Community Engagement Manager

November 02, 2021 10:27 AM | Dina Storz (Administrator)

DEPARTMENT: KCC - King County Council
DIVISION: Office of Indep Oversight
SALARY: $98,560.00 - $132,552.00 Annually
LOCATION: King County Courthouse - 516 3rd Ave, Seattle
JOB TYPE: Appointed
CLOSING DATE: 11/11/21 11:59 PM


The Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) is seeking an external affairs and relations professional to lead its public education, engagement, and participation efforts. The Community Engagement Manager will inform, educate, consult, collaborate, build, and foster the communities served by the Sheriff’s Office to participate in law enforcement oversight and reform work in a variety of ways.

The successful candidate will improve and advance OLEO's strategic community engagement including staffing OLEO's Community Advisory Committee for Law Enforcement Oversight (CACLEO) and implementing critical aspects of OLEO's outreach and external communications, including cultivating relationships with community leaders and building trust between OLEO and the public it serves. The person who fills this leadership position will devise and implement communication strategies that include traditional and non-traditional media and will have experience working with volunteer boards and committees, planning and conducting community engagement efforts and campaigns, and creating media content. The preferred candidate will provide strategic advice and counsel, evaluate input, and develop and deploy actionable insights. This position is a salaried, at-will, overtime-exempt classification that reports to the OLEO Director.

King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) represents the interests of the public in its efforts to hold the King County Sheriff’s Office (Sheriff’s Office) accountable for providing fair and just police services. Through independent civilian-led review, OLEO seeks to address issues that erode confidence and public trust in the integrity of the operations of the Sheriff’s Office and in the effectiveness and professionalism of its employees.
King County’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) is committed to upholding and promoting equal opportunity in employment and values lived experiences OLEO encourages people of all backgrounds, cultures and religions to apply, including veterans, people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities. We value diversity and strive to hire a workforce that reflects the County we serve. We believe a diverse workforce is a strong workforce.


Meet the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight 

Job Duties:

  • Develop and implement strategies and tactics that advance external affairs interests in several areas.
  • Increase awareness, share educational information, and build understanding in the community of police practices and the role of OLEO and oversight in promoting accountability and fostering change.
  • Plan and conduct two-way engagement that builds sustainable relationships with populations served by the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff’s Office contract service jurisdiction partners, and other strategic stakeholders and service providers that have intersecting interests related to OLEO’s mission and work.
  • Serve as a direct contact for the public seeking information or assistance regarding the misconduct complaint process, systemic or policy concerns, or needs and priorities for change.  
  • Plan and implement inclusive and accessible public participation opportunities for OLEO to learn from the public about community-police interactions specific to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Develop meaningful collaboration activities that invite the community to consult and co-create recommendations or actions related to OLEO’s oversight activities, including qualitative and quantitative methods for gathering input.
  • Provide strategic and staff leadership to the Community Advisory Committee for Law Enforcement Oversight (CACLEO), plan and staff workgroup meetings, and help facilitate the execution and implantation of the CACLEO’s advisory work and committee functions. 
  • Use all methods of engagement, participation, and types of feedback to develop mechanisms for equity-based analysis and sharing of actionable insights that can ensure OLEO’s work priorities and decisions are informed by people potentially impact.
  • Knowledge of is desired but not required.
  • Provide key strategic advice and counsel to community groups, senior officials, and OLEO staff regarding subject matter expertise, and/or make recommendations that help shape significant decisions, policies, or programs.
  • Communicate to internal and external audiences as an authoritative representative of OLEO and represent the office in external capacities, such as community events, briefings, public meetings, and with the media. 
  • Support outbound communication needs and promotion of OLEO and its work product through traditional, digital, and community partner-based approaches and methods including OLEO’s social media channels, newsletters, website, and media releases.
  • Support internal strategic functions related to planning, organizational development, public policy advocacy, annual reporting, and the creation of OLEO’s reports and collateral materials.
  • Write and edit content, interpret technical content for lay audiences, complete design work or manage designers, manage other external relations and engagement consultants, vendors, or matrixed staff.   
  • Support OLEO’s external affairs contracting needs and grant pursuits through collaborating on scope development, stewardship of procurement or proposal processes, and participation in any related evaluation and reporting needs. 


The ideal candidate has existing relationships with community organizations, groups, and leaders in King County, excellent written and verbal communication skills, initiative, good judgment, and will be familiar with community engagement strategies and professional practices.

Competitive candidates will possess at least five years of relevant work experience providing key strategic advice and counsel to community groups or any combination of experience/education/training that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the scope of the job duties and have demonstrated the following:

  • Expertise in leading volunteer boards and committees, with demonstrated success in engaging and deploying members.
  • Skilled at facilitating communication and conversation among diverse groups and that lead to collaborative partnerships or address sensitive topics on par with police practices issues, critical incidents including loss of life, or that increase understanding or mission-driven organizations.
  • Able to build trust with the public, form and maintain respectful rapport and collaborative relationships, including with elected officials, the media, county employees, other government agency staff, and the public.
  • Proven knowledge of community engagement strategies, professional practices, and challenges, and understanding of the methods to build geographic and demographic-based understanding of the communities served by the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Demonstrated experience advancing the strategic mission, goals, and objectives of cause or mission-driven organizations.
  • Understanding and application of inclusive and accessible communication and engagement methods, including language access and ADA practices, across a variety of channels and using a variety of tools, including on social media.
  • Experience integrating equity and social justice-based frameworks in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs and activities.
  • Proven competency in writing, editing, and translating complex or technical information into easy-to-understand content for diverse audiences that include limited English speakers.
  • Scope and build roadmaps for, and lead unique and special projects in ambiguous circumstances and/or against urgent timelines.
  • Able to handle sometimes emotionally difficult, unreceptive, and/or politically sensitive situations, represent and defend OLEO’s work and professional practices, and facilitate negotiation towards solutions with people holding disparate or conflicting opinions. 


Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement:

 All Legislative Branch staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination to Council HR staff by December 2, 2021. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by December 2, 2021 or upon hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
COMPENSATION & HOW TO APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates. The annual salary range for this position is $98,560 - $132,552-  and includes an innovative and award-winning employer with paid medical, dental and vision insurance as well as a generous vacation and leave program.
Work Schedule: This position is FLSA overtime-exempt; however, employees of the Legislative Branch of King County Government hold a standard workweek of 35-hours.  Though this position requires some non-traditional work hours to attend meetings or facilitate community engagement activities occurring at night or on the weekends, OLEO supports flexing work time to maintain a healthy work-life balance. 


  • Cover Letter highlighting what makes you qualified for this position.
  • Resume
  • Response to supplemental questions
      Failure to submit all required forms and materials may prohibit further consideration.
A complete job description can be viewed at: OLEO Community Engagement Manager
NOTE: Online applications are preferred, however if you are unable to apply online, go to for other options.
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Job #2021-14598

Community Engagement Manager Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. Please list communities served by KCSO and OLEO with which you have worked directly and describe your engagement. (Please limit your response to 150 words or fewer)

* 2. What do you consider the essential elements of an outreach program? (Please limit your response to 150 words or fewer)

* 3. Please describe a challenging situation you faced in conducting community outreach and how you addressed it. (Please limit your response to 150 words or fewer)

* 4. What specific experience do you have communicating an organization's work to the public, and how do you do it? (Please limit your response to 150 words or fewer)

* Required Question

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