Employee News - June 1

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King County Employee News



Juneteenth 2021

Juneteenth 2021: A Liberation Celebration with Tales from Our Griots

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, commemorates the announcement of General Order No. 3 proclaiming the end of slavery in Texas and other states, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. 

This event virtual will feature stories and experiences of employees who have long worked in various capacities for King County, and who continue their valuable work throughout our communities. All are invited to join and managers are encouraged to support employees who wish to attend.

  • Monday, June 14 from 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Join the Zoom meeting
  • ID: 986 6927 8925; Passcode: 537644 

Delores Mack

Bringing COVID-19 vaccines to people experiencing homelessness 

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider

As Public Health – Seattle & King County strives to get vaccines to everyone in King County, special efforts are being made to reach people living unhoused. 

Mobile vaccination teams are holding clinics at homeless shelters and encampments across the county. They have visited more than 170 sites and vaccinated more than 2600 people since the beginning of April. 

Click here to read more about these efforts or find out more information about the program.

Employee Spotlights

Metro EE of the Month

Recognizing Metro’s Operators of the Month for March and April

Cross-posted from Metro Matters

Every month, operators from King County Metro’s seven transit bases select their fellow drivers for their positive contributions to Metro and recognize them as Operators of the Month.

The operators selected demonstrate safe driving skills; show courteous and helpful attitudes toward customers; and pay conscientious attention to attendance, appearance, and discipline.

Click here to see the latest honorees for March and April.

Imei hsu

Inside the Pandemic: Two mental health workers and community volunteers discuss how cultural experiences and racial trauma affect mental health in BIPOC communities 

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider

There is a lack of diversity among behavioral health professionals and a need to create more opportunities for BIPOC people in this field. Research has shown that understanding a person’s cultural connection is an important part of the counseling process. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, this need has expanded dramatically.

Check out this story of how two professionals are helping address the issues of working in this field and supporting the community.


Drive Thru Vaccine

No need to wait for a COVID-19 vaccine

If you’ve been waiting to get vaccinated against COVID-19, drop-in vaccination is available at sites across King County, no appointment needed.

As of May 13, everyone ages 12 and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more about the vaccination for youth at kingcounty.gov/vaccine/youth.

Click here to find out where and how you can get a vaccination. 

Water Taxi

Water Taxi invites you to take a summer ‘history walk’

Cross-posted from Captain's Blog

What better way to start summer than to take a walk with history along Alki Beach after a trip across Elliot Bay on the West Seattle Water Taxi? West Seattle resident Greg Whittaker is excited about the recent return of evening and weekend sailings of the Water Taxi, and he invites you to join him on the “undeveloped” side of Seattle. Read the story and watch he video here

exercise equipment

Total Body Strength Class Moves to Mondays

Balanced You, in partnership with Vivecorp, offers free, live virtual exercise classes for King County employees to join from their home. Starting June 7, the Total Body Strength class is moving to Mondays at 5 p.m.

This class is designed to focus on total body muscular strength and endurance. You’ll perform timed work and rest intervals of total body exercises like squats, push-ups and lunges with either your body weight or dumbbells - perfect for those who want to build an all-around solid strength foundation. Some floor work with no jumping is involved. Exercises are taught at an intermediate level with variations suitable for all fitness levels available.

Please Note: This class is 50-minutes long, but you can stay as long as you like. Log in 5 minutes before class to meet the instructor and get set up. No equipment necessary but you can use weights if you have them. An exercise mat is recommended. You don’t need to keep your camera on unless you’d like instructor feedback.


PeopleSoft outage June 4-6

To allow for system maintenance, the PeopleSoft system will not be available the weekend of June 4-6.

During this planned outage, the Business Resource Center (BRC) will apply vendor updates and maintenance.

This work will begin on Friday, June 4 at 3 p.m. and is scheduled to be completed by 6:30  a.m. on Monday, June 7.

The system will not be available for access by any County staff during this outage window. There will be a communication sent out to all County staff when the system becomes available.

We realize that this outage impacts all PeopleSoft users and we appreciate your understanding and support.

Training Spotlight

  • 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:
  • Staying Steady – Online – When leaders prioritize supporting their and their team’s wellbeing, they add to the creation of a values-based culture where team members have a sense of stability, feel respected and can work more effectively. This training is free and will be offered on:

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

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, June 16 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Register here

Tech Tip: Learn Now app coming up! 

Would you like to access training for Microsoft products while you’re in Teams?

Good news! This week the Learn Now app is arriving. This app will appear as an icon on the left-hand side of Teams. Click on the icon to find great training resources, including:

  • Articles about Microsoft Office and Teams features
  • Short videos to show you how to use a feature
  • Registration for live training events.

If you have questions, you can submit a request through the IT Support page

Wastewater Treatment

Featured Job: Wastewater Capital Project Manager II

Salary: $86,091.20 - $109,116.80 Annually

Location: Seattle, WA

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

Department: DNRP-Natural Resources & Parks

Job Number: 2021-13449

Division: Wastewater Treatment

Closes: June 8

Are you looking for your next step as a project manager? DNRP’s Wastewater Treatment team is looking for candidates with experience developing project plans, managing a scope of work, budget and contract requirements as related to moderately complex projects.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

Dr. Jeff Duchin’s COVID-19 press briefing

Best Starts for Kids Health Survey: What we learned about school environments

Regional Peacekeepers Collective events

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