Project/Program Manager III - Overdose Fatality Review

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on November 15, 2022
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Public Health Seattle and King County is looking for a Project/Program Manager (PPMIII) to manage the Comprehensive Opioid Stimulant and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) project grant and lead a collaboration between Public Health and internal and external partners to create and facilitate the county’s Overdose Fatality Review process. This position is located at the Medical Examiner’s Office and is part of team that works on Real Time Overdose Surveillance. This work will take a collaborative approach bringing various partners together to identify strategies to reduce preventable overdose deaths. Are you someone who is eager to bring their talents to start a new collaborative project, and also work within a well-established and dynamic team? This job may be the job you are looking for.

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.
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Job Duties

  • Work with internal and external partners to create the Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) process for King County
  • Manage, coordinate, and facilitate Overdose Fatality Review
  • Manage the COSSIP grant to include reporting, billing, and grant adjustments
  • Solicit and review case data from different sources such as the medical examiner, law enforcement, medical records, treatment agencies, and other relevant sources
  • Follow up on actions and strategies identified in the OFRs in collaborations with PHSKC’s policy team
  • Convene, organize and facilitate OFR reviews, and work with the policy team and partners to follow up on implementation of policy, prevention and education opportunities
  • Lead or assist to address community needs and development of policy, systems or environmental changes
  • Ensure compliance with OFR protocols and serve as the technical expert to perform complex research and analysis of preventable overdose death and identify promising and best practices
  • Supervise some members of the overdose surveillance team, including interns

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices, and understanding of the effects of place, race and policy and systems-based inequities on communities and populations. 
  • Knowledge of the social determinants of health and drivers of health inequity 
  • Experience working to improve health outcomes  
  • Experience with building and nurturing relationships with partners (i.e. non-profits, governmental agencies, community and faith-based organizations, schools, law enforcement, etc.)
  • Strong public speaking skills, including ability to translate programmatic and/or technical documents for variety of audiences 
  • Knowledge of drug trends and other factors affecting overdose deaths 
  • Ability to multitask and work independently 
  • Strong formal written ability, including ability to write a variety of documents for various audiences
  • Knowledge of research and analysis methods 
  • Understanding of the impacts of trauma and resiliency, to include vicarious/secondary trauma and the need for self-care 
  • Ability to input, track, and analyze data trends 
  • Experience leading the design and implementation of large-scale events 
  • Experience in grant writing, tracking and reporting, 
  • Experience in supervision, especially of student interns 
  • Experience convening diverse partners to gain their commitments, and operationalize those commitments, including implementing services and meeting outcomes 
  • Knowledge of and experience with other relevant agencies and systems in King County (Law Enforcement, Substance Use Treatment, Public health, etc.)  

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 PROCESS: The following completed items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  • Supplemental Questions with complete, thorough answers. Answers that say "see resume" will be considered incomplete.
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:
  • 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
  • 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.
Duration of position:
The work performed in this position is anticipated to last for one (1) year with possibility of extension.

Work Schedule:  The normal work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm with some weekend and evening availability required.  This position is FLSA Exempt and ineligible for overtime pay.

Work Location: These positions will be based at Harborview Medical Center, Medical Examiner’s Office located at 908 Jefferson St., Seattle WA 98104.

Union Affiliation: This position is not represented

CONTACT: For more information about the application process, please contact Sarah Dunkinson 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 knowledge of the current trend of overdose deaths?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "Yes" to question #1, please describe your knowledge and experience, where you gained that experience, and how long you have worked or volunteered there.
Do you have knowledge of the agencies and systems that touch overdoses and overdose prevention in King County?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "Yes" to question #3, please outline the specific agencies and systems you have knowledge of and where you gained that knowledge.
Do you have experience building and nurturing partnerships with diverse constituents/agencies?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "Yes" to question #5, please outline the specific agencies/partners you have worked with for what purpose, and how long you have done this.
Do you have experience with research and analysis methods?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "Yes" to question #7, please describe your experience, how you gained it, and the type of research and analysis you currently do.
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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