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Deputy Director of Operations - FMD

King County
Washington, Iowa, US
Closing date
Jun 30, 2022

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King County's Facilities Management Division (FMD) is searching for a leader to serve as Deputy Director of Operations for the division. King County is one of America's fastest-growing regions and Executive Dow Constantine is building partnerships and working with employees to meet the key challenges facing the Pacific Northwest in the 21st Century - regional mobility, equity and social justice, and climate change.

This role focuses on the daily operations of the division and is the lead in designing and implementing strategies and projects that maintain present and future services necessary to meet our customer's needs. We are looking for a seasoned, operational leader who is an exceptional strategic thinker and who can think outside the-box, break down barriers, and empower staff to continuously improve.

This position serves as a member of the division senior leadership team. This role involves daily interaction with staff from all levels the organization including elected officials, agency stakeholders, and separate branches of government. This role requires that the incumbent have exceptional strategic leadership and project management skills, a commitment to building and maintaining a diverse workforce, a driver of efficiency and innovation, and a desire to push self and others for successful results.

Through the work of over 350 dedicated employees, FMD provides clean, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective work environments within a changing world. Major sections of the division include:

Building Operations: Responsible for custodial services, maintenance, operations and security.
Capital Projects: Responsible for delivering large-scale projects in alignment with the policy directives of King County government, the facility needs of employees and the public, and for overall service to the community.
Real Estate Services: Responsible for acquiring property, negotiating leases, and property management for most county services. The section maintains a centralized inventory system of all County-owned real property and conducts sales of surplus property. Real Estate Services processes utility permits, easements, rights-of-way construction permits, and utility franchise agreements.
Finance: Provides quality budgeting, accounting, facilitation of service delivery, and oversight of Facilities Management Division business practices, and coordination between units.
Planning and Administrative Services: Provides long term planning, energy management, legislation processing and space allocation for the county's buildings.

To learn more about FMD, visit our website at:

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.

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King County has a strong and resilient economy and an environment where people and businesses can thrive. Located on Puget Sound in Washington State, and covering 2,134 square miles, King County is nearly twice as large as the average county in the United States. With more than 2 million people, it also ranks as the 13th most populous county in the nation.

King County encompasses 39 cities and is truly an international destination, with more than 100 languages spoken in the region. More than 30 million tourists from all over the U.S. and the world visit King County every year. King County is home to the vibrant urban centers of Seattle and Bellevue, suburban areas, small towns, islands, and rural communities, as well as vast forests, spectacular mountains, glittering bodies of water, and productive farmlands.

Cities in King County frequently appear on "Best Places to Live" lists and is #34 on the 2017 Forbes "The Best Places for Business and Careers" List. As home to some of the world's most influential companies and industries, our leaders are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive economy that benefits all. In addition, King County government was named by Forbes as one of the nation's top 200 employers in 2016. Many King County communities have highly rated schools, nationally recognized restaurants, vibrant recreation, and numerous cultural opportunities. Housing options range from single-family homes to high-rise apartments and condos to large country acreages. In King County, you'll find a community that suits you best, from urban neighborhoods, suburban developments with walkable amenities, to rustic rural settings.

The Deputy Director of Operations is responsible for managing the daily operations of the division including a variety of initiatives and projects. Key responsibilities include:

Implementing and promoting goals, vision, workforce management, performance measures, and strategies.
Developing and implementing an asset management system and energy efficiency plan to effectively manage County owned properties.
Participating in the development of the division budget with a focus on aligning strategic priorities with current resources.
Leading effective change management practices with employees and stakeholders.
Collaborating with key stakeholders and creating a communications plan and structure to enable effective and timely responses with customers on the status of major projects and initiatives.
Fostering a culture of innovation with a strong sense of how to develop and offer new products and services to meet current and emerging customer needs.
Utilizing internal and external resources, technology, and continuous improvement techniques to report metrics, improve processes, create more capacity, and deliver greater value.
Recommending, drafting, and advocating for legislation and other laws and regulations to support service improvements. Evaluate new legislation for impact and efficiently implement legislation changes.
Serve as Division Director in the absence of the director.

Have strong daily operations experience and background with a large facilities, public works, or real estate management organization; OR any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrate the ability to perform the scope of job duties.
Demonstrate a high level of self-awareness and is comfortable with their own strengths and weaknesses.
Be culturally aware and comfortable having complex and challenging discussions about race and diversity in the workplace. Be sensitive to managing differences and building bridges.
Be able to lead a changing culture within an emerging LEAN organization focused on continuous improvement.
Have a track record of conceptualizing, developing and implementing strategies, systems, standards and plans for a wide variety of functions.
Develop metrics and use innovative visual tools to display division priorities and strategic initiatives in a clear and impactful manner for use in policy decisions.
Create initiatives to develop, coach and mentor a culturally and generationally diverse staff in a collaborative manner that focuses on employee engagement, good communication, and team building. Experience working in an organized labor environment is a plus;
Be able to persevere and adapt as required, while working in a multi-faceted and sometimes ambiguous environment.
This opportunity is open to all applicants. A King County application is required. We highly encourage you to include a cover letter and resume with your submission.

Eligible King County employees if they are the successful candidate will be offered a Special Duty Assignment (SDA). You must have permission from your immediate supervisor to accept an SDA.

If you have any questions, please contact Robert James at or 206-263-9414.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
submit proof of vaccination, or
have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

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.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement

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