production and presentation of written and graphic material. ·Experience and knowledge of the salmon habitat recovery planning efforts in King County and other land use issues.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: ·A valid Washington State Driver's License and the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires the ability to conduct occasional physical site inspections and evaluation. There is an intermittent need to walk on uneven terrain, for limited periods of time. Field conditions include brushy, forested environments; river, stream and wetland corridors; and slippery, uneven surfaces and dynamic conditions in the outdoors.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Heavy workloads, deadline pressure and interruptions due to changing priorities are not uncommon. Work is performed in an office environment, with occasional time spent performing field site inspections. Participation in flood warning and emergency response programs and activities can involve unscheduled work in excess of 12 hours per day and during all hours of the day that may include evenings, weekends and holidays to provide 24x7 service when warranted by conditions.
Internal Number: 2020MK11446
About King County Dept of Natural Resources, Water and Land, Rivers and Floodplains
The Water and Land Resources Division protects, restores, and manages King County's water and land using the best available science, innovation, and collaboration with our partners and the community.