Employee News - July 20

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King County Employee News



KCIT award 2021

King County is #1 in the US for tech!

We’re tops in tech! King County has been named the nation’s #1 Top Digital County by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.

The group annually surveys public IT departments around the country for effectiveness. Read the entire story here

Return to Work

Get answers to your Future of Work questions

Many aspects of our work radically changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as we begin to implement our Future of Work plans for post-pandemic operations, King County has built a centralized Future of Work intranet site (employee access only) to provide resources, tools, news, and answers to your questions.

Whether you are moving to a new location or a new model for delivering services, working primarily in person, primarily remotely, or a hybrid of both, you can find tools, resources, and answers to your questions on the Future of Work site.

This site will be regularly updated with new information and resources, so please bookmark the site, and check back often for updates and answers to your questions.

Employee Spotlights

Chris Zanassi tells why she chose to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Vaccine Testimonial Chris Zanassi 15

Baseball Beyond Borders

Youth Sports Grants program salutes employee volunteers

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends youth engage in 60 minutes of physical activity a day, yet in King County, only 19% of youth meet these recommendations. 

Many barriers such as rising costs, limited transportation options, along with policies and practices result in inequities of access to physical activity disproportionately impacting youth of color, youth living in poverty, and immigrant and refugee youth.

King County Parks' Youth Sports Grants aim to invest in programs and capital projects that will reduce barriers youth face to participating in physical activity. Click here to read more.


Hmong Flower Stand

CHOMP! returns to Marymoor Park Aug. 21

Learn about what’s fresh in King County and join us for a full-day of food-centric fun with local farmers, activities, live music, food vendors and more at CHOMP!

  • Saturday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Marymoor Park

Read more about the event here

Minority Mental Health Awareness webinar

This dynamic discussion includes King County employees and community members who will give some background around mental health for our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) community, and provide information on resources available for you and your loved ones. 

BIPOC Mental health Webinar

Meet the panel:

  • Stacey McQuade-Eger, JD/CMP, Director, King County Career & Culture Division & On Loan to Office of Equity and Social Justice
  • Keith Clarke, Equity & Social Justice Educator in Learning and Development, King County Career & Culture Division
  • Makinie Fortino, LMFT & Behavioral Health and Academic Counselor at Renton Technical College
  • Moderator: Karla Clark, Employee Health Specialist, King County Balanced You Team, King County Career & Culture Division

All King County employees are invited to attend:

Indigenous woman and baby bundle

Reclaiming our Power: Indigenous Wellness Today

As part of National Minority Mental Health Month, Balanced You is highlighting a free, on-demand webinar from Mental Health America called Reclaiming our Power: Indigenous Wellness Today. Indigenous people and tribal nations across the U.S. and Canada are working to promote, preserve, and evolve ancestral health and wellness practices.

This presentation will highlight prominent examples of successes and challenges that Native American and First Nations wellness leaders and programs are currently experiencing. Presented by Chelsey Luger (Turtle Mountain Chippewa & Standing Rock Sioux), training and educator for Native Wellness Institute. Luger will share a unique model for holistic health and wellness that ties ancestral knowledge to everyday modern life.

Click here to watch a recording of this 30-minute Indigenous Wellness webinar.


New Mindfulness Class schedule for Summer 2021

Balanced You is partnering once again with Mindfulness Northwest to offer free mindfulness classes and workshops to King County employees.

Mindfulness is a practice that can support you in reducing stress at work and at home. This summer, we will have classes for all employees that will teach techniques such as how to meet anxiety with mindfulness, mindful self-compassion and more. Upcoming classes:

Introduction to Mindfulness: Self Compassion

Introduction to Mindfulness

View the new Mindfulness schedule for classes over the next three months.

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 
    • Tuesday, July 27 from 2-4 p.m.
    • Register here
  • Administrative Professionals Networking Event – This bi-monthly program is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for administrative professionals to develop and/or, enhance skills and receive recognition for the important work administrative professionals do.

Register your physical address(es), email address(es), and phone number(s) to receive important safety information during an emergency. Registration is free.

You can also sign up for KCInform, King County’s employee alert and warning system, to timely information about infrastructure disruptions, facility impacts, changes in your department's business operations, and other critical impacts. Your King County desk phone and @kingcounty.gov email are already in the system. It is important to register your County-issued cell phone (if applicable) and personal cell phone and email address to ensure you receive time-sensitive messages. This service is free and your personal contact information is secure and protected.   

Visit the KCInform website to learn more, or watch our short video.  

Training Spotlight: 

  • Mentorship Lunch & Learn – Online – Would you like to have a mentor, someone who can help you grow professionally? Do you want to strengthen your coaching skills? As a Mentee, you will have a trusted advisor who can help you navigate complex situations, and as a Mentor, you can uncover new or forgotten skills and build influence. This Lunch and Learn is free and the next session is:
  • Equity & Social Justice Fundamentals – Online – Equity and Social Justice Fundamentals is the first session in a series of trainings designed to support King County employees in learning about equity and social justice and in particular racial justice at King County. Using videos, small group conversations, and sharing of information and resources. This training is free and will be offered on multiple dates, WHICH FILL QUICKLY! Our July, August, and September sessions are Full. The next session with available tickets is:
  • Thursday, Oct. 28 from 1-4:30pm.
  • Register here

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

Project Manager graphic

Featured Job: Environmental Health Services Recovery Team Logistics Coordinator (Project/Program Manager II)

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

Location: Seattle, WA

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

Department: DPH - Public Health

Job Number: 2021NH13838

Division: Environmental Health Services

Closes Aug.1

If you’re looking for a direct way to help your community, this Project/Program Manager II role leads the charge for indoor air quality, ventilation, and equitable supply distribution. Bring your passion for public health, and coordinate COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions

King County Headlines

Public Health Crafter’s Corner: 1-minute DIY Filter Fan by Public Health Insider

Cultivating Community Transformation & Imagination by Best Starts for Kids

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