The Office of the Executive is seeking candidates who will bring a high level of skill, passion, and drive to support King County government, unincorporated King County, and the cities within King County as the Economic Development Project Manager. In keeping with the Executive's commitment to equity and social justice, the Economic Development Project manager will work to ensure that economic opportunity is distributed fairly, justly, and equitably for all King County residents and to all King County communities. Effective community engagement will help to ensure the principle of "Fair and Just" plays a central role in this critical economic development work. To read more about King County's efforts and commitments, please visit: http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx
ABOUT KING COUNTY
As the only county in the United States 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 community with residents who represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. King County is changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.
The County continues to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. 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 of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play.
King County provides a generous employee benefits package, including comprehensive health benefits, paid parental leave, and time to volunteer. For details, see: https://www.kingcounty.gov/audience/employees/careers/why-work-here.aspx
ABOUT THE POSITION
For this important role King County seeks an experienced Economic Development Project Manager who is deeply committed to the success of the County and is a strategic, big-picture thinker. The ideal candidate will have a passion for public service and will lead by example to gain the confidence of rural and urban regional partners in economic and workforce development.
This position is responsible for supporting and executing King County government's regional economic and workforce development strategy through collaboration with King County leadership, regional economic and workforce development agencies, business and industry organizations, community stakeholders, labor organizations, King County's 39 cities, and the State of Washington. The position is a key member of Executive Constantine's team, reporting to the Director of Government and External Relations, with a matrixed relationship to the Chief People Officer who serves on the Executive's Senior Leadership Team.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
King County's economy is comprised of diverse industrial clusters - aerospace, construction, health care, information technology, maritime, life sciences, financial services, clean technology, transportation/logistics, and tourism. The County is home to many internationally-recognized businesses – Fortune 500 companies whose innovations have created or completely changed the markets in which they work: Amazon, Boeing, Costco, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Paccar, Starbucks, and others. The region's beauty, entrepreneurial spirit, and economic strength attract high-skilled people from around the world who seek to make this their home.
Mirroring national and global trends, many people and communities in King County are experiencing barriers to opportunity that inhibit their success and their potential to contribute to and benefit from our economy. Even as local firms have continual need for qualified and skilled workers, many local job seekers face barriers and lack the necessary training and education to access opportunities and improve their economic well-being. This is a drag on economic growth in the region and results in companies recruiting workers from around the world, while some people in our region fall behind. The County has a strong focus on building racial equity and opportunity for all residents in the region, and supports innovative approaches to this among businesses, non-profits, and government partners. King County's natural and business environments also support a strong interest in the region on sustainability.
WHO MAY APPLY:
This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Chinook Building – 401 5th Ave, Suite 810, Seattle, WA 98104
The Economic Development Project Manager position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible. The typical workweek is 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday. This position is not represented by a collective bargaining agreement.
This position will require travel throughout the County, during regular business hours and, at times, evenings and weekends.
FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED:
Please submit a complete online application, resume and cover letter describing how your education and/or experience relate to the qualifications for this position.
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