UPDATED: Employee News - Aug. 24

A service of the King County Department of Human Resources



***This edition has been updated to advise that employees will be paid for the time spent getting the COVID-19 vaccine***


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The key dates: Getting fully vaccinated by October 18 

All King County Executive branch employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, 2021.

To meet this requirement, employees must:

  • Receive their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the first shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, by Oct. 4, 2021, and
  • Provide verified proof of vaccination by Oct. 18, 2021
  • Click here for more information

Drive Thru Vaccine

Getting vaccinated has never been easier

All King County Executive branch employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, 2021, and there are many options for getting vaccinated in your community or at work. No appointment is needed at many community locations, and most pharmacies, clinics, and Public Health centers now offer drop-in COVID-19 vaccination. 

The vaccination is available regardless of insurance, citizenship, or immigration status. You will not be billed or charged for a vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccine is always free. Because obtaining the vaccination is mandatory, employees will be paid for the time spent getting the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes travel time to and from the vaccination site.

Click here to find out more.

Get vaccinated August 30 at King Street Center clinic

King County employees and their families can get vaccinated at one of several upcoming pop-up vaccine clinics, with the next opportunity coming up on August 30.

Monday, August 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. King County Metro in partnership with Public Health – Seattle & King County and their partner Discovery Health, is hosting a pop-up vaccine clinic at the King Street Center, Second Floor Patio. 

Discovery Health will be administering all three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) and will return to a King County worksite location to administer the second dose or you can obtain your second dose at a location in your community after the appropriate amount of time. 

Find the full schedule of onsite vaccine clinics.

COVID Conversations video series asks 'Why vaccinate now?'

Why Now? Covid Conversations DJ Topspin

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider

Why get vaccinated now? The new COVID Conversations video series from Public Health—Seattle & King County features local residents having open, unscripted conversations about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and getting the vaccine.

In the videos, community members share with their siblings, friends, and coworkers how they felt when they learned the vaccine was available. They talk about what questions or concerns they had about getting vaccinated, and what they would tell their loved ones who may still be unsure.

Click here to read more and link to the video series.

Employee Spotlights

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King County recognizes Doc Maynard crew for saving capsized boaters

Cross-posted from the Captain's Blog

When the crew of the Water Taxi Doc Maynard saw people in the water just off Duwamish Head on August 11, they acted quickly, placing a crewman in a safety suit and in the water to rescue the two people whose sailboat had capsized.

For their quick action, King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council officially recognized the efforts of Doc Maynard Captain Brad Johnson and deckhands GW Rogers and Jay White. The ceremony occurred at the Seacrest Dock, where the vessel brought the two boaters to safety.

Click here to read the full story.

Wastewater construction

Wastewater employees’ thoughtful approach earns first-ever industry award

Cross-posted from Clean Water Stories

In June, our Wastewater Treatment utility won the Industry Appreciation Award from AACE International, the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering. King County is the first public agency to win the award since its creation in 1972.

Our employees plan, design, build, and operate treatment facilities to clean wastewater for the region. Planning and building new wastewater infrastructure is complex. It can easily take a decade or more to go from identifying a project is needed, to cutting the ribbon on a newly completed facility. Each project goes through several phases of planning, design, construction, and hand-off to operations.

Read the full story here


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Questions about the WA Cares Fund long-term care program?

Beginning next year, a mandatory payroll deduction will be imposed on all Washington employee wages to fund a statewide long-term care insurance benefit called the WA Cares Fund.

The state is offering live webinar sessions in August and September to help you learn more about the WA Cares Fund and get your questions answered. Registration is not required.

Click here to read a summary about the plan and information about the webinars. 


PeopleSoft HCM Outage Notice

To allow for system maintenance, the PeopleSoft system will not be available this weekend, August 27-29.

During this planned outage, the Business Resource Center (BRC) will be performing infrastructure updates.

This work will begin on Friday, Aug. 27 at 3 p.m. and is scheduled to be completed by 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 30.

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.

Become an Ambassador with the Employee Giving Program

King County Employee Giving Program

Build your resume AND make a difference? Yes, you can have it all. Join our rock star Annual Giving Drive Ambassador team for 2021!

Last year the Employee Giving Program raised $2.39 million and supported 945 nonprofits worldwide! All during a global pandemic. No small feat!

The need is still great though. Join us as an Ambassador and bring your creativity to life, expand your technology and digital communications skills, and create joy while building community and connection for your teams.

Ambassadors are the most important element of the Employee Giving Program team. You will be the key to making sure that every King County employee has the chance to connect to a cause they are passionate about through the program.

Learn more and join today.

Fall recipes

Coffee Connections: Fall Recipes

Take a break out of your day to connect with new people! Balanced You will be hosting Coffee Connections every other Wednesday through the end of 2021 to help battle the social isolation some may feel from remote work.

Join us for the next Coffee Connections where we’ll chat about fall recipes. What are your favorite recipes once the weather starts getting cooler? Do you have a favorite seasonal fall ingredient? What is your comfort food? Bring your lunch and join this 30 minute fun conversation.

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Mental Health First Aid@Work

More than 20 million Americans experience a mental health challenge in any given year. In a world that sometimes makes it feel impossible to ask for help, it’s up to all of us as people leaders and co-workers to know when to help, what resources are available, and how to offer support.

During this course, you will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how they may emerge in the workplace, how to listen nonjudgmentally and give reassurance to a person who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to connect someone to support and services. 

Note: the full training is 4 hours. Participants must register for both sessions to complete the training.

Vaccine female nurse and patient

King County first large county to reach 70 percent with at least one vaccine dose

More than 70 percent of all age groups 12 and older and across all race and ethnic groups in King County have received at least one dose of COVID-19, the first large county in the nation to reach this milestone. More than 3 million doses have been administered countywide.

Read the full news release here.

Project manager

Featured Job: Data Asset and Technical Manager (Project/Program Manager IV)

Salary:$100,134.11 - $126,926.18 Annually

Location: Seattle, WA

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

Department: DCHS - Community & Human Services

Job Number: 2021SC14067

Closes: Aug. 29

While the Dept. of Community & Human Services continues to invest in leveraging data to improve programs and decisions, we need the help of a Data Asset & Tech Manager to take us the extra mile. Bring your strategic mindset, collaborative spirit, and go public!

Learn more about this position or view all available positions

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