Security Manager

Seattle, WA
King County

Salary: $118,206.40 – $149,843.20 Annually
Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week
Department: DES – Executive Services
Job Number: 2021BM14732
Division: FMD – Facilities Mgmt
Closing: Continuous

King County’s Facilities Management Division (FMD) is searching for a leader to serve as Security Manager for King County Facilities. King County is one of America’s fastest-growing regions and Executive Dow Constantine is building partnerships and working with employees to meet the key challenges facing the Pacific Northwest in the 21st Century — regional mobility, equity and social justice, and climate change.
This role focuses on the daily operations of security operations and is the lead in designing and implementing strategies and projects that maintain present and future security services necessary to meet our customer’s and employee needs. We are looking for a seasoned, operational leader who is an exceptional strategic thinker and who can think outside the-box, break down barriers, and empower staff to continuously improve.

This position serves as a member of the FMD senior leadership team and reports directly to the Deputy Director – Operations. This role involves daily interaction with staff from all levels of the organization including elected officials, agency stakeholders, and separate branches of government. This role requires that the incumbent have exceptional strategic leadership and project management skills, a commitment to building and maintaining a diverse workforce, a driver of efficiency and innovation, and a desire to push self and others for successful results.

Through the work of over 350 dedicated employees, FMD provides clean, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective work environments within a changing world. Major sections of the division include:

Building Operations: Responsible for custodial services, and building maintenance.

Capital Projects: Responsible for delivering large-scale projects in alignment with the policy directives of King County government, the facility needs of employees and the public, and for overall service to the community.

Security Management: Provides a combination of security services and response through a uniformed force and a 24/7 Emergency Dispatch Center. Security officers provide a host of services to deter negative actions against county property and staff and the public. The section also provides comprehensive management of a countywide video system and ID access.

Real Estate Services: Responsible for acquiring property, negotiating leases, and property management for most county services. Real Estate Services processes utility permits, easements, rights-of-way construction permits, and utility franchise agreements.

Finance: Provides quality budgeting, accounting, facilitation of service delivery, and oversight of Facilities Management Division business practices, and coordination between units.

Planning and Administrative Services: Provides long term planning, energy management, legislation processing and space allocation for the county’s buildings.

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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King County has a strong and resilient economy and an environment where people and businesses can thrive. 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 2 million people, it also ranks as the 13th most populous county in the nation.

King County encompasses 39 cities and is truly an international destination, with more than 100 languages spoken in the region. More than 30 million tourists from all over the U.S. and the world visit King County every year. King County is home to the vibrant urban centers of Seattle and Bellevue, suburban areas, small towns, islands, and rural communities, as well as vast forests, spectacular mountains, glittering bodies of water, and productive farmlands.

Cities in King County frequently appear on “Best Places to Live” lists and is #34 on the 2017 Forbes “The Best Places for Business and Careers” List. As home to some of the world’s most influential companies and industries, our leaders are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive economy that benefits all. In addition, King County government was named by Forbes as one of the nation’s top 200 employers in 2016. Many King County communities have highly rated schools, nationally recognized restaurants, vibrant recreation, and numerous cultural opportunities. Housing options range from single-family homes to high-rise apartments and condos to large country acreages. In King County, you’ll find a community that suits you best, from urban neighborhoods, suburban developments with walkable amenities, to rustic rural settings.


The Security Manager is responsible for the daily operations of the unit including a variety of strategic initiatives and special projects. Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide safe and secure operating environment for public and employees in county owned or managed buildings, including interacting with customers to include other departments, agencies and separately elected officials.
  • Focal point and standard bearer for True North Values and ESJ; integrating into day to day operations.
    Implementing and promoting goals, vision, workforce management, performance measures, and strategies.
  • Leading effective change management practices with employees and stakeholders.
  • Collaborating with key stakeholders and creating a communications plan and structure to enable effective and timely responses with customers on the status of major security initiatives.
  • Fostering a culture of innovation with a strong sense of how to develop and offer services to meet current and emerging customer needs.
  • Utilizing internal and external resources, technology, and continuous improvement techniques to report metrics, improve processes, create more capacity, and deliver greater value.


  • Have strong daily operations experience and background with providing strategic leadership and management of security operations to a large organization; OR any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrate the ability to perform the scope of job duties.
  • Demonstrate a high level of self-awareness and is comfortable with their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Be culturally aware and comfortable having complex and challenging discussions about race and diversity in the workplace. Be sensitive to managing differences and building bridges.
  • Be able to lead a changing culture within an emerging LEAN organization focused on continuous improvement.
  • Have a track record of conceptualizing, developing, and implementing strategies, systems, standards and plans for a wide variety of security and management functions.
  • Develop metrics and use innovative visual tools to display division priorities and strategic initiatives in a clear and impactful manner for use in policy decisions.
  • Create initiatives to develop, coach and mentor a culturally and generationally diverse staff in a collaborative manner that focuses on employee engagement, good communication, and team building. Experience working in an organized labor environment is a plus.
  • Be able to persevere and adapt as required, while working in a multi-faceted and sometimes ambiguous environment.

This exciting opportunity is open to all applicants. The salary for this role is $118,217.63 – $149,847.78 annually and includes innovative and award-winning employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as a robust leave package. To see all of King County’s benefits, please visit our web site at

This position will remain open until filled. Applicants who apply by Wednesday, December 1st will receive first consideration in the process. Please apply online at

Confidential inquiries are welcome to Brittney Marzest at or 206-477-8104.

Supplemental Information
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.