Chief Process Analyst (Laboratory Supervisor - South Plant)

King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Renton, WA

King County is a values-based organization with an empowering work environment, a supportive work-life balance and development opportunities so you never stop learning. We work hard to make sure our benefits reflect our values to support you and your family in a variety of ways.

We value creative thinking that drives us to continuously improve public service. Tap into your desire to serve the public and discover new and better ways to make a meaningful impact.

As a socially responsible clean water agency, we protect public health and the environment by recovering and reusing valuable resources to benefit the communities where we live and work.  Wastewater Treatment Division treats billions of gallons of wastewater each year and generates reclaimed water, renewable energy, and valuable biosolids.  

The Chief Process Analyst (Laboratory Supervisor) will be responsible for reviewing permits and implementing updates to lab testing schedules to remain in compliance with monitoring requirements. The Chief Process Analyst will evaluate and implement new analytical methodologies and maintain the lab accreditation. The Chief Process Analyst will also play a key role in staffing the lab for the future, working to develop existing team members and hire new employees. The Chief Process Analyst will play a critical role as the County develops a long-term strategy to respond to the Washington State Department of Ecology's new Puget Sound Nutrient General Permit.   The laboratory staff will partner with the Process and Operations teams as the County tests nutrient removal strategies.  

The position requires thorough knowledge of established scientific methods and procedures to develop operation plans, sampling programs and schedules for the laboratory and staff.  

The Chief Process Analyst plays a critical role in WTD with direct exposure to the Treatment Plant Managers, the Operations Manager, and division senior leadership.   Upwards advancement to leadership opportunities within the division or agency is possible.  As for technical development, the successful candidate will work with the operations and process teams on a daily basis, with endless technical learning avenues available.  A budget for formal leadership and/or technical training is available.

Who is eligible to apply: This position is open to all qualified candidates.  First consideration will be given to qualified candidates represented by the Coalition Labor Agreement.   

Job Duties

  • Supervise the day-to-day operations of a analytical laboratory for wastewater treatment facilities, combined sewer overflow (CSO) treatment facilities, reclaimed water facilities, and associated processes and products such as biosolids to ensure adherence to quality standards, deadlines, proper procedures and permit required testing.  Implement, maintain and update the quality control and laboratory accreditation programs. 
  • Manage day-to-day items related to staff work schedules, lab methodology, instrument performance, and personnel performance. Provide both technical and interpersonal guidance to employees. Make recommendations to the Process Supervisor on hiring, performance evaluations and staff development.
  • Track and complete all reporting and record retention requirements as established by the accrediting and regulatory agencies. Work with IT staff to maintain, update, and troubleshoot the Lab Information Management System (LIMS).
  • Develop operating procedures for the laboratory. Manage the purchase, inventory, and use of chemicals, supplies and consumables.   Prepare, implement, and evaluate annual operating budgets and asset replacement program.  
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions
  • Work Location:  South Treatment Plant - 1200 Monster Road SW, Renton, WA 98057
  • Work Schedule: This position is exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and is not overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.
  • Union Representation:  This position is represented by Teamsters 117.  

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Advanced knowledge of scientific methods and experimental techniques.

  • Advanced knowledge of laboratory methods and analytical techniques.

  • Advanced knowledge of statistical analysis methods, techniques and principles.

  • Knowledge of sampling methods and techniques.

  • Advanced knowledge of project management techniques and principles.

  • Ability to communicate effectively.

  • Knowledge of supervisory techniques and principles; skill in supervising and directing the work of others including performance evaluations.

  • Skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with diverse groups of people.

  • Skill in applying team building techniques and principles and participating on a work team.

Licensing, Certification and Other Requirements 
  • Wastewater Operator’s Group III certificate, or the ability to secure Group III Wastewater certification within one (1) year of hire.

  • Some licenses, certifications and other requirements determined to be necessary to meet the business needs of the employing unit may be required.
  • Washington State Driver's License or equivalent (ability to commute to remote work locations with limited or no public transportation may be required).

Competencies Required 
  • Communicates Effectively - Is effective in a variety of communication settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, or among diverse styles and position levels; Attentively listens to others; Provides timely and helpful information to others across the organization
  • Manages Complexity - Asks the right questions to accurately analyze situations; Uncovers root causes to difficult problems; Evaluates pros and cons, risks and benefits of different solution options
  • Decision Quality - Makes sound decisions, even in the absence of complete information; Considers all relevant factors and uses appropriate decision-making criteria and principles
  • Build Effective Teams - Establishes common objectives and a shared mindset; Creates a feeling of belonging and strong team morale; Fosters open dialogue and collaboration among the team
  • Customer Focus - Gains insight into customer needs; Identifies opportunities that benefit the customer; Builds and delivers solutions that meet customer expectations; Establishes and  maintains effective customer relationships
  • Develops Talent - Places a high priority on developing others; Develops others through coaching, feedback, exposure, and stretch alignments; Aligns employee career development goals with organizational objectives; Encourages people to accept developmental moves
  • Plans and Aligns - Sets objectives to align with broader organizational goals; Breaks down objectives into appropriate initiatives and actions; Anticipates and adjusts effective contingency plans

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responses 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
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Certifications (if applicable)
  • Responses to Supplemental Questions