King CountySeattle 98104
Full Time

At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in developing grants/funding strategies, preferably in the fields of habitat restoration, stormwater management, and/or flood risk management.

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Grant Strategist

King County
Full Time 40-per week King County Water and Land Resources, 201 S Jackson St # 600, Seattle, WA 98104, United States


Why This Opportunity May Be Perfect for You:  If you want to contribute to preserving and restoring salmon habitat, advancing cutting-edge environmental science, protecting communities from flooding, and improving water quality throughout the county, then the Grant Strategist position in Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) is an excellent opportunity for you. By creating a strategy for WLRD to maximize federal, state, and local grant dollars, this position will help accelerate and increase the number of projects we build and programs we run in support of the Clean Water Healthy Habitat initiative, the Land Conservation Initiative, salmon recovery plans, farm and forest land protection, flood risk reduction, fish passage, and stormwater management. This is an opportunity for a self-motivated individual to join a highly collaborative team and contribute to WLRD’s mission to protect, restore and manage King County’s water and land using the best available science, innovation and collaboration with our partners and the community.

The position is responsible for creating a grant strategy and leading efforts to identify, plan for, and pursue grants from local, state, federal, and private funders that align with the priorities of WLRD’s diverse programs.  The position will collaborate across WLRD and other agencies to maximize grant revenues to leverage County funds and accelerate the pace of project delivery.

Who Are We?  The Water and Land Resources Division is at the forefront of King County’s efforts to protect and restore clean water and healthy habitat and strengthen the resilience of communities, environment, and infrastructure in the face climate change. WLRD has a strong track record of developing innovative strategies for protecting working farms and forests, restoring habitat, and ensuring the county residents have equitable access to green space. We plan, design, and build flood and stormwater facilities that help to protect people and infrastructure while also enhancing habitat for salmon.  Our Environmental Lab and Science programs maintain high-quality data sets used for long term water quality trend analysis and use Best Available Science to inform decision making.  We house the Land Conservation Initiative, which will preserve our last, most important natural lands and urban green spaces over the next 30 years. Our forestry and agricultural programs help individuals protect their lands and support local food production.  These, and many more programs, make WLRD an exciting and fulfilling place to work.

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.
King County has a robust collection of  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
  • Develop a strategic grant funding plan that leverages existing resources to maximize the overall grant funding available to achieve WLRD’s strategic goals and priorities, including the Clean Water Healthy Habitat initiative, the Land Conservation Initiative, salmon recovery plans, the Fish Passage Restoration Program, and stormwater and flood risk management. Plan development will include coordination within WLRD to ensure Division leadership and staff buy-in to the future direction.

  • Implement the strategic grant funding plan by communicating it to Division leaders and staff, outlining and monitoring progress on stepwise implementation tasks, working with staff to identify efficiencies and assignments, providing central coordination and tools for pursuing grants consistent with the grant strategy and educating staff in using best industry practices in assessing and pursuing grants in the most effective and efficient manner.

  • Represent the Division to internal and external agencies and partners to support department and county funding opportunities. Build and maintain strong relationships with current and future funding agencies.

  • Consistent with the grant strategy, develop a coordinated process for vetting grant funding opportunities that the Division will seek, as well as a process for internal review and approval for grant applications.  Provide review and analysis of grant applications. 
  • Provide mentoring/coaching for WLRD staff on how to identify and pursue grant opportunities and on implementation of state, federal, and local rules and regulations related to grants.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in developing grants/funding strategies, preferably in the fields of habitat restoration, stormwater management, and/or flood risk management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local, state, federal, and private/non-profit grant programs and guidelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively present and advocate for program issues to a variety of audiences.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communications.
  • Skilled in in conflict resolution, organizational and time management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Skilled in program development and evaluation.
  • Understanding of and commitment to equity and social justice concepts and principles.
  • Ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with granting agencies, County management, elected officials and staff, partner organizations, and the general public. 
  • Ability to review, analyze and approve grants proposals and applications.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities under limited time constraints.
  • Proficient in the use of various computer software programs and databases, including Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and facilitate meetings/discussions. 
  • Knowledge of local and regional salmon recovery, stormwater management, and flood risk management issues.

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have the Following Competencies:

  • Strategic Mindset: Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.
  • Plans and Aligns:  Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
  • Communicates Effectively:  Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Manages Complexity:  Making sense of complex, high quality, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Builds Networks:  Effectively building formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization.
  • Racially Just: Acting in a manner that advances racial equity in everyday interactions and in work outcomes.

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions:

  • Work Location: This is predominantly a remote position, with onsite work requirements as informed by business needs. This position reports onsite on the first day of employment for orientation and approximately one (1) day per month, subject to change based on business needs.  
    The primary onsite location is King Street Center (201 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104).  This location offers excellent accessibility through multiple mass transit options ensuring convenient and sustainable commuting.   This work arrangement promotes work-life-balance and reduces carbon footprint under the department’s vision of .  

  • 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 not represented by a union. 

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
  • Responses to supplemental questions

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact: 
Jamie Jensen-Young
Human Resource Analyst

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