Employee News - Jan. 14, 2021

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King County Employee News




Today at noon: 2021 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Please join community members, special guests, and your King County colleagues in honoring our nation’s foremost human rights leader and King County’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, in a virtual celebration today, Jan. 14, from noon to 1 p.m.

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.

(Above: Tsehaye Hadish, Beneath the Colors and Beyond the Strokes)


Drop-in “Debriefing Groups” for stress and coping now available for employees involved in the COVID-19 response

Engaging in emergency response is stressful. While the work is rewarding, the long hours, breadth of demands, and exposure to human suffering can be difficult for even the most seasoned employee. To support King County employees involved in the ongoing COVID-19 response, Balanced You has partnered with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Public Health – Seattle & King County to provide Debriefing Groups to employees.

Drop-in Debriefing Groups, facilitated by King County EAP counselors trained in supporting employees during stressful situations, provide responders the space to connect with colleagues and reflect on experiences, process stress, and share strategies for coping. These groups are completely voluntary for employees. Drop-in Debriefing Groups are held at different times throughout the week to accommodate employees’ schedules. Employees are invited to join any group that meets their need. You do not need to attend all groups to participate. Groups are designed so you can join as often as is helpful to you.

There are currently three weekly drop-in Debriefing Groups available for King County employees. Each group is one hour long. Groups will begin on Tuesday, January 19 and details are as follows:

Drop-in groups for all employees

Drop-in groups for BIPOC employees

For more information, visit this Balanced You blogpost.



Day of service

Crossposted from DES Express

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which falls on Monday, Jan. 18, considering making it "a day on" in your community, volunteering to help others on the holiday.

Volunteering while maintaining COVID-19 safety procedures is still possible both on the holiday and year-round. You can teach computer science remotely, paint rooms, drop off food at school district offices, and more! Many organizations offer opportunities you can do from home, or while masked up and socially distanced.

Remember, eligible employees can use sick leave for up to three days each year to volunteer for a nonprofit in the Employee Giving Program or a local school. Check out volunteer opportunities and learn how to use volunteer time off.


Free class for employees: Mindfulness When You Only Have a Minute

Life is busy with work, appointments, home life, and more. Fortunately, you can learn to find a sense of peace, calm, and mindfulness in minute-long sessions. Join Mindfulness Northwest on Wednesday, January 20, from 9-11 a.m. to learn and practice quick, short mindfulness exercises that you can do anytime and anyplace. This class is brought to you by Balanced You.

Mindfulness When You Only Have a Minute | Wednesday, January 20, from 9 – 11 a.m. | Register here


Panel discussion on understanding ableism, Jan. 21

The King County Disability Consortium is hosting an online community discussion on ableism, the intersection of racism and disability, and where there is still work to do.

Understanding Ableism: Nothing About Us, Without Us is an informative panel discussion on how people with disabilities/disabled people define ableism and how it shows up in their own lives.

The panel will also discuss the intersection of disability and other marginalized identities, especially race, other people’s role in combating ableism, how disability justice meshes with other civil rights issues and ways we can all support our collective work.

The online event takes place on Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and you can register here. Your attendance is voluntary, and employees will not be compensated or receive overtime for participating. ASL and CART are provided. For other accessibility considerations, please email events@disabilitypride.org. (Image: King County Disability Consortium).


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.

Training Spotlight: Problem Solving, Conflict Awareness, and Supervision and Leadership

  • Problem Solving Skills – Online – Through N Seattle College – Improve your problem-solving ability and innovative thinking skills so that you can generate and act on great ideas. This workshop will help you recognize roadblocks than impede innovation and understand the need for disciplined thinking to discover good ideas. This training is $89 and takes place on Wednesday, January 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Register here using the password ERkingcounty.
  • Conflict Awareness in the Workplace – Online – Through S Seattle College We all encounter difficult people. Whether you are a supervisor, a customer service professional, or have a challenging co-worker, it's important to know how to rise above your initial emotional reaction and turn negative situations into positive outcomes. This training is $89 and will be held on Friday, January 22 from 9:00am to 11:00am. Register Here
  • Supervision & Leadership Skills SERIES – Online – Through S Seattle College – Develop your leadership, communication, motivation, and problem-solving skills with this workshop based series. Take all six classes in the series to enhance your professional toolbox with skills to be used in a variety of workplace situations. This SERIES is $399 and begins on January 22 and ends on February 26, each class is on a Friday from 9:00am to 11:00am. Register Here

Please visit our King County Eventbrite website and our Learning and Development website for more opportunities. For more information, contact the Learning and Development Team at KCTraining@kingcounty.gov or visit Learning and Development at www.kingcounty.gov/learning

Brush up your interviewing skills

  • Strategic Interviewing Tips and Techniques, Jan. 26 from 10 - noon. Register here. This two-hour VIRTUAL workshop will provide you with strategies and tips to help you to do your best during the interview. Learning objectives 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.
  • STAR-LA Interview Practice and Feedback, Jan. 20, Jan. 21, and Jan. 28. 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 websiteThese workshops will take place Jan. 20 from 10 to 11 a.m., Jan. 21 from 9 to 10 a.m., and Jan. 28 from 9 to 10 a.m. 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


Pet of the Week: Squiggy

Hi, I'm Squiggy, I’m a 4 year old gray and white domestic short hair cat (A627466)! I'm a big, handsome guy who is friendly and sweet.  I am a great conversationalist, and I love to explore my surroundings! I like getting attention on my own terms. I can get overstimulated with petting, so please move carefully with me and keep an eye out for signs that I might need a break. I really enjoy the company of humans, and will make an affectionate companion in my forever home.

My personality color is RED. I am a spirited cat with a fun-loving personality! I may be sensitive to handling, so I would do best in a home with a cat savvy family who knows when to give me some space.

You can find out more about me and my other friends on our website at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet.  Note that RASKC has moved to adoptions by appointment only.  If you have more questions, you can contact RASKC via phone at 206-296-7387 (PETS) or email pets@kingcounty.gov.

Featured Job: Business & Finance Officer III

Salary: $86,840 - $110,073.60 Annually

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

Department: Community & Human Services

Job Number: 2021SC12668

Closing: Jan. 22, 11:59 PM Pacific

The Business and Finance Officer III reports to the Business and Finance Office IV and manages the daily accounting budgets and coordination functions associated with the 3 funds: (PSTAA, EER, BSK) within CYYAD. This position plays a key role in the preparation of the biennial operating budget, tracking and analyzing expenditures, maintaining the integrity of the operating budget, overseeing accounting functions and reviews expenditures with management and project managers which helps drive the strategic decision making process for their programs.  This position will have the opportunity to create and implement reporting structures and standards for the CYYAD funds in conjunction with the fund managers, as part of the transition into the new 2021-2022 biennium budget.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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