Equity and Social Justice Administrator-Veteran Fellow

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on January 14, 2022
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Summary

The King County Council is looking for an experienced and motivated veteran or active-duty service member of the National Guard or any reserve component of the U.S. military, with a passion for community engagement to reinforce the Council's work on eliminating racial inequities in systems, structures, policies, and practices. The Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Administrator will organize projects related to the implementation of the Council's ESJ Strategic Plan and provide professional learning opportunities on topics related to equity and social justice, including but not limited to race, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, education, age, ability, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, language, nationality, and religion. 
 
The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of carrying out equity, diversity, EEO and social justice efforts and is experienced with cultivating and strengthening internal, local, and regional partnerships and participate in thoughtful engagement with our community stakeholders.

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.  
 
JOB DUTIES
General Administrative

  • Support leadership in the development and implementation of strategies to increase organizational diversity and inclusion initiatives, and the advancement of equity and social justice.
  • Assist staff on the development, deployment and progress measurements of equity and social justice action plans.
  • Manage agency and interagency ESJ projects. Develop project methodology and development.
  • Serve as countywide liaison and coordinator between departments, interbranch committees, advisory boards and commissions and the public on equity and social justice efforts.
  • Provide support for the Legislative Branch ESJ Team and other County ESJ efforts, as approved by Acting ESJ Director.
  • Maintain and ensure confidentiality of sensitive information in all forms, written, verbal and electronic.
  • Work in partnership with the Legislative Records Manager to ensure all ESJ records are properly retained and archived to the County's electronic records management system, Content Manager
  • Monitor the shared drive making sure that archivable files (the “final” subfile) do not have extraneous working files or superseded files and that the subfiles are titled correctly; convert existing ESJ records to digital.
  • Perform administrative duties including but not limited to scheduling appointments, respond to office-related inquiries, compose, and prepare documents, contracts ordinances/motions and other correspondence.
  • Other duties as assigned
Communication
  • Assist in the identification, development, and maintenance of ESJ communication needs and issues.
  • Draft correspondence or materials for County newsletters, websites, and/or social media utilizing Word, Canva and Adobe Acrobat Pro.
  • Promote community awareness of Council policies, initiatives, and services.
  • Assist in developing and preparing presentation materials for in-person and virtual use. 
Language Access Services
  • Evaluate, monitor, and provide language access needs/services for Limited English Proficient (LEP) clients in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act regarding the delivery of department programs and services.
  • Maintain and manage language access services plan, vendor oversight, and quality control to help promote and improve language access services within the Legislative Branch.
  • Serve as a resource to assist staff in understanding cross-cultural issues and dynamics to ensure cultural competencies by developing and providing outreach and trainings and other engagement opportunities.
  • Serve as liaison on the Language Access Services interbranch team.
 LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • Learn and implement the Council’s ESJ strategic plan.
  • Develop business writing, editing, communication and collaboration skills in a government setting.
  • Strengthen and enhance project and program management skills.
  • Develop skills in communication and strategies. 
  • Attain experience working with and for elected officials and senior managers.
  • Learn King County Council’s polices, practices and procedures.
  • Learn the County’s record management system, including the Council’s public records retention schedules.
  • Learn how to create basic file structure within electronic files
  • Enhance skills with basic office technology and various software, including Microsoft Teams and Zoom
  • Enhance customer service and interpersonal skills, in-person relations, telephone, online meetings, and email etiquette.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

In addition to the qualifications described in the current job posting, which are required for all Veteran Fellow positions, this Veteran Fellow opportunity also seeks:

  • Skills in the use of a personal computer, word-processing and data-management software
  • Advanced skills in using Microsoft Office 2010 and/or newer, especially Outlook, Word, and Excel 
  • Capable of working independently or as part of a team with various individuals
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Skills in keeping accurate records
  • Skills in researching information
  • Knowledge of English language (proper grammar, usage and spelling)
  • Ability to facilitate communication among diverse groups 
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Skills in communicating both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to follow oral and written instructions, guidelines, and processes
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to learn how to troubleshoot complex issues 
  • Ability to create short documents, emails or other correspondence as needed
  • Curiosity and desire to learn new systems and processes
It would be nice if you also possess one or more of the following, but not required:
  • Fluency in Spanish, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Vietnamese, or other non-English languages.

Supplemental Information

TEMPORARY TELECOMMUTING REQUIREMENT
The work associated with this position may be performed remotely. It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis.  Employees will receive a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with 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.
 
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 
 As of December 2, 2021, most Legislative Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination.  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.
 
To apply go to: King County careers page

  • Submit a cover letter which: 
    1. Describes your interest in this fellowship opportunity.
    2. Explains how you meet the qualifications listed for this opportunity, to include details of any experience or education as related to this opportunity. 
    3. Explain how this opportunity supports your future career goals. 
  • Resume
  • Application             
This position will be scheduled to work 35 - 40 hours/week for one yearnot to exceed a maximum of 2080 hours for the duration of the experience.

This fellowship closes on January 28, 2022. We really appreciate your consideration of King County as an employer and thank you for your service!
 
COMPENSATION and BENEFITS:
 
COMPENSATION: (Based on highest military rank held OR education level.)
  • Veteran Fellow I - $18.58 - $23.56 - High School graduate; or pursuing BA; or enlisted grade E1 – E3
  • Veteran Fellow II - $20.92 - $26.52 - Possess BA; or pursuing Masters; or enlisted grade E4 – E6
  • Veteran Fellow III - $26.53 - $33.62 - Completed Masters or Officer rank, or enlisted grade E7 – E9
BENEFITS
  •  .025 hours of sick leave accruals for each hour worked
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA): Medical, dental, and vision benefits (for the veteran and their qualifying dependents) for positions that are projected to have regularly scheduled hours of 30 or more hours per week. (Not available for positions projected to work fewer than 30 hours per week.) 
  • USERRA benefits of 21 paid days per year and pay differential 
  • An ORCA bus pass that pays the fare for public transportation
  • Participants are NOT ELIGIBLE FOR:  vacation leave, holiday pay or retirement, nor medical when the position works less than 30 hours per week ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • All Veteran Fellow participants will work with their supervisor to develop an Individual Development Plan to clarify, regularly discuss, and shape the participant’s fellowship experience for mutual benefit.
  • The Vets 4 HIRE Program Manager facilitates a monthly group meeting with Veteran Fellows to connect with one another, share tips on different topics, and build comradery. Guest speakers will be brought in periodically.
  • Veteran Fellows are encouraged to participate in King County’s Veterans and Military Affinity Group to network with other employees at King County who have served or are currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves.
  • Veteran Fellows are encouraged to participate in King County’s Mentorship Program.
  • The Vets 4 HIRE Program Manager will meet individually with participants to learn more about their career goals and provide one to one coaching on how to effectively apply and interview for positions at King County.
 

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.