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King County Washington Human Resources Manager III - Executive Services in Seattle, Washington


King County’s Department of Executive Services (DES) is searching for a Human Resources Manager IIIto lead efforts to develop and maintain a highly-skilled, diverse, and engaged workforce to fulfill the department’s evolving role to deliver innovative public service every day.

DES provides nearly all internal services to King County government and a variety of public services to residents and public municipalities. DES has almost 1,000 employees located in a variety of workplaces throughout King County. DES has been on the forefront of the government’s continuous process improvement efforts to transform its business systems, as well as increasing partnerships with public and private entities to deliver innovative, effective public service.

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As the only county in the United States named after one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation’s history, Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 artistic and social traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and the Human Resource Manager III has a strong role in advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice and opportunity for all county employees.

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The Human Resources Manager IIIis a strategic advisor and partner for the department, and serves as a member of its leadership team. This position provides innovative, collaborative,and strategic leadershipin the delivery of human resources services within DES. Leadership is critical in the successful transition of meeting today’s workforce demands to the evolving needs of the future. It also focuses on the organization’s health and ensuring systems are in place to attract, retain, and engage employees while providing a model of sound people leadership practices.

The Human Resources Manager IIIis an employee of the Department of Human Resources, and*reports to and works in collaboration with the *DES*Deputy Directorand the *Human Resources Services Delivery (HRSD) Division Director. This reporting structure ensures consistent delivery of HR policies and practices across the county, while supporting the unique and varied needs of each department’s line of business.

Job Duties

Successful candidatesfor this position will be able to clearlydemonstrate* skilland *abilityto:

  • Serve as a strategic advisor with the DES leadership team. Provide advice to managers on HR policy and regulations in the department, while balancing the need for consistency and alignment with county HR programs. Communicate complex HR ideas effectively in multiple settings with a diverse audiences.
  • Manage high-quality and timely HR Service Delivery including:
  • Shaping and implementing systems for recruiting, developing, and retaining a high quality, diverse workforce that is prepared for the evolving business needs of the future
  • Conducting investigations and supporting grievance and Loudermill hearings
  • Administering collective bargaining agreements, FMLA, ADA, etc.
  • Build and leadeffective teams by:
  • Allocating staff and resources to meet service delivery demands and workload fluctuations
  • Coaching, mentoring, and developing direct reports (division HR Managers) as well as coaching managers to do the same
  • Setting goals for high-quality and customer-focused service
  • Measuring progress on achieving goals
  • Modelbest practices in managing employees by:
  • Engaging and motivating employees to work to the full extent of their classification
  • Being effective in managing diverse groups of people effectively and understanding how organizations work
  • Creating an environment of continuous learning and development of skills
  • Foster a model of every employee being accountable for high-quality service delivery
  • Contribute to creating a work environment that is welcoming to all employees
  • Promotean organizational culture that is focused on a shared mission, fosters continuous improvement* (LEAN),* and embraces equity and social justice for employees and the community

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Have strong human resource background and expertise; or any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform all the key deliverables and expectations of the position.
  • Bring a strong background in managing and providing strategic leadership to multi-faceted organizations, including working collaboratively at all levels;
  • Be customer-focused and be comfortable advising and partnering with senior and executive level management on a variety of complex HR policies, procedures, and practices;
  • Be a champion for equity & social justice. Understand that systematic racism and its long term effects are pervasive in our society. Be comfortable having candid and sincere conversations with all employees about race and equity in the workplace;
  • Demonstrate skill in resolving workplace conflict;
  • Have strong experience managing complex employee leave issues and programs;
  • Be able to effectively manage multiple and competing priorities in a fast-paced environment. 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.

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Direct confidential inquiries to Elisha Mackey at or 206-477-0193.

Selection Process Applications will be reviewed as received, and they will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. All materials will be evaluated for spelling, grammar, and punctuation usage. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a series of interviews. Reference checks and/or record reviews will also be conducted.

Union Membership The position is not represented by a collective bargaining unit.

Class Code 1171200

Salary: $118,217.63 - $149,847.78 Annually

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Department: DHR - Human Resources

Job Number: 2020EM12097

Closing: 10/4/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: King County

Address: King County Administration Bldg. 500 4th Ave. Rm. 553 Seattle, Washington, 98104

Phone: 206-477-3404