Are you a self-starting leader who works across agency boundaries to solve challenges? Is your focus on customers and do you have a drive for results that provides the maximum benefit for all involved? Do you lead/manage your teams and peers with respect and encourage them to find simple, effective and cost-conscious solutions? If these statements appeal to you then this may be the opportunity for you.
The Department of Local Services is recruiting for a Principal Planner (Project/Program Manager IV) who will lead both the Utilities Technical Review Committee and School Technical Review Committee and support the DLS mission by ensuring that the provision of facilities and services within unincorporated King County adhere to the plans and policies of King County. This role will be responsible for chairing the School Technical Review Committee, which is charged with the annual review of school district capital facilities' plans as required to impose impact fees and preparing legislation for referral to the King County Council. The position will also chair the eight-member Utility Technical Review Committee, which meets monthly.
To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to:
Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.
Chair the King County School Technical Review Committee (STRC); which is responsible for coordinating the effort to identify school capital projects implementing the King County School Impact Fee Program.
Serve as the liaison to the school districts throughout the year as they propose school projects within unincorporated King County.
Chair the Utilities Technical Review Committee (UTRC), which is responsible for overseeing the provision of water and sewer services in unincorporated King County. This position has multiple responsibilities outlined in the King County Code and the King County Comprehensive Plan including:
The review and commenting on draft water and sewer plans to ensure consistency with the King County Code and Comprehensive Plan;
The review and recommendation for adoption of final water and sewer plans to the King County Council;
The review and recommendation for approval by the Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) for final wastewater plans pursuant to KCC 28.84;
Provide necessary ordinance packages, letters, reports, or memoranda, related to utility plan recommendations to Council or DNRP Director;
Represent the UTRC at Council hearings when plans are considered by Council;
Serve as the appeal body to hear issues related to whether or not sewer service is available in the urban area in a timely and reasonable manner under K.C.C. 13.24.136(B) and produce the UTRC decision;
Serve as the appeal body to hear issues related timely and reasonable water service appeals under the County's four Coordinated Water System Plans and KCC 13.24 and produce the UTRC decision;
Represent the UTRC if any water or sewer timely and reasonable decisions are appeal to the Hearing Examiner or Superior Court;
Provide information to assist in the preparation of future County comprehensive plans;
Provide information to assist in the review of right-of-way construction permits under KCC 14.28;
Fulfill the County's responsibilities as set forth in state rules and regulations, including chapters 90.54 (Water Resources Act of 1971), 36.70 (Planning Enabling Act of the State of Washington), 36.70A (GMA), 36.94 (Boundary Review Board), 57.02 (Districts) and 70.116 RCW (Coordination Act) and chapters 173-240 (Ecology rule on wastewater planning) and 246-290 WAC (DOH rule on water system planning);
Be responsible for providing the notification to Tribal governments for utility plan review/approvals that may affect Tribal interests within their usual and accustomed fishing areas (K.C.C. 13.02.020);
Approve additions and determents to council-approved sewer and water comprehensive plans without referral to the council to serve developments that have received preliminary approval from the King County Council;
Approve extensions to utility plans if the requested extension satisfies the UTRC rule;
Issue the findings required under K.C.C. 13.24.134, relative to sewer expansion in rural and resource areas;
Approve utility franchise applications under K.C.C. 6.27.050;
Serve as the contact person for County utility questions;
Serve as the County liaison to the Boundary Review Board for utility annexation questions;
Maintain the County's library of approved water and sewer plans, the UTRC web presence and utility paper files;
Provide testimony and technical assistance to the King County Prosecuting Attorney; provide expert testimony in litigation;
Provide information to citizens and resolve complaints regarding water and sewer activities;
Prepare proposed code updates, in coordination with County, State and regional stakeholders as needed to support the program and department interests;
Develop code and customer education pathways as needed to support the program and department interests;
Work with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and County Council staff to help resolve legal issues and questions that arise form legislative proposals;
Provide professional and technical support on Comprehensive Planning, Subarea Planning, and other local and regional planning projects and programs;
Prepare and support State Environmental Policy Act review of program and department legislative proposals.
Other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS:
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
Ability to chair and facilitate a multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional team.
Ability to draft utility plan review letters, ordinance transmittal letters, ordinances, and detailed written reports on how school district plans or water/sewer plans comport with King County Code and the Comprehensive Plan.
Strong verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively interpret statues, rules, and technical information for non-technical audiences simply, clearly and concisely, communicate with tact and diplomacy.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet established project deadlines.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of individuals including elected officials, school district officials, business, utility, environmental, regulatory and community leaders, general public, and team members.
Ability to provide recommendations and/or decisions with minimal guidance on issues that may not have established or clearly defined guidelines, policies or directives.
Thorough understanding of how utility organizations (districts, cities, for-profit public water systems, homeowners’ associations, mutual etc.) operate, public utility development and management issues.
Knowledge of water supply management and planning, policy, and law at the local and state level in such areas as water utility planning, water supply options, Growth Management Act, ground water management, and resource management, demand forecasting, water conservation, and integrated water resource management.
Thorough understanding of how school districts prepare capital facilities plans and prepare for future student populations.
Thorough understanding of the King County Comprehensive Plan and King County Code (K.C.C.) related to franchises (K.C.C. 6.27); ground water (K.C.C. 9); water and sewer comprehensive planning (K.C.C. 13.24 and 13.28); right of way construction permits (K.C.C. 14.28) and the school technical review committee (K.C.C. 21A.28.154.)
Thorough understanding of the Washington State Growth Management Act as it relates to the provision of facilities and services in both designated urban and rural areas.
Most competitive candidate will have the following:
Have an exceptional record of successfully managing, developing, and implementing projects, strategic initiatives, policies, and systems.
Understand how to build key relationships, trust, and regional partnerships necessary to deliver projects in a timely and efficient manner.
Be comfortable advising, partnering, and communicating with senior and executive-level management about complex initiatives, policies, and issues.
Demonstrated ability in facilitating committees comprised of individuals from various backgrounds and levels of expertise.
Be extremely organized and comfortable maintaining a vast array of files and plans.
King County is committed to equity and diversity in the workplace. In addition, the county is committed to recruiting and maintaining a quality workforce that shares our guiding principles: collaborative, service-oriented, results-focused, accountable, innovative, professional and fair and just.