Telling the stories of King County employees
The first of three performances for US – The Untold Story will be held Thursday, September 20 at the Department of Elections in Renton. It will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Alvine Room. Each of the performances will feature stories submitted by King County employees of color who responded to the question, “What’s your untold story of racism?” These stories are available to read on the Untold Story Project blog. Local poets and actors will perform the readings under the direction of Seattle actor and storyteller Jekeva Phillips. The discussion to follow will be facilitated by conceptual… Read More
Dear fellow King County employee, Through our Investing in YOU work we’re continuing to build a workplace where you have the tools, support, and opportunity to do your best work. For the past three years we’ve used the annual Employee Engagement Survey to hear from you about how can we make King County a better place to work, and how we can provide services more effectively to our residents. Using what we’ve learned on our engagement journey and in response to your feedback, we’re making improvements to the engagement survey process. First,… Read More
Closing: 09/30/18 11:59 PM (GMT -8:00) Salary: $35.36 – $49.51 Hourly $73,548.80 – $102,980.80 Annually Location: King County Youth Service Center – 1211 East Alder Ave, Seattle Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week Department: Adult & Juvenile Detention Job Number: 2018CB08318 Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, in partnership with Public Health – Seattle & King County, is recruiting for Registered Nurses who have a strong interest in working with our community’s justice-involved youth. As Public Health nurses, we strive to provide the highest quality of care through a trauma-informed… Read More
This article is by Corinne Easter, Administrative Specialist with the King County Office of Risk Management Services When thinking about Equity and Social Justice (ESJ), most people immediately think about age, ethnicity, and gender. Fewer people look deeper and realize that job classification can also be an ESJ issue. Shawn Abernethy, Human Resources Manager for the Department of Executive Services (DES) has been leading a group focused on just that: equity within workgroups. Shawn summarizes their 2018 action items by saying, “In 2018, we have been focused on three main goals. We are building an… Read More
Crossposted from Tails from RASKC Lila Rose is a 3 ½ year-old, black, longhair female cat (#A555163). This beautiful girl is an affectionate love bug once she warms up to you. She loves hanging out with her favorite people, and once she get comfortable she can talk up a storm! Lila Rose’s personality color is RED, meaning she is a spirited and fun-loving girl who likes to get attention on her own terms. She can get a bit overstimulated with petting, so it’s best to keep an eye out for signs… Read More
If you have a desire to improve your skills and knowledge of organizational performance measurement, this course is for you. This introductory course is for participants who want to gain a practical understanding of organizational performance measurement. No prerequisites are required. Participants should come curious, ready to engage in exercises, and experiment with new concepts and ideas. Learn more and register on Eventbrite. Visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/learning to learn more about trainings and other opportunities to invest in YOU!
Crossposted from Keeping King County Green Across the street from a grassy private lot fenced off with razor wire, kids play tag in a gray concrete Tukwila parking lot, sometimes dodging honking cars and making the apartment manager nervous about his liability. The closest park playground is a hot 20-minute summer walk from the apartment building along busy arterials. These kids are among a half million King County residents without easy access to green space, parks or trails (within a 10-minute walk). It’s a stunning truth in a county renowned for… Read More
Crossposted from Clean Water Stories Beer brewing is a growing industry that creates local jobs and supports King County’s economic diversity, and now these operations are helping in our efforts to protect water quality through their commitment to responsible waste management. There are two concerns with brewery wastewater: the concentration of waste in the water and the pH. Imagine if all the wastewater from your house came from the garbage disposal. That would be much more concentrated than the wastewater from showers, washing machines, and toilets. Since breweries use a lot of… Read More
Imagine it’s a nice day and you’ve decided to eat or take a walk outside during your lunch break. During that time, and unbeknownst to you, your building goes into security lock down. If you are registered to receive employee alerts, you’ll be notified on your personal mobile device by text, email, and/or voice message with safety instructions. KC Inform is a free County employee notification system that sends important information to you, wherever you are. Registration is easy. Email email@example.com or call 206-296-3830 to request a customized link to build your personal… Read More
Department of Community and Human Services Director Adrienne Quinn was interviewed by KUOW reporter Kate Walters about homeless prevention efforts. They talked about the Best Starts for Kids-funded Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative and efforts around system connected housing to help prevent people with behavioral health needs from becoming homeless. Read and listen to the KUOW article here.
Crossposted from the Captain’s Blog An ordinary evening sailing from West Seattle turned into an extraordinary display of preparation and skill when our three-person crew rescued a man stranded in Elliott Bay on Thursday. The rescue took place shortly before 6 p.m., after the MV Doc Maynard left Seacrest Dock and headed toward Pier 52 in Downtown Seattle. The crew spotted a man in the water away from his boat, blowing a whistle and clinging to what appeared to be a chair. The crew members – who had all undergone rigorous safety… Read More
Crossposted from Metro Matters After 34 years, mechanic Dave Bankson is one of the best at his job at King County Metro. He works hard to stay current on changing technology, has become a go-to resource on new diesel-hybrid fleets, and readily shares his expertise. Bankson recently was honored as Metro’s Vehicle Maintenance Employee of the Year for 2018. He accepted the award in front of a room full of coworkers, many who praised his work ethic and the way he mentors others to be successful. “I don’t have just one story to… Read More
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month – a reminder to take action to prepare now and throughout the year for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and play. It’s important to have a family and workplace communications plan and evacuation route established. You are also urged to store food, water, first aid, and other essential survival supplies in your home and vehicle. Additionally, take time to learn lifesaving skills – such as CPR and first aid – and how and when to shut off water… Read More
National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month officially starts on September 15 and ends October 15. This month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the long and important presence and contributions of Hispanic and Latino and Latina (Latinx) Americans in North America. In line with Metro’s values of community building, shared learning, and increased understanding, employees are invited to participate in three interactive Lunch and Learn events celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month. These will be held on Sept. 6, Sept. 13 and Oct. 1. For information about each event, click here…. Read More
Executive Constantine today is hosting a celebration at Metro’s South Base to commemorate King County Metro being named the best large transit system in North America. “To our talented Metro employees, our steadfast partners, and our loyal customers: Thank you for helping us bring this prestigious award to King County,” said Executive Constantine. Below is a video that puts the award in the context of the work King County is doing in all operations to create the nation’s best-run government.
For King County Forensic Anthropologist Katherine Taylor and her team, attempting to identify missing persons or unidentified bodies can be a slow, painstaking exercise that can take years to complete. For some cases the technology just hasn’t caught up to assist in the identification of the person, and in other cases the information doesn’t seem to piece together. There was one specific story that Katherine recalled where her team tried everything they could before finally catching a break. “First we found the cranium. Over the course of a couple months we found… Read More
King County’s Mentoring Orientation Program is a half-day session designed to prepare you for your mentorship experience. You will attend this session with your partner to learn more about yourself as a mentee or mentor, and you will create the foundation of your mentoring relationship. You will work to uncover your strengths and challenges and identify the topic for your first mentoring session. You will brush up on listening and feedback skills and you will have your first mentoring session. The goal of this session to provide you with a solid foundation… Read More
Crossposted from Balanced You 2018 King County worksite flu shots for employees start next month! Brought to you by Balanced You, onsite flu shots are open to all King County employees and flu shots are provided at no cost to benefits-covered employees. Employees with no health benefits may self-pay for the vaccine (flu shots are $30 each). Flu shots are on a first-come, first-served basis. In response to employee feedback, we’ve added additional worksites to this year’s schedule: Kent East Hill Public Health, Brightwater Treatment Plant, Power Distribution and Dexter Horton Building…. Read More
Volta by Cirque du Soleil will be at King County’s Marymoor Park Sept. 7 thru Nov. 4. Now through Sept. 9, employees can save 25 percent on tickets using this special link to purchase them. This great offer is valid only until Sept. 9. Additional offers for Volta are available here. See all available discounts on the Employee Discount webpage.
Results for America, a national research and policy organization dedicated to advancing evidence-based policymaking, praised King County’s revolutionary new approach to creating community partnerships. Researchers cited the county’s Best Starts for Kids initiative as an effective model for making contracts with service providers more accessible, collaborative, and outcome-focused. The nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based organization is sharing its case study of King County’s new approach with cities, counties, and states, encouraging other metropolitan regions to adopt a similar model. “We made a commitment with Best Starts for Kids to transform the way we partner… Read More