Talent Acquisition Manager

King County

Seattle, Washington

Full time

Feb 27

Metro Transit is seeking an enthusiastic, engaged, and well-rounded Talent Acquisition Manager. Talent acquisition will be the primary function, while also providing leadership and consultation across general functional areas of Human Resources within the department. You will play a pivotal role in the creation, implementation and delivery of a talent acquisition strategy within a highly unionized and complex labor relations department with a strong emphasis on equity, inclusion, and belonging, transparency, and employee engagement throughout the employee life cycle.

This position will report to the Metro Transit Human Resource Manager III and support a highly skilled team of talent acquisition and human resource professionals to deliver quality human resource talent services and strategy. This is a unique opportunity to draw on your strong leadership and change management skills in a fast-paced, growing department to meet the recruitment goals set by the department. You will use your strong interpersonal skills to build and leverage relationships, lead data-driven, innovative talent programs, and create an equitable standard recruitment process in collaboration with organizational stakeholders.

King County Metro Transit

Metro’s ability to provide movement through the transit system can be life changing. As a mobility agency, we move hundreds of thousands of people in our region every day, helping them get to their destination. We know that mobility connects people to opportunity — and that destination is sometimes more than an actual place. It may be a new job, a better education, a critical medical appointment, or a chance to start over.

Metro has pioneered or refined dozens of ideas that have subsequently been adopted by transit agencies nationwide, and for this and other reasons is recognized as a transit industry leader. We are one of the 10 largest transit systems in the country, providing more than 120 million trips a year on transit while maintaining a fleet of more than 1400 buses, including diesel hybrids, electric trolley buses, and one of the largest fleets of articulated buses in the country. We also operate the largest public van pool fleet in the nation as well as Sound Transit Regional Express buses, Link Light Rail, and the Seattle Streetcar.

We are a leader in technology and eco-conscious practices, and continuously develop new and innovative ways to improve the overall transit experience for our customers and the public, through Lean Management and other continuous improvement principles.

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. As a Talent Acquisition Manager, you will:

  • Provide direct supervision, leadership, and guidance to the Metro Employee Services division recruitment team, including:
  • Shape and implement systems for recruiting, developing, and retaining a high quality, diverse workforce that is prepared for the evolving business needs of the future
  • Create and implement equitable recruitment plans focused on outreach to effectively network and establish relationships with underrepresented populations, and other internal and external interest groups
  • Create and implement, in collaboration with leadership, the vision and goals for talent acquisition within Metro; develop metrics and benchmarks while utilizing continuous improvement methods to deliver talent strategy
  • Ensure administration of human resources practices in adherence with collective bargaining agreements and applicable federal, state and local employment laws
  • Build and lead effective teams by:
  • Coach and mentor direct reports as well as create and implement development plans and goals
  • Allocate staff and resources to meet the service delivery demands and workload fluctuations
  • Set high standards for customer focus and timely completion of deliverables
  • Set and review metrics for progress on achieving department, team and individual goals
  • Model best practices in leadership by:
  • Foster an environment of continuous learning and development of skills
  • Create a model of high-quality service delivery and accountability
  • Create a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment for all employees

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Five (5) years of progressive and broad HR functional knowledge with a strong focus on managing equitable recruitment programs, HR employees and strategy, and a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Public Administration or equivalent; or any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform all the key deliverables and expectations of the position
  • Experience networking, sourcing and building diverse talent pools and pipelines
  • A proven track record developing and implementing innovative human resources strategies, best practices and goals
  • Demonstrated experience working in a unionized and highly complex labor relations environment
  • Experience as a HR consultant providing legally defensible advice on complex HR policies, procedures and practices to applicants, managers, leaders, and other key organizational parties of interest
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong and effective working relationships with employees, colleagues and external interest groups
  • A desire to champion Equity & Social Justice. Understand that systematic racism and its long-term effects are pervasive in our society. Be comfortable having candid and sincere conversations with all employees about race and equity in the workplace
  • Demonstrated a successful approach to navigate through potentially conflicting perspectives of the interested parties
  • Demonstrated ability to manage change in a growing and multi-faceted organization

Desired Qualifications:

  • High volume, full-cycle recruitment in a public sector environment
  • Previous work experience as a Human Resources Manager in a public sector environment
  • Strong working knowledge and proficiency with PeopleSoft
  • Strong working knowledge and proficiency of NEOGOV applicant tracking system

Supplemental Information

How To Apply

To apply, you must enter an online employment application* at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs and provide answers to the supplemental questions. A cover letter no longer than two pages outlining how your skills and experience make you a fit for this position is also required. Applicants will be screened for competitiveness, completeness, and written communication skills. Initial screening will be based upon a review of application materials. The employment history detailed in your application materials MUST validate/support your responses to the supplemental questions. If your responses cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the review/selection process. The most competitive candidates will be invited to participate in one or more interviews.

  • Please provide complete application. Resumes will not be reviewed.

Who May Apply

This position is open to King County employees and the general public.

Union Membership/Job Code/Grade

This position is not represented by a labor union/117201/72

Work Location

The primary location of this position is in the King Street Center (201 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA)

Work Schedule

The work week is 40 hours, Monday through Friday. This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. Variations may be required depending on the needs of the work.

Teleworking Requirement

The work associated with this position is currently performed predominantly by teleworking, complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. King County Metro work sites are spread throughout King County and employees will have access to shared workspaces at various 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 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.

For more information on this recruitment, please contact:

Sarah Buelow (she/her), Sr. HR Analyst, [email protected]

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles-we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

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