Assistant Division Director -- Community Environmental Health

King County
Full Time $127,483 - $161,595 Per year WA Public Health - Seattle & King County, 401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, United States Apply before 5/16/2024 11:59


The Environmental Health Services Division of Public Health – Seattle and King County is seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds who are representative of our King County population to apply for the position of Assistant Division Director for Community Environmental Health.
Safe and healthy water and wastewater treatment is fundamental to our health and wellbeing. Working collaboratively with four program leaders and supporting approximately 30 staff, the Assistant Division Director is responsible for overseeing the On-site Sewage System (OSS) Permitting, OSS Operation and Maintenance, Equitable Wastewater Futures, and Plumbing and Gas Piping programs, and supporting the development of new bodies of work.
This leadership position reports to the Director of the Environmental Health Services Division and is part of the senior management team providing leadership within the Division. The Assistant Division Director will act on behalf of the director in the director’s absence in state and regional environmental public health discussions. This role includes partnership and coalition building, representation of the division in interagency partnerships and processes, and representation in policy and political arenas.
The successful candidate will be an engaged, collaborative leader who has a passion for environmental public health and creating heathier lives for all people in King County, including Division staff. They will enjoy developing people and teams, possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and be effective at developing productive relationships with agency partners and regulated entities.

Program Information:
Through the work of over 160 dedicated employees, the Environmental Health Services Division promotes healthy and equitable environmental conditions and prevents disease through sanitation, safe food, air, and water, and reduction of exposure to hazardous materials. In addition to permitting and inspecting public pools, spas, pet businesses, plumbing installations, on-site septic systems, and solid waste facilities, the division also works in partnership with community to address unhealthy environmental conditions and leads the department’s climate change efforts.
Our vision is healthy, safe, and vibrant communities that are free of health disparities based on race, gender, or economic status. The Division’s core values include equity and social justice, integrity, community service, collaboration, a supportive work culture, and learning from each other and the communities we serve.
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Commitment To Equity and Social Justice
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.
The county government has 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 all communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
We recognize that structural racism consists of principles and practices that cause and justify an inequitable distribution of rights, opportunities, and experiences across racial groups. Since declaring Racism is a Public Health Crisis in June 2020, King County and Public Health committed to being intentionally anti-racist and accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.
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Work Schedule
This position works Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and is Exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Work Location
This position is based out of the Chinook Building, located at 401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104 on the 11th floor.
Some of the work associated with this position will be performed through teleworking, and will report to office location and to meetings as needed. Travel to other work locations may be necessary. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team.

Job Duties

  • Provide oversight and managerial leadership for the On-site Sewage System Permitting, OSS Operation and Maintenance, Equitable Wastewater Futures, and Plumbing and Gas Piping Inspection and Plan Review programs.
  • Serve as a liaison for the division director and provide information, communicate decisions, and represent the mission, goals and values of the Environmental Health Services Division with diverse internal and external groups.
  • Collaborate and support program supervisors in navigating challenging situations and supporting programs in carrying out their missions.
  • Engage in Division, section, and program strategy development, as well as budget planning and development.
  • Use available data resources to craft evidence-based environmental public health policy and further processes and partnerships to advance these policies.
  • Represent and support operational changes and needs of the section and division, including database systems transitions.
  • Advance integration of racial equity work into the services and functions of the section.
  • Respond rapidly and accurately to emerging environmental public health issues.
  • Ensure that services are delivered in equitable and culturally competent ways.
  • Foster and advance relationships and collaboration with the Department of Local Services, Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, among others.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with regulated customers, community residents, and elected officials.
  • Support program supervisors in working with Human Resources Division, including hiring, training, staff development, and disciplinary actions. Ensure that employees are treated with respect and fairness.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Environmental Health Services Director.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the following (Minimum):

  • Progressive management experience in a large organization, with a well-developed broad range of management skills (including staff supervision, collaborative leadership, team consensus building, and strategic planning).
  • Experience solving problems and making decisions in a regulatory context.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, diplomatically, and strategically on politically sensitive issues.
  • Background in water, wastewater, or other environmental health fields.
  • Knowledge and understanding of public health principles.
  • Skill working effectively with diverse employee and community populations.
  • Knowledge of and ability to lead with equity and social justice in an organization, program, and/or community setting.
  • Experience working with human resources to support supervisors and staff with hiring, coaching, staff development, and disciplinary activities.
  • Experience managing programs, overseeing budgets and identifying funding opportunities, ensuring deliverables, managing projects and tasks, and communicating results.
  • Ability to create a climate in which people want to do their best; can motivate many kinds of direct reports, team, or project members; enables co-workers to grow and succeed through feedback, instruction, and encouragement.
  • Skill in partnership building and building collaborative relationships with partner agencies and external stakeholders.

The most competitive applicants will have the following experience and qualifications (Desired):

  • Master's of Science degree in Environmental Health/Sciences, Master's Degree in Public Health, Public Administration, OR a closely related field OR equivalent professional experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with grants and contracts.
  • Demonstrated experience in policy development.
  • Demonstrated experience working in with elected officials and in a political environment.
  • Ability to successfully navigate in a union environment to support staff and ensure program needs are met.
  • Knowledge of and experience applying change management principles.
Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military), volunteer experience, or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills in supplemental question #1 and how they apply to this position.

Supplemental Information

Forbes named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference?  dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Who May Apply
This Career Service position is open to all qualified candidates.
Application Process
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • NeoGov Job Application (The responses on your job application should be thorough and complete and will be used in the screening process)
  • Supplemental Questions (The responses to the supplemental questions should be thorough and complete and will be used in the screening process)
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Interest, detailing how meet the minimum qualifications for this position, and your interest.
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.

Necessary Special Requirements
  • The selection process may include evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience.
  • The selected candidate must be able to pass a thorough background investigation, but findings may not necessarily disqualify an applicant for employment. 
  • For more information on our selection process, please refer to . For tips on interviewing, please visit . 
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • When Public Health responds to an emergency, and in accordance with relevant CBA language and/or KC policy and procedures, we may assign duties outside your regular job description. This may involve responding at any time, including nights and weekends, with possible deployment to locations other than the department. 
  • If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.

Union Membership
This position is not represented by a labor union.
For questions about the application process, contact Catherine Fitzpatrick, Sr. HR Analyst at .