Deputy Division Director - Jail Health Services

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
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Posted on November 14, 2020

Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.
The Jail Health Services Division of Public Health Seattle and King County is seeking diverse applicants who are representative of our King County population, to apply for the position of Deputy Division Director!

This position is posted continuously until filled. The first review of applications will take on 11/27/2020.

The Position…

This is a senior leadership position working closely with the Jail Health Services (JHS) Division Director to manage the varied responsibilities within the division, including 230 employees and a bi-annual budget of over $75 million.

Jail Health Services is a Division of the Department of Public Health and provides the health care services to the adult secure incarcerated population for King County.  

This position is responsible for overall division operations in three key areas: health services oversight and continuous improvement; strategic planning and budget; and administrative oversight.

This position is also responsible for assisting the JHS Division Director in all aspects of division management with full delegated authority to act on behalf of the Director in the Director's absence and representing the JHS Division as assigned.
This position is pivotal in building a work environment that promotes equity and social justice (ESJ), employee engagement, inclusiveness, teamwork, continuous improvement, and connection across sections and workgroups.  The Deputy Director role is also vital to our goal of creating a value-based, collaborative, and innovative culture that successfully partners with key stakeholders to provide patient-centered care. The incumbent should bring strengths in high-level management, oversight of programmatic and clinical operations, HR, budget, and quality assurance and improvement.  

Who May Apply: 
This full-time, Career Service Exempt position is open to all qualified candidates.
Work Location: 

Downtown Seattle, Chinook Building, 401 5th Avenue, Suite 1000, Seattle, WA, 98104.
 Work Schedule

The normal work week is Monday through Friday, with some evening, night, and weekend work as necessary. This position is FLSA exempt, and as such is not overtime eligible.

Temporary Telecommuting Requirement:

The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. 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.  

Job Duties

Strategic Planning, Budget & Leadership Role

Work with the Division Director, Leadership, and Managers in developing and enacting the Jail Health Services strategic plan, business plan, sponsoring priority projects, and other related activities.  Will be responsible for developing content, monitoring progress, driving results, and encouraging staff along the way to meet their fullest potential.

Ability to juggle various tasks, situations, and priorities on an ongoing basis to ensure progress continues in all key areas of oversight.  Work with Division Director and Finance Manager on administrative areas of practice, including program changes, budget, HR, and operations; as well as with Clinical Leaders on the resources, services, and operational monitoring needed to assure services provided are accessible, obtainable, and meet or exceed standards of care.

Health Services Oversight and Continuous Improvement 

Oversee operations of health services in the King County regional adult jails to ensure they meet quality standards, division goals, and customer needs. Develop and track key performance metrics to ensure care standards, goals, and targets are established, communicated, and monitored to identify quality improvement opportunities.  Assure there are patient and employee engagement efforts that collect needed data and information to inform further changes or improvements.  These efforts should be done with an ESJ focus to assure our practice and work settings  continuously strive to promote, provide, educate, and advocate for our incarcerated population.

Monitor and ensure compliance with accreditation standards, laws, regulations, and policies and procedures in both the Public Health Department and the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. Contribute to the development and implementation of new policies and procedures as needed.

Identify and analyze data regarding health care programs, community priorities and resources and make recommendations to the Division Director on regional policy and/or program issues which need to be addressed.

Design in-depth analytical studies including those that involve complex issues such as program staffing and workload distribution.  Coordinate and prepare written reports outlining issues, and make recommendations to the Division Director for programmatic and operational changes.

Assist program managers in planning implementation of change recommendations and oversee completion of complex projects, including development of necessary budgets, staffing, equipment and facility needs, and funding opportunities.

Assess and address concerns about program services raised by inmate-patient family members or other advocates.  

Administrative & Support Services Oversight 

Oversee administrative and operational functions, including: supplies, facilities and equipment, Information Technology (IT), health information management, human resources, and other supportive functions to assure high quality and efficient functioning of the Division. Negotiate and implement contracts.  Communicate with union representatives and work on labor-related projects to resolve issues and pursue opportunities.

Provide supervision and direction to key managers and administrative staff in the Division.

Represent division at meetings, group presentations, and community/public events.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Progressive management experience in a large governmental or private organization, with a well-developed, broad range of administrative, negotiation, facilitation, and management skills.
  • Working knowledge of governmental or large and complex organizational procedures.
  • Skills utilizing collaborative labor negotiation strategies, establishing effective labor-management partnerships, and managing day to day activities in hierarchical environments.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of management and supervision, budget development, financial management and of financial concepts employed in operating programs.
  • Knowledge of human resources management techniques and principles including interest-based or collaborative negotiations with unions.
  • Ability to develop and implement strategic processes.
  • Skill in dispute resolution, including the handling of grievances and arbitration.
  • Skill in effective decision-making and team consensus building.
  • Skill working effectively with diverse employee and community populations.
  • Knowledge of and ability to promote diversity, equity and social justice issues in an organization or community.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate diplomatically on sensitive issues. Ability to manage a variety of programs and projects simultaneously.
  • Washington State Driver’s License or the ability to travel to work locations with limited or no public transportation services is required.

Desired Qualifications: 
  • A Master's degree or equivalent experience in public administration, business, public health or a related field.
  • Experience performing employee and labor management functions in a healthcare delivery system having a highly represented workforce. 
  • Experience in budget development and monitoring.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining systems that monitor service standards, timelines, outputs, and resources to meet practice needs.

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.

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Application Materials Required: 
 The following application materials are required in order to be considered for this position:
 1. A Completed Online or Paper Application
 2. Supplemental Questionnaire
 3. Resume
 4. Cover letter
Supplemental Information:
  • This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing 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 a role as a first responder in the event of a Public Health emergency.
Necessary Special Requirements:
  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.
  • 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.
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards

Public Health - Jail Health Services follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:
  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution; 
  • Convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse 
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above.

     Additionally, PREA standards require that the department consider any incidents of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee in determining whether or not to hire or promote anyone.
     The above is in compliance with PREA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart A, Section 115.17, Hiring and Promotion Decisions.


If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Mark Lacy, Human Resources Analyst  Please do not email resumes to the contact of this recruitment as you must complete ALL application materials to be considered for this position.

Union Affiliation:

This position is not represented by a labor union. 

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.

Do you have experience developing and implementing a strategic planning process and managing the associated human, financial, and cultural issues?
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Do you have experience with budget development and monitoring?
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Do you have experience overseeing labor management issues?
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Do you have experience leading and/or managing in a rapidly changing and unpredictable business environment?
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Do you have experience promoting diversity, equity, and social justice in an organization or the community?
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Do you have experience with developing efficient multidiscipline health care operations?
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Do you have experience serving in a deputy role supporting the operations of an organization and providing coverage for the director?
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Do you have experience successfully engaging teams with different roles/purposes to achieve overarching goals, targets, or deliverables?
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Are you applying to this position as a 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.
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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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