Senior Water Quality Planner (Water Quality Planner IV)

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time
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$108,878.43 - $138,010.08 Annually

Seattle - Regional area, WA

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Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

DNRP-Natural Resources & Parks

Job Number

WLRD -Water & Land Resources

3/26/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


Why This Opportunity May Be Perfect for You: This position will be a key element in the implementation of King County's Phase I National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Stormwater Permit program. This position will work to improve water quality efforts through support and coordination of King County's Stormwater Program and the county's implementing agencies. As part of a dedicated team of high-performing water quality planners, engineers, and assigned staff, the NPDES Planner will be in a position to work collaboratively within the Unit, the Section, and the rest of King County, as well as with other stormwater and environmental groups in Puget Sound, Washington State, and beyond.

This individual will have a key role in implementing King County's Stormwater Management Program (SWMP); working to develop, improve, and implement a leading stormwater program. Opportunities to align this program with other King County initiatives such at the Stormwater Investment Plan, Clean Water Healthy Habitat, and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) make this position a great opportunity. Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) are foundational to this work, so this individual needs to have experience in the principles of ESJ.

Who Are We? The Water & Land Resources Division (WLRD) delivers a diverse portfolio of environmental services, including stormwater management, salmon recovery, flood risk management, noxious weed removal and supporting agriculture and forestry. All of these functions are supported by a top notch science section and a watershed stewardship team. This portfolio puts WLRD at the center of key initiatives launched by the county Executive, including Clean Water Healthy Habitat, and the Land Conservation Initiative. The work we do is diverse, stimulating, and at the forefront of addressing today's environmental challenges.

Who is Eligible: This position is open to all qualified applicants.

Commitment To Equity and Social Justice
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.

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Telecommuting Requirement
The work associated with these positions will be performed predominantly by teleworking, complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations . King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

Job Duties
  • Establishes effective working relationships with other County departments, local jurisdictions, and state agencies to ensure the County meets permit and regulatory requirements. Internal relationships between other King County agency Permit Leads and Program Managers are the most important aspect of this position's responsibilities.

  • Coordinates, implements, supports, tracks, evaluates, and reports on the County's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NDPES) Phase I Municipal Stormwater Permit and Stormwater Management Program (SWMP). Responsible for completing and updating the Annual Report, Stormwater Management Program Plan, Stormwater Action Management Plan and other documents such as standard operating procedures (SOPs) in order to support compliance with the County's Phase I permit.

  • Supports the Water Quality Programs Managing Supervisor - NPDES Coordinator in their lead role of King County's NPDES Phase I Municipal Stormwater Permit Program, guiding all programs, strategies, and systems aimed at improving and optimizing the SWMP and all associated efforts. Work to create and incentivize compliance while effectively communicating the need for required resources to maintain compliance and effectively manage noncompliance.

  • Evaluate compliance of the SWMP through ongoing interactions with internal agencies and programs.

  • Position will be responsible for managing capacity grant agreements and related consultant contracts.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Three years of experience in a stormwater management program or similar, including at least two years of experience in municipal stormwater NPDES permit compliance.

  • Background working with stormwater principles, practices, and methods, including but not limited to storm and surface water management, storm drainage systems, stormwater code and Best Management Practices.

  • Knowledge of applicable local, state and federal regulations, codes and manuals pertaining to management principles and practices relating to stormwater, water quality, the Washington State Department of Ecology's Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington and the Federal Clean Water Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Western Washington Phase I Municipal Stormwater Permit.

  • Skill in establishing and maintaining working relationships with a diverse group of people.

  • Communications skills (oral and written), including skill in communicating technical information to a diverse audience.

  • Experience in record keeping, data analysis, and data reporting.

  • Knowledge of principles of customer service and continuous quality improvement.

  • Project management skills, including developing scope, schedule and budget and principles of managing projects through to completion.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience working with managers and decision makers to achieve policy objectives.

  • Experience incorporating equity and social justice into strategic planning and operations.

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of contract management.
Our Ideal Candidate Will Have the Following Competencies:
  • Collaborates: Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Organizational Savvy: Maneuvering comfortably through complex policy, process and people-related organizational dynamics.
  • Plans and Aligns: Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
  • Cultivates Innovation: Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
  • Drives Engagement: Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve objectives.
  • Ensures Accountability: Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments.
Supplemental Information

Special Requirements:
  • Valid Washington State driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to starting work if selected for this position.
Working Conditions:
  • Work Location: Predominantly teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104.
  • Work Schedule: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and it is not overtime eligible . This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.
  • Union Membership: This position is represented by Teamsters Local 117 .
Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.
  • King County application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position
  • Response to supplemental questions
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Jamie Jensen-Young
Human Resource Analyst

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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 related to this recruitment process, please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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
  • 12paid 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.
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