Reaching out to diverse job seekers at career fair 

Teams from around King County, including the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Public Health, Transit, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Sherriff’s Office, and Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, spent the day at the recent Pacific NW Public Sector Diversity Career Fair in Renton help build pipelines and networks with job seekers from diverse communities. “It was part community outreach and part straight recruiting,” said Julie Dunn, Employment Manager with Department of Human Resources. “We were asked to participate as one of the sponsors, and they wanted to get a bunch of our… Read More

U.S. Department of Defense to present awards to King County and DAJD 

The Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard (ESGR) will present King County and the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) with awards, Nov. 8, in recognition of their support of County employees who currently serve in the Reserve and National Guard. King County was nominated for the award by Senior Master Sergeant Michelle Helpenstell, a corrections officer with DAJD, who also serves in the Reserve.  “When I learned of the Freedom Award I immediately knew I needed to recognize those who have been so supportive to KC military members,” said… Read More

Supported Employment Program recognized at Governor’s Employer Award Program  

King County’s Supported Employment Program was nominated for the Employment and Disability Issue Governor Awards for 2018 Public Sector Employer of the Year.  The awards ceremony was held at the Microsoft Conference Center on Wednesday, October 17. The program was recognized by the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment (GCDE) for the efforts of public employers (federal, state, local government) and their efforts to recruit, hire and advance the employment of individuals with disabilities. Although King County did not win the award, (hats off to the City of Bellevue) this was a great opportunity to not only… Read More

Q&A with our Elections translators: Juan Vazquez, Spanish

Crossposted from Election Connection We’re highlighting the great work our translators do helping make our elections and services accessible to every member of the community. Here we sit down for a brief Q&A with Juan Vazquez, our Spanish language translator. What brings you to working in local government at King County? I was born in Mexico, but immigrated to the United States when I was thirteen. I attended Seattle University for my Bachelor of Arts, then completed my Master of Arts at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. Afterwards I… Read More

Women in Leadership Lunch and Learn, Oct. 30 

WILpower increases knowledge and skills about leadership through a series of nine monthly interactive workshops with expert speakers, as well as regular networking and discussion groups that reinforce the powerful messages heard in the workshops.    Please consider attending a Lunch & Learn presentation by the Chair of the WILPower Leadership Team, Susan Seah October 30 from noon to 1pm in Chinook Conference Room 124. Women in Leadership (WILpower) trainings for 2019 will start January.  View the calendar for 2019 WILpower workshops here.

School-to-Work Program changes lives 

If you ask what students with developmental disabilities need in order to achieve employment before leaving high school, what you will hear most often is “high expectations” and “work experience.” Ask what it takes for a program to make this happen for students countywide, and what you will hear is “collaboration.”  But if you ask students what it takes, it might be about supporting them to reach for their dreams. Working with Washington State’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Developmental Disabilities Administration, school districts, consultants, employment service providers, businesses, families, and over 1,500… Read More

Disability Awareness Month two part Lunch and Learn, Oct. 18 and 24 

The Department of Executive Services and Human Resources Division have cosponsored two interactive lunch and learn events that trace the rise of the Disability Rights Movement in the United States, Oct. 18 and 24. From the first stirrings after WWII, through the intersections of race, visibility of the disabled, and economics in activism, to the famous Capital Crawl, the classes will uncover the unexpected connections that led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event is first come first serve with seating available for up to 40 people. Please… Read More

Bridge Fellowship kicks off fourth year program with expanded group, more development opportunities 

Twenty seven employees from across King County have been selected to participate in the 2018 Bridge Fellowship Program as part of the County’s Investing In You commitment to provide leadership and development opportunities to employees. The Fellowship, open to all full-time and TLT employees, was reestablished in 2013-2014 by King County Executive Dow Constantine. The program was expanded in 2017. Bridge participants underwent a rigorous application and interview process before joining this year’s cohort. Over the course of the program, participants engage in classroom learning, group projects, presentations and career development activities, as well as interviews… Read More

Inclusive process results in more accountability and higher customer standards for Metro’s Access paratransit service 

King County Metro’s American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Paratransit Program provides shared rides on Access Transportation for people whose disability(ies) prevent them from using fixed route bus or light rail service. Access Transportation provided nearly 1 million trips last year, serving about 10,000 customers. With the help of customers and advocates, King County Metro is scheduled to have a new contract to improve Access service beginning in August 2019. Metro first asked for contractor proposals last year; however, Access riders and other stakeholders communicated their disappointment that they were not… Read More

Disability Awareness Month: Transit Disability Services helps to provide resources for over 5,000 employees 

Sometimes it just takes a little creativity and a few good resources to make it easier for an employee to do their job. For the past two decades, a small group of Transit Disability Services staff has been coming up with ideas to help Transit workgroups accommodate employees who have a medical condition, from bus drivers to office workers. A study by the Job Accommodation Network in partnership with the West Virginia University School of Social Work, found that the majority of workplace accommodations employees need are either free or low cost. For Transit… Read More