Climate & Health Equity Program Manager

King County
Full Time $54 - $69 Per hour WA Public Health - Seattle & King County, 401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, United States Apply before 5/27/2024 11:59


Want to be part of and lead a department-wide initiative focused on helping King County agencies and communities prepare for, mitigate, and respond to the health impacts of climate change? Want to make a difference in your local community? If this sounds of interest to you, Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) is seeking an innovative public health professional to lead the Department’s Climate & Health Equity Program. The Climate & Health Equity Program Manager (Project/Program Manager IV) position has broad responsibility to establish PHSKC’s strategic direction on climate and health while ensuring alignment with overall King County priorities. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in developing and implementing strategies to promote climate resilience and advance health equity in the face of a changing climate. The Program Manager will lead an interdisciplinary team with skills in climate adaptation, communication, data systems, and community partnerships. The Program Manager will focus on leveraging resources and increasing efficiency of activities by establishing and maintaining meaningful collaborations with a diverse set of partners, including but not limited to the King County Executive Climate Office, state health and environmental agencies, other local public health jurisdictions, academia, and community organizations. 

The Climate & Health Equity Program Manager reports to the Assistant Director of Environmental Health Services and lead an interdisciplinary team with skills in climate adaptation, communication, data systems, and community partnerships. Collectively, the team leads the inclusion and integration of climate justice and health equity strategies into PHSKC programs and participates on an interdepartmental King County Climate Staff team. 


Through the work of over 165 dedicated employees, the Environmental Health Services Division promotes healthy and equitable environmental conditions and prevents disease through sanitation, safe food, air, and water (drinking, surface, and recreational), 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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Note: This posting will create a list of qualified candidates that may be considered for selection of additional career service, term limited temporary (TLT), short-term temporary (STT), or special duty assignment (SDA) vacancies over the next 6 months.

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 has a regular schedule of Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with occasional evening and weekend work required. 

Work Location

This position is hybrid with a combination of home-based telework and onsite work at the Chinook Building located at 401 Fifth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104.


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

Strategic Leadership:

  • Establish a bold strategic direction for the department to serve as a leader in climate justice and in addressing the impacts of climate change; center communities disproportionately impacted by climate change in a strategic direction.
  • Represent and promote the mission, goals, and values of the Climate & Health Equity Program with a variety of internal and external groups; galvanize support for the Program’s mission, goals, and values, and generate alignment within and outside PHSKC. 

  • Champion, coordinate, and advocate for innovative activities that meet the needs of communities most impacted by climate change, particularly activities that leverage multiple PHSKC programs.
  • Foster partnerships across King County to ensure effective and efficient approaches. Partner with workstream leads across the King County agency and the Executive Climate Office to help define and drive climate actions.
  • Collaborate on cutting-edge research activities with community and academia that will lead to improved public health practices.
  • Facilitate collaboration among public health researchers, community members/partners, and policymakers to drive policy and systems change. Incorporate these perspectives throughout the Program’s work. 

Climate and Health Equity Policy Development:

  • Identify and promote policies and practices that advance climate justice.
  • Develop and recommend strategies that promote local climate-resilient, equitable, and health promoting policies and practices based on a combination of available evidence, best practices, and stakeholder input.
  • Collaborate with communities disproportionately affected by climate change to identify system and policy needs, ensure equitable distribution of resources and opportunities, and develop solutions.
  • Develop strong and collaborative relationships with local, state, and national partners to influence policy decisions and promote climate and health equity objectives.

Management and Administration:

  • Provide leadership to incorporate equity and social justice principles and practices into program activities.
  • Provide oversight of program management functions including staff supervision, budget and financial management, performance management and continuous improvement, and reporting.
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities that align with Program and Department strategic objectives.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the following (Minimum):

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience managing complex public health programs or related experience.
  • Strong knowledge of climate change impacts on public health and experience in developing climate resilience and adaptation strategies.
  • Experience advancing system and policy changes with a focus on climate and health equity.
  • Experience working across agencies to set direction, gain commitments, build trust, and find collaboration opportunities.
  • Experience developing and collaborating on community-based and community-led projects.
  • Strong organizational and program management skills, including budget development and financial monitoring.
  • Experience with new revenue development, especially successful grant-writing.
  • Strong interpersonal and team-building skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication and ability to communicate scientific concepts to diverse audiences.

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

  • Master's degree or PhD in public health, health administration, environmental health, climate science, or a related field (or equivalent experience).
  • Experience leading high-profile projects, setting strategic direction, supporting a project/team in working at their “leading/learning edge,” advancing racial equity, and innovating.
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to develop interventions based on research findings and health statistics.
  • Experience in the design and use of mixed-methods qualitative analyses and community-led research practice.
  • Experience serving as a Principal Investigator on research and grant projects.
  • Experience building partnerships, including with academic institutions and statewide and/or national health agencies in advancing program and policy goals.

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 full time, career service position is open to all qualified applicants.

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 (Outlining relevant experience)
  • Cover Letter (Expressing interest in the position)

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.


If you have questions about the position, please contact Ryan Kellogg at . For more information about the application process, please contact Salyse Duckworth, HR Analyst at .