Deputy Assistant Director Food & Facilities

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Management
Posted on May 20, 2023
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$114,150.40 - $144,705.60 Annually


Seattle, WA

Job Type

Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Job Number



DPH - Public Health


Environmental Health Svcs

Opening Date


Closing Date

7/14/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



Bargaining Unit

Z3 : KC Personnel Guidelines


First review of applicants will take place as of June 16, 2023.

The Environmental Health Division's Food and Facilities Section is seeking a skilled, enthusiastic, and dedicated Deputy to the Assistant Division Director (Strategic Development Analyst). This position will be responsible for leading and supporting high-level policies and projects across the section, in addition to supporting the staff in the program by closely working with the supervisors. High level responsibilities include project management, policy development, strategic decision-making, media relations, human resources and budgeting/staffing. Some examples of specific duties include managing and directing the evolution of the food safety rating system; leading projects to improve quality and consistency of services and the permitting process; improving document management; supporting the transition to a new software; media relations and records and files digitization; as well as providing coaching, support, and mentorship to section leadership around soft skills, healthy conflict, performance management, and team-building. The successful candidate will also play a critical role in budget development for the section as well as a pivotal role in liaising with other departments and divisions.

About the Environmental Health Services Division
Through the work of over 165 dedicated employees, the Environmental Health Services Division identifies and sustains environmental conditions that promote health equity and healthy people and communities in Seattle and King County. 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.

To learn more, please visit .

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.

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Job Duties
  • Lead, coordinate and manage key projects of significance for the section; Assist with multiple projects and help generate and make data informed decisions.
  • Provide leadership and strategic planning in support of the Assistant Division Director and provide back-up coverage as needed.
  • Respond to requests for assistance from upper leadership and prioritize and allocate resources to ensure completion of work.
  • Act as a point of contact on contentious and/or politically sensitive interventions such as with Human Resources and Union related matters.
  • Incorporate Change Management principles to improve accountability and positive work culture in the section.
  • Support the section leadership in developing equitable policies, evaluate impact of pending legislation from equity and social justice perspectives, and present changes to senior leaderships in the division and to the department heads, including to the Board of Health.
  • Lead, prioritize and support multiple projects in the section, such as digitization of documents, and creating document management system and transition to Office 365.
  • Work closely with the Continuous Improvement Team to lead and support the section in transitioning to a new inspection software program and other division level initiatives.
  • Work in collaboration with the finance team on updates to the section budget and staffing model.
  • Update and improve the permit process.
  • Support and coordinate our media responses resulting from accidental sewage releases, Boil water advisories, and foodborne illness incidents.
  • Lead the King County Food Safety Rating System transition and improvement efforts.
  • Coach, mentor and train supervisors and senior environmental health colleagues in professional development, including conflict management and customer services.
  • Provide support to section leadership to ensure consistency, equity, and effectiveness of section hiring and onboarding processes.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications
  • Progressive leadership experience in large government, non-profit, or private organization, including leading projects of significance on behalf of organizational leadership.
  • Demonstrated prior work experience in one or more environmental or public health related fields.
  • Managerial experience including staff supervision, program and project management, performance management, and team management.
  • Skill in partnership building and working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders around complex and politically sensitive topics.
  • Skill creating and managing effective teams; delegating responsibilities; active listening; leading facilitation, negotiation, mediation and compromise; managing assignments to meet deadlines; ensuring appropriate transparency; and maintaining effective and positive relationships with peers, subordinates and management.
  • Experience developing and leading the development of strategic plans; developing and applying internal and external stakeholder engagement strategies; and developing, implementing, monitoring and improving programmatic/strategic outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability applying principles of equity and social justice in local government programs. Demonstrated experience working with demographically diverse populations (e.g., based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, ability, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status).
  • Ability to create a climate in which people want to do their best; motivate many kinds of direct reports, team or project members, and enable co-workers to grow and succeed through feedback, instruction, and encouragement.
Desired Qualifications
  • Master's degree in public health, Science, or Public Administration or equivalent work experience.
  • Professional experience in food and water recreational safety.
  • High level skills in data driven decision making and analysis.
  • Experience in media relations.
  • Experience working in one or more regulatory bodies of work.
  • Experience implementing change management and work culture transformation.
  • Experience working in a highly collaborative government program or coalition.
  • Established effective working relationships with program partner agencies.
  • Work with communities and community-based organizations.
Transferable skills: Y our transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military), volunteer experience, or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills in supplemental question #1 and how they apply to this position.

Supplemental Information

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.

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:
  1. An electronic application through or (use the "Apply" link), or paper application (see note below).
  2. Responses to the supplemental questions.
  3. A cover letter that summarizes your interest and qualifications for the position.
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.
  • Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.
  • If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the contact listed on the job announcement or Public Health's Human Resources Service Delivery Manager.
Work Location
Currently telework with occasional work at Downtown Seattle, 401 5th Ave., Suite 1100, Seattle.

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 travels are required.

Supplemental Information
  • 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 .
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office 365) and other web-enabled tools. Candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform essential functions of the position.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • The selected candidate will be required to submit to 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 trainings on time.
If you have questions about the position, please contact Eyob Mazengia at or 206-263-8437. If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Ma-Eyongerie Frambo, Human Resource Supervisor at or 206-263-3587.

Union Affiliation
This position is not represented.

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
  • 12paid 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.