This position is open until filled, first consideration will be 11/28/23.
The Prevention Division of Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) is seeking to fill one Career Service Public Health Veterinarian position as a Zoonotic Disease Branch Manager under the direction of the Investigations Team Manager in the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section (CD-lmms).
The Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) Zoonotic Disease Branch Manager will provide clinical and technical expertise and leadership in: veterinary public health; communicable disease epidemiology related to zoonotic, vectorborne, and emerging infectious diseases; and environmental health issues related to conditions that impact animals and people (e.g., managing interventions for animals and pet-related businesses to prevent and control zoonotic spread of diseases). The Branch Manager will lead program and project planning and oversight for branch activities related to preparedness, surveillance, investigation, and response strategies for prevention and control of zoonotic diseases applying a One Health approach to the work.
This position will be responsible for cross-coverage for other branch managers, providing direction, management, and oversight for staff on a multidisciplinary team that also investigates and responds to vaccine preventable diseases, enteric diseases, viral hepatitis, healthcare associated infections, and COVID-19. This position directly supervises program managers and will be expected to center race and equity in all public health activities as well as build relationships, collaborate, and represent the Section in meetings with internal and external partners and stakeholders.
This position will work closely with Environmental Health (EH) staff and members of CD-lmms, including team managers, program managers, veterinarians, public health nurses, disease investigators, and epidemiologists. In CD-lmms, the Branch Manager contributes to team business planning and models a culture of a healthy organization by supporting employee engagement and professional growth opportunities, anti-racist and trauma informed policies and practices, and practices that strengthen cross-team collaboration.
In accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan, the position supports and advances Public Health values for fair and culturally competent service delivery, innovative, effective and efficient application of resources, building a culture of performance and expanding opportunities to seek input, listen and respond to community members.
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.
T he 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.
Job Function #1:Provide clinical, technical, and strategic direction and oversight for zoonotic and vectorborne disease, emerging infectious diseases, and environmental exposures to address preparedness, prevention, surveillance, investigation, and response activities in collaboration with team, Section leadership, and EH colleagues.
• Develop, lead, manage, and evaluate prevention, investigation, control, and communication strategies and activities that impact both humans and animals.
• Lead and oversee the investigation of outbreaks or biosecurity issues within animal shelters or pet businesses and rodent infestations. Perform field inspections when needed.
• Provide technical expertise, direction, and guidance to internal and external partners on bioterrorism and pandemic preparedness risk, planning, surveillance, and response efforts regarding animal disease agents and diseases with pandemic potential.
• Contribute to design, implementation, and evaluation of disease surveillance systems, databases, reports, and protocols.
• Analyze and interpret data and report findings via public health biogs, data dashboards, websites, community meetings, media interviews, scientific publications, and reports.
• Inform, lead, and support One Health activities that enhance multidisciplinary collaborations to improve health outcomes for people, animals, and the environment, at the direction of the Medical Epidemiologist, Deputy Chief, and Section Chief.
• Provide strategic direction, interpretation and review of state and local zoonotic disease control policies and regulations, in coordination with internal agency enforcement programs.
Job Function #2: Develop and maintain strategic partnerships and community engagement to strengthen zoonotic and vectorborne diseases, emerging infectious diseases, and environmental exposures to address preparedness, prevention, surveillance, investigation, and control activities and address health disparities in King County.
•Collaborate with internal and external partners and the community to advance equity by developing systems, policies, and practicesthat prioritize vulnerablepopulations in the community and identify and addresshealth disparities.
educational materials, toolkits, and trainings for internal staff and key stakeholders including pet-related businesses, animal control agencies, and veterinarians.
• Coordinate with partners,includingCDC,WA Department ofHealth,WA Department ofFish& Wildlife,USDA,WA Department of Agriculture, and academic institutions to monitor zoonotic andvectorborne disease incidence and trends and other issues of public health importance.
• Represent Public Health with internal and external partners through meetings, coalitions, healthcare facility networks, workgroups, community presentations/trainings,tabletop exercises, public/provider messaging, and other formats as indicated, and serve as spokesperson and agency representative with media and other stakeholders on veterinary public health issues.
Job Function #3: Lead continuous quality improvement, program development, and grants related to zoonotic, vectorborne, and emerging infectious diseases or One Health issues to support program sustainability.
•Seek and apply for new grant opportunitiesand serve as thetechnical expert or principal investigatorfor grant applications to support Section strategicgoals and priorities related to diseases and One Health issues.
•Supervise assigned staff,including hiring, onboarding, training, mentoring, and evaluating staff with a variety of backgrounds, skills, and levels of experience.
• Provide back-up coveragetoother branch managers, veterinarians,and other staff as needed across the broad range of notifiable conditions managed by CD-lmms.
•Participate inafterhours (evening, night,weekend, and holiday) on-call work,including back-up support for newer on call staff during assigned weeks, sharing back-up monitoring/response of all high priority afterhours work with other managersforremainderof the weeks (24/7/365with exceptionsforpersonalleave), fillinggaps in first-lineprimary on-call coverage, and urgent public health veterinary issues (last shared with other Public Health Veterinarian).
•A valid Washington Statelicense to practice veterinary medicine or the ability to obtain licensure within 6 months of employment start date. The license must be current and unrestricted; a conditional, provisional, probationary or restricted license will not be accepted.
• Two (2)yearsofprogressivelyresponsiblesupervisory,management,mentorship,andleadership experience.
• Two(2)yearsofexperiencewithprogramandprojectmanagement,strategicplanning,protocol/project/program development, and evaluation.
•Demonstrated leadership skills in directing the complex, unpredictable, and fast-paced work of a large, multidisciplinarystaffandbuildingeffectiveteamswhileensuring/promotingstaffwell-beingatwork.
•Specialized training or experience and comprehension ofinfectious disease epidemiology and clinical characteristics, surveillance systems, disease investigation and control measures, and environmental health practices with specific expertise in zoonoses, vectorbornediseases,and/oremerging infectiousdiseases,includingleading field investigations of outbreaks independently.
•Experience in reviewing and interpreting disease control regulations and codes and adapting guidance to various settings.
• Experience collecting, managing, analyzing, and interpreting data to guide developmentof policies or public health decision-making.
•Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with colleagues and stakeholders atalllevels and to manage conflict effectively.
•Demonstrated ability to incorporate principles of equity and social justice into program developmentand implementation,including working with diverse populations (race, ethnicity, gender, ability, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status) in a culturally competent manner.
• Must display goodjudgment and comfort in making independent decisions even in the absence of sufficient information, while understanding limitations and elevating to supervisors as needed.
• Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and effectively organize, manage and prioritize multiple competing priorities/projects under a rapidly changing environment, and carry out assignments and responsibilities reliably in a thorough, accurate, andtimely manner.
•Demonstrated ability to effectively communicateorally and in writing including skill and experience in effective risk communicationand the ability to adapt communication style to different audiences.
•Demonstratedability to work in community settings without onsite supervision with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations.
Guided by our "True North",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 workforceequity. Equitablerecruiting,support,andretentionis howwewillobtainthehighestqualityworkforceinourregion;aworkforce thatsharesand willhelp advanceourguidingprinciples - weare one team; we solve problems;we focuson 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.
No person is unlawfullyexcludedfrom employmentopportunitiesbased 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 employmentactions, including but notlimitedto recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
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• The selection process may include but is notlimited to:evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/jobs/hiring
•Regular and reliable attendance, effective communicationskills,and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
•Staffwillberequiredtoplayanactiveroleintheeventofapublichealthemergency,whichmayincludechangesin responsibilities,work location and working hours.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
•The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background check.Records are not automatically disqualifying.
•Employeesare required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
•Employeesare required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but notlimited to completingrequired trainings on time.
WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday 8am -5pm.Occasional evening and weekend work maybe required. Public Health - Seattle & King County strives to be accessible to those we serve. This position may require flexibility to accommodate different work schedules and work locations.These positions participate inthe Section's response during outbreaks and emergencies as approved by supervisor.This position also participates inafterhours
(evening, night, weekend, and holiday) on-call work, including back-up support for newer on-call staff during assigned weeks, sharing back-up monitoring/response of all high priority afterhours work with other managers for remainder of theweeks(24/7/365withexceptionsforpersonalleave),fillinggapsinfirst-lineprimaryon-callcoverage,andurgent publichealthveterinaryissues(lastsharedwithotherPublicHealthVeterinarian).
TELECOMMUTING:The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly through teleworkingwith reporting to office location and to meetings as needed.Employees will have access toshared workspacesat various King County facilities.Employeesmust reside inWashingtonstate and within a reasonabledistance totheir 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 connectionwhere they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduledwork hours. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunitywill bejoining an innovativeand progressiveteam that is redefininghow we work as we transition to the Department's hybrid environment.
WORKLOCATION:HomesiteisKingCountyChinook Building,401FifthAvenue,Seattle,WA 98104; will require remote work.
King County offers a highly-competitivecompensationand benefits packagedesigned to meet the diverse needs of our employeesand support our employees' health and well-being.Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
•Medical, dental,andvision coverage: King County pays100%of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
•Life and disability insurance:employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
•Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
Foradditionalinformationaboutemployeebenefits,visitour Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.
This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.If any information onthis document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.
NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement System will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.