Community Partnerships Manager (Project/Program Manager IV)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on November 12, 2022
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The Office of Equity and Community Partnerships in the Director’s Office, Public Health-Seattle & King County (PHSKC), is seeking a Community Partnerships Manager (Project/Program Manager IV) who will bring their lived experiences as well as their technical expertise to develop a coordinated community engagement strategy for the department. PHSKC is engaged in creating and supporting the systems, tools, and staff capacity so Public Health can authentically, effectively, and sustainably partner with communities in order to advance community-centered strategies to address the social determinants of health and inequities.
The Community Partnerships Manager will work closely with OECP staff and members of the department’s Community Engagers Team to facilitate this effort as well as to assure that it is aligned with the County’s declaration of Racism as a Public Health Crisis and Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan. This role is looking for candidates skilled and passionate about amplifying Black and Indigenous voices, with a deep understanding of how institutional racism adversely impacts these communities. The position will be a member of the Office of Equity and Community Partnerships and will report to the Director of the Office and will be supported by shared administrative staff.

This recruitment will remain open until filled with the first review of applications taking place for applications received by 11:59pm on Monday, November 21, 2022.

Commitment to Equity and Social Justice: 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.
The county government has 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 all communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

We recognize that structural racism consists of principles and practices that cause and justify an inequitable distribution of rights, opportunities, and experiences across racial groups. Since declaring Racism is a Public Health Crisis in June 2020, King County and Public Health committed to being intentionally anti-racist and accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.

Job Duties

  • Facilitate and coordinate an intradepartmental collaborative of community engagement practitioners to share best practices and community situational awareness.
  • Promote and amplify Black and Indigenous perspectives in coordinated community engagement strategy for the department.
  • Establish and manage relationships with community leaders and partners in King County.
  • Facilitate regular community meetings to foster relationship building and partnerships. This includes strengthening relationships with partners, identifying and addressing improvements to working together to authentically support community in their work to improve health through equitable access to resources as well as policy and system change.
  • Provide PHSKC teams with on-going tailored support, technical assistance and training for community engagement practices, tools and policies.
  • Play a leadership role with community engagement effort when the initiative is department-wide, and support programs in community engagement for program-specific activities. 
  • The position will work with the finance, contracting, compliance, administrative, and other department staff for funding related to community engagement strategies. 
  • Coordinate a clearinghouse for community engagement best practices. 
  • Promote and facilitate communication between the office, public health department, other King County departments, community agencies, associations, and the public.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience 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. 

  • Ongoing commitment to learning, understanding, and effective application of anti-racist and equity practices when working with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, as well as LGBTQ, immigrant/refugee and disability communities. 
  • Experience implementing health equity, and/or social determinants of health focused policies, programs, or initiatives; working in community organizations or public health programs.
  • A well-developed understanding of anti-racism/equity and social justice principles and experience leading teams and/or implementing policies that integrate equity and social justice as well as community-centered approaches into program design and policy change. 
  • Demonstrated experience identifying system gaps and developing strategies for collective impact.
  • Skill in group decision making, including facilitation and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and manage conflict.
  • Ability to work well independently and as a member of a highly integrated and diverse team.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience in budgeting, planning, project management, and quality improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability use Microsoft Office applications, in particular Teams, Word and Excel.    
Desired Qualifications 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and expertise in principles and processes of public health, health equity and social determinants of health related to identified population needs.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully leading community engagement strategy that centers Black and Indigenous perspectives. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of population health issues affecting King County, including the role of structural racism in exacerbating and perpetuating health inequities.    
  • Ability to read, speak and/or write in a language identified in King County’s Top Languages Rankings.

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.

Application Materials
  • An electronic application through or (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  • Responses to Supplemental Questions. Please do not copy and paste your resume or resume sections as responses to Supplemental Questions. Doing so will result in an incomplete application, unless the submitted information completely and directly answers the questions posed. 
  • Please note that a Resume and Cover Letter are not required materials and therefore will not be a part of the application assessment process
Work Schedule  
This position is exempt and not eligible for overtime.  Typical hours are Monday - Friday 8am-5pm.
Work Location
Telecommuting and Chinook Building - 401 5th Ave, Seattle, 98104
Union Affiliation
This position is not represented by a union.
For questions regarding the application process please contact Catherine Fitzpatrick at or (206) 263-3475

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 reviewing the Racism as a Public Health Crisis and Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan initiatives, what is your understanding of these initiatives? Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan:
Please describe your understanding as to why Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities are important to highlight when addressing equity and social justice in this role.
Describe your experience in building relationships with community leaders and partners.
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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