Central Employee Services Deputy Division Director

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Management
Posted on September 2, 2022
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The Central Employee Services Division (CESD) within the Department of Human Resources (DHR) seeks an experienced, dynamic, and motivated professional for their Deputy Division Director.
Who We Are:
The Department of Human Resources’ mission is to provide strategic human resources leadership, modernized systems, customer-focused services, and tools designed to support the management, growth, and development of the King County workforce. The Central Employee Services Division is a division within DHR. Ensuring the health and safety of employees is the County’s number one priority and the division provides integrated services in the areas of Safety and Claims (Workers’ Compensation), Disability and Leaves, Balanced You (Well-being) and Employee Giving, Employee Assistance Program, Benefits Strategy, as well as Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Operations. As a self-insured entity in Washington State, the County self-administers its Workers’ Compensation program.

The work we do requires strong connection and collaboration with peer departments and across the County. We deliver a broad range of programs that are both County-wide and department specific, all through an anti-racist and pro-equity framework guided by our True North and Values, the six pillars of our Investing in YOU strategy, and the Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan.  
We seek a Deputy Division Director to oversee two or more sections of CESD as well as provide leadership, management, and oversight for the division in the Division Director’s absence. Sections will be determined based on the skillset and experience of the candidate selected.

Other Position Information
This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and not overtime-eligible. Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek, normally 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This position is not represented by a union and is classified as a Deputy Division Director-Employee Health and Safety; class code: 1193110.

Job Duties

  • Apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. This is a daily responsibility and foundational expectation for all King County employees. 
  • Provide strategic partnership to Division Director.  
  • Lead, manage, and oversee two or more of the following services provided by the Central Employee Services Division: 
    • Safety Programs: Provide ergonomic evaluations to reduce repetitive motion injuries; manage occupational safety programs such as workplace sampling (noise, air quality), hearing conservation, and pre-employment physicals; and train employees in life-saving practices such as first-aid, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use, defensive driving, forklift safety.   
    • Workers’ Compensation: Process and manage claims for on-the-job injuries or accidents. 
    • Disability Services: Consult with agencies to provide reasonable accommodations to help keep employees at work when they face a permanent or temporary disability; administer transitional duty assignments through the Reassignment Program.   
    • Balanced You and Employee Giving: Deliver programs to support the physical and mental well-being of employees, including mindfulness, mental health, flu shots, activity centers, and financial planning. 
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Delivers direct services and support to employees regarding delicate and complicated employee matters. 
    • Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement: Assists employees with medical, vision, and dental plan options; life and disability insurance; medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts; leave programs; payroll; and retirement planning. 
      • Leaves Administration: Consult with agency HR staff, managers, and supervisors on complex cases to ensure all absences are handled appropriately and equitably; ensure compliance with Federal, State, and County laws as well as leave absence policies. 
  • Facilitate and direct the development and review of operational performance metrics to ensure the division meets its goals and assist in areas of process improvement and standard work efforts. 
  • Assist in leveraging resources to deliver programs and services.
  • Implement strategic direction to support planning, process improvement, new policies, and initiatives to move the division forward in alignment with CESD’s vision and strategic goals. 
  • Work with diverse stakeholders across the County where division services overlap to provide support with communication and implementation efforts. 
  • Support efforts to build strong senior and extended leadership teams, foster a positive environment in diverse work situations, create strong morale, instill the division vision and purpose, and encourage open dialogue.
  • Work collaboratively with DHR leadership, HR management, and King County department/division/section leaders to support, develop, design, and implement various Human Resource programs, strategies, and initiatives.
  • Facilitate optimum utilization of County resources, such as methods, equipment, materials, funding, and people, through effective management practices to accomplish established short- and long-term goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Six years of increasingly responsible management experience in human resources, safety and claims administration, disability and leaves administration, benefits and payroll, or employee health and well-being programs; and
  • A Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field; OR
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work.
Other Qualifications
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
  • Strong and active supervisory skills.
  • Clear and effective communication and presentation skills, both oral and written, with the ability to communicate with individuals at all levels both internally and externally.
  • Skill at goal setting with the ability to organize people and activities to accomplish strategic work plans.
  • Skill and demonstrated experience in developing and establishing process improvements, and developing innovative approaches to problem solving, working collaboratively, and implementing various programs.
  • Skill in system/organizational analysis.
Desirable Qualifications
  • Public Service experience.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed as received, and they will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. All materials will be evaluated for spelling, grammar, and punctuation usage. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a series of interviews.
Applicants who apply by September 25, 2022, will receive first consideration in the process.

 Forms and Materials Required 

  1. An online employment application completed at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs. The employment history should go back at least 10 years if you have 10 years of employment (or more to include all relevant experience). Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. All relevant experience must be included in the application.
  2. A cover letter no more than two pages summarizing how you meet the required experience, qualifications, knowledge, and job skills. In addition, please share why you are interested in this position. This is a required application material. If a cover letter is not received, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered.
  3. A resume
For more information, contact:
Jen Montoya
Senior HR Analyst
Teleworking Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly through telework, complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a home workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including wearing masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing its carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will join an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

Forbes 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, 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.

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.

In addition to the online employment application, a cover letter and resume are required application materials. If either is not received, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered. Have you attached your cover letter and resume?
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