Facilities Management Deputy Director - Strategic Planning

$139,567 - $176,909 yearly
  • King County
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Jun 23, 2020
Full time Facilities Management Strategy-Planning

Job Description

King County's Facilities Management Division (FMD) is searching for a leader to serve as Deputy Director of Strategic Planning. King County is one of America's fastest-growing regions and Executive Dow Constantine is building partnerships and working with employees to meet the key challenges facing the Pacific Northwest in the 21st Century -- regional mobility, equity and social justice, and climate change.

This role focuses on overseeing the strategic planning of the division and is the lead in designing and implementing strategies and projects that maintain present and future services necessary to meet our customer's needs. We are looking for a natural leader who is an exceptional strategic thinker, able to think outside the-box, break down barriers, and empower staff to continuously improve.

This position serves as a member of the division senior leadership team. This role involves daily interaction with staff from all levels the organization including elected officials, agency stakeholders, and separate branches of government. This role requires that the incumbent have exceptional strategic leadership and project management skills, a commitment to building and maintaining a diverse workforce, a driver of efficiency and innovation, and a desire to push self and others for successful results.


Through the work of over 350 dedicated employees, FMD provides clean, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective work environments within a changing world. Major sections of the division include:

Building Operations: Responsible for custodial services, maintenance, operations and security.

Capital Projects: Responsible for delivering large-scale projects in alignment with the policy directives of King County government, the facility needs of employees and the public, and for overall service to the community.

Real Estate Services: Responsible for acquiring property, negotiating leases, and property management for most county services. The section maintains a centralized inventory system of all County-owned real property and conducts sales of surplus property.  Real Estate Services processes utility permits, easements, rights-of-way construction permits, and utility franchise agreements.

Finance: Provides quality budgeting, accounting, facilitation of service delivery, and oversight of Facilities Management Division business practices, and coordination between units.

Planning and Administrative Services: Provides long term planning, energy management, legislation processing and space allocation for the county's buildings.

To learn more about FMD, visit our website at: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/facilities-management.aspx


As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King 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 traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
To learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx

King County has a strong and resilient economy and an environment where people and businesses can thrive. Located on Puget Sound in Washington State, and covering 2,134 square miles, King County is nearly twice as large as the average county in the United States. With more than 2 million people, it also ranks as the 13th most populous county in the nation.

King County encompasses 39 cities and is truly an international destination, with more than 100 languages spoken in the region. More than 30 million tourists from all over the U.S. and the world visit King County every year. King County is home to the vibrant urban centers of Seattle and Bellevue, suburban areas, small towns, islands, and rural communities, as well as vast forests, spectacular mountains, glittering bodies of water, and productive farmlands. 

Cities in King County frequently appear on "Best Places to Live" lists and is #34 on the 2017 Forbes "The Best Places for Business and Careers" List. As home to some of the world's most influential companies and industries, our leaders are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive economy that benefits all. In addition, King County government was named by Forbes as one of the nation's top 200 employers in 2016. Many King County communities have highly rated schools, nationally recognized restaurants, vibrant recreation, and numerous cultural opportunities. Housing options range from single-family homes to high-rise apartments and condos to large country acreage. In King County, you'll find a community that suits you best, from urban neighborhoods, suburban developments with walkable amenities, to rustic rural settings.


The Deputy Director of Strategic Planning is responsible for ensuring alignment of the department's strategic direction and oversees the Finance, Planning and Administrative Services, and Director's office administration.

The Deputy Director of Strategic Planning will:

  • Serve as the liaison for FMD on high visibility, complex, and politically sensitive projects and programs.
  • Represent FMD on various committees and work groups that include representatives from other County agencies, Federal, state, and local governments, separately elected officials, special interest groups, and the public.
  • Conceptualize, evaluate, develop, and implement strategies, systems, and plans for a wide variety of functions. Use continuous improvement techniques such as LEAN to accomplish some of these initiatives.
  • Perform or oversee complex policy, economic, and programmatic analysis. Make recommendations in written form or through oral presentations.
  • Establish and maintain positive work relationships with elected officials, staff of elected officials, representatives from other Executive agencies, special interest groups, and other stakeholders.
  • Implement the Department of Executive Services and FMD Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan and Action Items.
  • Identify and manage critical issues that affect the public and which require the attention of the director and/or other managers.
  • Manage the development of the division budget with a focus on aligning strategic priorities with current resources.
  • Serve as Division Director in the absence of the director.


  • Is an effective manager who can operate within a complex multicultural and diverse environment, government, communications, public relations and/or related environment.
  • Possess the strategic financial acumen necessary to advocate for resources in a dwindling funding environment.
  • Demonstrates a high level of self-awareness and is comfortable with their own strengths and weaknesses. 
  • Is organizationally and politically savvy. Able to manage highly visible, complex, and sensitive projects and programs involving multiple and diverse stakeholders with conflicting priorities and political considerations.
  • Is a champion for Equity & Social Justice. Understands that systematic racism and its long term effects are pervasive in our society. Are comfortable having candid and sincere conversations with all employees about race and equity in the workplace.
  • Can create initiatives necessary to develop, coach, and mentor a culturally and generationally diverse staff in a collaborative manner that focuses on employee engagement, good communication, and team building.
  • Are able to persevere and adapt as required, while working in a multi-faceted and sometimes ambiguous environment.
  • Experience working in an organized labor environment is highly desirable.


This exciting opportunity is open to all applicants. The salary for this role is $139,566.54 - $176,908.78 annually and includes innovative and award-winning employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as a robust leave package. To see all of King County's benefits, please visit our web site at kingcounty.gov/benefits.

This position will remain open until filled. Applicants who apply by Tuesday, June 30, 2020 will receive first consideration in the process. Please apply online at kingcounty.gov/jobs.

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