Asset Management Specialist

Thurston County
Full Time $6,378 - $8,483 Per year HI Hawaii, USA


Thurston County Public Works is recruiting for an Asset Management Specialist 3 to join our dynamic, energetic, and innovative team. The successful candidate will lead implementation of the Public Works Asset Management Program, assisting assigned divisions and functional areas in managing and updating their programs.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following

  • Supervise and evaluate assigned staff through establishment of work rules, performance standards, and expectations. Provide input and/or draft performance evaluations. Provide ongoing training and motivation to employees to fully utilize skills and capabilities and meet changing demands. 
  • Interpret data and information; make recommendations to decision makers to be used in resource allocation decisions to manage infrastructure assets.
  • Design, develop, guide, and manage the implementation of an operational unit or division’s infrastructure asset management plan, including the development of concepts, procedures, guidelines, analytical methods, business methods, decision-making systems, and data collection methods within established department asset management program. 
  • Provide high level technical expertise and guidance to assigned staff and other department employees on policies, procedures, requirements, and methods related to asset management. 
  • Lead technical meetings with engineering, maintenance, operations, administrative, and planning staff to effectively implement asset management plan. Coordinate work with employees within organizational unit, department, and with other county departments or offices.
  • Research, evaluate, and recommend emerging technologies applicable to work. Ensure department staff is adequately trained on emerging technologies related to infrastructure asset management.
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Message to potential applicants
We understand that some potential applicants are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the functions or skills listed in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and we understand that may be someone who will learn some of these skills on the job. If you are interested in this position, and meet the minimum qualifications, we encourage you to go ahead and apply! Feel free to think about how you will bring your own set of skills to the role and tell us about the potential that you hold.  

The , located in Olympia, Washington is a national award-winning agency in delivering quality projects to our community. Our mission is to provide quality public services in all areas of our business. We actively help our staff develop and grow professionally, we bring together resources across divisions to achieve organizational goals, we are always ready to respond to community needs, and we are an American Public Works Association accredited agency, consistently meeting industry best practices benchmarks.  

Our Core Values:
  • Accountability – We take responsibility for our actions and the resulting outcomes.
  • Customer Service – We provide our customers with the highest level of service and quality.
  • Innovation – We strive to continuously improve processes, performance, and results.
  • Safety – We demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to safety.
  • Teamwork – We work together toward achieving a common recognized end.  

Mission - to provide excellent public services in all areas of our business. 
Vision – The premier public works organization, accountable and transparent in all services we provide to our community.  

Inclusion, Equity and Diversity - Thurston County Public Works values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. To us, inclusion means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. We are dedicated to recruiting and developing a talented workforce from various cultures, lifestyles, backgrounds, and perspectives who are committed to our vision and core values.

What we offer our employees:
  • Work-Life Balance: We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle. 
  • Plan For Your Future: As a member of our team, you will enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, as well as comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family. Please visit website for more information. 
  • Paid Leave: Full-time regular employees earn a minimum of 12 paid vacation days per year in addition to 11 paid. 
  • Robust Training Program: Employees are encouraged to attend County paid training to help them further their career, learn new skill sets, and stay on top of emerging trends in our industry. We also encourage our staff to participate in professional organizations and attend conferences.  
  • Flexible Work Schedules:Some of the options that employees may take advantage of include alternative or compressed schedules and/or remote working.
  • Deferred CompensationThe County offers 3 voluntary deferred compensation plans for employees who would like to set aside additional deferred tax dollars into a retirement savings plan. 
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)Employees can take advantage of Section 125 flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket health care and daycare expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness:This is a federal program that allows full-time public service employees who have made 120 qualifying payments for certain loans, to get their student loans repaid. .
Why you’ll love it here
Thurston County is located between Seattle and Portland in Western Washington’s South Puget Sound Region. Perched in between the mountains and the ocean, the area boasts the perfect blend of year-round outdoor activities including boating, hiking, skiing, and more. The region is also home to the state capitol city of Olympia, known for its many restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, farmer’s markets, kids’ activities, history, and art events. Discover more about life in Thurston County at .


  • Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, geography, business, finance, engineering, or related field. Additional related experience may substitute for education requirements on a year-for-year basis.
  • Four (4) years of experience performing technical tasks related to infrastructure assets.
  • Two (2) years supervisory experience.
  • Ability to utilize a computer with related software to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License or appropriate accommodation may be required depending on position.  

Desired Skills

  • GIS knowledge and experience; Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) product experience preferred.
  • Experience in computerized maintenance management/asset management system technologies.
  • Experience using project management processes, tools, and techniques, including analyzing and documenting business processes.
  • Technically proficient as it relates to asset management concepts and principles. 
  • Ability to respectfully translate technical information to be easily understood by non-technical personnel. 
  • Institute of Asset Management (IAM) certificate preferred.