PPM III - ESIT Policy & Language Access Lead

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time
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The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.  

 King County's 
Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community.

The Early Support for Infants and Toddlers Policy and Language Access Lead is responsible for co-planning and implementing King County’s Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program, for birth to three-year-old children with delays or disabilities and their families, in compliance with Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. 


The ESIT Policy and Language Access Lead position is part of the Early Childhood Team with a mission of nurturing the development and well-being of all children prenatal to five and their families through culturally relevant, equitable, and meaningful supports and services, countywide. 

This position will also work closely with other teams in the Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports Division (DDECS) and in partnership with Best Starts for Kids implementation efforts within the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) and Public Health – Seattle & King County. This position reports to an Early Childhood Team Lead within the Division. 

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. 

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit an online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state, “see my resume” are considered incomplete and will not be considered to be competitive.

WORK SCHEDULE/CONDITIONS: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime. Typical hours are Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. Flexibility may be required for occasional evening or weekend hours or travel. This position is represented by PROTEC17.

The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking, complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. 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 (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required
including the wearing of masks in some situations. 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 opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  

RECRUITER:  Annette Coleman; ancoleman@kingcounty.gov

Job Duties

  • Lead and coordinate policy and language access efforts in support of the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) system’s racial equity impact review, strategic planning, and implementation.
  • Encourage strength-focused, collaborative relationships to support families, communities, contractors, and system partners to continuously improve racial equity in access, services, and outcomes.
  • Ensure meaningful opportunities for families, program staff, agency leaders, community partners and others to provide information which guides program improvement processes, policies, and procedures.
  • Analyze and engage with proposed early childhood legislation at federal, state, and local levels in partnership with Division and countywide legislative agendas.
  • Lead efforts to ensure that children and families can access qualified, culturally relevant ESIT services in their home language, with a focus on:
    1. Language access for all children and families
    2. Coordinated services for children and their families, providers and systems partners, for children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and/or Vision Impaired.
  • Manage budgets, develop requests for proposals, write, review and monitor contracts, approve invoices and engage with planning and evaluation activities in alignment with team members and with the support of fiscal, contracts and evaluation partners.
  • Collaborate with a dynamic, multilingual, culturally diverse work team focused on family-centered, strengths-based practices, data-informed innovation, cross-systems partnerships, trauma recovery and resilience and aligned with King County’s Equity and Social Justice Plan. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Deep knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices, and understanding of the effects of place, race and policy and systems-based inequities on marginalized communities and populations.
  • A combination of at least three years of education and experience within early childhood development, early intervention, health care, social services, developmental disabilities, equity and social justice or a related field, with at least 2 years leading a project or program.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of systems serving children and families, including people with developmental disabilities.
  • Skills and abilities working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders including families, culturally specific and community-based groups, volunteer boards, service providers, government and systems partners, and co-workers.
  • Ability to identify intersecting issues, challenges, and opportunities for collaboration across internal and external partners, including strategies to promote equity.
  • Ability to provide engaging and participatory meetings and/or trainings with diverse groups using adult learning approaches.
  • Ability to work with creativity and flexibility, both independently and as a team member; to work under deadlines and on several tasks simultaneously; and, to organize and prioritize quickly in response to changing needs.
  • Skills to prepare visual and written documents for specific users, to create multi-use spreadsheets, and to synthesize complex data for decision making.
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License or ability to travel throughout the County in a timely manner.

 Desired Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience effectively supporting home cultures and languages of children and families, as well as bicultural and/or bilingual skills.
  • Experience with planning, implementing and improving an early intervention system for infants and toddlers with delays or disabilities and their families.
  • Experience with policy analysis and/or community-centered legislative agenda development. 

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently 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? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

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 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

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.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% 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
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our 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 on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
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 Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
Describe your experience with early childhood development, early intervention, health care, social services, developmental disabilities, equity and social justice or a related field. List the organization name and dates.
Describe your experience working collaboratively with diverse communities including families, culturally specific and community-based groups, volunteer boards, service providers, government and systems partners, and co-workers. List the organization name and dates.
King County has transformed its work on equity and social justice from an initiative to an integrated effort that applies the principle of "fair and just" intentionally in all the county does in order to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities. What is the most important equity or social justice issue to you and why?

Required Question

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