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Chief of Staff - Human Resource Divison

Company name
King County

Seattle, WA
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You will be a part of the top executive team serving as an advisor and assistant to the Director and your work will be a critical factor in the Human Resource Division's overall performance. If you know how to keep things in order and add a strategic vision to everyday activities, we want to meet you. If you're also highly efficient and a natural leader, then you're our ideal candidate. The goal is to ensure the smooth running of service according to established policies and vision.  The chief of staff is primarily inward facing helping to ensure the timely and accurate delivery of services.

King County

As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King, Jr., King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures.  Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.

We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play. 

Who May Apply

This position is open to all qualified applicants.

Work Schedule

This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is therefore not eligible for overtime pay. The position's base work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; work outside of the normal work day will be required.

Forms and Materials Required

An online employment application, completed at

, with employment history going back at least ten years if you have ten years of employment (or more to include all relevant experience), a resume, and a cover letter summarizing why you are interested in this position, and why you believe you will be a strong fit for the position are required. Please see application instructions at the end of this posting for more details.


For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:

Susan Eddy, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Special Projects Manager III


Job Duties

Key Deliverables


Serving as the Director's trusted down and in operations and execution leader, the incumbent will provide input in business and strategic planning as well as provide strategic leadership and direction for the Director's Office and administrative staff.

Provide leadership to functions undertaken in the Director's Office, representing the director and the division on matters of institutional significance.

Support transparency in operations by overseeing and managing the flow and exchange of information, streamlining operations, tracking and ensuring that director based accountabilities for assigned responsibilities are achieved.

On behalf of the director, the Chief of Staff will convene and coordinate development of solutions and processes with the division's senior leadership team and other internal and external stakeholders, collaborating with colleagues to implement policies and develop improvements.

Supporting and sustaining the division as a high-performing organization which models excellent organizational performance and exemplary customer service.

Contribute to the vision, mission and values of the division through responsible and effective leadership and work performance; serving as a key member of the division's leadership team.

Designing and monitoring the director's schedule to assure fulfillment of appropriate work-driven activities and accessibility consistent with the strategic needs of the director. Ensuring that the director is well prepared and in possession of materials and data required for meetings, conferences and other scheduled public events.

Providing guidance to subordinate staff and evaluate performance, resolving issues that arise in a timely manner.

Performing other duties as assigned, (e.g. special projects, strategic initiatives, annual budgeting, reviews, etc).

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The ideal candidate for this position will be geared towards a highly collaborative, engaged environment, and will be able to function both independently and as a member of the senior leadership team. In addition, those minimally qualified

will possess:

  Proven experience as a chief of staff or as an administrative leader in a large public setting, operating within a complex multicultural and diverse environment. Experience in operations management, with a working knowledge of techniques for building and sustaining community relationships. Solid understanding of business functions, knowledge of effective management practices in a labor-intensive environment. Knowledge of fiscal planning, budgeting and reporting, skill in consensus building, policy analysis, informed debate and interaction, and effective decision-making. Knowledge of relevant laws and regulations (e.g., County, local government and issues, federal and state regulations involving government and legislative activities, knowledge of public sector issues involving organizational structure and project management initiatives). Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, with knowledge of and sensitivity to multi-cultural and diversity issues, including managing and interacting with a multi-cultural staff from varying demographic backgrounds. Skill in managing, interacting, and demanding accountability out of a diverse staff. Ability to lead professionals through collaboration and influence. Ability to manage and direct staff in an environment of change, to provide clear directions, and to make difficult and challenging decisions.

Ability in decision-making and problem-solving, able to think critically and strategically, foster creativity and encourage problem-solving. Excellent organizational and leaderships skills. Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite. Bachelor's degree, preferably in public administration and strategic planning or related field, and progressive leadership experience; OR Any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties of the position.

Supplemental Information

Application Process

Applicants should complete the online application, and attach or paste in your resume and cover letter. 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.

Selection Process

Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews. Reference checks will also be conducted.

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

Union Membership

The position is not represented by a union.

Class Code:


King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package to all eligible employees. These benefits include county-wide paid medical, dental and vision coverage for yourself and all eligible dependents (spouse/state-registered domestic partner and children) who you enroll. Benefit eligible positions include -- Career Service, Career Service Exempt, provisional and term-limited temporary (TLT) employees working 20 hours/week or the equivalent of half-time or greater. These benefits become effective on the first calendar day of the month following the month in which the employee is hired; except if the employee's hire date is the first calendar day of the month, benefits begins on the day of hire.

More information about employee benefits is available on the county's website at:

County Paid Benefits


Health Insurance (choice of several plans)

Dental Plan

Vision Plan

Life Insurance -- lump sum equal to annual base salary

Accidental Death and Dismemberment (basic and enhanced)

Basic Long Term Disability (LTD) -- replaces 60% of earnings after 180-day waiting period

Bus pass and other alternative transportation incentives

Employee Assistance Program

Making Life Easier Program


Employees are covered under retirement plans provided through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and are covered by Social Security.


10 paid holidays per year plus 2 additional floating holidays administered through the vacation plan.

Vacation with Pay:

Hire date through end of year 5: accrual at 12 days per year (available after

first 6 months of employment) Beginning of year 6: accrual at 15 days per year

Beginning of year 9: accrual at 16 days per year

Beginning of year 11: accrual at 20 days per year

Beginning of year 17: accrual at 21 days per year

Beginning of year 18: accrual at 22 days per year

Beginning of year 19: accrual at 23 days per year

Beginning of year 20: accrual at 24 days per year

Beginning of year 21: accrual at 25 days per year

Beginning of year 22: accrual at 26 days per year

Beginning of year 23: accrual at 27 days per year

Beginning of year 24: accrual at 28 days per year

Beginning of year 25: accrual at 29 days per year

Beginning of year 26: accrual at 30 days per year

Sick Leave

is accumulated at the rate of one day per month. There is no restriction on the amount of sick leave that can be accumulated and carried over to subsequent years. At retirement an employee will be paid 35% of their unused, accumulated sick leave. Non-represented employees and employees in certain bargaining units will receive this benefit as a payment to a VEBA account, which pays for post-retirement health benefits on a pre-tax basis.

Other leaves include:

Bereavement Leave (up to 3 days/year)

Military Leave

Family Medical Leave

King County Medical Leave

Jury Duty Leave

Organ Donor Leave

Executive Leave (for eligible FLSA-exempt employees)

Voluntary Benefits

-- available at employee option and at employee expense

Deferred Compensation Plan (no employer match) IRS 457 Plan

Enhanced Long Term Disability -- reduce waiting period/increase monthly


Additional Life Insurance -- 1 to 4 times your base annual salary for yourself and 50% of your enhanced amount for your spouse/domestic partner; and $10,000 for each child

Additional Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage for employee and family

Credit Union membership

Flexible Spending Accounts – Health and Dependent Care

HRA Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) Trust upon retirement


This is a general description of the benefits offered through employment with King County, 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.


King County





King County Administration Bldg.

500 4th Ave. Rm. 553

Seattle, Washington, 98104

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Company Profile
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 1.9 million people, it also ranks as the 14th most populous county in the nation. Vision Statement King County: a diverse and dynamic community with a healthy economy and environment where all people and businesses have the opportunity to thrive. Mission Statement King County government provides fiscally responsible, quality-driven local and regional services for healthy, safe, and vibrant communities.

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