We’re hiring! Best Starts for Kids Project Manager III

Best Starts for Kids Project Manager III

This Career Service position will be a member of the Best Starts’ Data and Evaluation team, which is a cross-departmental team. This posting will be used to fill a position based within Public Health-Seattle & King County’s Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation Unit. This position reports to the Best Starts’ Public Health Evaluation lead.

This position will provide project management support to the evaluation team for King County’s Best Starts for Kids. The primary role is to lead the development and implementation of a new youth internship program, staff the Evaluation Advisory Group, and coordinate, support and provide administrative management for requests for proposals, contracts and project activities to support successful implementation.

Job Duties

  • Work independently to coordinate, support, and provide administrative management for requests for proposals/requests for qualifications, contracts, key time-sensitive projects, and financial oversight for evaluation team
  • Assure required documentation and deliverables are met, including timely production and submission of products/deliverables reports, communications products, and local reporting requirements.
  • Coordinate and support Data & Evaluation Team (KC internal staff) meetings and Evaluation Advisory Group (consists of Children and Youth Advisory Board member and other evaluation experts) activities
  • Work independently to coordinate with Communications team, BSK program managers, information technology, fiscal, human resources, and contracts team as needed
  • Lead the development and implementation of a paid youth internship program. This will involve identification of projects, soliciting student interest, matching students with projects and mentors, training/on-boarding students, and obtaining feedback to continually improve the program.
  • The project manager may also supervise staff and take on special projects to support the work of the combined sections that consists of Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation (APDE), the Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention (CDIP), and Communities of Opportunity (COO).

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Any combination of education and minimum of 4 years of experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties of the position. 

Equity and Social Justice…

  • Deep knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices; lived experience with and understanding of the effect of place-, race- and policy & systems inequities on communities and populations.
  • Understanding of context underlying racial and health inequities. 
  • Communicating and facilitating conversations in ways that inform strategic program and policy decisions to achieve racial and health equity. 


  • Strong analytic, creative problem-solving, and decision-making abilities, using information from the community context, data, and working within local guidance.
  • At least 2 years of experience managing multiple contracts in compliance with regulations (such as maintaining records related to project’s use of funding); expertise with developing, tracking, and adjusting scopes of work, workplans and budgets.

Management of projects and staff…

  • Expertise working effectively with multi-disciplinary partnerships/coalitions, supporting governance of projects, programs and services, creating safe spaces for real-talk, teamwork, culture of learning and improvement, and finding paths to move forward in the work to inform policy development and implementation of health equity projects to improve community health and well-being.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, in-person, and remote): concise, responsive, clear, accurate communication (oral, meeting materials, slides, etc.) for diverse audiences (including community members, elected officials, representatives of agencies/organizations, peers, and staff).
  • Expert use of project management tools (online and in-person) to organize and prioritize work quickly in response to changing needs and work efficiently under deadlines; expert use of Microsoft Office products (such as Excel, Word, Outlook, SharePoint, Teams), Zoom or similar video conferencing software, and Dropbox or similar shared file management software.

Best Starts for Kids

Building on the deep knowledge, connections, and skills within King County communities, and backed by what science and research tells us about human development, the Best Starts for Kids King County initiative meets children and families with the right services at the right time. The first Best Starts for Kids levy, approved by King County voters in 2015, reached 490,000 of King County’s youngest children and their families and 40,000 youth and young adults, catalyzing strong starts in a child’s earliest years, and sustaining those gains through to adulthood. In August 2021, King County voters chose to renew the levy with over 62% approval for another six years. The plan for Best Starts for Kids 2.0 will maintain current Best Starts for Kids investments in promotion, prevention, and early intervention, while deepening our investments to address critical needs in our community. View the Best Starts for Kids Implementation Plan: 2022 – 2027 here.

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