Chapter 2.07
DEPARTMENTAL DIRECTOR QUALIFICATIONS

Sections:

2.07.010    Executive Departments – Appointive Directors/Division Managers.

2.07.020    Other Departments and Offices.

Note: Department directors employed by Pierce County at the time at which this Chapter is enacted into law shall not be affected by the requirements of this Chapter.

2.07.010 Executive Departments – Appointive Directors/Division Managers.

A.    Basic Qualifications/Skills.

1.    Knowledge and experience in management practices and staff supervision.

2.    Knowledge of and experience in preparing departmental budget requests, justifying the requests, monitoring and controlling departmental expenditures, and assuming responsibility for the appropriateness of expenditures. Ability to develop, present and gain acceptance for long-range and extensive programs which require monetary allocations.

3.    Six years of supervisory experience directly related to the department.

4.    Ability to communicate effectively with the public, staff, other County departments, and elected officials. Proven ability to address groups of people and speak effectively on departmental issues.

5.    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, department heads, public agencies, private organizations and citizens at large.

6.    Demonstrated ability to lead a diverse workforce. Ability to plan, direct and coordinate work. Must possess considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of personnel administration.

7.    Must be familiar with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations specific to the work performed.

8.    Knowledge of local government and County operations.

9.    Familiarity with current literature, trends and developments in management and major departmental issues.

10.    Knowledge of computer applications.

11.    Ability to establish rapport with and gain cooperation of departmental employees.

12.    Ability to seek reform in the public interest.

13.    Ability to use creative and innovative methods in order to increase efficiency and effectiveness of departmental operations.

B.    Parks and Recreation Services. Education. Bachelor's degree in recreation and/or park administration or related field; or any combination of experience/education which would clearly indicate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Master's degree or equivalent expertise in one of these fields preferred.

C.    Human Services.

1.    Education. Bachelor's degree in business or public administration, or in a field directly related to community services and human services; or any combination of experience/education which would clearly indicate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Master's degree preferred.

2.    Experience. Required.

a.    Considerable knowledge of and experience with community services and human services programs, delivery of direct client services, and management of grants and contracts including the request for proposal and similar processes.

b.    Solid knowledge of contract compliance.

D.    Finance.

1.    Education. Bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, or financial management; or any combination of experience/education which would clearly indicate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Master's degree in one of these disciplines preferred.

2.    Experience.

a.    Extensive supervisory experience in all phases of public sector financial management, accounting, budgeting, and investment.

b.    Certified Public Accountant preferred but not required.

3.    Risk Manager.

a.    Education. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; or any combination of experience/education which would clearly indicate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Master's degree or equivalent expertise preferred.

b.    Experience.

(1)    The Risk Manager must have, at a minimum, five years of service at a risk management or insurance entity.

(2)    Status as an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) or an Associate in Claims (AIC) is desirable, but not a requirement.

(3)    Considerable knowledge of business administration and business law.

(4)    Knowledge and experience in office/department management.

E.    Human Resources.

1.    Education. Bachelor's degree in human resource management, public administration or a related field; or any combination of experience/education which would clearly indicate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

2.    Experience. Extensive experience in the following areas:

a.    Recruiting and placement;

b.    Diversity programs;

c.    Job analysis, description and classification;

d.    Salary and pay classification;

e.    Work force planning;

f.    Labor and employee relations, including grievance procedures;

g.    Promotion and disciplinary review; and

h.    Benefit planning and administration. This experience may come from the public sector or from a combination of the public and private sectors.

F.    Medical Examiner.

1.    Education. Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from an approved American Medical Association or American Osteopathic Association School of Medicine required.

2.    Experience.

a.    The Medical Examiner must be a Board Certified Pathologist.

b.    Board certification of forensic pathology preferred.

c.    Certification by the National Association of Medical or Osteopathic Medical Examiners preferred.

G.    Clerk of the Superior Court.

1.    Education. Bachelor's degree in business administration or records management; or any combination of experience/education which would clearly indicate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Master's degree or equivalent expertise in one of these fields preferred.

2.    Experience. Required.

a.    Extensive knowledge of governmental records management and fee collection and disbursement.

b.    The County Clerk must meet all the requirements imposed by Chapter 36.23 RCW.

H.    Assigned Counsel.

1.    Education. Doctor of jurisprudence, or a related law degree required.

2.    Experience. Required.

a.    The Director of Assigned Counsel must be an attorney licensed to practice in Washington State.

b.    Extensive experience in handling felony criminal casework including murder trials as well as juvenile and misdemeanor proceedings.

I.    Planning and Public Works.

1.    Education. Bachelor's degree in urban planning, business administration, public administration, or in a field directly related to the building and/or land development industry or a construction trade or engineering; or any combination of experience/ education which would clearly indicate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Master's degree or equivalent expertise and experience preferred.

2.    Experience. Required.

a.    Ability to plan, direct, coordinate and evaluate program elements for the development and control of a comprehensive land use plan or any other major planning project.

b.    Ability to review and evaluate environmental impact reports.

c.    Ability to manage an organization relating to the administration and enforcement of a wide variety of land use, environmental, engineering, construction, environmental health, development, fire and building codes and regulations.

d.    Ability to review and evaluate code compliance issues and take appropriate action.

e.    Ability to conduct public hearings to allow citizen input into proposed planning activities.

J.    Emergency Management.

1.    Education. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; or any combination of experience/education which would clearly indicate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

2.    Experience. Required.

a.    Ability to establish and maintain effective liaison with Federal, State, and local officials and the private sector.

b.    Demonstrated commitment to a community-wide comprehensive emergency management program.

K.    Facilities Management.

1.    Education. Bachelor's degree in public or business administration or in any field related to the development/management of facilities and/or property; or any combination of experience/education which would clearly indicate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Masters Degree in one of these fields is preferred.

2.    Experience. Required.

a.    Ability to effectively direct, coordinate, and evaluate all aspects of the following functions:

(1)    Design, funding, siting, and construction or renovation of facilities.

(2)    Maintenance, repair, and remodeling of existing facilities.

(3)    Planning and property acquisitions for expansion or addition of County facilities.

(4)    Acquisition and disposal of properties; management of leases and oversight of all real estate related transactions.

L.    Economic Development.

1.    Education. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; or any combination of experience/education which would clearly indicate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Master's degree in public or business administration preferred.

2.    Experience. Required.

a.    Considerable administrative experience in economic development, business and trade activities or related other areas commensurate with the duties of the position.

b.    Solid experience in managing economic development strategies and collaborative efforts to develop economic growth.

c.    Sufficient knowledge of long-term planning and policy development.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 1 (part), 2017; Ord. 2015-25s § 2 (part), 2015; Ord. 2014-12s § 1 (part), 2014; Ord. 2013-44 § 1 (part), 2013; Ord. 85-165 § 1 (part), 1985)

2.07.020 Other Departments and Offices.

A.    Communications.

1.    Basic qualifications and skills as set forth in PCC 2.07.010 A. are required.

2.    Education. Bachelor's degree in liberal arts or any field related to the department from an accredited college or university; or any combination of experience/education which would clearly indicate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

3.    Experience. Required. Ten years experience in marketing, public relations and/or journalism.

(Ord. 2014-12s § 1 (part), 2014)