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Washington State COVID-19 Senior Project Manager – Multiple Project Positions (WMS Band 2) DOH5070 in Tumwater, Washington


Apply early! This recruitment will remain open until all positions are filled. Applicant review begins Oct. 9, 2020. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision and/or to close the recruitment at any time.

COVID-19 Senior Project Manager (WMS Band 2) PROJECT Multiple Openings Office of Project Management Tumwater, Washington


Our ideal candidate is a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions affect others.

Our ideal candidate sees the needs and objectives of others and takes them into account while achieving their objectives. They adapt their approach and expectations accordingly.

Our ideal candidate is outward even when confronted with others that are not open or collaborative. They demonstrate resilience to model outward behaviors even when stressed or tired.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is hiring Senior Project Managersto manage critical efforts related to the state’s COVID-19 pandemic response. The department’s body of work related to this unprecedented global health emergency is large, complex, and on-going. These efforts include, but are not limited to the following activities:

  • DOH serves as a statewide resource for public health information, epidemiological data, case investigation, contact tracing, and testing related to COVID-19.
  • DOH plays a vital role in the health, science, and policy decisions required to help all sectors of society operate and reopen safely.
  • DOH helps local medical professionals, public health partners, media, and individual Washingtonians communicate about risks and effective strategies to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • DOH helps organizations across the state procure, track and distribute PPE to ensure first responders, hospitals, and testing facilities have the gear they need to complete their missions safely.

The Senior Project Managerserves as a senior member of the department’s Project Management Office. Senior project managers**support the agency’s successful completion of this agency’s work by managing the direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control, and completion of cross-departmental and agency-wide business operations, public policy, and strategy projects. Senior project managers may be responsible for directly managing highly complex projects independently, managing portfolios of related projects, and/or supervising mid-level project managers and coordinators.

This project portfolio touches every team, office, and division within the department. The nature of the work requires project managers who bring a demonstrated ability to work with a broad range of technical experts, policy leaders, and executives to create order, predictability, and efficiency in high-stress, complex and dynamic situations.

More about our ideal candidates

When our Senior Project Managers read the phrase, “Other people are just as important as I am” they’ll think, “yes.” They might even say it out loud. And their mindset shows up in the ways they behave toward others. They take time to see the needs, objectives, and challenges of the people they impact, especially when the stakes are high and the pressure is on. They accomplish what they need to accomplish in a way that helps others deliver their results as well.

When we talk with the Senior Project Managers about their values, they’ll see themselves in words like Human-Centered, Partnership, Equity, and Excellence. They’ll also see in these words a challenge to improve—personally and organizationally—in pursuit of a better impact on people and better business outcomes.

When we ask others about our Senior Project Managers, they’ll describe a person of remarkable capability, diligence, and focus. They’ll tell us about someone whose team:

  • Sees and understands the objectives and challenges of people they work with and people they impact.
  • Makes adjustments to what they’re doing based on what they learn.
  • Holds themselves accountable for actually helping those around them succeed, as well as achieving their own business results.

Much of the agency’s COVID-19 work in this area requires thinking beyond “business as usual,” and success often depends on building strong teams of experts, with leaders who can help those teams focus on the work that really matters, try new things, make and learn from mistakes and deliver effective results based on incomplete information and rapidly evolving situations as we learn more about the COVID-19 virus.

We are looking for project managers who are excited by the prospect of doing things that have never been done before, who thrive in creating clarity from uncertainty, who love building teams that are hungry to try new things, learn from mistakes and do what it takes to achieve success. Demonstrated success leading project teams in emergency response, start-ups, innovative research, or similar contexts is ideal.

These project positions are anticipated to be funded through December 2022.

  • Learn more about the positions by viewing the complete position description.

About the Department of Health

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions, and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies.

DOH Offers:

  • A**healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for many positions.
  • Growth and development opportunities.
  • A wellness program that offers education, access to healthy food, and fitness classes.
  • Opportunities to serve your community through meaningful work.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion by fostering an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
  • An Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.
  • A modernized workplace.

*_Preference may be given to candidates who have the following DESIRED education and experience_: *

  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher; ANDfive (5) or more years of experience serving as a project manager, and demonstrated experience working with technical experts and senior leaders to deliver projects on time, on budget, and to the customer’s desired level of quality.
  • Familiarity and expertise with a variety of project management methodologies, such as Agile and the PMBOK project life cycle. Completion of a certificate or other program in project management and/or organizational management.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and coaching mid-level and junior project coordinators in a project environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results in ambiguous situations:The state’s pandemic response is a complex, ever-changing, and fast-moving effort. Successful project managers will have the desire and ability to help project teams create clarity and rapidly develop strategies based on often incomplete or evolving information.
  • Experience working in an emergency response and/or start-up environment:This response is comprised of teams of people who might never have worked together or might not have worked on a public health emergency before. A project manager experienced helping new teams cohere and work together in high-stress, high-stakes environments is highly desired.
  • Experience with public policy projects:Responding to this fast-moving, evolving pandemic requires state employees to think outside of the box and challenge the traditional pace, pathways, and conventions of state government. A project manager experienced in leading innovative policy projects within state government would provide critical assistance to many of our teams.
  • Demonstrated strategic analysis skills:This public health crisis demands the state and responders make many less than ideal trade-offs to get the best possible outcomes with limited resources. A keen instinct and broad set of skills for helping groups rapidly frame, discuss, and decide on key strategic decisions will be a crucial advantage to every project manager assisting with this response.
  • Demonstrated organizational development and/or change management skills:DOH is in the process of moving many pandemic response efforts from the short-term Incident Management Structure, to a more sustainable Program Management Structure within the department. While this process is already realizing many benefits, it is a major change facing employees who are already dealing with a great deal of stress and uncertainty. Helping teams understand, embrace, and make the most of the new structure is a key part of the PMO’s work. Project managers with experience standing up new teams or guiding organizations through major changes are highly desired.
  • Ability to maintain high ethics and integrity.
  • Demonstrate commitment to quality, diversity, and public service values.
  • Demonstrated ability to pursue collective objectives while taking the needs, obstacles, and objectives of others into account.

As well as demonstrated experience in the following leadership competencies:

  • Start with mindset– Turn your mindset outward by seeing the humanity in others.
  • Don’t wait for others to change**Change your mindset regardless of whether others change theirs.
  • Be fully capable – Own your work, plans, actions, and impact. Position others to own theirs.
  • Build relationships – Eliminate the unnecessary distinctions that create distance between yourself and others.
  • Rethink systems and processes to turn them outward – Create an environment that energizes people rather than manages objects.
  • Measure results – Move yourself and your teams to achieve collective goals.


This position reports to the Director of Legal Services. Learn more about the Washington Management Service.

The annual compensation is between $79,944 and $107,532,**depending upon qualifications.

Washington State offers a full benefits package including vacation and sick leave, family medical and dental coverage, life insurance, retirement, and a deferred compensation program.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.

If you have questions, need alternative formats or other assistance please contact, (360) 236-4226, or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 711 (Washington Relay). Technical support is provided by NEOGOV, 855-524-5627 (can’t log in, password or email issues, error messages).

Application Process

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  1. A detailed Letter of Interest that addresses your qualifications as they relate to the position.
  2. A current Resumedetailing your professional background.
  3. Five (5) or more professional references, to be included in your profile.

Do notattach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the Application Process. These documents will not be forwarded to the hiring manager.

*Live and Work in a Great State *

Washington is America's Top State according to U.S. News (2019) and provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

Washington offers a total work/life package of pay, benefits, flexibility, and workplace opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and out of life. Washington State is a great place to work, play, and be a part of a community. Washington offers a quality of life that is unsurpassed. From the high-energy urban center of Seattle, one of the nation’s top-ranked cities, to the more relaxed pace of our rural communities, Washington’s distinctive Northwest lifestyle blends a progressive, creative culture with a casual nature.

The position is located in Tumwater, Washington, right on the edge of Olympia, the state’s capital. The Tumwater/Olympia area has a vibrant city with a small-town feel conveniently situated between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Mount Rainier and the rugged Cascade Mountains provide majestic scenery to the east while Washington’s Pacific Coast is just an hour’s drive to the west. Tumwater enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well-supported school system, with two universities and a community college within a ten-mile radius. Learn more about the City of Tumwater, and about the Olympia and the Thurston County area.


Supplemental Information

Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration.

Salary: $79,944.00 - $107,532.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA

Job Type: Project (limited duration)

Department: Dept. of Health

Job Number: DOH5070

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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