Deputy Department Director

  • King County Wastewater Treatment Division
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Mar 25, 2020
Full Time Administration and Management Water and Wastewater Treatment Management
  • Salary: $174,343.00 USD Annually
  • Salary Top: $220,990.00
  • Apply By: Apr 21, 2020


The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) is currently seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Deputy Department Director.

This position is open until filled; first consideration will be given to those completed application packets that are received by 4/15/20.

Job Description

The ideal candidate will be a results-oriented and dynamic leader who will lead a diverse business organization with a commitment to excellence. Additionally, the Deputy Director will embrace innovation, problem solving and promote and incorporate Equity and Social Justice in the services provided by the department. This position requires strong interpersonal skills for interacting with government agencies, community organizations, residents and businesses and will have key interactions with the department leadership team, King County Executive, and King County Council, as well as stakeholders such as cities, elected officials, and partnering organizations.

This position is responsible for leading land conservation, energy, climate, and local food programs along with helping to direct department policy and executive and council relations. The deputy assists the department director in business operations and capital project delivery to ensure efficient, effective, and accountable service delivery.

If you are looking for an opportunity to work with dedicated employees, who are committed to stewarding our valuable resources, passionate about serving the public, and working to continually improve our community with an entrepreneurial spirit click on the Apply Now button on this job announcement.

Job Requirements

Job Duties

Examples of job duties: 

  • Provide strategic leadership to the Department.
  • Collaborate with Department/County leadership.
  • Champion County, Department and Division vision, mission, values, and culture.
  • Lead efforts to solve problems and identify solutions.
  • Create a positive work environment 
  • Set strategic vision and leadership for employees and initiatives reporting to this position.
  • Maintain and grow partnerships with private, public and non-profit organizations. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Essential skills and attributes of the ideal candidate include: 

  • Strong decision-making skills with a combined focus on vision and purpose
  • Politically savvy leader with the ability to maneuver through complex political situations while remaining sensitive to how people and organizations function;  
  • Managerial courage, and the ability to incorporate conflict management and collaboration skills based on situational needs; 
  • Strategic agility in leading and directing a large, complex organization; ability to skillfully maneuver in a political and highly unionized environment;  
  • Passion for creativity and inspiring innovation, continuous improvement, and efficiencies;  
  • The ability to build effective teams and motivate others;  
  • The ability to deal with ambiguity in a large, complex environment.  

Additional experience and desired skills include: 

  • Management experience in a large governmental or private organization, with a well-developed, broad range of management skills.
  • Experience managing in a geographically dispersed organization and unionized environment desired. 
  • Ability to communicate diplomatically on politically sensitive issues.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • A bachelor's degree in public, recreation or business administration, urban planning, environmental studies, engineering, architecture, or related field and working knowledge of governmental or large, complex organizational processes is desired.

In summary, the Deputy Director will quickly be able to recognize where the organization currently is and where it needs to go to ensure future success. The successful candidate will bring sound professional judgment, tact, courtesy, and integrity to this position. A dose of humility, appreciation for the contributions of all, and a passion for natural resources and parks.

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Additional Information

If you are looking for an opportunity to work with dedicated employees, who are committed to stewarding our valuable resources, passionate about serving the public, and working to continually improve our community with an entrepreneurial spirit apply by clicking the Apply Now button on this job announcement.


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