Employee News - Jan. 7, 2021

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King County Employee News




Protect yourself from unemployment fraud 

With additional stimulus and unemployment payments on their way to many Americans, please be aware that scams and fraud attempts are expected to rise.

Last year, Washington state experienced an alarming rise in fraudulent unemployment claims as victims’ identities were used to file false unemployment claims with the Employment Security Department (ESD), including here in King County.

Please see our recommendations for how you can protect your identity and finances, as well as steps to take if you are a victim of this fraud. Read more.


2021 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, January 14

Community members and King County employees are invited to join in honoring our nation’s foremost human rights leader and King County’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, in a virtual celebration on Thursday, Jan. 14.

The theme for the 2021 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is “Creating the Beloved Community” and the accompanying quote is “A democracy cannot thrive where power remains unchecked and justice is reserved for a select few. Ignoring these cries and failing to respond to this movement is simply not an option — for peace cannot exist where justice is not served.” – US Congressman John Lewis. Read more.



An overview of mental health resources for King County employees

It is normal to feel your mental health and emotional well-being are being challenged during these ongoing difficult and uncertain times. Balanced You is here to remind King County employees that there are resources available to support you. In this Balanced You blogpost, you will find a list of links to resources tailored for different audiences - such as BIPOC employees, employees facing layoff, and employees seeking recovery - as well as a general overview of mental health resources available to support all employees and their loved ones.

Service alert: Brief outage for external phone calls Jan. 10

On Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m., we will have a brief outage on Skype and Teams telephone callsThe outage is for critical work that is part of King County’s move from Skype to TeamsHere's what you need to know:

  • Calls to or from external parties will not go through during this time 
  • Current calls to or from external parties may be dropped.  
  • Calls between King County employees will not be affected. 
  • 911 calls will not be affected.  
  • Emails will not be affected.  
  • Employees will be able to contact the Helpdesk using Skype or Teams during this time. 
  • Service will be restored within 30 minutes. We will add a banner to the Customer Support Services homepage when service is fully restored.  

Thank you for your patience 


Special Online Event for Veteran and Military Employees, January 21, Noon - 1:30 p.m.

King County is hosting a special online event for veteran and military employees on Jan. 21. Employees and family members are invited to join us for one or all of the virtual presentations below. Register here (open only to King County employees and family members).

The event will include three segments:

  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Award Presentation, featuring King County Executive Dow Constantine
  • Veterans Benefits, Resources and Q &A
  • Veteran/Military Affinity Group (V-MAG) Mission Statement

Read more and register.

Employees needed for Well-being Advisory Committees  

Do you have ideas on how King County can better support the well-being of you and your colleagues? In response to employee surveys and listening sessions, Balanced You, is developing two new well-being advisory committees: one for telecommuters and one for essential employees working onsite.

These committees will have the opportunity to shape well-being initiatives across the County, and to help with two-way communication between King County employees, the Balanced You team, and County leadership.

You are invited to apply. Visit this Balanced You blogpost for more information. 

Call for applicants: Wastewater’s “Operator-in-Training” program offers paid jobs, no experience needed 


Crossposted from WTD Clean Water Stories 

King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is looking for operators to monitor complex industrial equipment and the flows going through them. Operators check readings and take water samples to make sure things are running smoothly. Good operators are hard to find – and desperately needed. WTD needed a way to bring in talented, new people and help them get certified as quickly as possible, so they started an Operator-in-Training (OIT) program to find and train their own operators. Read more.

Training Spotlight for Jan. 7, 2021

Creating Effective Application Materials online workshop, Jan. 13 from 1-3 p.m. Register here.

This one-hour virtual workshop will provide you tips and strategies on how to make your application materials stand out.  Learning objectives 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 
  • How to write a cover letter tailored to the specific position 
  • Identifying and showcasing your accomplishments 

STAR-LA Interview Practice and Feedback, Jan. 12 and 13 

This 60-minute, VIRTUAL, small group workshop is designed to provide mock interview practice and feedback using the STAR-LA method as taught by King County Career Support Services. This workshop is ideal for participants who have attended the Strategic Interviewing Tips and Techniques workshop or have watched the 10 minute STAR-LA method video found on the Career Support Services website

This workshop will take place Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday Jan. 13, from 11 a.m. – noon. Register here. 

For additional online workshops offered by King County Career Support Services (CSS), visit their Eventbrite page. For more information about CSS along with links to career related tips and resources, visit www.kingcounty.gov/CSS

Tech Tip: Teams Breakout Rooms are Here!


What is a Breakout Room? Meeting organizers can use Breakout Rooms to break meeting attendees into small groups during your meeting.  

When is this happening? Breakout Rooms rolled out the week of 12/7. Meeting organizers should now see the icon in your meetings 

Who is affected? Only meeting organizers can create and manage Breakout Rooms (and only meeting organizers will see the Breakout Room icon)Anyone in a Teams meeting can participate in a Breakout Room.  

How do I use Breakout Rooms? As a meeting organizer, select the Breakout Rooms icon (a square within a square). Follow the instructions that pop-up in the next screen.  

How can I learn more? Learn more about Breakout Rooms on the Teams Landing Page in our KCIT Training Hub.  

If you have questions, Submit a ticket to the KCIT HelpDesk 

View past KCIT Newsletter updates here 


Pet of the Week: Link

  • Name: Link
  • Animal ID: A493923
  • Animal type: Neutered Male English Pointer Mix
  • Age: 6 years
  • Behavior color: Rambunctious Red

As the Pet of the Week, my adoption fee has been waivedYou can find out more about me and my friends at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet

Featured Job: Project/Program Manager III

Salary: $88,920.00 - $112,715.20 Annually
Location: Seattle - Regional area, WA
Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week
Department: Natural Resources & Parks, Water & Land Resources
Job Number: 2020DP12505
Closing: Feb. 3, 2021 11:59 PM Pacific

This position, located on the Policy and Planning Team within the River and Floodplain Management Section (RFMS) of the Water and Land Resource Division, is primarily responsible for planning and coordination duties associated with three key bodies of work: coordinating King County’s enterprise-wide actions to ensure National Flood Insurance (NFIP) compliance, supporting King County and King County city participation in the NFIP’s Community Rating System (CRS), and coordinating strategic planning related to the King County Flood Hazard Management Plan (FHMP).  

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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