Employee news - April 22

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King County Employee News



Earth Day April 22

Celebrate Earth Day with the Green Globe Awards today!

Every two years, the Green Globe Awards ceremony is a major highlight of Earth Week as Executive Constantine leads a special program announcing the 2021 winners, and we honor those people and organizations that have gone the extra mile in stewarding our natural environment, combatting climate change and building community resilience.

You are invited to watch the live premiere at 1:30 p.m. today, April 22. You can view the video after it is livestreamed on King County TV’s YouTube channel.

Covid vaccine

Employee Vaccine Clinic – Don’t forget to get your second shot

If you received your first vaccine at the April 9 Employee Vaccine Clinic, remember to attend the April 30 clinic for your second does. It will be at the same place: King County Metro South Training Center, 11911 E. Marginal Way S., in Tukwila.

Please note: If your first appointment was after 2:05 p.m. on the first day, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health needs to reschedule your time on April 30. They will contact you.

Please check your email inbox and voicemail for their message. If you have questions or cannot make the April 30 clinic, please call Virginia Mason Franciscan Health at 253-792-2385.

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COVID–19 vaccine appointments available in south King County

A large number of COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available at King County’s Auburn Outlet Mall and Kent ShoWare clinics for south King County residents.

Appointments are open today, April 22 through Monday, April 26. Additional appointments are anticipated to be available next week.

Eligible residents can register for an appointment at Public Health’s vaccine website, CovidVaccine.KingCounty.gov. For assistance by phone (interpretation available), call 206-477-3977 any day from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Currently, registration is only open to eligible residents of south King County. You must have an appointment. For those who live outside of south King County, check vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov for open appointments.

Employee Spotlight

Leslie Harper-Miles

Leslie Harper-Miles to direct King County’s Harborview Bond Project

A longtime King County employee, Leslie Harper-Miles will serve as Bond Program Administrator for the Harborview Bond Program, a voter-approved $1.74 billion investment to improve Harborview Medical Center’s facilities. 

Read the full announcement here


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Parenting as the Pandemic Continues

Self-care webinar for King County employees

The pandemic has been an ongoing challenge for all of us, especially parents. Balanced You is continuing to help employees navigate through these challenging times with our self-care webinar series. These webinars are a space where employees can learn and ask questions about a range of personal self-care topics.

Join us for this free discussion event, where we will talk about some of the challenges parents have faced and are still facing as the future continues to be uncertain. Making Life Easier and self-care expert Heather Steffensen will share tools and tips on how to continue parenting effectively throughout the pandemic.

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Upcoming mindfulness class and new videos available

Mindfulness classes have remained popular among employees, providing many with tools to navigate the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic. Last year, Balanced You worked with Mindfulness Northwest to develop a series of free mindfulness videos for King County employees.

We are excited to share new videos to practice mindfulness wherever you are. Visit the Balanced You blog for a link to the newest mindfulness videos.

Meeting Anxiety with Mindfulness - Feeling anxious? Overwhelmed? Exhausted? You're not alone. Take a break with this calming session. You'll learn simple, effective tools to manage stress at work and home in this free online class.

Career Service Support

  • 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 
  • 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

Training Spotlight

  • Grant Writing 101 – Online – N Seattle College – This four-session course introduces you to the basics of grant writing including where to look for funding; how to write letters of inquiry, a compelling grant application and an impact report; building relationships with grant-makers including foundations, corporations, and government; and crafting a budget that makes sense to the funder. You will be doing research on the internet so you will need a good connection.
    • Tuesdays, April 27-May 18 from 6:30-8 p.m.
    • Register here - fee is $99
  • Developing Your Leadership Style – Online – S Seattle College – Learn how to capitalize on your personal leadership style to achieve workplace goals. In this course you will: Identify your leadership style through personal assessment; learn the difference between leadership and management; recognize the "being" and "doing" of leadership; and develop the innate motivating techniques that transform employee attitudes and enhance cooperation and teamwork.

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: Multi-factor Authentication

What is it? Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is the process of verifying that you are who you claim to be when logging in to a device or an account. If you're reading this from your work computer, you probably logged in to your computer - that's single-factor authentication. But single-factor authentication is no longer enough to keep your accounts secure. Learn more below about the various ways you can digitally-authenticate your identity.

Understanding the Types of Identity Claim Factors:

  • Something you own. This is using a mobile phone or device that you have in your possession to prove your identity. Typically, the device provides a code via an application, text message, email, or voice call. You then enter this code, and for successful authentication, your code must match what is expected by the service you’re attempting to log in to.
  • Something you know. This is something you’ve memorized or stored somewhere, such as a Personal Identification Number (PIN). You must supply the correct PIN to log in to your device or service.
  • Something you are. This factor is something about your physical body that cannot be altered, such as your fingerprint or retina. Biometric scanners or readers are used to confirm you’re physically the person that you’re claiming to be.

Why do I need it? In our digitally-driven world, passwords are no longer enough to keep your information safe. These days, it takes minimal effort for hackers to break into, or social engineer their way into, accounts that are only protected by passwords. Adding an extra step to access your accounts, such as entering an authentication code, means that hackers would also need to have your phone to break in. Create an additional layer of security and make it harder for criminals to access your data by using two-factor or multi-factor authentication. Consult your IT or Security department to see if they have a preferred method of multi-factor authentication.


Pet of the Week: Meow

My name is Meow and I am available for adoption. I am a beautiful longhair brown tabby kitty with the kindest temperament. I am a very sweet and gentle five-year-old boy that loves being petted and who enjoys being with my people.

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.

Office 365

Featured Job: Senior Office 365 Engineer

Closes: April 25

Connecting all the dots within Office 365 takes a Pro. Provide support, create processes and standards that ensure enterprise services are available to various departments via the power platform including SharePoint online, as a Senior Office 365 Engineer.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

King County needs your input for Countywide Planning Policies proposal

Dining during COVID: How to spot signs that a restaurant is doing it right by Public Health Insider

First Half of 2021 Property Taxes due April 30

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