Medical Assistant – Downtown Public Health Center COVID-19 Testing Team

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


COVID-19 Testing MA (Downtown Public Health Center Team) 
This position is a member of the Public Health – Seattle & King County Downtown Public Health Center COVID-19 Testing Team which is responsible for providing COVID-19 testing for people who are at high risk for severe illness from the disease and are not able to access testing at a hospital or clinic.

The position is responsible for participating in the health department’s COVID-19 response. This position is based at the Downtown Public Health Center building backlot in (Belltown) Seattle. The work schedule is scheduled Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. The position reports to the COVID-19 Public Health Services Supervisor (PHSS) at Downtown Public Health Center COVID-19 Testing Team of the Community Health Services Division.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified internal and external candidates. Attention Internal Applicants: To be considered for a Special Duty Assignment, you must be a current Career Service, King County employee who has successfully passed probation. 


Contact:  Amy M. Curtis, BSN, RN, Healthcare Recruitment Specialist for more information at

Work Location:
This position will primarily work at the ­­Downtown Public Health Center located at 2124 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA (backlot). As needed, the position may be deployed to other Public Health Centers and sites throughout King County. This posting will be used 

Medical Assistants work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary clinic team; perform administrative support duties, conduct education and outreach activities; research various topics and information; conduct assessments, and are expected to regularly adapt their role/tasks in order to maximize clinic efficiency and flow.

Specific responsibilities:
  • Staff on-site COVID-19 testing with a focus on people who are at high risk for severe illness from the disease and are not able to access testing at a hospital or clinic.
  • Travel to testing events, transport test kits, PPE and other supplies, and assist with equipment (tent, table) set-up and breakdown.
  • Maintain sufficient COVID-19 testing supplies and PPE onsite based on the number of projected number of patients expected to be tested daily
  • Fill out lab requisition forms and label specimen tubes accurately and legibly
  • Collect oropharyngeal (OP), nasopharyngeal (NP), mid-turbinate (MT) and anterior nares (AN) swabs within scope of professional duties and store properly.
  • Don and doff PPE per CDC standard operating procedures.
  • Store specimens appropriately for transport to designated laboratory.
  • Contacting people that tested positive by providing information and guidelines to ensure appropriate isolation
  • Deliver patient line list and after-action report to PHSS.
  • Participate in the department’s COVID-19 response, as assigned and approved by the supervisor.
  • Participate in COVID-19 response activities in collaboration with CHS Division staff, as assigned, including but not limited to administering questionnaires, ensuring safe storage and handling of biologicals and other supplies, ensuring adequate documentation of medical procedures, and reviewing patient health histories.

  • Knowledge of COVID-19 disease and infectious disease management and control.
  • Demonstrated experience collecting oropharyngeal (OP), nasopharyngeal (NP), mid-turbinate (MT) and/or anterior nares (AN) swabs.
  • 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 Medical Assistant skills including phlebotomy and related laboratory and clinical procedures; medical terminology; vital signs and immunizations.
  • Mathematic skills: ability to do basic calculations; convert fractions and decimals; graph anthropometrics and schedule follow ups that are time sensitive, all with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Written communication skills to include: ability to provide clerical support; medical record-keeping; utilize patient tracking registries and accurately enter health information data; proficient with computer use.
  • Communication skills: 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, dietary, and social history.
  • Work as a team player to collaborate and solve problems with clients and co-workers.
  • Understanding of health education techniques; able to educate clients on health care maintenance and prevention; ability to effectively engage the client.
  • Understanding of 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.
  • Relates 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

Must have current certification from one of the following:
  • Designation as a Certified Medical Assistant from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
  • Designation as a Registered Medical Assistant from American Medical Technologists (AMT).
  • Designation as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
  • Designation as a National Certified Medical Assistant from the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).
  • Medical Assistant Certification with Washington Department of Health
  • Current CPR-BLS for Healthcare Providers

Union Affiliation: 
This position is represented by the Professional & Technical Employees Union, Local 17.

APPLICATION PROCESS:The following completed items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper applications
  • Completed supplemental questions that are supported in your application. These answers will be reviewed to determine competitiveness. Please do not use "see resume" in your answers as these will be considered incomplete.
  • Letter of interest which details how you meet or exceed the qualifications.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the required information in the application. If you reference "see resume" on your application it will be considered incomplete. You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience. 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

  • The selected candidate will be required to submit a background check. 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 trainings on time.

UNION AFFILIATION: This position is represented by Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA)


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.

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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 used an electronic health records system? If so, what systems are you proficient in using?
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
Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever had your license to practice nursing in any jurisdiction revoked, denied, suspended, reduced, or relinquished?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you possess a current certification as a Medical Assistant form the State of Washington Department of Health? If so, please provide your credential number.
Are you willing to accept a term-limited temporary (TLT) position?
  • 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.
Do you possess BLS CPR for Healthcare Providers? If so, please attach documentation of your current BLS/CPR certification. If you do not, please describe how you would obtain certification by time of job offer. Failure to obtain this BLS/CPR certification will result in job offer being delayed or rescinded.
Are you bilingual? If so, what language(s) are you proficient in reading, writing and speaking?
Please describe the aspects of your education, training, and experience that you feel most align with the needs of this position.
Which of the following best describes your response to the following question: Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant and is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time and 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. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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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