Medical Assistant

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on May 25, 2022
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This position will remain open until filled. Applications received prior to June 8, 2022, will receive first priority.

Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD), is looking for a Medical Assistant who has a strong interest in working with our community's youth in a detention setting. As Medical Assistants, 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 full-time (40 hours/week) Career Service Medical Assistant position. This recruitment may be used to fill other shifts as openings arise.
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 RNs, 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.
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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 answer 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.
  • 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


  • Possess a Medical Assistant Certification (MA-C) or Medical Assistant Registered (MA-R).
  • 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 be 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.
  • Proof of Current BLS CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers (Please attach if current).
  • Washington State Driver's License or ability to travel within the designated territory.
  • 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 always protect sensitive data.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and medical recordkeeping 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 biohazards 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 recordkeeping, utilize patient registries and accurately enter health information data, and use a computer proficiently.
  • 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 of 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, 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, be flexible and adaptable, 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, and 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, and substance use disorder.
  • Have experience working with adolescents and high-risk populations impacted by substance abuse, mental illness, and homelessness.
  • Be bilingual and/or bicultural.

Supplemental Information

Contact:  For information or questions about this opportunity please email Morgan Hermann, DAJD HR Analyst, at

Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified candidates. This posting will be used to fill all need.
Application ProcessThe following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

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 have a flexible work schedule typically between the hours of 2300 - 0700 (11:00 pm - 7:00 am), Monday through Friday. This position is overtime eligible and may work outside of the typical schedule to meet operational needs.
Work Location: The home base for this position is Judge Patricia H. Clark Children & Family Justice Center, 1211 E. Alder Street, Seattle, WA 98122.

Union Affiliation: This position is represented by King County Juvenile Detention Guild (KCJDG) and the current collective bargaining agreement can be found at: King County Juvenile Detention Guild - Juvenile Detention Division Employees.
PREA Notification: The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) 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;
  • Convicted of 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,
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have 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.

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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).

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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.

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.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? 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. Additionally, 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
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
If yes, please specify the approximate date(s) and position(s) for which you previously went through the department's background process.
Supplemental questions 6 through 13 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 and 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
Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
  • Yes
  • No
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
How recently have you provided primary medical care in a clinical setting? If you do not have this type of experience, please type "N/A" below.
How many years of experience do you have working in a health clinic? If you do not have this type of experience, please type "N/A" below.
Do you possess as 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
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
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.
Please describe your professional experience working with adolescents, particularly those affected by trauma. If you do not have this type of experience, please type "N/A" below.
All candidates for employment with DAJD must undergo a thorough background investigation process. This process includes a polygraph examination, 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
PLEASE NOTE: A "yes" response to questions 16 through 20 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 to the remaining questions may automatically disqualify you from further consideration?
  • Yes
  • No
In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of Driving Under the Influence (alcohol or drugs)?
  • Yes
  • No
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
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
In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of a domestic violence or a related offense involving physical violence? This includes having a court order or violating a court order that restrains you from harassing, stalking, or threatening any person; or engaging in other conduct that would place any person in reasonable fear of bodily injury.
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever been disciplined in the workplace for sexual, racial, or other harassment or discrimination?
  • Yes
  • No
Some of our clients have often experienced racism, trauma, and poverty. What makes you uniquely qualified to provide services to others who have experienced these inequities?
Are you bilingual? If so, what language(s) are you proficient in reading, writing, and speaking?
Are you willing to provide options counseling?
  • Yes
  • No

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