Employee News - February 27, 2019


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Executive Constantine announces his plan to renew the King County Parks Levy, connecting regional trails and improving access to parks, green space and recreation 

Executive Dow Constantine announced his proposal to renew the current King County Parks Levy, scheduled to expire at the end of the year. His proposal for the August ballot would generate an estimated $738 million over the next six years to expand and connect regional trails, improve access to green space and recreation, and keep the county's parks and trails clean, safe, and open.  

The current King County Parks levy – which voters approved in 2013 – will expire Dec. 31. On Feb. 21, Executive Constantine sent to the King County Council a proposal that will expand and improve access to the county's 200 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 28,000 acres of open space. 

“This proposal isn’t just about access to parks and recreation – although that is plenty. It is about a generational investment in our environment,” said Executive Constantine.  


Executive Constantine talks transit with The New York Times 

In a recent article, The New York Times highlighted how West Coast cities are leading the way in innovative public transportation, as compared to East Coast cities. It included commentary from transit experts and regional leaders in Los Angeles, New York, and here in King County, featuring King County Executive Dow Constantine. 

“Folks are tired of sitting in traffic,” he said. “They’re mindful of the environmental implications of driving.” 

Read more in Why the West Coast Is Suddenly Beating the East Coast on Transportation. Image courtesy of The New York Times. 

Employee Spotlights


Bridge Fellowship empowers employees to achieve career goals and public service 

The King County Bridge Fellowship program continues to be a successful opportunity for employees to grow in their career development. The Fellowship is part of Investing In YOU, reinforcing a commitment to provide leadership and development opportunities to all employees.  

The program is a valuable opportunity that encourages each employee to explore new possibilities, for themselves and for King County. During the Fellowship, participants engage in classroom learning, group projects, presentations and career development activities, as well as interviews and site visits to explore the County’s agencies and their priorities. It is an experience that each Bridge participant has found personally and professionally rewarding. Here we connect with a current Bridge participant, and a previous Bridge Fellow to hear about their experiences. Read more.


King County Superior Court welcomes new judge 

Judge Aimee Sutton was sworn in Monday at King County Superior Court. Congratulations, Judge Sutton! We look forward to your outstanding work on the bench at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.

Pictured: From left, Judge Aimee Sutton and Presiding Judge Jim Rogers.



5 things that make or break an engagement action plan 

Four years into a more robust employee engagement effort that is part of Investing In YOU, we have been holding focus groups to figure out how to make our response to survey data more effective in improving engagement. We’ve learned a lot from you about what works and can offer these best practices that have helped boost belief that action will be taken as a result of the survey 11 points since 2015. This is the largest increase countywide on any question and speaks to the trust that is being built in the process. These practices are common among groups that have seen significant increases in areas where their action plans focused. Read more.


The King County Clerk’s office is one of the most important offices in the county - find out why! 

A new podcast from King County Superior Court features King County Clerk Barb Miner who shares why the Clerk's Office is the most important office you've probably never heard of. With 200 employees, reams of critical documents and even bloody knives, it's where you can find everyone's story. Listen to the podcast here.

2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan Update – Staff Kickoff Lunch and Learn 

All staff are invited to learn about King County’s commitment to confront climate change and understand how to contribute to a major update to the County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) that will start in 2019. The SCAP is King County’s five-year blueprint for County action to confront climate change, integrating climate change considerations into all areas of County operations and our work with communities. Based on high demand, we've added a final lunch and learn session in March to outline the SCAP update process and share how staff can engage and contribute ideas. RSVP required.  

  • Tuesday, March 5th, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Chinook Building, 401 5th Avenue, Room 123. Register here.  

For questions, contact Matt.Kuharic@kingcounty.gov. 

Mentorship Lunch-n-Learn upcoming dates 

Would you like to have a mentor, someone who can help you grow professionally? Do you want to strengthen your coaching skills? As a Mentee, you will have a trusted advisor who can help you navigate complex situations, and as a Mentor, you can uncover new or forgotten skills and build influence. If the thought excites you, join King County’s mentoring program by signing up for one of our monthly Lunch-n-Learns to uncover more about mentoring and search for a Mentor! 

  • Thursday, March 14, noon to 1 p.m., Administration Building. Register here. 
  • Thursday, April 11, noon to 1 p.m., Administration Building. Register here. 
  • Thursday, May 2, noon to 1 p.m., Administration Building. Register here. 
  • Wednesday, June 5, noon to 1 p.m., Administration Building. Register here. 

For additional dates throughout the year, search the training calendar for "Mentoring." For more information about the mentoring program visit www.kingcounty.gov/mentoring 

March dates for DCHS School-to-Work Transition Resource Fairs 

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is hosting its 12th-annual School-to-Work Transition Resource Fairs for students with disabilities and their families. Sponsored by King County Developmental Disabilities Division, this fair will include workshops for families, educators, and students. Learn about supported employment, community resources, transportation, parks and recreation programs, family advocacy, and housing. Learn more about the fairs here and in the video below. 

  • Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Highline College. Register here.  
  • Wednesday, March 27, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Microsoft. Register here. 

Training Spotlight

Lominger Competency and Skill Assessment, March 28: During this class, you will have the opportunity to evaluate your professional skills and generate a list of self-identified competencies that reflect your towering strengths and challenges. Next, based upon the next job you want, you will compare your skills to the Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills required for your next desired position. We will also discuss possible developmental activities, action steps and resources to help you succeed. Register and learn more.

Supervision and Leadership Skills Series, April 18 and May 23: Develop your leadership, communication, motivation, and problem-solving skills with this workshop based series. Take all six sessions in the series to enhance your professional toolbox with skills useful in a variety of workplace situations. The series includes: Conflict Awareness, Developing Your Leadership Style, Communication Skills in the Workplace, Time Management/Working Smarter, Critical Thinking, and Team Building for Success. Register and learn more.

Featured Job: Production Operations Infrastructure Manager 

Salary: $115,717.06 - $146,678.48 Annually 

Location: Seattle, WA 

Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week 

Department: KCIT - Information Technology 

Job Number: 2018-08907B 

Closing: 3/15/2019 11:59 PM Pacific 

This position is responsible for leading the Production Operations Infrastructure section of the King County Information Technology Department. As the leader of this section, this position is responsible for the delivery of Enterprise wide services with a focus on servers (compute), operating systems, hypervisor layer, storage, backup, data center technologies, local and wide area network, wireless services, security tools, structured cabling and infrastructure facilities.  This position is responsible for managing a diverse team of managers, supervisors, and individual contributors, and will work with business, customers, senior leadership, IT Service Delivery managers, cross departmental teams, and highly technical staff to deliver solutions that meet the strategic needs of King County. 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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