Healthcare Associated Infections Educator Consultant II

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on March 10, 2023
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$85,883.20 - $108,867.20 Annually

Seattle, WA

Job Type
Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT)

DPH - Public Health

Job Number


3/26/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) is seeking to fill one TLT/Special Duty Educator Consultant II position to support the Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) program within the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section (CD-Imms).

This position is anticipated to last through July 2024 with possibility of extension.

This is a new position that will report to the HAI ICAR Project Program Manager (PPM III) manager within the CD-Imms Investigations, Outbreak, and Response Team and work collaboratively with the Section's other Program Leads, Managers, Analytics and Informatics Team, Immunization Team, and Administration Team. This position will support expansion of the PHSKC HAI program to establish an HAI Center of Excellence in partnership with Washington Department of Health (WA DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This position will be responsible for planning and implementing a training program to build public health staff skills and expertise in best practices in HAI prevention, investigation, and response strategies, including how to conduct infection control and response assessments (ICARs) and effectively address findings with health care partners. Additionally, this position will identify gaps in infection prevention and control (IPC) trainings within the healthcare system and create educational materials and provide trainings to address the IPC gaps. This is a dynamic team, and the activities and responsibilities may shift over time.

In accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan, the position supports and advances Public Health values for fair and culturally competent service delivery, innovative, effective and efficient application of resources, building a culture of performance and expanding opportunities to seek input, listen and respond to community members.

Commitment to Equity and Social Justice:

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.

The county government has 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 all communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

We recognize that structural racism consists of principles and practices that cause and justify an inequitable distribution of rights, opportunities, and experiences across racial groups. Since declaring Racism is a Public Health Crisis in June 2020, King County and Public Health committed to being intentionally anti-racist and accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.

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Job Duties

The Educator Consultant will have the following job duties:
  • Conduct organizational needs assessments of partner organizations (e.g., healthcare facilities and healthcare associations affiliated with long-term care facilities, dental facilities, and hospitals) to periodically assess education, training and technical assistance needs
  • In collaboration with HAI Training ICAR PPM III, develop a training program for infection prevention and control targeted at public health staff
  • Lead the development of HAI trainings, tools and guidance for healthcare providers
  • Gather, summarize and integrate research findings and clinical recommendations on HAI to ensure accuracy and relevance of trainings and educational materials
  • Utilize available data sources to assess and monitor King County HAI trends to inform training activities
  • Assist in the development and review of HAI public-facing materials (website, dashboards, fact sheets, etc.)
  • Engage and seek input from impacted communities to develop and enhance strategies, trainings, and tools that advance equity and social justice
  • Coordinate delivery of the training program to internal and external public health and healthcare system partners
  • Participate and present in educational webinars and other outreach activities with healthcare partners
  • Collaborate with healthcare systems at all levels to identify gaps in infection prevention trainings
  • Collaborate and/or lead educational sessions with external partners in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Coordinate with the HAI Branch Manager to evaluate the success of implemented trainings
  • Conduct site visits and in-person outreach to evaluate adherence to HAI recommendations, and use information gathered from site visits to assess and address training needs
  • In collaboration with other CD-Imms Section members, communicate pertinent information to Public Health leadership, colleagues, partners, and the public
  • Represent Public Health with internal and external partners, including community stakeholders, and state and federal agencies
  • Ensure grant deliverables are met and submitted to WA DOH by established deadlines
  • Develop community partnerships with infection prevention leaders in the community
  • Support distribution of training materials to other LHJs and WA DOH as requested
  • Participate in appropriate outbreak response activities with internal and external partners
  • Support public health emergency preparedness and response activities
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Background in public health, health education, nursing, health services, clinical or related fields
  • Experience creating curriculum and delivering trainings to a range of adult learners
  • Experience with infection prevention and control in healthcare or community settings
  • Experience conducting needs assessments to identify gaps in programmatic or training activities
  • Experience interpreting research findings, clinical recommendations, and data
  • Experience evaluating the success of implemented trainings
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others, including working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices, and understanding of the effects of place, race and policy, systems and environment-based inequities on marginalized communities and populations
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and comprehend new and complex bodies of knowledge efficiently
  • Proficient written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on a team
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out assignments and responsibilities reliably in a thorough, accurate and timely manner
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure with multiple competing priorities and deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Valid WA State Driver's License or ability to travel between work location (home or Chinook) to healthcare sites.
Desired Qualifications
  • Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) or willingness to obtain certification within one year of hire.
  • Experience developing trainings for infection prevention and control, ideally targeted at public health staff or healthcare providers
  • Certified Health Education Specialist
  • Experience with interpreting guidance and adapting CDC, WA DOH and PHSKC guidance in various settings.
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural
Supplemental Information

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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 the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Application Process:
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • An electronic application through or (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  • Responses to supplemental questions.
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
  • 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 submit to 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 Schedule:
The individual selected for this position will 40 hours week, Monday-Friday (typically 8am to 5pm) with some additional nights/weekends. This position is FLSA Non-Exempt and is eligible for overtime.

Work Location:

The home base for this position is the Chinook Building, 401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104.

The work associated with this position will be hybrid which will include a combination of teleworking, onsite work (Chinook Building) and field work. The field work will include on-site visits to healthcare and long-term care facilities. 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.

Union Affiliation :
This position is represented by PROTEC17.

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Sarah Dunkinson, .

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
  • 12paid 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.