Disability Justice Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
Posted on June 17, 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 Disability Justice Manager (Project/Program Manager III) who will bring their lived experiences as well as their technical knowledge to provide subject matter expertise and policy guidance to the Office of Equity and Community Partnerships, Public Health – Seattle & King County. The position will establish equity justice practices and partnerships with the disability community and other governmental and non-governmental organizations to facilitate learning and best practices. As Public Health – Seattle & King County has declared racism is a public health crisis, the position will focus on advancing the intersection of disability and racial justice in Public Health.
This is a term-limited temporary (TLT) or Special Duty Assignment (SDA) position funded by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 and Health Equity grant which has a budget period from June 1, 2021, to at least September, 2023. This position will contribute to the grant’s goal of reducing health disparities in COVID-19, other health conditions, and the social determinants of health within the King County disability population.

Commitment to Equity and Social Justice: As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nations' history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.

We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play.

Job Duties

The Disability Justice Manager will ensure that the needs of people living with disabilities are incorporated into the department’s work to reduce and eliminate racial/ethnic disparities, as well as disparities for people with disabilities. The position will:

  • Work and liaise with the disability and racial equity community and other partners.
  • Provide cross departmental coordination to advance disability justice issues related to COVID-19 and social determinants of health impacting the disability community. 
  • Support creation of meaningful systems, policies and procedures informed by stakeholders and aligned with the goals of King County’s declaration of Racism is a Public Health Crisis and King County’s Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan
  • Develop an action plan to implement Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance and accessibility in Public Health-Seattle & King County.
  • Promote and facilitate communication between the office, public health department, other King County departments, community agencies, associations, and the public. Contribute to community leaders, inter-jurisdictional or multi-agency policy development. Represent the office in community and inter-jurisdictional meetings.   
  • Address conflicts as opportunities for collaboration with demonstrated facilitation, negotiation, and consensus-building skills.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Experience working with persons with disabilities, as well as Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and low-income communities.
  • Experience working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders including individuals, families, culturally specific and community-based groups, volunteer boards, policy committees, service providers, government and systems partners, and co-workers.
  • Knowledge and application of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other local and federal civil rights laws. 
  • Experience implementing COVID-19, 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 ability use Microsoft Office applications, in particular Teams, Word, and Excel
Desired Qualifications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of:
    • Equity and social justice principles and practices, and understanding complex application of intersectional approaches and strategies, in terms of disability and race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, class, and other identities.
    • Government and employment requirements of the ADA.
    • Different accessibility and accommodations needs for people with physical, developmental, and behavioral disabilities.
    • Making communications, meetings, and events accessible to the disability community and expertise in principles and processes of public health, health equity and social determinants of health related to identified population needs. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of population health issues, including COVID-19, affecting King County residents.     
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English in writing and verbally

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.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified internal and external candidates. To be considered as a Special Duty applicant, you must be a current Career Service, King County employee who has successfully passed probation and must get your supervisor's approval if this assignment is offered to you.
 Application Process: 
 The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • An electronic application through www.kingcounty.gov/jobs or www.governmentjobs.com (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. 
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter or Letter of Interest. Using as many or few words as you see fit, you can:
    • describe why you are interested in this position; AND/OR 
    • write about your passion for the work; AND/OR 
    • highlight how your lived and work experiences have prepared you to take on this role
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 NeoGov application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • 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 www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/jobs/hiring.
  • 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 an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location and working hours.
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 required training on time.
Work location: This position will work remotely, but may be required to report to work at the Chinook Building (401 5th Ave in Seattle)  for meetings, or in the field to meet with community members.
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.
Work schedule: The normal work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm This position is not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible.
Union affiliation:
This position is not represented by a labor union.
For more information about the application process, please contact Catherine Fitzpatrick, HR Analyst at Catherine.fitzpatrick@kingcounty.gov.    

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 working with persons with disabilities, BIPOC, and low-income communities?
  • Yes
  • No
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Do you have knowledge and understanding of the application of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other local and federal civil rights laws?
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  • No
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Do you have knowledge and experience with working to eliminate racial inequities in COVID-19, other health conditions, and the social determinants of health?
  • Yes
  • No
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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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