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Capital Unit Manager - River and Floodplain Management | King County

Posted 9/26/2023

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Join the Adventure: Make an Impact with King County!

Are you ready to embark on a career journey that not only challenges you but also empowers you to create a meaningful impact on the environment? Look no further – King County's River and Floodplain Management Capital Delivery unit is calling your name!

Why King County, You Ask?

  • Unleash Your Creativity: Imagine being a part of the team that's accelerating the delivery of projects aligned with King County’s Clean Water, Healthy Habitat initiative. Your ideas won't just be heard; they'll shape the future of our communities and environment.

  • Diversity is Our Strength: At King County, we're all about fostering a diverse and skilled workforce where you're not just a team member – you're a valued contributor. 

  • Equity at the Core: Join us in making a difference through equity and social justice. Be a catalyst for change as you help develop tools, standards, and practices that make our projects a force for good.

  • Streamlined Success: We're continuing to streamline processes and policies and you'll have the freedom to focus on what you do best.

  • Predictable Excitement: Say goodbye to unpredictable workflows. Join our mission to enhance capital planning, ensuring a steady pipeline of projects ready for you and your team to dive into.

 What You'll Do:

  • Guiding Vision: Lead a talented team of staff across engineering, project management and ecological services disciplines. Your mentorship will shape careers and create a powerhouse of innovation.

  • Maestro of Operational Oversight: Own project delivery like a pro! Ensure projects align with our high standards, manage resources, and keep things on track using cutting-edge tools.

  • Eco-Warrior: Collaborate with our ecological experts to infuse projects with sustainable design. From permits to monitoring, you'll play a crucial role in preserving our environment.

  • Emergency Heroics: Your recommendations and work on emergency actions will safeguard communities when they need it most.

  • Innovation at its Best: Collaborate with our community to carry out top-priority capital work. Your strategic thinking will set new standards for success.

Ready to write your legacy with King County? Join us in creating a world of sustainable growth, diverse innovation, and impactful change. Apply now and let's craft the future together!

The River and Floodplain Management Program at King County is a nationwide leader in integrated floodplain management and development of innovative flood risk reduction strategies and improved river and environmental conditions and solutions. The River and Floodplain Management Capital Unit functions to plan, design, and construct small to large capital projects in King County’s six major rivers (White, Green, Cedar, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish). The River and Floodplain Management capital unit manages over $30 million/year in capital work, including acquisition, project design and construction. This position will be located in the newly-created Capital Section within the King County Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) effective in 2024. 

What major work items/projects the candidate will be involved with? 

  1. Successful candidate will oversee a $35+ million annual capital budget for the King County Flood Control District related to flood facilities (levees, revetments), pump station, and other multi-benefit elements (e.g., habitat, recreation, equity and social justice, clean water, and economic vitality). 

  2. Play a key role in helping stand up the new WLRD Capital Delivery Section to ensure consistency of capital project implementation, assist in development of section culture, norms and behaviors, and effective processes. 

  3. Oversee capital program budgeting, in terms of annual budgets and 6-year capital improvement program in collaboration with the River and Floodplain Management Section and Flood Control District. 

  4. Assist in developing and evaluating design approaches/guidance, level of service and consideration of climate change impacts on facility design for flood risk reduction facilities. 

  5. Collaborate with Habitat Capital Unit and WRIAs on implementation of capital projects in the river environment. 

Who is Eligible: This position is open to the public.

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. To learn more, please visit
Work Location: This is predominantly a remote position, with onsite work requirements as informed by business needs. This position reports onsite on the first day of employment for orientation and approximately 2-3x per month, subject to change based on business needs.   Employees must reside in Washington State and be within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to meet workplace reporting requirements.  

The primary onsite location is King Street Center (201 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104). This location offers excellent accessibility through multiple mass transit options ensuring convenient and sustainable commuting.   This work arrangement promotes work-life-balance and reduces carbon footprint under the department’s vision of Green Where We Work
Work Schedule: This position is  exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and it is not overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.  Job includes field work and occasional mandatory in-person meetings; mandatory participation in flood warning and emergency response programs and activities during all hours of the day that may include evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Job Duties

1)    Implementation of flood reduction capital projects:

  • Accelerate the scale and cadence of capital delivery

  • Increase opportunity for staff development

  •  Streamline processes and policies to manage work more consistently

  • Support capital planning across the portfolio to ensure a consistent pipeline of projects ready for implementation.

2)    Supervise and direct the work assignments of five supervisors of capital work teams within the River and Floodplain Management Capital Unit. Four of these are engineering supervisors and one manages the Ecological Services Team. Supervisory duties include hiring, performance management, career development, coaching and mentoring. Manage up and coordinate with the WLR Capital Section manager.
3)    Serve as one of the liaisons to the King County Flood Control District and its Executive Director in implementing and coordinating the District’s capital program. This includes management of the capital gate approvals and presenting technical information on projects and project delivery to the District and its Board.
4)    Work with supervisors and project team members to ensure projects implement the Project Management Manual, project management plans, manage scope, schedule, costs and risks. Oversee project performance using PRISM, scheduling cost management tools. Coordinate with Ecological Services Team related to ecological design elements, permitting and effectiveness monitoring.
5)    Coordinate and assist RFM Section in implementation of facility inspections, flood warning program and emergency response activities, including conducting site investigations, assessing issues regarding large wood accumulations, and developing recommendations related to emergency flood-response actions. Work with RFM Section Manager on support from RFMS with respect to basin portfolio managers, outreach and community engagement and other project/program managers. Integrate closely with Capital Strike Team to carry out priority capital work.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.

  • Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, environmental engineering, water resources, or closely related field. 

  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible supervisor experience with advanced knowledge of supervisory techniques and principles and the application of this knowledge in a highly technical and political environment.

  • At least ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience.  Of the (10) years, four (4) years must be in field inspection, construction management, or project management and two (2) years must have been as a supervisor or project representative or project manager of a large-scale public works contract or complex, multiple public works contracts.

  • Strong written, verbal, and graphic communication skills to communicate clearly and effectively with people of varying technical and cultural backgrounds, including elected officials.

  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills and experience providing quality assurance for technical and contract work products.

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively and manage numerous work tasks simultaneously.

  • Commitment to furthering personal and team development in cultural competency, equity, and social justice.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s of Science in civil engineering, environmental engineering, water resources, or closely related field. 

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of hydrologic and open channel hydraulic principles and geomorphic processes.

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have the Following Competencies:

  • Collaborates – experienced at building partnerships to leverage skills and talents to meet shared objectives.

  • Drives for results – skilled at consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.

  • Ensures accountability – holding self and others accountable to meet commitments.

  • Manages conflict – handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise.

  • Values diversity, difference – recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.

  • Communicates effectively - communications that convey a clear understanding of unique needs of different audiences.

  • Instills Trust – gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.

Supplemental Information

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for these positions.

  • King County application

  • Resume

  • Response to supplemental question

Union Membership: This position is represented by the local PROTEC 17 union.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Calvin Rivers, Senior Human Resource Analyst

[email protected]

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.

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