Employee News - Sept. 9

A service of the King County Department of Human Resources

King County Employee News



Sept. 13 is the last day to get your first Pfizer vaccine to meet the Oct. 18 requirement 

All King County Executive branch employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, 2021, and there are some important dates you need to know to meet this requirement.

Watch this 90-second video that outlines the key dates for the three approved vaccines – Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson – and when you’ll need to start the vaccine schedule to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, 2021.

Vaccine deadline video

Using the online Security Incident Report form and staying safe at work

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It is our top priority to ensure King County employees feel safe and secure when at work. To achieve this, we remind you to report any threatening behavior or non-emergency incidents for follow-up to the Facilities Management Division (FMD) Security Unit by using the online Security Incident Report form. You can report incidents that happen at work or on your commute. Also notify your supervisor, manager, and/or director as soon as you can.

Additionally, if you see anything or anyone that looks unusual or out of place, please call FMD Security at 206-296-5000. If it’s an emergency, call 9-1-1 first, then call FMD Security when you are able.

The Security Incident Report form is accessible from the www.kingcounty.gov/Employees webpage within the My Tools dropdown menu, and from the bottom of the Employee Newsletter.

Click here to learn more

Employee Spotlights

Performance Excellence Awards

2020 Innovation Award for People honorees

This year’s People Innovation Award recipient is the Department of Human Resource’s Mental Health Initiative.

“With the twin public health crises of COVID-19 and racism, it became imperative that we were taking care of not only the physical health of our employees, but their mental health as well,” shared Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer of King County.

Click here to read more about the award.


Admin professionals

Connect with the Administrative Professionals Program and upcoming event, Sept. 28

The Administrative Professionals Program invites all interested employees to subscribe to their email list to receive announcements and information about upcoming events. Stay in the know with what’s happening in the program and connect with other professionals, while learning how to build skills. For more information visit www.kingcounty.gov/AdministrativeProfessionals.

Administrative Professionals Networking Event, Sept. 28

This is an opportunity for administrative professionals throughout the County to connect with each other. Learn about the King County Administrative Professionals (AP) Development and Recognition Program, meet the AP committee, and much more. This program provides resources and opportunities for administrative professionals to develop and enhance skills, and receive recognition for their important work.

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Affordable, accessible, integrated housing

Why are more than 64% of King County's homeless disabled? Why are there so few accessible housing units? How can a single person on fixed income afford housing?

In the next edition of Understanding Ableism the intersection of disability with housing instability and homelessness will be explored. 

This is an online event presented on Zoom. ASL and CART provided. For other accessibility considerations, please email events@disabilitypride.org.

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COVID-19 and Kids: Webinar and Q&A

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has unleashed new concerns about our children. Families with kids in school and child care may have a lot of questions about what to expect this fall.

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, join Sara Rigel, with the COVID-19 Schools and Child Care Task Force for Public Health – Seattle & King County, who will share updates on the state guidance that includes mitigation strategies that help reduce the risk to young children. She’ll talk about masking, vaccines, and be available to answer your questions and concerns.

View more COVID-19 vaccine webinar and support resources here.

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Coffee Connections: Fall must-see tv

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.

Is there a favorite show you’ve been anticipating coming back from summer break? Or a new show you plan to check out? Join us for another Coffee Connections to share your “must-see tv” ideas with other County colleagues!

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COVID-19 vaccine webinar and Q&A

A recording of the Sept. 2 Balanced You webinar with Dr. Michele Andrasik, Fred Hutchinson Senior Staff Scientist, is now available.

The event provided an in-depth review of COVID-19 vaccines to assist employees in their efforts to make informed decisions to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.

Watch the recorded webinar and download the slides on the Balanced You blog.

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.

Vaccination is available regardless of insurance, citizenship, or immigration status. You will not be billed or charged for vaccination. 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.

Get the details here

Training Spotlight

  • Leader Mindset – Online: Leading a team starts with understanding yourself and your responsibility to create a team culture of belonging where all employees can thrive. Using engaging activities, small group discussions, and action planning, participants will learn key strengths in leadership. Please note that this course is a core foundational training in the Leading the Way leadership development series, and it is recommended to take the other courses: Staying Steady, Equity and Leadership. Sessions are free and offered monthly. The next session will be:
  • Brain-based Time Management – Online: Do you procrastinate, get distracted, have a hard time prioritizing, or feel overwhelmed? What we do and how we do it are driven by how our brains are wired. Neuroscience tells us we have 10 brain skills and each one of us has skills that are strong (and skills that are not). In this class, you’ll hear about each of these skills so you can identify where the weak areas are for you and most importantly, learn what you can do about it. Imagine finishing your workday with confidence that you remembered and handled everything you needed to. This class is $50 with multiple offerings. The next session takes place:

Please visit the King County Eventbrite and Learning and Development websites 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

PeopleSoft HCM outage Sept. 10-12

The PeopleSoft system will not be available the weekend of Sept. 10-12 for the Business Resource Center to perform infrastructure updates.

The work will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10 and is scheduled to be completed by 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 13.

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.

Security Tip: What’s the Deal with Data Breaches?

Data breaches are becoming more and more common these days. You hear about them in the news all the time. So you might be wondering: what exactly is a data breach? How do I protect my information? What do I do if my information was already exposed?

Don't panic - for the answer to these questions and more, click here

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Pet of the Week: Nala

I am a very smart dog! At the shelter I am practicing how to "sit," but I still need some potty training. I can be very shy with new people. I'm looking for someone who will allow me the time and space to warm up so I can show them how affectionate I can be.

You can find out more about me and my other friends on our website at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet. Note that Regional Animal Services of King County (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.

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Featured job: IT Project Manager III

Salary:$118,206.40 - $149,843.20 Annually

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp

Department: KCIT - Information Technology

Job Number: 2021-14171

Division: Enterprise Business Services

Closes: Sept. 12 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time

Collaborate and engage with a wide variety of stakeholders as a Senior IT PM, where you can implement a modernization project supporting the Environmental Health Services division. As a strategic leader, you will be the visionary for future technical solutions.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions

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