Family Planning Health Educator

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 4, 2022
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Summary

The Family Planning Program, part of the Community Health Services Division of Public Health – Seattle & King County, is seeking three (3) dedicated and enthusiastic community-basedFamily Planning Health Educators to serve our diverse King County communities. The Family Planning Program provides comprehensive sexual and reproductive clinical services in four (4) Public Health Clinics, delivers innovative health education and outreach in our communities, and produces the nationally recognized FLASH curriculum. Family Planning Health Educators work to increase King County residents’ access to high quality sexual and reproductive health services and to institutionalize the provision of sound sexual health education programs and practices, particularly in settings serving teens and marginalized adults.  
 
The classification for these positions is Educator Consultant I. Work will take place at home clinic sites, in the community and via telecommuting as dictated by community and program needs.  The positions are full-time (1.0 FTE) with the following breakdown of location, job type and estimated term limit.
  

PositionHome ClinicPrimary CatchmentJob TypeEstimated Term Limit
#1Kent Public Health CenterKentCareer ServicesN/A
#2Eastgate Public Health CenterBellevue, Issaquah, Lake Washington, NorthshoreTLT/Special Duty2 – 3 years*
#3Federal Way Public Health CenterSouth King CountyTLT/Special Duty
6 month – 1 year*
 
*TLT/Special Duty positions will provide backfill while two team members are redeployed with COVID-related work.  These backfill positions will end when redeployed team members return from their COVID-related work.  Return dates are not certain and may be earlier or later than the estimated term limit noted in the above table.

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE:
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
 
To learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx.    
 

Job Duties

*These positions may include the following duties depending on program needs and the unique needs of each catchment.

  • Collaborate with community agencies and coalitions, especially at sites that serve marginalized teens & adults, to provide or ensure the provision of science-based sexual health education and to improve individuals’ access to care.
  • Provide individual sexual health education to teens and adults in a family planning clinic.
  • Develop, promote and/or market education materials and information that are medically accurate, culturally appropriate and educationally sound, using health literacy best practices. 
  • Design and implement community outreach strategies for local family planning clinics and school-based health centers.
  • Analyze, interpret, and disseminate sexual and reproductive health data.
  • Provide technical assistance to school district staff and teachers, as well as partner agencies, to promote the effective prevention of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual violence. 
  • Provide training to school staff, teachers, health care providers and other professionals regarding sexual and reproductive health care access and sexual health education.
  • Work within the Department’s, Division’s, and Family Planning Program’s stated goals. 
  • Participate in Department and/or Public Health Center emergency response development, trainings and drills, aid in response to emergency situations and summon other health care providers and emergency personnel in a timely and appropriate manner when necessary.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Essential Qualifications

  • Commitment to providing access to comprehensive and inclusive sexual and reproductive health education.
  • Commitment to facilitating access to health care services covering all reproductive health and pregnancy options.
  • Experience presenting to groups.
  • Experience working with adolescents in groups or individually.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, build rapport and engage an audience successfully.
  • Ability to build rapport and connection over email.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong community partnerships. 
  • Commitment to connecting with and serving marginalized communities in King County, including low-income, bilingual, incarcerated, homeless, and/or LGBTQ youth and young adults.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team. 
  • Ability to work independently and effectively, without on-site supervision, in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated time management and multi-tasking skills.
  • Ability to use good judgment and make solid decisions in the midst of ambiguity.
  • Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze and interpret data. 
  • Demonstrated ability to use best practices related to disease prevention, health promotion, behavior change, community/organizational development, methods of instruction, and harm reduction.
  • Access to personal vehicle to travel to multiple sites in areas not well-served by public transportation in a timely manner.  Mileage reimbursement provided for eligible travel.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Prior experience working with adolescents and marginalized adults regarding sensitive issues.
  • Prior experience providing birth control, options counseling, and STD education to individuals in a clinic setting. 
  • Prior experience providing education to groups on any of the following topics: unintended pregnancy prevention, STD and HIV prevention, sexual violence, healthy relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, and puberty.
  • Prior experience creating more welcoming environments for marginalized communities, including people who are adolescents, bilingual, and/or LGBTQ.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop social media campaigns, website content and/or print materials, using health literacy best practices.
  • Prior experience conducting clinic or program outreach.
  • Bilingual English / Spanish strongly desired

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 applicants.

Application Process:
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • Job Application.
  • Supplemental Questions
  • Resume
  • Cover letter highlighting your specific interest in this role and how you meet or exceed the qualifications listed in this announcement
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 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. Records are not automatically disqualifying. 
  • 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 SCHEDULE: In general, normal workdays will be Monday through Friday, with work hours occurring between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., 40 hours per week. However, the work schedule will vary based on community needs. At times, the workday may start earlier or occur in the evenings or on weekends. These positions are non-exempt and subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

WORK LOCATION:  Individuals will work in multiple locations, including their home clinic site, in community and via telecommuting as dictated by community and program needs.   Primary locations for each position are outlined in summary table above.

UNION AFFILIATION:  This position is represented by PROTEC 17.

CONTACT: For information regarding the application process, please contact Sarah Dunkinson (sdunkinson@kingcounty.gov). For information about the position, please contact Melissa Turner at meturner@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-0607.
 


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.

01
Briefly, describe why you are interested in being a Family Planning Health Educator.
02
Do you have experience providing sexual and reproductive health education to groups or individuals?
  • Yes
  • No
03
If you answered 'yes' to the previous question, please describe your experience, content covered, and audience(s) served.
04
Do you have experience working with adolescents and/or young adults?
  • Yes
  • No
05
If you answered 'yes' to the previous question, please describe your experience, including the setting(s), focus of the work and important lessons learned from working with youth and/or young adults.
06
Scenario: You would like to offer sex education classes at a nearby high school in order to conduct clinic outreach. You have called and emailed but have not received any response. What additional steps would you take? Please be specific.
07
Please describe your knowledge and experience creating outreach and/or patient education materials, including formats used (social media post, website, print) and intended audiences for materials.
08
In this role, it is important to demonstrate respect in interactions with people who are different from you, including individuals of different ethnicities and cultures, races, abilities, ages, genders, sexual orientation, and housing status. Please describe a specific time when you changed your style or approach to work more effectively with a person or group from a different background.
09
A valid driver's license and personal vehicle is required to meet the community-based travel requirements of this role. Do you have a valid driver's license and personal vehicle available for use in this work?
  • Yes
  • No
10
This recruitment is for three (3) positions. Please select which positions you are applying for (choose all that apply):
  • Career Service position based at Kent Public Health Center, primarily serving the Kent catchment
  • TLT/Special Duty position based at Eastgate Public Health Center, primarily serving Bellevue, Issaquah, Lake Washington and Northshore, with an estimated term of 2-3 years
  • TLT/Special Duty position based at Federal Way, primarily serving South King County, with an estimated term of 6 months-1 year
11
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.
12
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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