Employee News - Feb. 9

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King County Employee News



Black History Month Proclamation

Celebrating Black History Month in King County

King County Executive Dow Constantine has proclaimed February 2021 to be Black History Month in King County.

“King County acknowledges the long history of forced enslavement, and institutional and structural racism toward African Americans in the U.S. and its generational impacts, and has committed itself to make progress on Equity and Social Justice, reflecting its commitment to racially just policies and practices that create opportunities for all people to thrive,“ Executive Constantine said in his Proclamation.

“The scientific, technological, economic, political, and cultural innovations by Black Americans and African Americans have been essential to the progress of our nation and we will continue to honor these accomplishments every month and every day in Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., County, Washington State.”

View the Executive’s proclamation here.   

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Pause on visits to Administration Building remains in place

COVID-19 infection rates remain high In our region and we need to be vigilant in our efforts to slow the spread of the virus and make our workplaces safer for employees and the people we serve.

The county also continues to restrict employee access to its facilities and has extended the pause on employees accessing the Administration Building until further notice. Click here for details.

Employee Spotlights

Metro Tops in Ops

Recognizing Metro’s Operators of the Month (Nov. and Dec. 2020)

Every month, operators from King County Metro’s seven transit bases select their fellow drivers who make positive contributions to Metro and recognize them as Operators of the Month.

We want to introduce you to our Operators of the Month for November and December 2020. Please join us in congratulating them!

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Matt Adams

Matt Adams recognized as Facilities Management Division Security Employee of the Year


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Are you ready for winter weather?

There is a chance of lowland snow in our region this week, so now is a great time to ensure you are prepared for an emergency or inclement weather at home or work.  

Stay informed: Make sure you’re getting the latest King County information at work and at home in the event of inclement weather. Click here for more details. 

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Your feedback needed! How was your Benefits Open Enrollment experience?

The COVID-19 pandemic presented new challenges for the Benefits team and required them to do some things a little bit differently in 2020. Before they start making plans for this fall’s Open Enrollment, they’d like to hear how last year’s Open Enrollment went for you.

Please take a moment to complete the four-question Open Enrollment Survey by Feb. 28. Your responses will help us take actionable steps to ensure a great experience this fall.

 If you have questions about your employee benefits, call the Benefits team 206-684-1556 or email KC Benefits.

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Balanced You 30-day Self-Care Challenge: Week 2

Last week we kicked off our 30 day Self-Care Challenge. Hopefully you had a chance to try one of our suggested self-care ideas but if not, we have more for you this week! Try a few of these ideas for yourself or with your family:


  • As the winter months continue we recognize it may be challenging to go outdoors in the cold so Balanced You, in partnership with Vivecorp, developed a series of free live exercise classes!
  • Many of us are missing that connection with our fellow employees. Take a few moments to schedule a zoom coffee chat to catch up! You only need 10 -15 min to connect and say hello.
  • Make your mental health a priority. Balanced You and our partners have several free resources available for employees to help you get through these uncertain times. Check out the mental health resources here.
  • Try a Mindfulness Class. Balanced You partners with Mindfulness Northwest to bring you a variety of classes that teach you how to keep calm and ways to alleviate stress. View our upcoming class schedule here.

Deaf COVID zoom mtg

Accessible COVID-19 interview series for deaf and hard of hearing 

Seattle and King County created a COVID-19 video series that is accessible to community members who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing including ASL interpretation, captions, and transcripts.

Go to Public Health Insider for more details. 

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

SPARKS! film screening and discussion

The Department of Executive Services is sponsoring the SPARKS! Conversation Series on equity, social justice, and cultural fluency featuring a topical feature film or documentary. This is an opportunity to screen films together and have a facilitated discussion immediately following. Please join us for a free screening of I Am Not Your Negro.

  • Friday, Feb. 26 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Contact Cecelia Hayes for the link to the screening

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On-demand "Mini Move Break" videos now available for employees    

Employees now have access to two new 10-minute, on-demand exercise videos. These videos, produced by Balanced You’s partner Vivecorp, can be used by employees anytime and anywhere to move your body and break up your day. Access the videos alone, or consider integrating them into team meetings.

Check out the videos here by scrolling down to Mini Move Break. For more information, contact BalancedYou@KingCounty.gov.

US Race Demographics map

Presidential Executive Order on Racial Equity recognizes the importance of geography

President Biden's “Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government,” significantly references the importance of geography in understanding inequity and to advance social justice. 

Greg Babinski, Manager, GIS Center Finance and Marketing, recently published a blog explaining how this order complements the work being done by King County on equity and social justice. Read more here.

Wastewater Treatment

Improving power supply quality at West Point Treatment Plant to continue our clean-water mission

As a clean water agency, Wastewater Treatment's mission is to protect public health and the environment. The department works 24/7 to serve over 1.8 million residents and clean about 190 million gallons of water per day. The West Point Treatment plant is updating capabilities to ensure systems run smoothly. Read the story here

Learning & Development

Change Management – Online – Have you ever felt bombarded by nonstop change? When initiating change yourself, do you experience resistance when trying to get the support of others? This interactive workshop will help you better understand the impact of change and help others navigate through the phases of change. In addition, learn to manage resistance to change while planning successful change efforts. 

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

Career Support Services

Creating Effective Application Materials – This two-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 
  •  Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 1-3 p.m.
  • Register here 

STAR-LA Interview Practice and Feedback This one-hour 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

  • Thursday, Feb.18 and Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.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

Featured Job

DNR Capital Project Manager

Salary: $80,870.40 - $102,523.20

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

Department: Dept. of Natural Resources & Parks

Job Number: 2021-12800

Closing: Feb 14 

Position performs journey-level capital project management responsibilities. Will provide support in the management of multiple projects and consultants in the design, permitting, and construction of medium to large capital projects for the Parks dept.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

Navigating a pandemic within a pandemic: Coping and care for Black communities 

Dr. Jeff Duchin on COVID-19 trends and vaccine rollout


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