Project/Program Manager IV (PPM IV) - Communicable Diseases

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
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Posted on July 25, 2020

Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences.  The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.
This posting is open continuously until filled. First review will be done for applications received by July 30, 2020.

Are you an organized, efficient, and approachable leader? Do you get excited about working in teams to control the spread of communicable diseases like COVID-19 or hepatitis? If you're skilled in building a high-performing team, and have a passion for fostering equity and inclusion, we want you to join our team!

We have 4 exciting opportunities for program leaders in the role of a Project/Program Manager IV with our COVID-19 community response (2 positions), COVID-19 testing strategy (1 position) and viral hepatitis (1 position) investigation teams. The positions have similar bodies of work with a focus on oversight of teams responsible for investigations, testing coordination, response, and community outreach in different sectors across King County.  
  1. COVID-19 Community Response (1 position): focus on schools, childcares, homeless service sites, correctional facilities, and other congregate settings.
  2. COVID-19 Community Response (1 position): focus on businesses and underserved communities, including disproportionately impacted Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities.
  3. COVID-19 Testing Strategy (1 position): focus on community outreach and improving access to testing for communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 including racial and ethnic minority populations, homeless populations, and people living in congregate settings.
  4. Viral Hepatitis (1 position): focus on viral hepatitis, grant oversight and coordination of deliverables, and lead the complex work around expanding outbreaks in King County.

After consulting with the most competitive candidates and with program stakeholders, the program will assign a body of work from the list above to each PPM IV hired.

This is an opportunity to lead multi-disciplinary teams whose passion is to control the spread of COVID-19 or viral hepatitis. Under the direction of a Medical Epidemiologist, each position is responsible for technical expertise, developing strategy, and providing oversight for each body of work and hiring and daily supervision of Program Managers, Public Health Nurses, Disease Research Intervention Specialists and others as appropriate. The positions represent Public Health to public stakeholders and drive the vision of a highly visible public health response.  

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.

We are interested in individuals who are representative of the diverse populations we serve and are dedicated to serving clients with quality and compassion. We value and recognize innovation and teamwork. Our teams practice collaborative leadership to foster continuous improvement, equity and social justice, respect for people and staff. We encourage resiliency and trauma informed care.

  • Lead strategy and planning in the focus area. Develop goals and strategies to accomplish the work with clear expectations. Determine schedules, scope, and prioritization of work.
  • Monitor and evaluate project team to ensure that they are meeting budgetary, deadline, and outcome goals.
  • Oversee communicable disease investigations, surveillance activities, and implementation of disease control measures (COVID-19 Community Response and Viral Hepatitis positions).
  • Oversee the development and implementation of new testing sites and population testing strategies in collaboration with numerous community stakeholders (COVID-19 Testing Strategy position).
  • Coordinate with internal staff, other County staff, state and federal agencies to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and participate in audits of County records performed by these agencies. 
  • Collaborate with community stakeholders to ensure successful and equitable outcomes. 
  • Manage contracts or grants.  
  • Seek and apply for new grant opportunities.
  • Oversee and provide technical direction for creation of user guides, protocols and provision of training and coaching in knowledge areas. 
  • Support project teams with evaluation of business processes, feedback, resolving issues, and implementing changes. 
  • Handle inquiries and requests about Section work, including media inquiries and politically sensitive inquiries about the program or work being done. 
  • Represent Public Health with internal and external partners, including community stakeholders, and state and federal agencies
  • Engage and seek input from impacted communities to develop systems and policies that advance equity and social justice.
  • Supervise Lead staff, including hiring, mentoring, developing training expectations, and recommending effective discipline or termination.  
  • Notify/consult with the Medical Epidemiologist, Chief, or Deputy Chief when managing complicated, unusual, or high-priority cases, investigations, and activities. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Participate in Section’s response during outbreaks and emergencies as approved by supervisor.
  • Participate in Section’s after-hours call coverage for communicable disease reports from healthcare providers, approximately 6-8 weeks a year (and provide back-up consultation to staff participating in after-hours call).
  • Provide back-up coverage to other PPM IV/PHSS and Program Lead SME staff as needed. 

  •  Experience and skill in working with diverse populations and cultures.
  • Experience and skill in maintaining effective working relationships with team members, the community, and other social service agencies.
  • Experience supervising multi-disciplinary staff.
  • Experience working on projects with complex technical aspects that change regularly.
  • Experience using process metrics to inform the success of the program and make adaptations as needed.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in person and in writing on both technical and non-technical levels.
  • Must display good judgment and comfort in making independent decisions, while understanding limitations and elevating as needed in the absence of information.
  • Effectively manage multiple competing priorities and projects under a rapidly changing environment, with the ability to plan and prioritize effectively in this environment.
  • Work well under pressure.
  • In depth knowledge of laboratory testing and diagnostics (COVID-19 Testing Strategy position)
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office 365), other web-enabled tools, and multiple large databases. Candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform essential functions of the position.
  • Ability to travel between sites on a regular basis.

  •  At least two years of experience in a supervisory role.
  • Experience with managing a large program, including communicable disease investigation, highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated skills and comprehension in communicable disease epidemiology, clinical characteristics, prevention, investigations, disease control, and pandemic preparedness and response highly desirable.
  • Experience in interpreting guidance and adapting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), WA Department of Health (DOH), or Public Health-Seattle & King County (PHSKC) guidance to various settings.
  • Knowledge of county hiring and contracting procedures highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated skill in developing and giving presentations.
  • Demonstrated skill in grant writing and managing grants and contracts.
  • Demonstrated skills in personnel supervision, management, and team building.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide advice and serve as liaison with various medical and public health specialists on a wide range of public health issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and comprehend new and complex bodies of knowledge efficiently.
  • Bilingual/bicultural.

These positions are full-time, 1.0 FTE and exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and are not overtime-eligible. Some weekends and evening work required, and some travel may be required.Workdays and hours will be determined at time of hire, may vary based on business needs, and may include some evening and weekend hours, and likely regular remote work will be required. Home site is King County Chinook Building in Seattle, WA.

This Special Duty Assignment (SDA) / Term Limited Temporary (TLT) position is open to all qualified applicants. The duration of these opportunities is expected to last one year. 

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

The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • An electronic application through or (use the "Apply" link).
  • A current resume.
  • A cover letter that summarizes your interest and qualifications for the position.
  • Responses to the supplemetal 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.
Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.

If you need accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the contact listed on the job announcement or Public Health's Human Resources Service Delivery Manager.

  • 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.

  • The selected candidate will be required to pass 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.

  •  These positions are not represented by a labor union.

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.

Describe your experience in communicable disease case and outbreak investigations, including overseeing and leading case and outbreak investigations, years of experience, types of diseases, and what setting (local or state health department or other setting). If you have experience with COVID-19 or viral hepatitis (including case management and linkage to care), or in working in a laboratory or other testing science, please describe that experience in detail. If you do not have any experience, please type N/A.
Describe your experience in supervisory and leadership roles, including oversight of the work of other employees and number of staff you have supervised. Include a description of how you have supported staff in managing competing priorities, identifying opportunities for career growth, and promoting equity and social justice. Please describe the setting of this experience (public health, health care facility, other). If you do not have any experience, please type N/A.
Describe any experience you have collaborating with partner agencies in communicable disease case or outbreak investigations, or other related work experience, that involved collaborations with partners such as local or state health departments, CDC, or FDA. If you do not have any experience, please type N/A.
Describe your experience with preparing and presenting written and visual communications for both lay audiences and healthcare professionals, including presentations, brochures, fact sheets, blogs, press releases, website material, healthcare alerts, scientific manuals, newsletters, and articles. If you do not have any experience, please type N/A.
Describe any experience with project development and implementation (i.e. standing up a community point of service site of any kind), project management, preparing quarterly/summary/progress reports, grant writing, and managing grants and deliverables. Please describe the setting of this experience (public health, health care facility, other). If you do not have any experience, please type N/A.

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