Employee News - April 13

A service of the King County Department of Human Resources

King County Employee News



Still Together EE Giving Program

Nonprofit enrollment in the Employee Giving Program deadline is May 11

Each year, King County employees support nonprofits through the Annual Giving Drive, volunteering and more.

Employees are encouraged to invite their favorite nonprofit to enroll to be included this year’s program. Enrollment for nonprofits to participate is now underway through May 11.

Click here to invite your favorite nonprofit to participate and read more about the program here.

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New King County eLearning platform “Learn” launches

from Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer

King County has launched a new platform to power King County eLearning, our online learning system, called NEOGOV Learn.

King County eLearning offers thousands of courses and with NEOGOV Learn now powering it, you will be better able to customize and track your learning, access courses that have been assigned to you, and get credit for your attendance at classes and webinars.

Click here for more information. 

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How to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is currently open to those who qualify under Phases 1A and 1B Tiers 1-4, but starting Thursday, April 15, all Washington residents age 16 and up will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Whether you are eligible now or will be on April 15, it is important to remember that there are several ways you can make an appointment for the vaccine. Click here for details. 

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Hopes and dreams for the future

Crossposted from DES Express

The pandemic isn’t over yet, but with a promise of vaccinations for everyone age 16 and over beginning April 15, hope is on the horizon! Perhaps your parents or even you have already been vaccinated.

What are you looking forward to once you’ve had your shot, and later, when it’s even safer to be out and about after the pandemic winds down? 

Check out what some Department of Executive Services employees are saying about their plans here

Employee Spotlights

911 Communications Center

Celebrating our 911 staff National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

This week we are recognizing King County’s 911 Communications Center employees and the KCIT employees who support the 911 system during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 11-17.

Read the full story here


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School-to-Work Transition Fairs go virtual in 2021

This year, King County's School to Work program is excited to present its Annual Transition Fair exclusively online. As in previous years, the highly anticipated event is offered to the entire community – families, teachers, local agencies, and potential employers. The Transition Fair is designed to help students with developmental disabilities find employment before leaving their high school programs.

Registration gives you access to a wide range of resources and live online activities. Coming soon are two virtual Exhibitor Expos with more than 40 community partners, including supported employment agencies for students before they leave school. Representatives will be available in virtual rooms for real-time conversations.

  • Tuesday, April 20 from 9:30 a.m. ‑1 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 1 from 9:30 a.m. ‑1 p.m.

Get the details here.

Keith Clarke

Health Heroes: Find community and a sense of well-being with affinity groups

Balanced You Health Heroes spotlights employees who are utilizing their benefits and resources to nurture their well-being.

Get to know Health Hero Keith Clarke, Equity and Social Justice Educator with the Department of Human Resources, and learn how he has built a community and grown his career through the Veterans & Military Affinity group.

Affinity groups can boost mental health by sharing space among people with shared interests or identities. Watch a short video with Keith and learn more about how King County Affinity Groups.

Metro vaccinates almost 600 staff at COVID-19 clinic

Kudos to Metro for recently hosting a clinic that vaccinated 575 workers. With all adults in Washington eligible for vaccines beginning April 15, everyone is encouraged to schedule theirs as soon as possible to help create a safer, healthier community. Click here to find a location. 

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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 
    • Thursday, April 29 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Register here

Training Spotlight:

  • Emotional Intelligence for Leaders and Emerging Leaders – Online N Seattle College – Emotional intelligence describes the ability to understand one's own feelings, and that of groups, and how these emotions can influence motivation and behavior. Leaders who are emotionally intelligent foster safe environments, where employees feel comfortable to take calculated risks and to voice their opinions. Engage in interactive, hands-on self-evaluation and exercise to develop your emotional intelligence and become a respected and inspiring leader.
    • Six sessions, Mondays and Wednesday, April 19 through May 5 from 10-11:30 a.m.
    • Register here  - fee is $179
  • Communication and Problem Solving Skills – Online Join instructor Lenny Borer for this two-day training. He will address communication and problem-solving skills with the public and with co-workers. This two-day class covers skills for effective listening, speaking, dealing with conflicts, and dealing with defensive behavior. This training is $65 and space is limited.
    • Tuesday and Wednesday, April 20 and 21 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. both days.
    • Register here - fee is $65

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

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Featured Job: Nutritionist I - Float Pool

Salary: $32.93 - $41.75/hr

Location: Seattle - Downtown Core, WA

Job Type: Career Service, Part Time 24 hrs/week

Department: DPH - Public Health

Job Number: 2021EY13193

Closes: April 21

Team oriented? Providing health care is your passion? With an MPH or degree in Nutrition, bring your direct nutrition experience and initiative to Public Health’s maternity and infant case management team. Assess nutritional needs, coordinate care, and make a difference.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

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