Place-Based Strategy Program Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on June 15, 2022
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The Office of Equity and Community Partnerships in the Director’s Office of Public Health-Seattle & King County (PHSKC) is seeking a Place-Based Strategy Program Manager who will bring their lived experiences as well as their technical expertise to manage a program that centers community priorities for health and wellness to help end the spread of COVID-19. In line with PHSKC’s Principles for Equitable Vaccine Delivery, the COVID-19 Vaccine Place-Based Strategy Program launched in August 2021 to address race and place-based inequities in vaccination.

Public Health – Seattle & King County has declared that racism is a public health crisis, and this position is focused on anti-racism and is in alignment with King County’s Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan. The Place-Based Strategy Program (PBS) works closely with communities experiencing health inequities, distrust due to racism, and barriers to vaccination and optimal health. This position will provide day-to-day management of all aspects of the program, including staffing, budgeting, project management support to the team including supervision, and strategy development and implementation.  

The Place-Based Strategy Program Manager will lead a talented team of staff responsible for activities in focused communities throughout King County. Quantitative and qualitative data guide the process of identifying communities that may need deeper engagement and have lower rates of COVID-19 vaccinations/boosters or have higher rates of COVID-19 infection. The position works with teams from other programs and divisions of PHSKC including those focused on equity, community partnerships, vaccination and others.

**This is a term-limited temporary (TLT) position currently funded through December 31, 2022. The position will be a member of the Office of Equity and Community Partnerships and will report to the Director of the Office.

Job Duties

  • Lead overall programmatic strategy and sets expectations for overall program goals. Strategically guide staff in their roles and responsibilities in community-centered work and with tailored approaches that have as their primary focus COVID-19 vaccinations and closing gaps in inequities. 
  • Provide project management support to a talented team of staff and supervisors. 
  • Prepare reports, report-outs and presentations for various departmental purposes
  • Coordinate with other sections of the department and community partners on vaccine strategies.  
  • Oversee hiring and retention of program staff and addresses challenges affecting staff. The position develops job descriptions, assists with recruitment, convenes interview panels, and on-boards program staff. 
  • Foster a positive and racially just workplace culture to support staff. The positions addresses conflicts as opportunities for collaboration with demonstrated facilitation, negotiation, and consensus-building skills.
  • Design and monitor program-specific funding for community organizations.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Experience and proven success implementing community-facing public health programs.
  • Knowledge and experience supervising racially diverse staff and teams.
  • Experience implementing COVID-19, health equity, and/or social determinants of health focused policies, programs, or initiatives; working in community organizations or public health programs.
  • A well-developed understanding of anti-racism/equity and social justice principles and experience leading teams and/or implementing programs that integrate equity and social justice as well as community-centered approaches into program design and policy change. 
  • Experience with contracting, procurement, request for proposal, developing performance-based contracting, outcomes and measures including use of an equity lens for analysis in decision-making.
  • Demonstrated skills in staffing, hiring, retention, budgeting, planning, supervision, project management, and quality improvement principles and techniques.   
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability use Microsoft Office applications, in particular Teams, Word and Excel.   
Desired Qualifications 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and expertise in principles and processes of public health, health equity and social determinants of health related to identified population needs.
  • Experience working in projects with federal and state funding and restrictions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of population health issues, including COVID-19 response and recovery, affecting King County.

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

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).

The Executive Branch includes 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 the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

APPLICATION MATERIALS.  The following application materials are required:
  • A Completed Online Application
  • Supplemental Questionnaire
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
UNION AFFILIATION: This position is not represented by a union.
WORK SCHEDULE:  This position is exempt and not eligible for overtime. Typical hours are Monday - Friday 8am-5pm.

CONTACT: If you have any questions for this recruitment, contact Molly Jensen at

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
What is your experience managing public health programs while using equity principles and community-centered approaches?
What is your experience managing talented and racially diverse staff who work both independently and collaboratively?
What is your knowledge and experience in working to eliminate racial inequities in COVID-19, other health conditions, and the social determinants of health?

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