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Environmental & Community Services Manager- Seattle, Washington

Organization: King County Department of Natural Resources

Position Title: Environmental and Community Services Section Manager

Location: Seattle, Washington (King Street Center, 201 S. Jackson Street)

Hours and Compensation: This full-time position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime. The normal workweek is Monday – Friday. Annual Salary: $94,447 – $120,779

Application Deadline: September 9, 2013


Organization Overview


This position will manage the daily operations of the 50 employee Environmental and Community Services Section within the King County Wastewater Treatment Division. The Section is currently organized into four units: Industrial Waste, Regulatory Compliance and Land Acquisitions, Environmental Planning/Community Services, and Brightwater Education Center. This section manages permitting, land use, and compliance for our capital program, supports operating programs for environmental compliance, leads community outreach and education, oversees the sediment management program, and regulates industrial customers.


  • Manage daily operations of all section programs, providing technical and policy assistance to staff, internal and external clients.
  • Provide management and oversight of WTD’s environmental compliance efforts. The Section initiates SEPA/NEPA and EIS work, coordinates WTD’s NPDES permits, and integrates clean air and other regulatory responsibilities across the division. The Section also ensures the quality of influent in our system through our industrial waste permitting and inspection programs. Provide high level of oversight and represent King County on environmental technical issues with other agencies, including regulatory agencies.
  • Provide key support to the Division’s capital construction program. The Section provides property acquisition and all other real estate services to the Division and completes all environmental review and permitting necessary for our capital projects. In addition, this Section provides critical public relations and community outreach services for every capital project. Provide high level of strategic guidance.  Oversee property negotiations, guide community relations, and represent King County at community events, as necessary.
  • Provide general public outreach and education. Through the Brightwater Education Center and other efforts, staff in this Section provide information and outreach on our wastewater services and benefits to the region of clean water, and conduct public education programs and facility tours.
  • Supervise and direct the work of subordinate supervisor(s) and technical, professional, and administrative staff. Develop work and performance expectation plans and manage work of section. Manage section staff including hiring, performance, training, coaching and discipline. Assure regular and timely communication of program issues to staff.
  • Plan, develop, implement and maintain standards, policies and procedures consistent with section and division objectives to ensure that the section is meeting the division’s business needs. Develop, implement, and maintain the budget and monitor expenditures within established guidelines.
  • Serve on WTD’s senior management team. In collaboration with other managers develop, implement, and maintain an efficient and productive work program and participate in the development of measures to improve Division performance.
  • Act as the section’s representative with external consultants, elected officials, and the general public as determined by section and division management. Make presentations of section initiatives and programs to a variety of audiences including King County Council and committees, external elected bodies, and technical and non-technical community groups. Work collaboratively with other government agencies and with departments within the County.


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science/policy, project management, planning, or a closely related field, or, an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experienced supervisor with proven leadership abilities and strong knowledge of human resources management. Experience developing direct reports and other staff by providing stretch assignments, coaching, and feedback.
  • Increasingly responsible management experience that is applicable to the essential duties of this position
  • Experience building teams, creating shared visions, working with others in achieving common goals and objectives, and motivating staff and units.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and strategic planning skills, including long- and short-term goal setting. Able to anticipate future trends and consequences and provide broad knowledge and perspective.
  • Ability to apply planning techniques to establish the direction and make decisions regarding multiple competing internal and external programs or projects.
  • Experience with sound decision making. Ability to evaluate information and make decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure.
  • Skill in negotiating and identifying solutions that balance the division’s and the County’s interests and those of the negotiating partner(s) within financial capacity and other constraints. Can negotiate successfully without damaging relationships. Gains trust.
  • Demonstrated skill in conflict resolution techniques and principles. Reads situations quickly. Can reach agreements and settle disputes equitably. Can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise.
  • Experience with managing in a fast pace, changing environment. Can shift gears comfortably and calmly and handle risk and uncertainty. Can lead staff through change in an organization.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences and convince others to initiate action. Skill in working with elected officials and the general public.
  • Strong knowledge of wastewater and water resource issues, environmental permitting and community outreach techniques and principles
  • Experience developing and managing budgets. Knowledge of operating and capital budgeting procedures and processes
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of public administration, development and analysis of public policy, organization, and contract management.

Special Requirements

  • Washington State Driver’s License

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Union Membership

This position is represented by Teamsters Local 117 Wastewater Treatment Division Section & Assistant Manager’s bargaining unit.

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