Recruiting new employees from King County’s “Communities of Opportunity” 

Crossposted from Inside Transportation 

As part of the ongoing work to dismantle racial injustice that can persist in our policies and systems, KCDOT recently partnered with staff from the County’s Communities of Opportunity initiative and WorkSource to recruit new employees for entry-level and journey-level job openings. 

More than 170 jobseekers received valuable information about jobs and tips for applying online, at the event held Nov. 16 at the YWCA Learning Center at Greenbridge in White Center. Staff worked with community-based partners and WorkSource providers to get the word out and increase access to jobs to more candidates from traditionally underserved and under-represented communities. Nearly three-fourths of the attendees were people of color, nearly a third were women, and 40 percent came from targeted Communities of Opportunity of Rainier Valley, White Center, SeaTac, and Tukwila. 

Twenty KCDOT staff, including hiring managers and employees who are doing the work daily, shared what it’s really like on the job. Fulton Johnson told his story of working up from a journey-level position as a Maintenance Painter to his current special duty assignment as a Chief for Metro’s Facilities Maintenance. “I was able to speak with many excited individuals, most of whom were just unsure of the process,” he said. “They were put at ease, and many told me they now feel there is job opportunity for them at King County.” 

Read more at Inside Transportation