Deputy Division Director -Prevention Division

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
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Posted on April 21, 2021

The Prevention Division of Public Health - Seattle & King County is seeking applicants  who reflect the diverse  communities we serve to apply for the position of Deputy Division Director!
This position is posted continuously until filled. The first review of applications will begin on May 4, 2021. 
Initial interviews are currently scheduled to take place on May 13th and 14th.

The Position…

This is a senior leadership position that works closely with and is complimentary to  the work of the Prevention Division Director. The position manages the varied responsibilities within the division, including over 175 employees and a bi-annual budget of over $90 million.
The Prevention Division provides service to King County residents via our programs in Communicable Disease, Epidemiology and Immunizations; Tuberculosis Control (including the TB Clinic); Sexual Health Clinic and Program; HIV Program, Public Health Laboratory, Vital Statistics,  and the Medical Examiner’s Office.

This position is responsible for assisting the Prevention 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 Prevention Division as assigned.

This position is pivotal to advancing equity and social justice (ESJ) principles, utilizing broad organizational knowledge and a deep understanding of lived experience of communities of color to recognize opportunities for strategically disrupting workplace systems and culture.

The position will also advance employee engagement, inclusiveness, continuous improvement, and connection across sections and workgroups. It is also vital to our goal of creating a value-based, collaborative, and innovative culture that successfully partners with key stakeholders to equitably serve communities.
The incumbent should bring skills and experience in high-level management, including responsibility for operations for the division, oversight of programmatic work such as human relations, change management, quality assurance and improvement; value and support workers bringing their full selves to the job; and bring a heart-head connection to their work.  

Who May Apply: 
This full-time,  position is open to all qualified candidates. This is an appointed  position exempt from King County Career Service.
 Work Location:
 Downtown Seattle, Chinook Building, 401 5th Avenue, Suite 1200, 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 
The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis after July 5, 2021.  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,& Leadership Role
Works with the Division Director, Leadership, and Managers in developing and implementing the Prevention Division strategic plan, business plan, sponsoring priority projects, and other related activities.  Responsible for developing content, monitoring progress, driving results, and encouraging staff along the way to meet their fullest potential.
 Ensures ongoing progress continues in all key areas of oversight.  
Works with Division Director and Policy & Finance Administrator on administrative areas of practice, including program changes, budget, HR, and operations; as well as with programs on the resources, services, and operations, including facilities and IT project oversight.

Human Relations Role

Provides leadership in labor-related issues, incorporation of equitable and just human resources practices, employee engagement, and support/guidance for change management within the division. In concert with the director, sets the tone and culture for respectful communication, healthy conflict, and strong interpersonal skills and problem-solving.
Coordinates and communicates closely with departmental and county teams such as Payroll, Human Resources, Office of Labor Relations, King County Information Technology, Emergency Preparedness, and labor groups. Represents the division at Labor Management meetings. 
Coaches, mentors and provides conflict management for individuals and/or teams.

Provides direct supervision to Prevention Division Business Analyst, Prevention Systems
Administrator/HR Liaison, and Prevention Division Equity Inclusion and Belonging Manager.  

Equity and Social Justice 

Supports and is responsible for continuing culture change and systems transformation across the division to produce equitable outcomes for employees and communities, in alignment with our commitment to address racism as a public health crisis.

Administrative & Support Services Oversight 
Oversees administrative and operational functions, such as Information Technology (IT), health information management, facilities and other supportive functions to assure high quality and efficient functioning of the Division. Negotiates and implements MOU/contracts.  
 Assesses and addresses concerns about program services raised by community members or others. 
Represents division at meetings, group presentations, and community/public events.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Leadership Qualities

  • Healthy Conflict Engagement
  • Problem-solver
  • Political and managerial savvy
  • People Leader
  • Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • Demonstrated ability to perform all the roles of the position.
  • 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 including interactions of a political nature.
  • Knowledge of human resources management techniques and principles including interest-based or collaborative negotiations with unions.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize organizational knowledge and understanding of lived experience of communities of color to identify opportunities for strategically disrupting workplace systems and culture to promote equity and inclusion in an organization or community.
  • 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.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to communicate diplomatically on sensitive issues. 
  • Ability to manage a variety of programs or projects simultaneously.
Desired Qualifications:  
  • Masters preparation in public administration, business, public health or a related field or three to five years of relevant experience.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining systems that monitor service standards, timelines, outputs, and resources to meet practice needs.
  • Washington State Driver’s License or the ability to travel to work locations with limited or no public transportation services is required.

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, interviewing, and question and answer sessions with key teams (Leadership, Prevention Admin, ESJ). 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.  

Contact: If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Debbie Baker, 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 progressive experience that led to serving in an executive role supporting the operations of a large organization and providing coverage for senior leadership?
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