Director - Division of Community Health Services

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on September 30, 2021
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The Opportunity
The King County Department of Public Health is seeking a Director to lead its Community Health Services Division.

The next Director will lead the division with equity and anti-racism at the forefront. The Director will be a forward thinker, an outstanding operational people leader, strategist, and a systems-navigator who is committed to equity and community-centered service, and who excels at inspiring, supporting, partnering, and empowering the division’s leadership team and staff to further work toward the vision of this department.

About the Public Health Department
Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) is the public health department in King County. It is jointly managed by the City of Seattle and King County governments, serving approximately 2 million residents. With current hiring PHSKC will soon employee more than 2,000 people. PHSKC is committed to healthy communities and leading with racial equity and social justice.  

The purpose of CHS is to strengthen King County’s safety net services and partnerships to assure equitable and responsive health care for communities that have historically been marginalized.

CHS provides direct services through its Public Health Center system and assures access to quality services through partnerships and regional programs.

The Division’s 2021-22 biennial budget is $295 million, with more than 580 employees. Approximately 80,000 clients are served annually in the Public Health Center system. In addition, our regional partnership programs support service delivery for more than 300,000 people annually.

More About Public Health Centers
The Public Health Centers in CHS provide comprehensive clinical care delivered through a framework of evidence-based practices. Primary populations include:

  • Pregnant people and people with young children,
  • Adolescents and school-age children,
  • Adults whose incomes are below the federal poverty threshold including:
    • People experiencing homelessness,
    • People with chronic and multiple medical, mental health and substance abuse conditions, and
    • People with limited access to services due to cultural, immigration, or language barriers.

There are six core program services delivered at our Public Health Centers:
  1. Parent Child Health programs including First Steps (Maternity Support Services [MSS]/Infant Case Management [ICM]), Nurse Family Partnership, Family Ways, and Children with Special Health Care Needs,
  2. WIC (Women Infant and Children Supplemental Food Program),
  3. Family Planning including health education,
  4. Primary Care,
  5. Clinical Dental Services, and
  6. Enrollment into health insurance and other benefit programs.

Regional Partnership Programs            
CHS also delivers several regional “partnership programs”. Through these programs, investments are made in, and partnerships formed with, community-based agencies to fulfill the division’s purpose.

The next CHS Division Director is a leader in the organization and the community in the assurance of responsive and equitable health care services and supports throughout King County.

The Director’s primary role is to serve as the authentic and transparent leader of the CHS Division, with responsibility for oversight, strategic direction, community connectiveness and operational priorities.

Other responsibilities of the CHS Director include:
  • building and maintaining strategic partnerships with Community Health Centers, hospitals, community-based organizations, and other health care and safety net providers;
  • developing and leading innovative community health programs;
  • designing and overseeing clinical operations at multiple public health centers and other community-based locations.

During this past year, CHS was called upon to develop, implement, and manage major COVID-19 response strategies including testing and vaccinations. CHS will continue to play a major role in the County’s response to COVID.

CHS Response to Racism as a Public Health Crisis
CHS was also called upon to respond to the King County and PHSKC declaration that Racism is a Public Health Crisis and to intensify its work to advance racial equity and justice.

The CHS Division Director has leadership responsibilities in responding to both of these public health emergencies.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Proven people leadership engaging and empowering teams and staff
  • Proven experience facilitating the implementation of a vision
  • Proven experience in engaging communities and developing community driven solutions
  • Proven experience hiring, working with, and supporting diverse and inclusionary staff
  • Deep personal and professional commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • Proven experience of advancing equity and social justice and addressing systemic racism
  • Proven experience leading change
  • Proven ability to navigate through difficult and complex situations, using healthy conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work with governmental and elected officials

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience in working in healthcare
  • Experience in or working with public health organizations
  • Demonstrated experience as an executive-level leader
  • Ability to understand financial situations and budgeting
  • Ability to work with labor partners
  • Possess political acumen in dealing with internal and external stakeholders

This job description is not exhaustive, and additional duties and responsibilities may be identified.

All interested parties should apply immediately to Reffett Associates by submitting the following to
  • A cover letter describing how your knowledge, skills, and abilities align with the job responsibilities and qualifications. Please address how race and social justice center your professional practice;
  • A current resume
First consideration will be given to completed application materials that are received on or before September 17, 2021.

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

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.


This directive applies to 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.


Work location: This position is based at the Chinook Building in downtown Seattle at 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104. Some travel to locations throughout King County may also be required.
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly through teleworking with reporting to office location and to meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the 
wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
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 that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  

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.