Employee news - Feb. 23

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King County Employee News



Black Leaders Public Health

Celebrating Black History Month:
Black Leadership in Public Health

We are striving to make King County government one with the communities that we serve. Issues surrounding Public Health, specifically the very real disparities in those conditions that affect life outcomes, are now front and center.

The video link below features three Black leaders in King County government who have all dedicated their careers and their lives to working to impact the outcomes of those living in King County, especially those who are most in need.

Watch here

Fish Passage Field Tour Dow

Field team inventories over 3,000 potential barriers to fish habitat

King County Executive Dow Constantine joined a field team that is conducting an inventory of about 3,300 locations under county-owned roads and trails that are potential barriers to salmon habitat.

The inventory – which is expected to be completed early this year – will help the county prioritize projects that remove barriers and restore access to upstream habitat, which will require removing and, in many cases, replacing culverts. Watch the video

DAJD  tracking device

Community Corrections keeps up with COVID changes

The caseworkers who used to oversee the operation in the King County Courthouse aren’t idle – far
from it. They’re busier than ever.

Work Education Release and the Community Work Program closed down this year, after a long pandemic pause. But the number of people on Electronic Home Detention shot up over that time. It all spells huge changes for the Community Corrections Division.

Read the full story here


Woman in Snow

How you can help people facing severe winter weather

People around the country are facing extreme challenges due to winter weather. Whenever a natural disaster strikes, one of the resources we offer King County employees is a list through the Giving Program of nonprofits that are responding. 

Workplace Giving dollars are incredibly valuable for these organizations. They help them to plan for the unexpected and invest in long-term recovery. As more nonprofits are confirmed they will be added to this page. Click here to find out more.

Love Money

Relationships & Money webinar 

Your relationship with money can have a big influence on your relationships with family and friends.

This free webinar, provided by My Secure Advantage (MSA), in partnership with Balanced You, will review how life experiences and emotions influence your finances, and then outline best practices to increase awareness and improve communications about money with those closest to you.

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

Senior African American female

Introduction to Social Security webinar March 10

Want to know more about Social Security and preparing for retirement? Then you won't want to miss our Introduction to Social Security online class. 

Guest speaker Kirk Larson from the Social Security Administration will discuss your Social Security options as a King County employee, followed by a question and answer session. Registration is required. 

Please note: The Rev Up For Retirement class has been divided into three separate classes: Introduction to Social Security, Medicare 101, and Your DRS Pension. These classes are offered on multiple days—use the links for registration information.

As a reminder, attendance at retirement classes is strictly voluntary, on your own time, and non-work related. For more information, contact Carmen Johnson, Retirement Navigator.

Juvenile Legal Family Handbook

Guide to navigating the Juvenile Legal System 

Navigating the juvenile legal system in King County is already proven difficult for most youth, guardians, and families. It becomes even harder when faced with language barriers, cultural differences, limited education, physical restrictions, disabilities, and other challenges.

Zero Youth Detention (ZYD) is doing the work to effectively address systemic inequities and eliminate barriers to access within the juvenile legal system. Read more

Career Service Support

Strategic Interviewing Tips and Techniques – 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
  • General tips and strategies

There will be two sessions:

  • Wednesday, March 3  from 12-2 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Register Here

Training Spotlight

  • Mentorship Lunch & Learn – Online – 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. This Lunch and Learn is free
  • Race: The Power of an Illusion – Online – This training will use the three-part video series "Race: The Power of an Illusion" to explore the construct of race, how it has been used to channel benefits to those viewed as white, and why racial inequities persist. This event is free and takes place:
    • Friday, March 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Register here for free
  • Leader Mindset – Online – Leader Mindset for King County supervisors and managers sets a foundation that leading a team starts with understanding yourself and your responsibility to create a team culture of belonging where all employees can thrive. In this interactive webinar, participants will take part in engaging activities, small group discussions, and action planning. This training is free and will be offered on multiple dates with the next session taking place:
    • Tuesday, March 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Register here for free

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

Tech Tip: Data center outages Saturday, Feb. 27

KCIT is replacing hardware in our data center on Saturday, Feb. 27, which will cause a number of application outages during the day. We will attempt to minimize disruptions to our 24/7 applications by moving them to safe locations, but we can not guarantee all 24/7 applications will remain online as we replace hardware.  

KCIT will start the work at 8 a.m., with a critical period beginning at 10 a.m. We expect services to be restored by 4 p.m. Our timeline is an estimate, however, so our schedule isn’t 100 percent certain.  

Other things to know:  

  • KCIT will send out a countywide email when work begins, and a second email when the work concludes.  
  • Please do not contact KCIT about any application issues between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 since we’ll already be working to restore service as soon as possible.  
  • Customer Service Managers will work to keep everyone updated on the project and to help minimize its impacts.  

Thank you for your patience as KCIT works tp improve technology for King County! 

Masked Medical

Featured Job:

Disease Research & Intervention Specialist 

Salary: $63,793.60 - $80,870.40 Annually

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT)

Department: DPH - Public Health

Job Number: 2021DB12890

Division: Prevention

Closes: March 3

Dept. of Public Health TB Clinic position. Major areas of responsibility include case and outbreak investigation, conducting interviews, data entry, community outreach, and summarizing investigations.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

A Community Works to Overcome COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitation 

Executive Constantine’s sixth COVID-19 emergency budget to fund $45 million in rental assistance and support community organizations

King County Law Library offers remote access to Nolo, the leading DIY legal database - Madison Park Times

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

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