Project/Program Manager IV

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time
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The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is seeking a Project/Program Manager IV, to join our administrative services team!
THE POSITION: This position provides technical expertise, strategic planning services, and leadership to senior management and multi-agency teams. The focus of this position is the analysis of staffing resources and workload challenges in the County’s correctional facilities, with a focus on the drivers of both overtime and leave.  The position will conduct research, collect data, review policies and bargained labor agreements, draft and develop new policies, survey leaders and stakeholders, and analyze and synthesize information to regularly brief leadership and recommended a course of action.   The position will also lead and facilitate the County’s effort to engage a consultant for broader, long-term analysis and planning.  The position directly reports to the DAJD Chief of Administration but works in close collaboration with the Office of Performance, Strategy, and Budget and the Office of Labor Relations.  

scheduled to last 24 months; however, the exact duration may end earlier or be extended based on operational needs, the project and funding. Rate of pay will be in accordance with applicable bargaining agreements and/or Career Service Guidelines. Special Assignments do not confer any privilege, right of appeal, or right of position, transfer, demotion, promotion or reinstatement, and can be revoked at any time with or without cause.
The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is a professional and nationally recognized organization that supports safe, vibrant, and healthy communities in partnership with other criminal justice and human service agencies. DAJD consists of approximately 900 employee and operates the largest county jail in the State of Washington, housing an average daily population of more than 1800 inmates.
 DAJD's mission is to contribute to the public safety of the citizens of King County and Washington State by operating safe, secure, and humane detention facilities and community corrections programs, in an innovative and cost-effective manner.
 King County encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. 

Job Duties

The job description is an overview and is intended to describe the general nature and level of
work being performed. It is not to be an exhaustive list of all the functions and tasks required of
this position.

RESEARCH AND DATA:  Approximately 80%

  • Conducts complex quantitative analysis and modeling for projects related to the operational staffing of the department.  Research, develop, implement, and evaluate projects and programs to improve the overall operation of the department and its use of staffing resources. 
  • Design data gathering instruments, collect and analyze data, prepare and provide regular reports that create context to staffing shortages or peaks in overtime, and identify potential areas of leadership focus. 
  • Facilitate teams developing strategies to improve the efficient use of staffing resources and reduce the need for voluntary and mandatory overtime. 
  • Provide business expertise related to business rules for data entry and data management to support staffing-related needs.
  • Develop and modify reports in response to operational needs of all divisions. 
POLICY AND CONTRACTS:  Approximately 20%

  • Act as a project manager in the search for a correctional facility staffing consultant.  Collaborate with leaders and stakeholders to determine a scope of work and develop a Request for Proposals (RFP).  Facilitate input on the selection process, and contract negotiation.
  • Direct the development of departmental negotiating positions, implementation procedures, and monitoring mechanisms for complex agreements. 
  • Examine and provide departmental management with expert advice regarding department and system wide impacts, including budgetary impacts, from changes in policy and practice. Review practices, and develop policies or recommend changes to align with Department goals.
  • Develop and monitor performance measures for staffing. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, political science, sociology, economics, or related field with an emphasis on social scientific research. 
  • Minimum of three (3) years demonstrated work experience in developing and evaluating staffing models and plans in a criminal justice, healthcare setting or other 24 X 7 organizations with mandatory minimal staffing.  
  • Minimum of three (3) years of demonstrated work experience involving complex planning and research within the criminal justice or public policy system. 
  • Expertise in all Windows applications, specifically word processing, presentation, and analytical software. 
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in oral and written communications.

  • Advanced degree (Masters or higher) in a social science field, such as criminal justice, political science, sociology, or economics. 
  • Demonstrated ability in complex social science research. 
  • Five (5) or more years of work experience involving complex planning and research across multiple agencies within the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrated experience in corrections or law enforcement is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated work experience related to staffing models in the fields of corrections or policing, inclusive of creating, implementing, evaluating, and modifying staffing models in response to operational needs, staffing levels, inmate population and regulations.  
  • Knowledge of Federal, state and local laws and regulations related to corrections and law enforcement.  

Supplemental Information

HOW TO APPLY: Completion of the full King County application and supplemental questionnaire
is required. Resumes or letter of interest alone WILL NOT substitute for a full application. A copy
of your current resume and a letter of interest detailing your qualifications is recommended.
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is not represented by a collective bargaining agreement. 

This position is exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and is not overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.

 516 Third Avenue, Room E-245, Seattle, WA 98104.

The work associated with the position is currently being performed remotely and is anticipated to
remain remote with some in-office hybrid schedule as deemed necessary by DAJD /HR

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The person selected for this position may be required to complete a thorough background investigation process, including fingerprinting, criminal history check, and reference checks

Questions regarding this announcement or position may be directed
to: Jaclyn Smith, DAJD Human Resources Analyst; Phone Number 206-263-3379 or via email at

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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

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to 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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

PREA Notification: 

 The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:
  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution; 
  • Convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or, 
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above.
Additionally, PREA standards require that the department consider any incidents of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee in determining whether or not to hire or promote anyone.
 The above is in compliance with PREA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart A, Section 115.17, Hiring and Promotion Decisions. 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

What is your highest level of education?
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Associates' degree
  • Bachelors' degree
  • Masters' degree, PHD, or other advanced degree
Based on the qualifications and competencies we are looking for in this position, please summarize what qualifies you for this position in 150 words or less.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
All candidates for employment with DAJD must undergo a thorough background investigation process. This process includes a polygraph examination, investigation for criminal activity, traffic records, conviction records, employment and education history, character and reputation in the community, etc. Selected positions may also require psychological testing and evaluation, and a pre-employment general medical physical. Applicants may be rejected for criminal behavior, drug use, or any indications in the areas listed in the "Background Investigation Screening" questionnaire. Are you willing to undergo a background investigation process as described above?
  • Yes
  • No
In the last 3 years, have you bought, sold, offered to sell, possessed, transported, manufactured, delivered or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance? • Cocaine or crack • Club drugs – Ecstasy, Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol or MDMA • Hallucinogens – PCP, Angel dust, Wet, Phencyclidine, LSD, Mushrooms or Psilocybin • Opiates – Opium, Morphine or Heroin • Stimulants – Methamphetamines, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass or Amphetamine • Aerosols – Huffing paint or Nitrous Oxide (Whippits), or Khat
  • Yes
  • No
In the last 3 years, have you illegally used any other controlled substance or other illegal drugs/narcotics? For purposes of this question, illegal drugs/narcotics/controlled substances include, but is not limited to, the following: Cocaine or Crack · Club drugs: Ecstasy, Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, or MDMA · Hallucinogens: PCP, Angel dust, Wet, Phencyclidine, LSD, Mushrooms or Psilocybin · Opiates: Opium, Morphine or Heroin · Stimulants: Methamphetamines, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass or Amphetamine · Aerosols: Huffing paint, Nitrous Oxide (Whippits), or Khat
  • Yes
  • No
In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of Driving Under the Influence (alcohol or drugs)?
  • Yes
  • No
In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of a domestic violence or a domestic violence-related crime?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever been disciplined in the workplace for sexual, racial, or other harassment or discrimination?
  • Yes
  • No

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Auburn, WA