Overdose Surveillance PPM II

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on August 3, 2022
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The Real Time Overdose Surveillance Coordinator (RTOSC) is part of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to investigating hundreds of overdose deaths each year, and providing real-time data to the state, the county, and other partners. The RTOSM recruits and maintains relationships with coroners and medical examiners in counties across the state, collects data from them, analyzes and compiles data and produces publications. They coordinate rapid testing and data collection through supervising and training interns. This position is funded through the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Formula Grant. This assignment is expected to last until September 31, 2023.

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 http://www.kingcounty.gov/equity 

Job Duties

  • Collect data regarding fatal drug overdoses throughout Washington from coroners, medical examiners, and law enforcement agencies
  • Enter data using Red Cap, and make adjustments/enhancements to the database as needed.
  • Analyze the data
  • Prepare data visualizations and narratives 
  • Prepare two separate regular publications for different audiences and send them
  • Maintain and regularly revise email lists of those receiving these publications 
  • Interview families and friends of decedents and provide follow up
  • Coordinate the work of multiple student interns
  • Teach student interns KCME protocols, including chain of custody 
  • Teach student interns how to test blood, urine, and drug evidence
  • Teach student interns how do enter data, analyze data, and produce publications.
  • Teach student interns how to interview families/close contacts
  • Create and maintain relationships with coroners and medical examiners across the state to interest them in the project, gain/continue/enhance their participation in the project
  • Interacting with our partners in Public Health regarding response measures based on statewide trends
  • Present program findings and processes to statewide, multi county, and national training conferences
  • Write and report on parts of the grant which funds this project

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of disease surveillance and death investigation methods; health care systems structure and function; communication strategies; and adult learning and health care education.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise student interns: scheduling, training, supervision and providing guidance. 
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills that are culturally appropriate, respectful and non-judgmental.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in data entry, data management and analysis, and ability to pivot between multiple databases.
  • Detail oriented. 
  • Understanding of basic laboratory, medical, and anatomy terminology.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out assignments and responsibilities reliably in a thorough, accurate, and timely manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of protected health information at all times.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly and effectively communicate orally and in writing with supervisor, co-workers, healthcare providers, and the general public.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word and Excel).
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on a team. 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction; excellent problem-solving skills. 
  • Ability to work well under pressure with multiple competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to present material to an audience
  • Experience working in and knowledge of the overdose epidemic in King County and Washington State.
  • Experience working in the VertiQ and REDCap databases
  • Experience with multiple programs such as SQL Server, Access, PowerBI, Python, and/or Tableau

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.

(New) Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement 
As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th.   People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.  

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.

Who May Apply
This position is open to all qualified candidates. We are currently recruiting for:
 1 full time Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temporary Position

Term-Limited Temporary positions are "at-will" positions but are eligible for benefits. This TLT is currently anticipated to last for one (1) year. However, funding sources for this work remain uncertain and dependent upon decisions actively being made at both the federal and local levels. As a result, the end date of this position may be adjusted based on those decisions. The County and the Department continue to work to secure long term funding sources.  
The TLT vacancy can also be filled as a Special Duty opportunity:

For Special Duty Assignment interest, you must be a Career Service, Career Service Exempt or other regular (non-temporary) employees in King County who have completed their initial County probation and are applying to a higher job classification. You must have supervisor approval prior to taking a Special Duty Assignment.

Work Schedule
This position works Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 4pm. Schedule variation may be required to address business needs. This position is not eligible for remote work.
Work Location: 

The home base for this position is the Medical Examiners Office located at Harborview Medical Center 908 Jefferson Street, Seattle WA 98104, and respond to scenes throughout the county.

Application Process: 
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • An electronic application through www.kingcounty.gov/jobs or www.governmentjobs.com (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  • Responses to supplemental questions.
  • Copy of publication which include narrative descriptions and visualizations of data
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 www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/jobs/hiring.
  • 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.
  • KCMEO staff are considered Mission Critical employees, and our office continues to operate at full capacity in inclement weather, public health emergencies, etc.
    These positions are not eligible for remote work.
  • 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.
  • KCMEO staff are considered Mission Critical employees, and our office continues to operate at full capacity in inclement weather, public health emergencies, etc.
    These positions are not eligible for remote work.

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

Contact: If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Debbie Baker, HR Analyst, debbaker@kingcounty.gov, or 206-263-4053.   

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 experience working in any of the following areas: Disease investigation, Overdose investigation, death investigation and/or overdose death investigation.
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "yes" please list which of these types of investigation you have done, where you did it (please note the specific job(s) from the application, and describe the activities you took part in.
Have you created publications which include narrative descriptions and visualizations of data?
  • Yes
  • No
Upload to your application a copy of the publication(s) you have created. If you are concerned about proprietary information please feel free to redact portions or reach out for assistance.
  • Publication uploaded to application
  • Publication not uploaded to application
Describe your role in creating the publication(s)
Do you have experience working with student interns?
  • Yes
  • No
If you have this experience, please describe the amount of time you have worked with interns, your role with them, and the work they were doing. If you do not have this experience, please put n/a.
This position requires long hours of sitting while talking on the phone and entering data into a computer. Do you have the ability to do these activities for long periods of time?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a valid Washington Driver's License, or the ability to get one prior to starting work?
  • Yes
  • No
This position involves working in a laboratory with drug evidence, bodily fluids, and strong smells. Please describe your experience with this type of work.
Do you have experience interviewing people as part of death investigation or disease investigation?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to the previous question, please describe your experience, if you answered no, please put n/a.
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

Required Question