Employee News - March 25

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Executive Constantine proposes $600 million American Rescue Plan budget

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a $600 million spending plan to the King County Council, funded in part by the American Rescue Plan.

Executive Constantine’s priorities include continuing the public health response and increasing vaccinations; community supports and anti-racist-work; economic recovery with a new program that promotes access to jobs and housing supports.

Read the full announcement here

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Who can get vaccinated now in King County?

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) determines the distribution of vaccine for our state and eligibility for vaccination in phases and has opened vaccine distribution through Phase 1b2.

King County is currently in the state’s Phase 1a and Phase 1b, Tier 1 and Tier 2 for vaccine distribution. Click here for eligibility information. 

Balanced You: COVID-19 Vaccine Information, Medical Trauma and Trust Building

As King County employees become eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, the Balanced You team will be sharing valuable community resources gathered by Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC).

Watch this 15 minute conversation* between Michelle Sarju and Meredith Li-Vollmer from PHSKC discussing topics such as COVID-19 vaccine safety, historical medical racism and trauma and what gives them hope as two BIPOC women.

*Video includes ASL interpretation and closed captioning.

2021 Engagement Survey video

Deadline: Friday, March 26 is the last day to take the 2021 Employee Survey

Don't miss your opportunity to let your voice be heard. If you haven’t completed the survey, look in your King County inbox for an email from KC Employee Survey (kcemployeesurvey@us.confirmit.com) with the subject line “Welcome to the King County 2021 Employee Survey.” The deadline to participate is Friday, March 26.

As of Thursday morning, March 25, about 60% of participating employees have completed the survey and let County leaders know about their experiences at King County. You can read more here and see a complete breakdown of participation rates here.


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Amplifying Womxn’s Voices: Challenges, Inequities, and Moving Forward

The King County Women's Advisory Board and the Equity and Social Justice Legislative Branch Team will host a panel discussion titled “Amplifying Womxn’s Voices: Challenges, Inequities, and Moving Forward.”

The online event will be moderated by Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles. Panelists include:

  • Claudia Balducci, King County Council Chair representing District 6, she/her 
  • Roxana Pardo Garcia, Cultural Worker and Certified Xingona, Founder and Owner of La Roxay Productions, she/ella/they
  • Kristina Logsdon, Chief of Staff to King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski, she/her
  • Sharonne Navas, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Equity in Education Coalition, she/her
  • ChrisTiana ObeySumner, Community Organizer, Activist, and CEO, Epiphanies of Equity LLC, they/them
  • Justice G. Helen Whitener, Supreme Court Justice, Washington State Supreme Court, she/her

Use the links below to join the event. If you cannot join the live event, a recording will be available afterwards.

Asian Sparks Film Series

Culture, Karma and Pandemic Times:

Dangerous Myths, Notorious Lies, and the

Quest for Freedom in the Asian American Experience

SPARKS! Film screening and discussion. 

Join our Conversation Series on equity, social justice, or cultural fluency related to a topical feature film or documentary. Special guest Naomi Ishisaka, the Seattle Times’ assistant managing editor for diversity, inclusion and staff development, will be joining us for the discussion. All King County employees are welcome to attend.

In this engagement, we will return to the origin of some of the most notorious stereotypes of Asian identity, and how/why those images were deployed to control multiple populations considered “unfit” for true American citizenship. We will also consider more recent evolutions of myth-making that, although perceived by many as positive, actually serve the same ends.

We’ll trace the role of early films rooted in these racist ideologies and how the fallout from those images have lingered. Interviews, archival footage, and commentary from current movement leaders are included to tell the whole story.

  • Friday, April 9 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Contact Cecelia Hayes for the Zoom link. 

Service Alert: Brief outage for external phone calls  

On Sunday, March 28 at 10 a.m., we will have a brief outage on Skype and Teams telephone calls. The outage is for critical work that is part of King County’s move from Skype to Teams.  

  • 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.  

Training Spotlight: MS Teams Training 

Microsoft continues to lead Teams training sessions for King County employeesand the new Teams 200 class is a hit with Teams users looking to get more out of this great tool! 

These live training sessions will continue for King County users on many critical features of Teams through April. Feel free to drop into any of the following Teams Live Events over the next two weeks: 

There’s no need to register ahead of time. Simply create a reminder on your calendar and paste the appropriate link into it. 

King County Security Tips: The 's' in 'https' stands for 'secure' 

If you have ever signed in to a website such as Facebook or Amazon, you will notice that on the login page, the URL will change from 'http' to 'https'.
What that little 's' stands for is secure. It means that your web browser and the website have both agreed to communicate securely so that no other individuals will be able to 'listen in' on your conversation.

If you needed to communicate some sensitive information such as a password to someone else, you would not shout out in the open 'HERE IS MY PASSWORD'.
Typing sensitive information into a browser when the URL does not have https, is like shouting out that information for others to hear.

Just remember to look for that little important 's' when transmitting any sensitive information through a web browser.

Questions? Email kcitcsat@kingcounty.gov


Pet of the Week: Tato

I am a sweet little boy guinea pig who would like a family who will interact with me and keep me stimulated to help me get over my shy nature--in return, I will entertain you with my antics and affection!

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.

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Featured job: Business & Finance Officer II

Salary: $78,977.60 - $100,110.40 Annually

Location; Seattle, WA

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

Department: DCHS - Community & Human Services

Job Number: 2021SC13087

Closes: April 7

Are you looking for a new mission? Have a background in finance? Responsibilities include biennial operation budget preparation, analyzing expenditures, maintaining and assisting oversight of accounting functions impacting programs within the Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Support divisions.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

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