Medical Assistant-Certified/Registered-Juvenile Division

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
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Posted on March 21, 2020
Summary

This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. Applications received by March 3, 2020 will be given first consideration.

Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD), in partnership with Seattle & King County Public Health, is looking for Medical Assistants who have a strong interest in working with our community's youth in a detention setting. As a Medical Assistant in Public Health, we strive to provide the highest quality of care through a trauma-informed lens. If this type of practice speaks to your passion, then we encourage you to apply!

We are accepting applications to fill one (1) part-time (20 hours/week) Career Service Medical Assistant position.

We are also accepting applications to fill one (1) full-time (40 hours/week) Career Service Medical Assistant position.

NOTE: This selection process will fill our current vacancies but also create a pool of qualified candidates should a full-time or part-time Career Service Medical Assistant position open up within the next 12 months.

ABOUT THE POSITION: Medical Assistants are responsible for clinical duties, office management, and health screening under the clinical direction of the shift Registered Nurse. Medical Assistants perform paraprofessional-level Medical Assistant – certified/registered duties in the secured perimeter at King County Juvenile Detention Facility. Youth detained at our facility are generally here due to alleged new offenses or failure to abide by court ordered stipulations.

The Health Services team consists of mental health professionals, MDs, ARNPs, and RN's as well as Medical Assistants. Detention Officers, whose roles are to provide security, also work as part of the team. If you are the type of person who enjoys working both independently and as part of a team serving a diverse group of at-risk youth, then you are the type of person we are looking for.  Come join our team in a rewarding career, making a positive contribution in the lives of at-risk youth.
 
If the individual selected for this opportunity does not already possess a Medical Assistant certification, then the Department will train and submit the application to the Washington State Department of Health for registration as a Medical Assistant after hire.

Job Duties

  • Work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary clinic team under the clinical direction of health care providers and under the supervision of a Nurse Supervisor.
  • Support clinic workflows as directed by licensed independent providers and Registered Nurses to provide health services to detained youth who may have a wide variety of physical, mental health, and behavioral issues.
  • Prepare patients for examination, record anthropometric measurements, observe and report signs or symptoms.
  • Prepare, clean, stock and maintain examination, treatment, and laboratory areas.
  • Perform specimen collection, including CLIA-waived testing.
  • Perform initial health, drug/alcohol, and mental health screens on incoming youth, including urine screen and vital signs.
  • Attend training and respond to emergency situations within the clinic supporting health care providers and emergency personnel.
  • Make referral to and communicate with Registered Nurse, other providers and Mental Health regarding the health needs of detained youth.
  • Provide Medical Assistant - registered level care and services to youth as directed by Registered Nurse, other providers and Mental Health. This includes activities of daily life.
  • Perform pre-visit planning activities and attend huddles.
  • Assist with procedures and health record maintenance activities.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies in all clinic areas.
  • Maintain accurate records, charts, logs, and answers phones.
  • Work closely with Detention Officers assigned to the Health Clinic who are responsible for monitoring youth housed in the infirmary and manage the flow of youth to and from the clinic.
  • Call youth to clinic from sick-call list and/or as directed by Registered Nurses, mental health staff or other appropriate providers when there is no Detention Officer assigned to the Health Clinic.
  • Monitor youth housed in the infirmary, document behavior in health record and advise Registered Nurse and Mental Health providers of any concerns.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all patient related information.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Individuals must be eligible for the Washington State certification as a Health Care Assistant in categories A & E, to be obtained within six (6) months of hire, including:  
 

  • One (1) academic year of formal education at the post-secondary level at an accredited medical assisting school or the equivalent. Education shall include, but not limited to anatomy, physiology, pharmacological principles and medication administration, concepts of asepsis, and microbiology; and,
  • Adequate physical ability and sufficient manual dexterity to perform the requisite health care services.

In addition to meeting the requirements listed above, all qualified candidates will need to demonstrate the Knowledge and Skills listed below.  
 
  • Ability to adhere to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines. As well as work collaboratively and support the efforts of the team.
  • Maintain confidentiality and protect sensitive data at all times.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and medical record-keeping procedures.
  • Clerical experience working in a medical office is a plus.
  • Knowledge of asepsis and universal precautions; State and Federal guidelines regarding laboratory safety; handling and/or disposing of bio-hazards and specimens; ability to clean clinic supplies; maintain examination/treatment rooms and laboratory areas.
  • Knowledge of laboratory and clinical procedures; medical terminology; vital signs and immunizations.
  • Ability to provide clerical support; medical record-keeping; utilize patient registries and accurately enter health information data; proficient with computer use.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with non-English speaking clients utilizing interpreters, when necessary, and/or skilled in a language or customs that enhances service delivery to our clients; experience interviewing clients to obtain their medical, behavioral, dietary, and social history.
  • Work as a team player to collaborate and solve problems with clients and co-workers.
  • Understand the laws governing health care; HIPAA and the handling confidential information with tact and discretion; understanding of Child Protective Services mandates.
  • Willing to provide information and client education regarding reproductive health, emergency contraception and pregnancy options, including abortion referral.
  • Ability to set priorities, to make decisions within the scope of position; seek additional information where/when necessary; analyze and evaluate situations; identify problems and implement appropriate action/solutions.
  • Ability to successfully perform a number of tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines and work under strict time constraints on a regular basis.
  • Ability to effectively deal with change; able to be flexible and adaptable; able to gather information and try different ideas to make things work.
  • Relate well with diverse personality types; treats everyone fairly and equitably.
  • Able to work with a multi-disciplinary team that interacts with the public and community partners while delivering quality healthcare services to racially, ethnically and socio-economically diverse populations.
  • Ability to talk to others with ease; listen attentively; be receptive to what others have to say.
  • Must have good attendance history
  • Desire to work with vulnerable populations who may be experiencing homelessness, mental illness, substance use disorder.

THE MOST COMPETITIVE CANDIDATES WILL:
  • Possess a Medical Assistant Certification or have former training as a Certified Nurse Assistant or Medical Assistant.
  • Have experience working with adolescents and high risk populations impacted by substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness.
  • Be bilingual.

Supplemental Information

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The individual selected for this position will be required to complete a thorough background investigation process, including fingerprinting, criminal history check, a lie detection evaluation, medical physical, psychological examination and reference checks. A valid Washington State Driver's License or alternate ability to travel around the county is required by time of hire.

SELECTION PROCESS: Your application must provide clear and detailed information on your relevant education, training, work experience and history. 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 selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be further screened using additional screeners, skills assessment tests and/or interviews. 

PLEASE NOTE: Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. You can attach multiple documents if necessary or required, such as your letter of interest and optional resume to your electronic application. However, you must still completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience.

WHO MAY APPLY: This opportunity is open to all qualified candidates. Internal consideration may be given to current DAJD and King County employees. Applicants requesting Veteran's Preference must provide a copy of their DD-214, a scanned (pdf format) copy will suffice for this purpose.
 
WORK LOCATION: Judge Patricia H. Clark Children & Family Justice Center, 1211 E. Alder Street, Seattle, Washington, 98122 
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Candidates must be willing and able to work in a secured facility.  The primary work is located within the Health Clinic of a juvenile detention facility. Work may also be performed in other areas within the secured facility.
 
WORK SCHEDULE:  The individual selected for the current part-time (20 hours/week) position will be assigned the schedule listed below:
 

  •  Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and every other Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The individual selected for the full-time (40 hours/week) position will be assigned the schedule listed below:
  • Tuesday through Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
NOTE: Due to the 24-hour nature of the facility, shift hours or days may be increased or changed and employees may be required to work mandatory overtime when necessary due to staffing or other emergencies.

UNION MEMBERSHIP: Positions in this classification are represented by the King County Juvenile Detention Guild.

HOW TO APPLY: Completion of the entire King County application and supplemental questionnaire is required. Resumes or letters of interest alone will not substitute for full application. Online applications are preferred.  For assistance with the online application process, please contact NEOGOV (Governmentjobs.com) Customer Support toll free at: 1-877-204-4442. To apply, go to: http://www.kingcounty.gov/audience/employees/careers.aspx

DEPARTMENT CONTACT: Questions regarding this announcement or position may be directed to: Amy Curtis, Health Care Recruitment Specialist; Phone Number:  206-263-8358; or via e-mail at amy.curtis@kingcounty.gov

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
Have you undergone the background investigation process for employment with the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention within the last two years?
  • Yes
  • No
02
If yes, please specify the approximate date(s) and position(s) for which you previously went through the department's background process. Place "N/A" in the box below if not applicable.
03
The Department is currently recruiting to fill one (1) part-time Medical Assistant vacancy; however, the Department is accepting applications to create a pool of qualified candidates for future full-time or part-time Medical Assistant vacancies. Please make sure to check the proper work schedule on your application for which you are willing to accept work.
  • I understand
04
Please indicate the work schedule for which you are willing to be considered.
  • Part-time
  • Full-time
  • Part-time and Full-time
05
Supplemental questions 5 through 12 are designed to assess your job related experience and qualifications. Please note that as part of the screening process, your responses will be reviewed in conjunction with your general application materials. The employment history detailed in your application materials MUST validate/support your responses to the supplemental questions. If your responses cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the review/selection process. The general employment application must be completed to include your work history. You are welcome to submit a resume as well; however, failure to provide a detailed work history on the general application may prohibit further consideration. Do you understand that your responses to the supplemental questions for this position MUST be supported by your general application materials?
  • Yes
  • No
06
Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
  • Yes
  • No
07
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
08
How recently have you provided primary medical care in a clinical setting? If you do not have this type of experience, then please type N/A below.
09
How many years of experience do you have working in a health clinic? If you do not have this type of experience, then please type N/A below.
10
Do you possess a current certification as a Medical Assistant or as a Certified Nursing Assistant from the State of Washington Department of Health or have you graduated from a medical assistant or certified nursing assistant program?
  • Yes
  • No
11
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
12
Please share your thoughts about the impact that trauma has on the mental health of youth and any ideas you have for building resilience in youth who have experienced trauma.
13
Please describe your professional experience working with adolescents, particularly those affected by trauma. If you do not have this type of experience, then type N/A below.
14
All candidates for employment with DAJD must undergo a thorough background investigation process. This process may include a lie detection evaluation, investigation for criminal activity, traffic records, conviction records, employment and education history, character and reputation in the community, etc. Selected positions may also require psychological testing and evaluation, and a pre-employment general medical physical. Applicants may be rejected for criminal behavior, drug use, or any indications in the areas listed in the "Background Investigation Screening" questionnaire. Are you willing to undergo a background investigation process as described above?
  • Yes
  • No
15
PLEASE NOTE: A "yes" response to questions 15 through 18 may automatically disqualify you from further consideration. Responses will be confirmed and verified in the course of the department's background investigation process. Do you understand that a "yes" response may automatically disqualify you from further consideration?
  • Yes
  • No
16
In the last 3 years, have you bought, sold, offered to sell, possessed, transported, manufactured, delivered or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance? • Cocaine or crack • Club drugs – Ecstasy, Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol or MDMA • Hallucinogens – PCP, Angel dust, Wet, Phencyclidine, LSD, Mushrooms or Psilocybin • Opiates – Opium, Morphine or Heroin • Stimulants – Methamphetamines, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass or Amphetamine • Aerosols – Huffing paint or Nitrous Oxide (Whippits), or Khat
  • Yes
  • No
17
In the last 3 years, have you illegally used any other controlled substance or other illegal drugs/narcotics? For purposes of this question, illegal drugs/narcotics/controlled substances include, but is not limited to, the following: Cocaine or Crack · Club drugs: Ecstasy, Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, or MDMA · Hallucinogens: PCP, Angel dust, Wet, Phencyclidine, LSD, Mushrooms or Psilocybin · Opiates: Opium, Morphine or Heroin · Stimulants: Methamphetamines, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass or Amphetamine · Aerosols: Huffing paint, Nitrous Oxide (Whippits), or Khat
  • Yes
  • No
18
In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of a domestic violence or a domestic violence-related crime?
  • Yes
  • No
19
Have you ever been disciplined in the workplace for sexual, racial, or other harassment or discrimination?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question