Crossposted from King County Parks Plog Spring is in full swing and that means one of our favorite family friendly events is coming up! The Big Backyard 5K presented by Kaiser Permanente is happening on Sunday, June 2 at King County’s Marymoor Park. And this year is a very special year as we are celebrating our 10th annual event, which has raised funds to support the maintenance and operations of our parks and trails in King County since 2010. We are so excited to celebrate this milestone that we are adding a special 10K distance… Read More
Know someone who might be interested in running for the King County Personnel Board? The Personnel Board conducts hearings on appeals of certain county personnel actions. It’s made up of five members, one of which is elected by county career service employees. The position is only open to non-King County employees and candidates must file with the Department of Elections between Monday, June 3, through Wednesday, June 5. Find more information about the election and the Personnel Board here.
As King County Executive Dow Constantine said in his latest employee message, the results of the 2019 Employee Survey are now available. The results for the County overall and your department or division can be viewed here (Sharepoint). Work group results will be available soon. Overall, we had a 70% response rate, up 11 points from our first annual survey in 2015 and our highest participation rate ever. Employee engagement continued its steady increase, with our engagement index climbing two points from 2017 – a significant jump for an organization our size – and up… Read More
Crossposted from KC Employee Giving Thank you to everyone who joined and helped us celebrate the 2018 Annual Giving Drive — and our collective impact as King County employees! Our Employee Giving Program is a great example of the positive impact we have, and the stories we share as public sector employees. It makes all of us feel so proud to work here, to work with you, and to share with the world. Hundreds of King County employees came together and made this program a labor of love. This program would not be… Read More
King County and other counties in western Washington are currently experiencing an uptick in measles cases. The good news is that most people are fully immunized and are protected. Now is a good time to determine your immunization status. If you’re not immune or if you can’t confirm whether you’ve been fully immunized, get the vaccine. King County Health Plans fully cover the MMR vaccine for children. The adult vaccine is fully covered by the Kaiser’s SmartCare plan and within network for KingCare Regence plans. Measles is very contagious so if you are not immunized, you… Read More
By Troy Brown, Communications Manager, King County District Court It all started when Bouke Spoelstra, a high school junior at The Bear Creek School in Redmond, WA, became interested in law when reading Michael Connelly’s novel “The Lincoln Lawyer” as a child. An active participant in a youth court in Bothell working with Bothell Municipal Court Judge Michelle Gehlson, Bouke decided to ask around for any judges in Redmond who might be interested in creating a similar program for teens in that city. Judge Gehlson helped connect Bouke with King County District Court (KCDC) Judge Michael Finkle,… Read More
Sasha is a 9 year-old, female, longhair dilute tortie (A497023). Her personality color is RED, meaning she is a fun and spirited cat who likes to get attention on her own terms. Sasha is a gorgeous kitty with a big personality! She likes to be petted a certain way and is a very sweet cat with those who respect her signals and preferences. Read more.
Dear fellow King County employee, Last month in my 2019 State of the County address, I spoke about my “True North,” the simple statement that sums up our work: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. The True North is our aspiration for both the people we serve and the people who serve them. Every employee needs to feel welcome here, and have the support and opportunities to grow and thrive in their King County career. Our annual Employee Engagement Survey, part of my Investing in YOU strategy,… Read More
Employees interested in working out have the option to get their morning started, or break up their day, by accessing one of 21 (soon to be 23) available activity centers at King County worksites. Each activity center offers similar exercise equipment, such as treadmills, dumbbells, and other items, but can also be equipped with items more specific to employee needs based on their work environment. Each center can vary in size, but the goal of the activity centers remains the same: To give employees the convenience of being able to work out… Read More
Crossposted from Balanced You Spring has sprung! Get ready to stock up on delicious eats, try new recipes and connect with colleagues, all while supporting local farmers. What? Through the CSA@Work program (Community Supported Agriculture), employees are able to buy local seasonal food (a “share”) from a farmer and receive deliveries right at or near work. Typically, the share consists of a weekly box of vegetables – additional items such as eggs, flowers and fruits are also available. When? Beginning in late June, CSA@Work will deliver weekly boxes of freshly harvested produce to 10 King County worksites. Each week,… Read More
King County offers a Mentoring Program designed to provide employees the opportunity to develop beneficial and rewarding partnerships that encourage professional and personal development in powerful ways. Mentoring allows a mentee to build a relationship with a trusted advisor who can help them explore career options and develop future goals in a safe space. Being a mentor can improve coaching skills, build influence and contribute to the success of the County. Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/mentoring.
How to access the training: To start your Cyber Security Awareness Training please login at: https://sso.securingthehuman.org/kingcounty/ Your account for Securing the Human: Username: King County email address Password: King County email password For more information about Cyber Security please visit our Sharepoint site: https://kc1.sharepoint.com/teams/ITISRC/ISRCPUB/SitePages/Home.aspx
With thousands of courses, videos, and books, there’s bound to be something to spark your learning. Build your knowledge and increase your skills with free 24/7 access to KC eLearning. Employees with @kingcounty.gov email address can login with their email/network credentials, and employees who do not have an email address can log into their accounts using their PeopleSoft ID number. For more information about signing in, accessing KC eLearning via the mobile app, popular trainings and other eLearning opportunities, visit the KC eLearning webpage. View more training and development opportunities at www.kingcounty.gov/learning.
The following kudos was received from a customer in praise of Tiffany Frank, Customer Service Specialist III, Records and Licensing Services, with the Department of Executive Services (DES). “I would like to thank miss beautiful lady Tiffany Frank for her outstanding performance on Monday, April 29, 2019. She was warm, kind, pleasant, knowledgeable and professional when an old Asian woman needed help getting an auto title which we lost and miss Tiffany rewrote an ‘Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest’ for me even though she was very busy. I would like to share… Read More
Crossposted from Tails from RASKC Looking for an energetic, free-spirited companion? Look no further than Franco, our Pet of the Week! This six-year-old American Bulldog mix is a genuinely happy boy who is eager to please. He always has a big grin on his face and his happiness is contagious! Franco is an active boy, so he’s one of our “Rambunctious Red” personality pets. Read more
In support of Bike Everywhere Month, we will be hosting a Bike Show on Wednesday, May 22 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Chinook, Rooms 121 and 123. Join us for a chance to ask your colleagues how they make bike commuting work for them. There will be a variety of bike set ups to check out. For more information contact Heather Eliason at Heather.Eliason@kingcounty.gov.
Salary: $86,344.54 – $109,446.48 Annually Location: Seattle, WA Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week Department: DLS – Local Services Job Number: 2019MCK09868 Closing: 5/22/2019 11:59 PM Pacific Are you an energized and experienced planner with a strategic mindset? Do you value collaboration, communication and high performance planning outcomes? Do you enjoy leading interdisciplinary teams to the finish line? Are you interested in managing a diverse portfolio of analytic, project and program responsibilities? The King County Road Services Division of the Department of Local Services is recruiting for a Senior Planner to join… Read More
Crossposted from Local Services David Daw has joined the Department of Local Services, where he will lead the new department’s efforts to engage and collaborate with King County’s unincorporated communities. A Seattle native, David attended Evergreen State College in Olympia and studied economic development abroad in both Central America and Africa. After earning a bachelor’s degree focused on public administration and intercultural communication, he returned to Seattle. With a friend, he co-founded The Initiative Newspaper, which ran stories about positive community action and provided resources and information about the local African-American community. Read more from… Read More
Crossposted from Balanced You May is Mental Health Awareness month, an important time to learn more about mental health, change the conversation and understand the resources available whether you’re looking to support yourself, colleagues or loved ones. Let’s work together to open up the conversation around mental health here in King County. Throughout the year, Balanced You will partner with several groups to organize, promote or support discussions around the County. Below are a few partner events taking place later this month. Please note: additional opportunities are in the works. Look for more information soon or contact… Read More
Lily Clifton joined King County to provide administrative support to Deputy County Executive Rachel Smith and the Executive’s Senior Leadership and Government Relations team, while being part of an organization that can make a difference in her community, but her passion for equity and social justice is helping her make a difference beyond her County position. “I have worked in public service, campaign, and nonprofit roles for years,” said Lily. “I was really excited to come work at the County and learn more about regional government.” Since starting in January, Lily has participated in the annual Point in Time Count of people experiencing homelessness, assisted with the organization of the Executive’s State of… Read More
Join Toastmasters for an open house to gain confidence and find your voice. Toastmasters is an international organization that provides both communication and leadership development opportunities for County employees. This event is free and open to the public. Visitors should check-in at the 7th floor reception area and follow signs to the Tipping Floor conference room. There will be an overview of the club and the new Pathways program, an online learning tool tailored to individual goals. Raffle prizes and light snacks provided. No RSVP required. For questions, email email@example.com. Thursday, May 16,… Read More
King County is the nation’s first local government to offer a certified carbon credit program that protects local forests. The county’s new Forest Carbon Program offers local companies the opportunity to offset a portion of their carbon emissions within King County where their employees and their families can explore and enjoy the protected forests in both urban and rural communities. “We are making it possible for local companies to help us protect forests, confront climate change, and promote healthy habitat right here where their employees live, work, and play,” said Executive Constantine. “Our first-of-its-kind… Read More
Dear employee, Thank you so much for participating in the 2019 Employee Engagement Survey. We hit our goal of a 70 percent response rate this year, our highest ever response rate. It’s also a 3 percent increase over our last survey, and an 11 percent increase since 2015 when we started conducting the survey annually. I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to respond. Your feedback is valuable as we continue to build a supportive and respectful workplace culture through our Investing in YOU strategy,… Read More
How to access the training: To start your Cyber Security Awareness Training please login at: https://sso.securingthehuman.org/kingcounty/ Your account for Securing the Human: Username: King County email address Password: King County email password For more information about Cyber Security please visit our Sharepoint site: https://kc1.sharepoint.com/teams/ITISRC/ISRCPUB
King County is now offering Omada®, a digital lifestyle change program that inspires healthy habits that last—to all employees on a King County medical plan. Omada can help you lose weight, feel fantastic, and reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. Learn more and see if you’re eligible at Omada Health. Omada includes: An interactive program to guide your journey A wireless smart scale to monitor your progress Weekly online lessons to empower you A professional Omada health coach to keep you on track Small online groups of participants to keep you engaged You and your adult family members who are enrolled in a… Read More