University of Washington School of Public Health
Project/Program Manager - Department of Public Health--Environmental Health Services
Closing Date: July 21, 2018
Posted: June 21, 2018
Best Starts for Kids (BSK) is King County’s initiative to improve the health and well-being of residents by investing in prevention and early intervention for children, youth, families, and communities (www.kingcounty.gov/beststarts). A key component of BSKs’ programmatic approaches for prenatal to 5 investments is ensuring families, caregivers and providers, including child care providers, have information on promoting healthy early childhood development, including concerns within home environments around exposure to lead and other toxics.
The Environmental Health Services Division of Public Health – Seattle & King County seeks a program manager for the Best Starts for Kids work in the Community Toxics Science and Policy Section. The Environmental Health Project/Program Manager IV will report to the Community Toxics Science and Policy Assistant Division Director. Responsibilities will include: 1) supervisory and management responsibilities involving supervision of multi-disciplinary work teams and budget and supervision of complex planning project in a political environment, and 2) strategic development and implementation of activities to ensure information on prevention and intervention related to lead and other toxics in the home, is incorporated throughout the Best Start Kid’s prenatal to age 5 investments, and other investment areas when collaborative connections can be made. This position will supervise up to 3 people working on BSK activities and related work on lead and healthy housing.
Specific activities include management of day-to-day operations of the BSK and healthy housing team, budget development and management, the development and maintenance of collaborative partnerships, and ensuring the integration of equity and social justice principles. BSK is in the 3rd year of a 6 year Levy, and the candidate will need to be self-motivated and well-versed in the toxicology and policies surrounding lead exposures in children and the principles of healthy housing. A strong background in toxics is preferred. Familiarity with federal grant funding is preferred, but not required. This position will include continued development of a strategic framework, informed by stakeholder and community participation, focused on primary prevention of lead and other toxic exposures. Aspects of primary prevention to be evaluated include local and state policy options and systems changes to support the reduction or elimination of lead and other toxics in our communities. This position will work to collaboratively develop methods to include prevention measures for lead and other toxics into projects in all investment areas of BSK. The position will also work to leverage Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant funding to assess and overcome barriers to blood lead testing of children in King County, with the goal of developing and maintaining a county-wide lead poisoning surveillance system. The candidate will work collaboratively with other staff to conduct community projects to assess community needs, raise awareness, and assist in development of actions on issues surrounding lead poisoning, healthy housing, and children’s environmental health.
The incumbent should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan. The position supports and advances Environmental Health Services Division’s values for fair and culturally competent service delivery.
• Strong ability to collaborate and leverage differences in a constructive manner.
• Skill in group facilitation, problem-solving, and decision-making -- promoting mutual respect and acceptance of all workers in a diverse work group.
• Skill initiating and facilitating multidisciplinary collaborative efforts.
• Skill in managing multiple tasks requiring attention to detail and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
• Strong knowledge of toxicology and/or biology, specifically the effects of chemicals on child health.
• Knowledge of the theories and practices of environmental public health, including healthy home environments.
• Experience applying for and/or managing grants and/or contracts.
• Skill in participatory planning or community based participatory planning methods. • Demonstrated experience working with community partners from multiple sectors to address public health issues.
• Experience working with high levels of local, regional and/or federal government and other relevant agencies.
• Demonstrated skill in educating and informing individuals and audiences of varying sizes and levels of understanding about environmental public health issues especially related to lead, healthy housing, toxics, health equity and social justice.
• Skill in project management including developing scope, schedule, and principles of managing projects through to effective and timely completion.
• Skill in program evaluation.
• 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.
• Knowledge of institutionalized racism and the impact it has on planning and policy development, and practices that deconstruct institutional racism.