Capital Improvements Program Section Manager

Capital Improvements Program Section Manager
Organization King County Parks
Location Seattle, Washington
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Apr 18, 2024


We are seeking an innovative, mission-driven leader to join the Parks team to lead our Capital Improvements Program into the future. As an organization we are dedicated to building strong partnerships with community organizations to enrich and upgrade our park amenities and facilities, ensuring they remain accessible and enjoyable for all residents of King County. If you’re passionate about making a positive impact and creating lasting legacies for generations to come, we invite you to join our team and be part of this exciting journey.

About the Role:
As a core member of both the Parks Leadership and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Teams, the CIP Section Manager role encompasses leadership, technical proficiency, coordination, and strategic planning. Its primary objective is to ensure the smooth delivery of capital projects within the Parks Division, aligning them with broader organizational objectives and initiatives. In this capacity, you will play a pivotal role in guiding, supporting, and resolving issues alongside team members engaged in the planning and implementation of the Parks Capital Levy’s diverse projects and programs. You will proactively anticipate potential challenges in workflow, systems, and resources that could hinder or postpone the efficient and successful completion of capital projects. This role also serves as a technical and strategic advisor on complex technical, property, and legal matters related to the development and execution of the Parks Capital Program, offering insights to the Parks Division Director and other members of the Parks Leadership Team.

This position performs work remotely and onsite.  

About the Team:
The Parks CIP Section is comprised of a team of skilled professionals who deliver a diverse portfolio of projects and programs. Within the organization, leadership empowers team members to tackle challenges proactively and enhance our workflow and processes continuously.  We prioritize fostering a sense of employee belonging, growth, and development while encouraging a healthy work-life balance to ensure project commitments are met.

Commitment to Equity, Racial and Social Justice:
King County, named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a diverse and vibrant community that represents cultures from around the world. Our True North is to create a welcoming community where everyone can thrive.  We prioritize equity, racial and social justice, making it a foundational and daily expectation for all employees. As the Capital Improvement Program Section Manager, you will actively apply these principles in all aspects of your work. Learn more about our commitment at

Apply now for a rewarding career at Parks and Recreation Division of King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks (DNRP). Join our talented workforce in protecting and restoring the natural environment and promoting more resilient, sustainable, and equitable communities. Enjoy training, comprehensive benefits, and growth opportunities.

Job Duties

What You Will Be Doing

  • Lead a diverse team of technical professionals in executing the Parks Capital Program by directing work, planning, aligning resources, and optimizing processes.
  • Efficiently grasp key technical and legal aspects of public capital project management and communicate them clearly to diverse stakeholders.
  • Make informed decisions in a timely matter to resolve complex technical, property, project, and legal issues in public capital project development.
  • Foster a collaborative, supportive, inclusive and diverse culture for the section. Build, engage, empower, coach, mentor, and develop future leaders.
  • Advocate for and secure needed resources and funding to address emergent issues. Position the CIP Section for the future to continue to deliver project commitments.
  • Coordinate with department and county-wide initiatives including Energy, Capital Project Management Working Group (CPMWG), Clean Water Healthy Habitat (CWHH), Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP), Equity and Social Justice (ESJ).

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Qualifications You Bring

  • At least 7 years of increasingly responsible experience with complex public capital projects and at least 5 years’ experience lead and managing teams. 
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in fields such as: Planning, Engineering, Asset Management, Environmental, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Project Management, Construction, or other related fields.
  • Experience leading a talented team with a diverse set of skills and abilities in a large, complex organization.
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills.
  • Proficiency in setting and prioritizing work plans, making timely tough decisions, and implementing necessary tasks to support them.
  • Experience communicating clearly and effectively with people of varying technical and cultural backgrounds, including elected officials.
  • Demonstrated skill establishing and maintaining work relationships with a diverse group of people and community members.
  • Demonstrated skills in incorporating and implementing equity and social justice best practices in capital projects.

Competencies You Bring:     

  • Builds Strong-identity Teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Communicates Effectively by developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Cultivates Innovation by creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
  • Manages Complexity by making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Collaborates by building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Planning and Prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
  • Instills Trust and gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.

It Would Be Great if You Also Bring:

  • Experience setting realistic performance standards and communicating clear roles and responsibilities for self and team.
  • Experience engaging, supporting and encouraging further development of job knowledge, skills and abilities to foster continuous learning.

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions:

  • Remote and Onsite Work Details: Employees in this role work remotely from a home location, with onsite reporting requirements typically monthly. The frequency of onsite work is determined by business needs and may be adjusted accordingly. Onsite reporting locations may be at various King County worksites including the collaboration space at King Street Center (201 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104). This work arrangement promotes work-life-balance and reduces carbon footprint under the department’s vision of Green Where We Work.
  • Remote Work Location Requirement: Employees must reside in Washington State and be within a reasonable distance to King County worksites to meet onsite reporting requirements.
  • Work Schedule: This full-time position works a 40-hour work week. This position is exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and is not overtime eligible.
  • Union Representation: This position is not represented by a union.

Application and Selection Process: We welcome applications from all qualified applicants. We value diversity, diverse perspectives and life experience and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness and alignment with the experience, qualifications, knowledge, and skills essential for this role to determine which candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews.
To apply, submit a:

  • Complete Application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Note:  Additional documents won’t be considered during minimum qualification screening.

Who to Contact: For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact Patty Jurgens at 206-477-4572 or [email protected].

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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.

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