Employee News - May 4

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King County Employee News



Dow Constantine headshot

Celebrating you during Public Service Recognition Week

from Dow Constantine, King County Executive

"I want to take the opportunity during Public Service Recognition Week to thank you for your service."

Click here to read the message. 

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Bringing 500 people inside, creating 400 jobs

King County Executive Dow Constantine released his plan to offer shelter and housing to 500 people currently experiencing homelessness in downtown Seattle, Sodo, and nearby unincorporated areas. With $100 million from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, King County will also offer jobs and rental subsidies.

Read the full story here

Masked Medical

Getting vaccinated is now easier 

Reposted from Public Health Insider

Thousands of COVID-19 vaccine appointments are open across King County. Kent and Auburn sites now offer walk-in vaccinations and additional hours. To find a vaccine provider near you, visit kingcounty.gov/vaccine

Read more of this post.

Still Together EE Giving Program

Join the Annual Giving Drive Celebration May 6

Each year, the King County Employee Giving Program takes time to publicly recognize those employees who make the Annual Giving Drive a success.

This past year’s drive, probably more than any other, had a major impact on non-profit organizations in King County, the region and beyond by raising over $2.3 million.

Please join us at this virtual event as we say thank you, share inspiration and celebrate.

  • Thursday, May 6 from 8.30-9.30 a.m.
  • Employees register here
  • Nonprofit partners register here

Employee Spotlight

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Language Access Team provides information in multiple languages to support community needs

The Language Access Team has been receiving kudos and recognition within the enterprise as well as the community for their success in putting COVID-19 information into the languages that our diverse community needs. They were also tasked with getting the employee survey put into multiple languages this year for the first time. 

Read the story about how the Language Access Team came into being by clicking here.


may is mental health month

May is Mental Health month and Balanced You is here to support employees and their loved ones in taking care of your mental health. During the month of May, Balanced You will focus communications on mental health tips and resources.

A great starting point for anyone who is ready to begin prioritizing their mental health is to take a mental health screening at MHAscreening.org. It’s a quick, free, and confidential way for someone to assess their mental health and begin finding hope and healing.

On the Balanced You Blog, we will have weekly tips and activities to support your mental health. View Mental Health Month week on: Adapting after trauma and stress to download this week’s worksheet for processing trauma and stress.

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Drop-in groups for stress and coping now available for BIPOC employees involved in the COVID response

BIPOC employees who are front-line or involved in the COVID response are invited to join hour-long group drop-in sessions to process stress, connect with others, and share coping strategies. These groups are voluntary for employees.

The groups are hosted on Zoom and facilitated by Mary Norman, a Mental Health Counselor from King County’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) team.

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Racism is a Public Health Crisis: Community Engagement

Inequity and injustice impact us all. Since declaring Racism is a Public Health Crisis (RPHC), King County Government and Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) have committed to developing stronger and better resourced partnerships with community organizations and leaders to disrupt and dismantle racism and protect the health and well-being of our all our residents, regardless of race or location.

Click here to read more about the plan to address this effort. 

Admin professionals

Administrative Professionals networking event

This program is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for administrative professionals to develop and enhance skills, and receive recognition for the important work administrative professionals do.

  • Tuesday, May 25 at 12 p.m.
  • Register here

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Now available: Let's Talk About Race

A recorded version of the Legislative Branch Equity and Social Justice Office's recent online event called “Let’s Talk About Race” is now available to view. 

This panel conversation focused on Stop Hate Against Asians in collaboration with the Asian and Pacific Islander Affinity Group. It was sponsored by Council Chair Claudia Balducci, and supported by the Black African American and the Anti-Racist White Affinity Groups. 

Click here for more information on the King County employee Affinity Groups. 

Career Support Services

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
  • Wednesday, May 19 at 10 a.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

Training Spotlight

  • Secrets of Powerful Writing – Online – North Seattle College In this hands-on class you'll learn to clarify your message, communicate complex information, avoid common mistakes, edit and proofread your writing, use proper grammar and punctuation, communicate on social media and more. This is a three-session course and all three sessions must be attended for completion.
    • Mondays May 10, 17 & 24 from 6:30-8:30pm
    • Register here - fee is $99
  • Leadership for Women – Online – North Seattle College – This two-session course examines the issues and challenges facing women in leadership positions and how a values-based leadership style is critical to becoming an effective and authentic leader. During this three-hour course you will develop your Value-Based Leadership Mission Statement. Your mission statement will help you to lead according to your values, stay focused during challenging times, and simply your decision-making. You will also learn 17 reasons women make great leaders.
    • Monday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 12, from 10-11:30 a.m.
    • Register here - fee is $89
  • 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:

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

Data management

Featured Job: Project/Program Manager III - Data Control Unit Supervisor

Salary: $88,920.00 - $112,715.20 Annually 

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Civil Service, Full Time, 40/hrs Wk

Department: KCSO - Sheriff's Office

Job Number: 2021MK13162

Closes: May 10 

Making a difference in the lives of our community takes many forms, and data is the foundation of that vision. If data is your language, we’re looking for a leader with knowledge of government databases to supervise operations of our data control & records unit.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

Dr. Jeff Duchin discusses COVID-19 trends and vaccine distribution – April 30, 2021

King County needs input for Countywide Planning Policies proposal

Even outside, masks required on and near transit

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