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Economic Development Project Manager At King County

Location: Seattle, Washington

Job Description


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:


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:


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.


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.

Job Duties

  • Develop action and implementation plans for King County government's regional economic and workforce development strategies that align with the County's priorities to build equity and opportunity, confront climate change, and become a best run government.
  • Using a collaborative equity approach, assess:
    • Root causes of workforce shortages in identified fields and sectors, and
    • Strategies and recommendations for increasing access to higher wages for communities who historically and disproportionately live with low-incomes.
  • Promote collaboration on regional approaches to economic and workforce development through positive and proactive relationships with the Workforce Development Council, Chambers of Commerce, business and industry associations, colleges and universities, labor organizations, and other governmental partners.
  • Represent the County and County Executive on economic and workforce development boards, industry associations, and with the business community.
  • Partner with and convene industry and leadership tables, identifying top 2-3 challenges for each industry.
  • Work with members of the Executive's leadership team, policy team, department directors, and staff to leverage King County's services and investments in support of achieving economic and workforce development objectives.
  • Collaborate with universities, community and technical colleges, and educational institutions as key partners in workforce development and industry innovation.
  • Collaborate with labor partners to address workforce issues, including expanding opportunities for apprentice utilization, developing a community behavioral health apprenticeship program, and creating a hospitality and entertainment dispatch (hiring hall).
  • Work with partners to plan and execute meaningful economic development- summits and meetings for leaders in King County.
  • Provide staff support to the Executive at economic development related events, which may include occasional domestic and/or international travel.
  • Draft public communications about King County's role in economic and workforce development. Collaborate with the Executive's communications team to draft key messages, speeches, Executive quotes, social media posts, and traditional media releases related to economic development.
  • Coordinate on regional economic development initiatives related to other ongoing economic development efforts within King County government, (e.g. Local Food Initiative, agriculture and forestry programs, and Department of Local Services economic development program).
  • Develop, review, and advise on County legislation and policies, the County's State and federal legislative priorities, and County budget proposals related to economic and workforce development.
  • Monitor and research national and international trends to ensure that advice, policy development, service delivery reforms, or major initiatives are reflective of current best practices.
  • Report on individual and system performance and outcomes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Have a strong background with comprehensive knowledge of economic and workforce development programs/systems and the labor market.
  • Have knowledge of career development pathways, sector-based strategies, and corporate partnerships.
  • Are self-driven and reliable, demonstrating initiative to work under pressure to meet deadlines, with demonstrated ability to drive results.
  • Have the ability to flex and adapt as required, quickly learn governmental finance/accounting processes, and manage multiple complex initiatives in a fast-paced environment.
  • Have proven interpersonal skills with a customer focus, maintaining professional working relationships with a wide, broad, and diverse community of stakeholders.
  • Balance a strong work ethic with a positive attitude and sense of humor!


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience and skills in the following leadership competencies:
  • Driving for Results – Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances; persists in accomplishing objectives despite obstacles; has a track record of exceeding goals successfully; pushes self and others to achieve results.
  • Collaborative – Encourages collaboration rather than competition between different groups; builds partnerships; can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all; can represent his or her own interests yet be fair to other groups; easily gains trust and support of peers.
  • Strategic Agility – Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Creativity – Comes up with new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Analysis - Demonstrated experience and acumen in applying a racial justice analysis to economic and workforce development strategies.
  • Decision Quality – Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.
  • Organizationally Savvy – Can maneuver through complex political situations effectively and quietly; is sensitive to how people and organizations function; anticipates where the issues are and plans approach accordingly; views barriers as a necessary part of organizational life and works to adjust to that reality.
  • Negotiating – Can negotiate skillfully in tough situations with both internal and external groups; can settle differences with minimum noise; can gain concessions without damaging relationships; can be both direct and forceful as well as diplomatic; gains trust quickly of other parties to the negotiations; has a good sense of timing.

Supplemental Information

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.

Please submit a complete online application, resume and cover letter describing how your education and/or experience relate to the qualifications for this position.

Your options are to:

  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the Text Resume section of the application, or
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the Resume Attachment section.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the online application and include the information only on the cover letter and resume.

Applications responses stating "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about the application requirements, please contact HR Manager Seth Watson ( or HR Associate Dan Grant (

If you have additional questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Seth Watson or 206-477-5330.