Assistant Division Director for Community Environmental Health

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on September 21, 2022
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The Environmental Health Services Division of Public Health Seattle and King County is seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds who are representative of our King County population, to apply for the position of Assistant Division Director for Community Environmental Health.
Safe and healthy water and wastewater treatment is fundamental to our health and wellbeing. Working collaboratively with four program leaders and supporting approximately 30 staff, the Assistant Director is responsible for overseeing the On-site Sewage System (OSS) Permitting, Operation and Maintenance, and Plumbing and Gas Piping Inspection programs, and supporting the development of new bodies of work.

This leadership position reports to the Director of the Environmental Health Services Division and is a part of the senior management team providing leadership within the Division. The Assistant Division Director will act on behalf of the director in the director’s absence in state and regional environmental public health discussions.  This role includes facilitation of convenings, representation of the division in interagency partnerships and processes, and representation in policy and political arenas.

The successful candidate will be an engaged, collaborative leader who has a passion for environmental public health and creating heathier lives for all people in King County. They will enjoy developing people and teams, possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and be effective at developing productive relationships with agency partners and regulated entities.
Through the work of over 150 dedicated employees, the Environmental Health Services Division promotes healthy and equitable environmental conditions and prevents disease through sanitation, safe food, air, and water, and reduction of exposure to hazardous materials. In addition to permitting and inspecting public pools, spas, pet businesses, plumbing installations, on-site septic systems, and solid waste facilities, the division also works in partnership with community to address unhealthy environmental conditions and leads the department’s climate change efforts.
Our vision is healthy, safe, and vibrant communities that are free of health disparities based on race, gender, or economic status. The Division’s core values include equity and social justice, integrity, community service, collaboration, a supportive work culture, and learning from each other and the communities we serve.

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As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts. On June 11, 2020, King County declared Racism a Public Health Crisis.
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Job Duties


  • Provide oversight and managerial leadership for the On-site Sewage System Permitting, OSS Operation and Maintenance, and Plumbing and Gas Piping Inspection programs.
  • Serve as a liaison for the division director and provide information, communicate decisions, and represent the mission, goals and values of the Environmental Health Services Division with diverse internal and external groups.
  • Collaborate and support program supervisors in navigating challenging situations and supporting programs in carrying out their missions. 
  • Engage in Division strategy development for Foundational Public Health Services funding and implementation, as well as budget planning and development. 
  • Use available data resources to craft science-based environmental public health policy and further processes and partnerships to advance these policies.
  • Represent and support operational changes and needs of the section and division, including database systems transitions.
  • Advance integration of racial equity work into the services and functions of the section.
  • Respond rapidly and accurately to emerging environmental public health issues.
  • Ensure that services are delivered in equitable and culturally competent ways.
  • Foster and advance relationships and collaboration with the Department of Local Services. Seattle Dept of Construction and Inspection, and Department of Natural Resources and Parks. 
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with regulated customers, community residents and elected officials. Ensure that employees are treated with respect and fairness.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Environmental Health Services Director.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Progressive management experience in a large governmental or private organization, with a well-developed broad range of management skills (including staff supervision, team management and development, team consensus building, and collaborative leadership).
  • Experience problem solving and decision making in a regulatory context.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, diplomatically, and strategically on politically sensitive issues.
  • Strong background in water and wastewater-related fields.
  • Knowledge and understanding of public health principles.
  • Skill working effectively with diverse employee and community populations. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to lead with equity and social justice in an organization, program, and/or community setting. 
  • Experience with managing programs, ensuring deliverables, managing projects and tasks, and communicating results.
  • Ability to create a climate in which people want to do their best; can motivate many kinds of direct reports, team, or project members; enables co-workers to grow and succeed through feedback, instruction, and encouragement.
  • Skill in partnership building and building collaborative relationships with partner agencies and external stakeholders.
  • Masters' of Science degree in Environmental Health/Sciences, Master's Degree in Public Health, Public Administration, OR a closely related field OR equivalent professional experience. 
  • Experience with grants and contracts.
  • Demonstrated experience in policy development.
  • Knowledge of and experience applying change management principles.

* Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer:
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.


To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Who may apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants.

Application Process:
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • Job Application.
  • Supplemental Questions
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location and working hours.
 Necessary Special Requirements
  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation. Records are not automatically disqualifying. 
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time.
WORK SCHEDULE: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible. The regular workweek is 40 hours, Monday – Friday. Occasional evenings, weekends, on-call work, and some travel are required.

WORK LOCATION: Currently telework with periodic work at Downtown Seattle, 401 5th Ave., Suite 1100, Seattle and Eastgate office, 14350 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98007.

UNION AFFILIATION:  This position is not represented.

CONTACT: For information regarding the application process, please contact Sarah Dunkinson ( 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Describe your experience working in or with regulatory programs. What is your approach to balancing regulation with complex individual situations in a political landscape?
Do you have experience promoting equity and social justice in an organization or the community?
  • Yes
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If you answered yes to the previous question, please describe how you have promoted equity and social justice in an organization or the community. If you answer no, type N/A.
Do you have a Washington State Driver's License or the ability to travel to work locations with limited or no public transportation services? Yes or no?
  • Yes
  • No
Describe your experience in water and wastewater related fields. Please provide below
Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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