Deputy Director - Road Services Division
King County - Seattle, WA

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About King County Road Services Division
The Road Services Division is responsible for maintaining, preserving, and improving the unincorporated King County road and bridge system to support the movement of people, goods, and services, and for responding to storms, floods, and other emergencies. King County Road Services takes care of about 1,500 miles of county roads and 180 bridges valued at over $39 billion dollars. County roads carry more than 1 million trips per day, serving 250,000 residents of unincorporated areas — and thousands more who travel through them. All county roads receive 24-hour emergency assistance.

The Road Services Division has an annual budget of about $85 million and a $200 million six year capital improvement program budget. there are approximately 413 employees in a highly unionized environment. Road Services is a division of King County's Department of Transportation, which reports to the King County Executive and the King County Council. King County, one of the largest counties in the U. S., is governed by a directly elected executive and a nine member legislative body, elected by districts. It engages in a broad range of governmental functions and services and employs approximately 13,000 people.
Great Benefits

King County encourages flexible work schedules where possible, and provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on most transit systems in the Puget Sound region). We offer a competitive benefits package including medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family and domestic partner, a competitive sick leave and vacation plan, twelve holidays annually, and participation in the State’s Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS) are provided, as well as the option of participating in the County’s deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan).

Who May Apply -This position is open to the general public.
Work Schedule -This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime pay. The work week is normally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. May be required to work extended and/or flex scheduled work hours to respond to deadlines and emergent work needs.

Application Instructions - This position is open until filled. Applications received by February 22, 2012 will receive initial consideration.

Application Process - Applicants should complete the online application at , and must attach or paste in your cover letter and resume that detail how you meet or exceed the requirements for this position. These materials are supplemental to your application. You must still completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience. NOTE: Please answer all questions in the online employment application itself, with each of your jobs over at least the last 10 years listed (listing each position for each employer separately), duties explained, reasons for leaving, salary, etc Earlier jobs should be included if they are relevant in some way to this job. Please do not reference in your application “Refer to Resume”.

Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Tips On Applying at . If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the Human Resources contact for this job announcement, Melinda Dickie, at 206-296-8741 or .
Contact - For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact Melinda Dickie at or (206) 296-8741.

Job Duties:
JOB SUMMARY: Reporting to the Director of the Road Services Division, the Deputy Director will assist in providing collaborative leadership and a clearly articulated vision for a division responsible for providing regional services including capital improvements, operations, maintenance and preservation of roads and roadside structures, associated traffic management infrastructure and bridges within the unincorporated areas of King County, as well as ongoing regular road services for a number of suburban cities on a contract basis. Additionally, the division provides services to other County departments and support for stormwater management activities. The Deputy Director serves as a key member of the division’s leadership team, will act on behalf of the Director in the day-to-day functioning of the division, and will act as the Division Director in their absence.
As a key member of the leadership team, the candidate will work with the Division Director and section managers to develop policies and procedures, strategic plans, work programs, long term budget analysis, and will lead other projects or programs assigned by the Director. The successful candidate for this position will:
Partner with the Director and section managers to develop strategic planning processes, including long range financial analysis, work plans and performance measures.
Accomplish organizational strategic and tactical goals by setting priorities, fostering and building effective, organizing directing and delegating work, and negotiating and partnering with our stakeholders.
Work closely with top leaders of the Transportation Department, the County executive and the Executive's leadership team, and the King County Council and their staff, to align Road's work with departmental and county strategic directions.
Assist with directing key management staff in agency, and lead or support critical projects.
Oversee initiatives to improve the operations, productivity and competitiveness of the division, including continuous improvement and performance management strategies. Lead projects with a focus on quality and process improvement, operating efficiency, and LEAN principles.
Work closely with the Director to drive results, make complex decisions and effectively solve problems, with keen understanding of resource and staffing challenges as well as regional political and community realities. Decisions often involve consideration of multiple policy, legal, financial, and labor issues, and may require coordination of diverse agencies and interest groups.
Provide general oversight of internal policy, road and transportation planning, operations and maintenance, capital improvement projects, budget development, comprehensive planning, and regulatory compliance.
Model effective interpersonal, communication and leadership skills including listening, motivating, managing conflicts or crises with courage and composure, and dealing with difficult problems with flexibility and adaptability.
Manage other division work products and areas of responsibility as may be delegated by the Division Director.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:
QUALIFICATIONS: We seek candidates who will provide effective, strategic leadership and have demonstrated competency in the administration of a complex, highly scrutinized, public sector organization. The candidate should be skilled in developing and guiding a strong team with a commitment to reliable, transparent and accountable services and an emphasis on best business practices. Candidates will have the ability to influence culture change, be experienced in an operating environment where there are expectations of accountability, and must possess sound judgment and business acumen. Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's Degree in public administration, business, finance or a related field, or equivalent combination of experience and education, and at least four years of increasingly responsible management experience leading to the ability to perform the duties listed above, are required. In addition to the abilities listed above, the successful candidate will have:
A minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in strategic planning and strategic financial planning as a leader in an operating organization, and management level administration experience in a governmental or large complex organization.
Experience and excellent skills in managing and leading multidisciplinary projects and teams, developing and accomplishing work plans, and evaluating success by measuring results.
Ability to analyze and anticipate problems, skill in assessing the financial and operational impacts of alternative decisions, and experience providing proactive and results-oriented solutions that meet critical business needs.
Experience and skills in overseeing leadership teams such as giving direction, setting expectations, and managing performance, and in managing in a highly unionized environment.
Experience with managing budget development and a working knowledge of capital systems development.
Demonstrated ability to effectively lead in an environment that changes with regularity, and the skill to facilitate the transformation of the organization necessary to meet the challenges of operating with declining resources.
Experience in managing competing community-based and political interests where goals may conflict with budgetary constraints.
Ability to write, edit and review a wide range of documents and correspondence including legislation, reports, web content, and community outreach information, and to communicate to a variety of diverse audiences. Desired Qualifications:
Masters of Public Policy, Public Administration, Accounting, or Business Administration, Finance or related field.
Experience developing performance measures and plans for public sector organizations.
Work as a key leader in an operating organization, including experience with budgeting in a declining resource environment.
Working knowledge and ability to oversee the management of road transportation systems, modern project and program management tools such as earned value and cost/risk assessments, emergency preparedness and response.
Experience working with and presenting to elected officials and the leadership of local government organizations.
Knowledge of LEAN process improvement. Special Requirements: Must possess (or be able to obtain) a valid Washington State driver’s license or have alternative ability to attend meetings at various locations.

Supplemental Information:
Physical Requirements: Duties of this position are conducted in a professional office setting. Selection Process: Applications will be screened for clarity, completeness and qualifications, including background in directly related leadership experience. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a screening phone interview, to provide work samples, and to participate in interviews with the King County Department of Transportation and the King County Executive Office. Reference checks will be conducted. The selected candidate will be required to complete a Board of Ethics’ Statement of Financial and Other Interests.

The King County Executive Branch is committed to promoting equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity in the workplace.

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King County provides regional services to over 1.9 million residents including more than 340,000 people living in unincorporated areas....