Child Mortality Prevention Program Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on January 5, 2022
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Public Health – Seattle and King County (PHSKC) is the metropolitan health department serving all of King County. The mission of PHSKC is to eliminate health inequities and maximize opportunities for every person to achieve optimal health. The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) manages a wide range of programs and services to assist the county's most vulnerable residents. The department maintains a pro-equity focus aimed at developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all county residents. DCHS and PHSKC jointly administer Best Starts through a cross-departmental approach. 
Best Starts for Kids (Best Starts) is King County’s community-driven initiative to support every baby born and child raised in King County to be happy, healthy, safe, and thriving. Initially approved by voters in 2015 and in place since 2016, Best Starts invests in comprehensive supports for children, youth, young adults, and families and caregivers, catalyzing strong starts in early childhood, and sustaining those gains as children progress to adulthood. Best Starts was renewed by voters in August 2021. Implementation of Best Starts is guided by the BSK Implementation Plan, approved by the King County Council in November 2021 for Levy 2022-27. 
The Child Mortality Prevention Program Manager leads a collaboration between Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC), Best Starts for Kids and internal and external stakeholder partners to facilitate the county's Child Death Review process and implement strategies that incorporate equity and social justice. This work takes a collaborative approach as it is vital to bring various partners together to identify strategies to reduce preventable child deaths and protect vulnerable children.

Job Duties

  • Manage, coordinate, and facilitate King County’s Child Death Review process
  • Review cases for individuals aged 0 to 17 including reviewing case data from various sources, such as the medical examiner, law enforcement, medical records, and other relevant sources
  • Follow up on actions and strategies identified as part of the reviews, in collaboration with PHSKC’s policy team
  • Convene, organize, and facilitate reviews, and work with PHSKC’s policy team and other partners to follow up on implementation of policy, prevention and education opportunities 
  • Lead or assist to address community needs and development of policy, systems, or environmental changes 
  • Ensure compliance to Child Death Review protocols and serve as the technical expert to perform complex research and analysis of preventable child deaths and identify promising and best practices
  • Supervise student internships and projects as needed

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices, and understanding of the effects of place, race and policy and systems-based inequities on communities and populations.
  • Knowledge of the social determinants of health and drivers of health inequity
  • At least 3 years of experience convening diverse partners (i.e. non-profits, governmental agencies, community and faith-based organizations, schools, law enforcement, etc.) to gain their commitments, and operationalize those commitments, including implementing services and meeting outcomes
  • Experience working to improve health outcomes for children and youth (ages 0-17) 
  • Experience with building and nurturing relationships with partners
  • Strong public speaking skills, including ability to translate programmatic and/or technical documents for variety of audiences
  • Advanced knowledge of project management techniques and principles
  • Ability to multitask and work independently
  • Knowledge of other relevant agencies and systems in King County and Washington State
  • Strong formal written ability, including ability to write a variety of documents for various audiences
  • Knowledge of research and analysis methods
  • Understanding of the impacts of trauma and resiliency, to include vicarious/secondary trauma and the need for self-care
  • Experience leading the design and implementation of large-scale events
  • Ability to input, track, and analyze data trends
Desired experience and qualifications:
  • Experience reviewing child deaths and/or experience in any specialty related to preventable child deaths

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.

To be considered for this position, the following items must be completed:
  1. NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  2. Answer the supplemental questions. These answers will be reviewed to determine competitiveness. 
  3. Please do not use "see resume" in your application or answers to supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete. 
  4. Letter of interest which details how you meet or exceed the qualifications.
Who May Apply: This full time Career Service position is open to all qualified applicants.

This position will strive to be accessible to those we serve and our partners. This position may require flexibility to accommodate different work schedules and work locations.
Work Location: This position is based at the Chinook Building in downtown Seattle at 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104, but will primarily telework from home during COVID-19 precautions. Even after COVID-19 precautions are lifted, work location may continue to be a mix of telework from home and reporting to the Chinook Building. Telework is not guaranteed. Travel to locations throughout King County may also be required.
Work Schedule: This position is FLSA Exempt and is ineligible for overtime pay. The usual work week for this position 40 hours per week (weekdays, approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Hours may vary based on business need, and may include occasional early morning, evening, and weekend hours.  
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.
To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.  

Necessary Special Requirements:
  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.
  • The selected candidate must be fully vaccinated and be 2 weeks postdate of the last dose of the vaccine before their start date.
  • 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 their mandatory trainings on time.
  • It is highly encouraged that people of diverse perspectives, life experiences and backgrounds apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.
  • This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application  materials, supplemental questions, and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled  tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
  • 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 and working hours.
Union Affiliation: This position is not represented by a union.

Contact: For more information about the application process, please contact Molly Jensen, Human Resource Analyst, at or (206) 477-1383.

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.

Please describe your experience speaking in public, presenting, and facilitating meetings of large groups with diverse interests, backgrounds, and goals.
Please describe a previous position when you worked independently managing a program or project with frequent deadlines.
What experience do you have with vicarious trauma? Please detail your experience and ways you self-care. If you do not have experience, please indicate that.
Do you have experience reviewing child deaths or related to child mortality prevention? If so, please describe your experience. Type N/A if you don't have any experience.
Describe your experience with creating/revising and implementing policies, procedures, or programs. Type N/A if you don't have any experience.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND 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 AND 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. AND 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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