Program Director, Regional Gun Violence - CDIP

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on September 15, 2022
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Public Health | Seattle & King County is seeking an equity-driven leader to serve as the Program Director for Regional Gun Violence (Regional Health Administrator).  

This vacancy will be open until filled, with the first review of applicants to take place on September 29, 2022.

The Program Director for Regional Gun Violence (RGV) leads the department’s efforts to bring a public health and anti-racist approach to gun violence intervention, prevention, and restoration. The program’s approach addresses factors that contribute to and protect from gun violence. The Program Director supports the regional approach to eliminating gun violence including the Regional Peacekeepers Collective and other related community-driven strategies. With the launch of these strategies in 2021, the Program Director and RGV Team work closely with community organizations, local governments, national partners, and other allies to evolve and sustain these efforts. Using data to inform and a Public Health approach, the Program Director also coordinates with related efforts in the County to ensure the department’s gun violence strategies align with King County's broader efforts to support youth to be healthy, happy, safe, and thriving, building stronger communities and addresses racial inequities in gun violence.  

In response to the public health emergency of gun violence, King County supported a Public Health approach and placed this work within PHSKC. The success of this position is predicated on the understanding that the best outcomes will result from true inclusion and leadership of the communities most negatively impacted by gun violence, with strong partnerships with system allies, and through transparency and accountability.  This position assures that the experiences and expertise of families, youth, and employees are incorporated and guide all stages of the Regional Gun Violence Program – please look at our site for more information.  These efforts navigate within a complex environment where implementation of many strategies involves organizations that are independent of King County government, such as school districts, state agencies, and municipal police agencies.

The RGV Team worked with a coalition of community organizations and local and national partners to design and pilot a strategy for Intervention, Prevention, and Restoration services.  Called the Regional Peacekeepers Collective, the model launched in June 2021 and continues to evolve to support efforts to scale up implementation and evaluation.   One year later, the Regional Peacekeepers Collective was selected by President Biden’s Administration as part of their Community Violence Intervention Collaborative (CVIC) Initiative – a cohort of 17 jurisdictions committed to elevating national best practices and identify federal and local funding to scale and strengthen their CVI infrastructure.

This position is supported and is housed within CDIP (Chronic Injury and Disease Prevention) and APDE (Assessment, Policy Development and Evaluation) division and is supported by the Public Health department and Executive office.

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.
Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan.
Who May Apply: 

 This full-time position is open to all qualified applicants.
Work Schedule: 

This position works Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking; complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities.  Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  

Job Duties

The Program Director guides the vision of the work of the Regional Gun Violence Program at our health department. This includes assuring alignment with County and Department’s priorities while also addressing community needs.
Community, Communication, & Relationship-building

  • Build effective working relationships across a diverse array of community partners, internal stakeholders and programs, and system allies to create support for and participation in developing and implementing community-driven strategies and related opportunities that are data informed and evaluated.
  • Communicate effectively with inclusive groups of community stakeholders, including those with lived experiences.
  • Represent the division, Public Health department, and King County in internal and external forums and to the public. Resolve politically sensitive issues in consultation with the division, department and County leaders, elected officials, and other leaders.
  • Provide briefings and reports to the division, department, and County leaders, elected officials, and other leaders.
  • Develop, with the support of the communications team, multiple channels for engaging diverse communities and transparently reporting on progress.
  • Participate in national learning communities to share King County's experience, learn from other communities and jurisdictions, and stay current with relevant research and trends.
Planning & Program development
  • Lead, collaborate and participate in policy development at the local, state and federal levels in coordination with PHSKC and King County policy leaders. Ensure that policies and procedures are consistent the County’s Equity and Social Justice plans and values.
  • Establish consistent and intentional practices for involving youth, families, and employees at all stages of developing, implementing, and evaluating strategies.
  • Ensure alignment of efforts with related divisions, departments, and County initiatives.

Budget & Fiscal accountability

  • Budget and fiscal accountability (work with the division director, and others to develop budget recommendations, monitoring finances, assuring highest quality financial management and decisions.)
  • Lead and participate in grant seeking and revenues enhancement to sustain programs and drive budget development efforts for the program.
  • Ability to work with and be accountable to local, state, federal government, and elected officials.
  • Ensure efforts are consistent with County policy and that the County's resources are deployed appropriately and efficiently to maximize outcomes.

Oversight & Supervision
  • Supervise staff assigned to coordinate and/or implement strategies identified with community partners and stakeholders and align with the Racism as a Public Health Crisis approach. Convene and support teams that oversee and enact implementation of identified strategies through following results-oriented, equity focused, collaborative, and transparent approaches.
  • Responsible for administrative operations (manage programs efficiently in an environment of shifting priorities with time and budget constraints, and multiple stakeholders and troubleshooting operational issues.)

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Deep knowledge and experience of gun violence and strategies to address violence
  • Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices, and extensive experience with the effects of place-, race- and policy and systems-based inequities on marginalized communities and populations.
  • Five years or more experience in public health, community development, prevention research, or closely related gun violence field.
  • Knowledge of strategic planning techniques and principles, policy development and communication strategies (including systematic use of data, evidence, and emerging/promising practices).
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships with community partners with lived experiences.
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and build agreement among a diverse group of individuals with varying opinions.
  • Experience convening diverse partners to gain commitments from partners, and operationalize those commitments, including implementing services and meeting outcomes.
  • Skill in advancing an ambitious strategic agenda from vision to implementation.
  • Ability to work in a complex matrix management and reporting structures with appreciation for the importance of chain of command concepts.
  • High level of people and process management skills including handling of sensitive situations and mediation/arbitration between competing interests. 
  • Demonstrated ability and experience to guide and manage teams within complex, diverse, and rapidly changing environments.
  • Demonstrated experience with federal grants including proposal development to contract monitoring.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation and facilitation.
  • Experience and skill in using industry standard office automation tools (e.g., Microsoft Office) for communicating with internal teams and partners, managing records and information, and preparing reports and briefings.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of public health principles and the determinants of population health and application within a local health department.

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.
Application process:

Applications will be reviewed after the job posting closes. The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  1. An electronic application through or (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  2. Responses to supplemental questions.
  3. Resume
  4. Attach a cover letter detailing your background and describing how you meet or exceed the requirements. 
Please do not use "see resume" in your application or answers to supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.
Please do not copy and paste your entire resume, or copy and paste your entire job history, as your answers to the supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.
You may attach multiple documents if you wish:
  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the standard information in the application. Providing information only in a resume will not be considered a complete application.
Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the process.
The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation. In the event the job classification requires an exam; an offer of employment will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical exam and must maintain security clearance.
Supplemental Information:
This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to 
Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.
Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.
If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.
Applicants from this job posting may be used to fill temporary or other positions in this classification for a period of up to a 6 months.
Union Affiliation:


For more information about the application process please contact Mark Lacy 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.

Do you have a minimum of 5 years of full-time experience in public health, community development, prevention research, or closely related gun violence field?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to questions #1, please describe the organization(s) where this occurred and your specific experience(s). What were your primary responsibilities? Please be specific. If you do not have this experience, please put N/A.
Please write a statement that describes your experience related to racial equity and health equity, as well as your experience leading work that centers the experiences and knowledge of communities. If you do not have this experience, 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

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