Employee News - August 4, 2020

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King County Employee News



Retirement educators innovate to meet demand during coronavirus 

The coronavirus is fundamentally changing the way millions of people live and work. Facing the challenges of the new workplace landscape, King County retirement educators Carmen Johnson and Matt Munson have made innovative adjustments to better meet the needs of employees looking toward retirement. 

Carmen and Matt, members of the Benefit Engagement Team supervised by Brian Czerwinski, began modifying their retirement classes, Road to Retirement and Rev Up for Retirement, so they could be offered to employees who are telecommuting or working different schedules.  

“We identified a set of urgent challenges facing our employees who need information about retirement,” said Carmen. “Using the tools and technologies at hand, we were able to quickly chart new, more adaptive classes.” Read more. 


King County a leader in PeopleSoft update processes 

It takes a lot to keep PeopleSoft, the software the county uses for timekeeping, payroll and a host of other services, updated and usable by all departments and DES divisions. 

“We’ve been striving to keep it up to date. Oracle moved it to continuous release, putting out updates four to five times a year,” said Hannah Gacey, PeopleSoft Release Set and Project Manager in the Business Resource Center. “We make sure that the new stuff aligns with our business processes.” Read more. 

Providing guidance during an unprecedented pandemic 

King County Emergency Management (OEM) is like an orchestra, with a conductor directing the work of many virtuosos. Their work is helping us carefully move forward in Washington’s Safe Start plan, so we can all get back to our favorite tunes. Stand together, six feet apart. 

Learn more in the video below and visit the OEM website here. 

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RASKC shares new video highlighting services 

Ever wonder how Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) helps both people and pets? These services will make you feel proud to be part of the community! 

Learn more at the Tails from RASKC blog or visit the RASKC website at 


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Balanced You Self Care Series: Nutrition and Exercise webinar, August 12  

As we continue to move through the pandemic that has disrupted many of our lives, it is important that we get the right nutrition and enough exercise to keep us healthy. Join us for this free, live, interactive webinar as we talk to two experts who will give you some great ideas on how to keep family meals interesting and how to keep the family moving.  

For questions or more information, contact Balanced You at 206-263-9626 or email 

Creating Effective Application Materials, online – August 18 and September 1 

King County Career Support Services staff will provide you with strategies and tips on making your application materials stand out. Learning objectives will include understanding the purpose of the job application, resume, cover letter and supplemental questions and how to make each of them more effective, deciding what to include in your resume and the best format to showcase your qualifications, and more.  

Additional courses are available on the Career Support Services training pageFor questions or more information visit www.kingcounty.gov/CSS or contact Career Support Services at CareerSupportServices@kingcounty.gov. 

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Strategic Interviewing Tips and Techniques, online – August 20 and September 3 

King County Career Support Services staff will provide you with strategies and tips to help you to do your best during the interview. Learning objectives will include how to prepare for a virtual job interview, the interview structure and types of questions you will be asked, the STAR-LA method and how to use it to provide organized and complete responses, and general tips and strategies. 

Additional courses are available on the Career Support Services training page. For questions or more information visit www.kingcounty.gov/CSS or contact Career Support Services at CareerSupportServices@kingcounty.gov. 

Discount available for Brookdale Senior Living 

King County employees can now take advantage of exclusive discounts on fees at Brookdale communities. These discounts are available to employees and their immediate family members. The savings are 7.5% off the basic monthly fee/service rate at a Brookdale community and 10% off Private Duty Home Care. Certain conditions apply, please see website for details. 

Individuals must show your King County ID Badge, paystub, or other proof of employment or affiliation with King County to receive discount. Employees can also turn to Brookdale for resources, support and advice to navigate their journey to finding the right senior living options. Brookdale Senior Living has 17 locations in the Seattle Metro Area and over 740+ locations nationwide. Visit www.brookdale.com/employee or call 1-844-585-5502. 

View all available discounts at www.kingcounty.gov/employeediscounts. 


Pet of the Week: Peter 

Here’s looking at you, cat! This is Peter, our Pet of the Week. This young shorthair was brought in by an animal control officer in late June. Peter’s personality color is “Rambunctious Red,” meaning he is a spirited cat with a fun-loving personality. He is an independent kitty who likes to do his own thing, and prefers getting attention on his terms. Peter can get overstimulated with petting, so his new family will need to keep an eye out for signs that he might need a break. Because of this, he would do best in a home with a cat-savvy family who knows when to give him some space. 

Read more and view all available pets at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet. Have you or someone you know adopted a pet from RASKC? Let us know. We’d love to tell your story. 

Featured JobBridge Engineer (Engineer II) 

Salary$80,870.40 - $102,523.20 Annually 

LocationSeattle, WA 

Job TypeCareer Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week 

DepartmentDLS - Local Services 

Job Number2020AF11817 

DivisionRoad Services 

Closing8/16/2020 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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