Jail Health Physician

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
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Posted on March 7, 2020

As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's 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.

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 this King County one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Jail Health Physicians provide direct patient care to jail inmate-patients. Other responsibilities include participation in quality improvement / quality assurance programs to support Jail Health Services care goals; medical oversight, consultation, and management of specialized health care programs for Jail Health Services. The jail is a 24/7 locked facility.
Please Note: Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Current Positions for Jail Health Physician:

  • Jail Health Physician; 0.2 FTE  (Short Term Temporary) as well as 0.5 FTE to 1.0 FTE (Career Service); King County Correctional Facilities, Seattle and/or Kent. These positions are open to all qualified applicants. It is FLSA non-exempt and therefore is eligible for overtime.

This posting will be used to fill all vacancies.

Work Schedule: The work days and hours may vary with team coverage of weekday day and evening shifts as well as weekend and holiday day shifts.
Work Location: The primary work locations are at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. This position may also be required to work at any of the Community Health Services Division Public Health Centers, the Mobile Van, and NAVOS as need requires.

Contact: For more information or for questions about the application process please contact Mark Lacy, HR Analyst, at 206.263.3610 or email mlacy@kingcounty.gov
  • Diagnose, manage, educate and counsel inmates on a broad scope of personal health care issues; manage care provided to inmates with complex medical problems. Perform minor surgical procedures, prescribe medications and make referrals for specialty services when necessary.
  • Provide women's health care services, including gynecologic examination and prenatal care.
  • Provide care to inmates in medical emergencies, including necessary support to maintain life and stabilize conditions.
  • Document all medical evaluations, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, treatment outcomes, referrals and consultations.
  • Participate in training other staff on clinical and procedural topics and provide technical consultation to mid-level providers and nursing staff.
  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of treatment guidelines and service delivery models.
  • Work with others within the program to assure compliance with NCCHC standards and subsequent accreditation.
  • Participate in internal and external committees to maintain appropriate standards of care.
  • Collaborate with health care team to assure smooth clinic flow.
  •  Participate in rotating call coverage for the medical provider team.
  • Provide testimony when required in various legal proceedings.

  • Graduation from an accredited medical school, valid license to practice in the State of Washington, a current DEA registration and be Board eligible*/certified in Family Practice or Emergency Medicine. *Board eligible candidates are required to obtain board certification within two years of hire.
  • Must have a National Provider Identification (NPI) number prior to credentialing.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration must be obtained prior to credentialing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a care team and with a diverse and multi-cultural patient panel.
  • The candidate must possess a valid Washington State driver's license or have the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner.
  • Applicant must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite; applicant must be comfortable with use of electronic health records and be proficient with data entry using a keyboard.

  • Experience working with mid-level practitioners and resident physicians strongly preferred.
  • Experience in correctional health care environment preferred.

An offer of employment will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical exam (should be able to lift 50 pounds, move quickly up and down stairs, crouching/bending to perform CPR).

The candidate must be able to provide prenatal and post-partum care, some of which is high-risk, although planned obstetrical (OB) care--labor and delivery services--is not part of the position.

The candidate must be willing to counsel women about all pregnancy options to women, including termination of pregnancy/abortion, and to refer for interventions as needed. The candidate must also be willing to counsel patients about family planning options, offer services directly when possible, and to refer for interventions as needed.

The candidate must pass a thorough background investigation.

Public Health - Jail Health Services follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:
  •  Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution;
  • Engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or,
  • Civil or administrative adjudication that the candidate has engaged in the activity described above.
  • Additionally, PREA standards require that the department consider any incidents of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee in determining whether or not to hire or promote anyone.
The above is in compliance with PREA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart A, Section 115.17, Hiring and Promotion Decisions.

The person hired into this position is required to adhere to the policies of the Department of Juvenile and Adult Detention in addition to those of the Public Health Department.

Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the process.

You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you include relevant information only on the resume or cover letter, or if you reference "see resume" on your application.

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 their mandatory trainings on time.

This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/jobs.aspx


Alternative format may be obtained by emailing PH.HR@kingcounty.gov 

This position is not represented.


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.

Have you ever been subject to review, challenges, and/or disciplinary action, formal or informal, by an ethics committee, licensing board, medical disciplinary board or related professional association?
  • Yes
  • No
Which Microsoft Office programs are you familiar with and are comfortable using?
How recently have you provided gynecological medical care in a clinical setting?
How long have you provided gynecological medical care in a clinical setting?
How recently have you provided prenatal medical care in a clinical setting?
How long have you provided prenatal medical care in a clinical setting?
Do you have experience medically managing alcohol and/or other drug withdrawal?
  • Yes
  • No
In which settings have you had experience medically managing alcohol and/or other drug withdrawal?
How many years of experience do you have providing medical care in a locked correctional facility?
Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have knowledge of any action pending before any licensing board(s) which could affect your license or ability to practice?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to provide pregnancy options counseling to women and possibly administer Plan B?
  • Yes
  • No
Can you provide documentation of current BLS CPR certification with AED training required at time of hire? (Please note that CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement.)
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a valid license or the ability to obtain a valid license to practice medicine in Washington state prior to your first day of work?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have an active Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) license?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have experience using electronic health record systems?
  • Yes
  • No
Seattle & King County Public Health has a strong commitment to equity and social justice. All staff are given training in Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) as well as Trauma Informed Care (TIC). Please describe why working for an agency that values ESJ and TIC is important to you.

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