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Parent Child Health Leader - King County Department of Public Health - Community Health Services

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Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11910
Posted: October 18, 2017


The Community Health Services (CHS) Division of Public Health – Seattle & King County is seeking a strong Parent Child Health Leader (PCH Leader- Regional Health Administrator) to promote the health of pregnant women, parents and their children by creating and overseeing the next generation of parent child health programming in and connected to its ten Public Health Centers, as well as through community partnerships.
This position is responsible for strategic direction, oversight, program quality, and the programmatic business priorities of all Parent Child Health (PCH) programming. Programming is county-wide and currently delivered through, in large part, our ten Public Health Centers. These services include: First Steps (Maternity Support Services, Infant Case Management), the WIC program, Children with Special Healthcare Needs, Early Intervention Program, Nurse Family Partnership, and public health nursing services embedded in Community Services Offices. The position also oversees community partnerships and investments in the Infant Mortality Prevention and Best Starts for Kids Home-Based Services programs.
As a member of the division’s leadership team, the PCH Leader is pivotal in building a work culture that embodies the values of continuous improvement, equity and social justice, respect for people (including employee engagement), and a resiliency/trauma informed system approach, and a work environment that values and exemplifies diversity, teamwork, a culture of learning, as well as problem-solving and improvement ideas among all employees.
Please Note: Public Health- Seattle & King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Build strong systems of care for pregnant women, parents and their children
In order to assure strong systems of care for pregnant women, parents and their children, the PCH Leader develops relationships and partnerships with state and local governments, hospitals, other health care organizations, and human service agencies. In some cases, partnerships are forged to provide integrated co-located services within Public Health Centers or at sites owned by partners.  The PCH Leader partners within the Public Health Department and with colleagues in the Department of Community and Human Services to implement strategies and programs inside of King County’s Best Starts for Kids Levy. 

The PCH Leader will lead the Division’s efforts to develop and implement a contemporary and sustainable service delivery model for current (e.g. First Steps, WIC, NFP) and future PCH programming that aligns with regional health transformation efforts and payment reform, the Help Me Grow framework, and Best Starts for Kids. The model will define policy principles and criteria for near- and medium-term decision making, while focusing on staffing models, service delivery models and infrastructure and facility needs long-term. 

Lead parent child health services provided in and through public health centers
As the programmatic lead for the largest scope of services in the Community Health Services Division, the PCH Leader works closely with colleagues on the CHS Leadership Team, the operational leads of the Public Health Center (Area Managers), the Operations Support Manager, and Human Resources staff, who collectively provide operational, financial, HR, and quality oversight of the programs offered at the Public Health Centers as well as help to assure sound practices at each site.

The PCH Leader oversees PCH practice and quality standards provided by nursing staff, registered dietitians, social workers, and community health workers, and directly supervises managers and leads of the PCH programs who develop and lead quality and practice improvement efforts for nursing staff and other health care practitioners. These managers also lead efforts to meet program standards and assure effective and high quality day-to-day services and operations.

Information about CHS and the Public Health Center System
The purpose of CHS is to assure that basic health and human services are available to the most vulnerable people in King County. CHS provides direct services as well as assures access to quality services through partnerships and regional programs. The Division’s 2017 budget is $130 million; there are 575 employees. More than 100,000 clients are served annually.
The Public Health Center system accounts for about 71% of CHS’ budget and about 89% of the Division’s FTEs. CHS also provides services through its Partnership programs: Healthcare for the Homeless Network, Access & Outreach (enrollment into health insurance, Orca Lift, and other benefits and services), Childcare Health, School-based Health Services, and Community Health Partnerships (investing in and working with health safety net organizations to improve access and quality).

The Public Health Center system includes ten Public Health Centers that provide efficient, comprehensive clinical care services delivered through a framework of evidence-based practices. In addition to these ten centers, there are three other full time sites and about 20 satellites. Services focus on the following populations:

  • Low income pregnant women and women with young children and
  • Low income vulnerable adults, teens, young adults, and families, including:
    • People experiencing homelessness
    • People experiencing barriers to accessing healthcare including reproductive health services
    • People with chronic and multiple medical, mental health, and substance abuse conditions
    • People with limited access to services due to cultural or language barriers

There are six core program services delivered at our Public Health Centers: 

  • First Steps (Maternity Support Services [MSS]/Infant Case Management [ICM]; office and home visits provided by an interdisciplinary team of Public Health Nurses, Nutritionists, Social Workers, and Community Health Workers)
  • WIC (Women Infant and Children Supplemental Food Program)
  • Family Planning and STD treatment services, including reproductive health education
  • Primary Care including family health and pediatrics
  • Clinical Dental Services
  • Enrollment into health insurance (Medicaid, Qualified Health Plans, etc.), Orca Lift (transportation benefit for low-income people), and other benefit programs

Most of the Public Health Centers do not offer every program.


Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants. The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applicants who apply by 11:59 p.m. on September 15, 2017.


  • Washington State license as a Registered Nurse (in good standing) and a bachelor’s degree in nursing science from a School of Nursing accredited by the National League of Nursing. Most qualified will have a Master’s degree involving nursing or related field. Extensive training and experience in a relevant specialty area of nursing may be substituted for a Master’s.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership; one who can assess situations quickly and who views conflict as an opportunity to find common ground and generate cooperation; can effectively cope with change and comfortably manage situations where there is varying levels risk and uncertainty.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate others by sharing vision and effectively managing through changes and transitions that may impact the workgroup and the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to create a work environment where people can thrive; seeks input from those closest to the work; understands how to bring the best out of people; makes individuals feel their contributions and work is important to the success of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to respect, communicate, and relate well to all kinds of people regardless of their status, position, or background; effective at building relationships; has situational awareness and uses tact to diffuse tense situations through personal rapport and communication skills; appreciates and celebrates differences.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strategic partnerships with key local and state government agencies and community partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and implement parent child health programs and monitor their performance in a health care system or community setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of the social determinants of health and the issues that influence health disparities in order to improve programming and services in.
  • Ability to travel in a timely manner between multiple locations within King County for meetings and trainings.
  • Knowledge of nursing practice principles and techniques, public health principles and practices, and applicable health care laws, regulations, and procedures.

Applicants who can demonstrate any equivalent combination of experience and education that demonstrates the applicant has the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the work will be considered.

How to Apply:


The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
1. NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
2. Letter of interest, detailing how you meet or exceed the qualifications for this position.
3. Resume

You may attach multiple documents if you wish:
• Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
• Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the standard information in the application. Providing information only in a resume or a cover letter will not be considered a complete application. Responses such as "see my resume" or "see my cover letter" will not be considered a complete application.

Work Location: The Chinook Building, located at 401 5th Avenue in Seattle. However, per Division policy, the incumbent may be asked to work at other locations depending on program needs.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This position is Exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and ineligible for overtime pay.

Contact: For questions about the position, please contact TJ Cosgrove at . For questions about the application process, please contact Catherine Fitzpatrick at

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