Interim Chief APDE/CDIP

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Management
Posted on June 17, 2022
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This is a special duty interim position for 9 – 12 months and it's open to Public Health employees only. 

The Chief provide leadership, vision, and direction for the combined sections that consists of: Assessment, Policy Development, & Evaluation (APDE), the Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention (CDIP), and Communities of Opportunity (COO). The Chief must be a leader who is committed to equity in how and what the sections do, and have strong management, strategic planning, public health expertise, and research/evaluation skills. This position is part of the Department’s Executive Team.  

The Chief is supported by executive leadership team that includes an operation manager, business finance manager, and section leaders who work together to provide strategic, policy, programmatic, and budget oversight of the combined units.  

Public Health’s Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation (APDE), Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP), and Communities of Opportunity (COO) works to advance health equity through its policy and systems work, health prevention and promotion efforts, and data/evaluation activities.  The basis of our equity work is a commitment towards becoming an anti-racist system. Operationally, the sections are jointly administered and managed.
The Assessment, Policy Development and Evaluation (APDE) unit is a nationally recognized leader in community health assessment, providing health assessment data and analysis to inform planning, programs, and policies; and conducting evaluations of regional and local efforts aimed at improving the health of King County residents. 
Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP) works with community partners, providers, and other stakeholders to create healthy environments and achieve health equity through health promotion, harm reduction, and policy and systems change in the areas of: healthy eating/active living, tobacco and youth marijuana prevention, violence and injury prevention, drug use, and climate change. CDIP also seeks to improve access to care for breast, cervical and colon health, and supports the use of community health workers in addressing asthma and other health conditions.  
Communities of Opportunity is a unique public/private/community-based partnership that aims to create greater racial, economic, and health equity that enables all people in King County to thrive and prosper by investing in place-based and cultural communities, policy and systems change, and learning communities.

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 

Job Duties

The Chief guides the vision of the assessment and evaluation work of APDE and the community health work within CDIP and COO.   This includes assuring alignment with the County and Department’s priorities while also addressing community needs.  The Chief is responsible for assuring a strong operational and administrative/financial infrastructure that supports the programmatic and service work conducted by the sections.  The Chief is responsible for strengthening and maintaining relationships with Public Health Seattle and King County divisions, King County agencies, and external partners.  It is essential that the Chief is an equity champion that seeks to transform government processes and systems to be anti-racist and equitable.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The ideal candidate will enjoy working with diverse individuals and teams; have strong interpersonal and communication skills; is experienced with data-driven community health initiatives; a success track record with obtaining and managing federal, state, or local funding and/or philanthropic funding; and has experience managing and leading groups that include epidemiologists, evaluators, and community health program staff.

  • Demonstrated experience advancing equity through strategic direction setting and operations in a governmental setting.
  • Supervisory and management experience leading groups (12 or more) of epidemiologists, evaluators, and community health program staff 
  • Strong commitment to community-centered approaches, and leadership experience with community health data-driven initiatives or projects.
  • Successful track record in obtaining and managing federal, state, local and/or philanthropic funding. 
  • Skilled at navigating through complex situations with multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to create a climate in which people want to achieve their best; can motivate staff and teams; enables staff to grow and succeed through feedback, instruction, and encouragement.

 Desired Qualifications
 The most competitive candidates will possess:
  • Five or more years of leadership/management experience in a government health department.
  • Masters or doctoral level degree in public health or a related field.
Licensing/Certification Requirements
Washington State Driver’s License

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 Public Health employees only.  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. 

Duration of position
The work performed in this position is anticipated to 9 to 12 months.

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.
  • Cover letter detailing your background and describing how you meet or exceed the requirements.
  • A current resume
  • 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.
Work Schedule
This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible.  

Work Location and Telecommuting
The home base for this position is Chinook Building, 11th floor. The position will work in hybrid telecommuting and reporting to office as needed.

Union Affiliation:
This position is not represented by a labor union.

 If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Nic Horea, Senior Human Resource Analyst at or 206-263-8736

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 minimum 5 years of full-time experience managing multiple lines of business with a staff of > 30 people?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "yes" to question #1, If yes, please describe the organization(s) where this occurred and your specific experience(s). What were your primary responsibilities? Please be specific. If you do not have this experience, please put N/A.
Please write a statement that describes your experience related to racial equity and health equity, as well as your potential to contribute to the health department's mission and commitment toward creating an anti-racist organization. If you do not have this experience, please put N/A.

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