Chief of Staff – King County, WA

Client: King County
(Seattle, Washington)
Position: Chief of Staff
Closing Date: Appointment Made

Additional Information: 


King County, Washington is searching for an executive to serve as its next Chief of Staff. The Chief of Staff is an at-will, exempt position that is directly appointed by the Metropolitan King County Council. Serving as the senior executive leader for the Central Staff, the Chief of Staff reports to the Council chair on a day-to-day basis but is also responsive to the needs and priorities of all nine Councilmembers. The Chief of Staff works closely with and coordinates among all members of the Council and routinely interacts with other leaders within the Executive branch and externally. The Chief of Staff leads Council central staff by managing and coordinating the activities and services that support the Council. Functions performed by the central staff include policy analysis, administrative operations, equity & social justice development, government relations, municipal relations, the Council clerk’s office, and communications (including King County Television). The Chief of Staff is regularly required to solve problems having far-reaching impact on and consequences for King County and directs and coordinates the activities of the central staff to ensure that they serve the Council objectively. The Chief of Staff also monitors and supports the activities of the five independent agencies: The King County Auditor’s Office, the Board of Appeals and Equalization, the Hearing Examiner, the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight, and the Ombuds Office. In total, the Chief of Staff oversees 56 staff and an annual budget of approximately $12.4 million.

The following are the qualifications required for the position of Chief of Staff:

At least eight years of experience in the following areas:

  • Public policy or a related field
  • Legislative environment
  • Interacting with elected officials
  • Intergovernmental affairs
  • Leading a complex organization
  • Advancing equity and inclusion goals
  • Supervisory experience

A Master’s degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Business, or related field can substitute for three years of experience in the areas listed above.

All Legislative Branch staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination to Council HR staff by December 2, 2021. The selected candidate will be required to submit proof of vaccination 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.

The salary range for the Chief of Staff is $166,236 to $223,568, depending upon qualifications. King County offers an excellent benefits package.