Paramedic Services Administrator ( King County Medic One Chief)

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Emergency Med Tech / Paramedics
Posted on September 14, 2021
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The King County Medic One (KCM1) Chief is a senior leadership position, reporting directly to the EMS Division Director and in close collaboration with the KCM1 Medical Program Director.  The position is responsible for overseeing the King County Medic One (KCM1) paramedic program, ensuring services are operating 24-hours per day, 7-days per week in the south King County area.  

Responsibilities of the position include supervision of the Medical Services Officers (MSOs) and field personnel, coordination with local medical program directors, fire departments, adjacent paramedic programs, hospitals and other EMS stakeholders, and fiscal oversight of the KCM1 budget.   The KCM1 Chief also assists in organizational planning, development and implementation of policies and procedures related to operation of the nine paramedic units, including leading efforts to ensure a diverse and culturally competent workforce.

For more information about King County Medic One see:
King County Medic One 

Commitment To Equity And Social Justice: As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nations' 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. Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.
 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 King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play.

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Job Duties

  • Provide leadership and guidance in the oversight of King County Medic One (KCM1); ensure consistency with both EMS Division and regional priorities and objectives.  
  • Partner with physician leadership to develop, implement, and assure best clinical practices as part of a regional coordinated EMS network.
  • Maintain paramedic operational authority in the designated KCM1 area.  Secure resources to ensure the KCM1 program is properly equipped and trained for safe and efficient service to the public. Exercise command over all apparatus and equipment.
  • Foster strong working relationships with regional ALS partners, BLS agencies and other EMS stakeholders.   Participate in regional EMS discussions related to policy development, strategic planning, and finance.
  • Supervise personnel and ensure compliance with established rules, regulations, and protocols while creating a culture that promotes employee engagement, well-being, and belongingness.
  • Provide support and leadership to EMS Division-wide efforts, in coordination with Public Health and County Strategic Plan goals and principles, including leading with Equity Social Justice principles and implementing Employee Engagement best practices.
  • Prepare budget recommendations and administer biennial program budget. 
  • Lead labor negotiations in coordination with the EMS Division Director and the Office of Labor Relations.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledgeable of the principles and practices of good leadership and supervision.
  • Skilled in collaborating with community partners and stakeholders, and a strong problem solver.
  • Knowledge of and advocacy for equity and social justice (ESJ) principles and an able partner in leading King County Medic One in ESJ.
  • Knowledgeable of large complex tiered EMS systems comparable to Seattle-King County with senior level management responsibilities.
  • A strong communicator; comfortable working in a political environment.
  • Adept at overseeing programs and managing large budgets.
Desired Qualifications: 
  • In-depth knowledge of paramedic field operations, medical practices and Advanced Life Support protocols, procedures, and equipment.
  • In depth knowledge of the Seattle-King County EMS system.

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.

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.

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.

W May Apply
This position is open to all qualified candidates. 
Application Process: 
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • An electronic application through or (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  • Candidates must submit a cover letter addressing how your knowledge, skills, and abilities meet the qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to supplemental questions.
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.
  • Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. 
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 Location and schedule

King County Medic One office located at 20811 84th Avenue South #102, Kent, WA 98032. This position FLSA Exempt and is not eligible for overtime. 

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

 If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Nic Horea, Senior Human Resource Analyst at or 206-263-8736.

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 knowledge of large, tiered publicly funded, diverse and complex regional EMS system?
  • Yes
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If you answered yes to question #1, please describe your knowledge of large, tiered publicly funded, diverse and complex regional EMS system. If you answered no, put N/A.
Are you familiar with the management side of labor negotiations?
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If you answered yes to question #3, please describe what experience you have leading labor negotiations from the management side. If you answered no, type N/A.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND 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 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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