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Location: Seattle, Washington
Type: Full Time
Salary: $216,590.40 - $274,539.20
Years of Experience:
Internal Number: 2023-20454
For more information and to apply online go to: Job Opportunities | King County Careers (governmentjobs.com)
Closing Date: 12/3/2023
Are you ready to lead one of the largest, most trusted metropolitan natural resource agencies in the country? The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks offers a once-in-a-career opportunity as we hire a new Department Director in a region defined by its spectacular natural environment. Come lead a talented workforce of 2,000 professionals in a region where mountain forests are connected to Puget Sound by rivers and streams with dynamic cities and rural communities in between.
About the Role:
In this leadership role, you will reinforce our Department’s reputation as a trusted environmental steward in the nation’s 13th largest county, serving residents in Seattle and 38 other cities along with thriving unincorporated communities. As a member of the King County Executive’s Cabinet, you will advance Executive Constantine’s environmental priorities, which includes producing climate solutions, protecting water quality, restoring habitat, conserving open space, and improving access to parks and trails.
We prioritize high-performing executives who are passionate about protecting and restoring the natural environment. This position manages a large, complex organization, including senior-level managers. We value candidates with a track record of tangible results and a strategic mindset who will accelerate our climate initiatives with a foundation of upholding King County’s commitment to equity and social justice. If you are a dynamic leader with a commitment to environmental stewardship, political acumen, and the ability to navigate complex organizational dynamics, we encourage you to apply for this role.
This is a hybrid position that performs work remotely and onsite.
About the Department:
The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks supports sustainable and livable communities and a clean and healthy natural environment. Our mission is to foster environmental stewardship and strengthen communities by providing regional parks, protecting the region's water, air, land, and natural habitats, and reducing, safely disposing of, and creating resources from wastewater and solid waste. The Director’s Office – which includes about 40 employees including a Deputy Director, provides direction and support for its four divisions: Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste, Wastewater Treatment, and Water and Land Resources.
For more information about the Department of Natural Resources and Parks, please visit us at our website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/dnrp.
We invite you to explore an interactive map of our recent accomplishments to and check out at Facebook, X, LinkedIn, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and our Keeping King County Green News
About King County:King County, located in the Central Puget Sound region, features vibrant and diverse communities exceptional outdoor activities, thriving arts and culture, an integrated transit system, the University of Washington, and a strong job market.
As the only local government in the United States named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., King County is one of the most racially and culturally diverse regions in the country. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures.
We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all our residents, regardless of their race or income.
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.
Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
What You’ll Be Doing:
Work Location: This is hybrid position, with onsite work requirements as informed by business needs. This position reports onsite on the first day of employment for orientation and approximately 1-2 days per week at various King County worksites, 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.
Relocation: Reasonable and necessary moving expenses up to a maximum of $15,000 may be available if the successful candidate is relocating from outside of Washington.
Who to Contact: For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact: Shawna Ousse-Parton at email@example.com or 206.263.3536.
Application and Selection Process:
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.
To be considered for this opportunity, please complete the brief application, and attach your resume and cover letter.
We will review application materials based on clarity, completeness, and alignment with the required experience, qualifications, knowledge, and skills for this position. Please ensure that your application includes details of your leadership experience in overseeing large and complex organizations. Emphasize the scale and illustrate how both the organization and your contributions reflect a dedication to the conservation of natural resources.
The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more virtual interviews. Finalists will be invited to tour facilities and participate in onsite interviews in January 2024. Any employment offer will be contingent upon the results of a criminal background check and reference check. The successful candidate will be appointed by the County Executive and is subject to confirmation by the County Council.
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. This position receives the following benefits and has access to the following programs:
For additional information about employee benefits, visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.
What You Bring:
Competencies That Will Make You Successful in This Role: