Are you someone who is good at thinking on their feet in tricky situations? Do you want a job that allows you to use your anatomy and physiology knowledge, investigative knowledge (both at a scene, and through the internet), interviewing skills, and physical strength? Are you able to tolerate bad smells, sights, and situations (such as human remains)? Are you ready to deliver bad news to families in a professional and compassionate way, while also getting information and helping them to make decisions quickly and efficiently? Do you want a job that combines work in the field with office work? This may be the job for you! Death Investigators are a unique group of people, and this is the only place that has them in all of King County. Several current staff say, “I didn’t know I wanted to be a death investigator until I learned that death investigators existed.”
This job is not for everyone. You will be exposed to trauma/traumatic situations regularly. Additionally, the operational tempo of the Investigations section is fast—there is always a lot of work to do—work that must be done, and must be done correctly. This field work is dynamic, stressful, and involves moving and transporting human remains, and involves compassionate communication with people whose loved ones have just died.
Forensic Medicolegal Death Investigators investigate all sudden, unexpected, and suspicious deaths that take place in King County. They go to the scene of the death, interview people on the scene, take photographs, assess postmortem changes in the decedent, collect evidence, and bring the decedent back to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Next they confirm the identity of the decedent, find next of kin. and notify them of the death. They write up a report and gather additional information (such as medical records) for the forensic pathologist to use in determining cause and manner of death.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is an interesting and challenging place to work. We deal with all sudden, unexpected, and unnatural deaths in the county. The office is very busy, and the work is emotionally intense. We deal with this through working hard, but laughing hard as well. Did I mention the potlucks?
The Investigations Section staff are known for their longevity. About half of the staff have been here 10 or more years, 3 have been here for more than 20 years. But there are new folks as well, as we have added new investigation positions.
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.
To learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx
The work for this position takes place 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, and shifts are covered based on seniority. As a result, newer investigators typically work night shifts. Investigators work 10-hour days, 4 days per week. All investigators work some holidays; which holidays are worked is related to the shift/schedule you work. Vacation/holidays off are chosen by seniority, and staffing is such that only one investigator can go on vacation at a time, so it may be many years before someone can take the most popular days off (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.). Alternative work schedules are not possible for this role. This position is non-exempt and subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
This position is based out of the 9th & Jefferson Building, located on the campus of Harborview Medical Center, located at 908 Jefferson Street in Seattle, WA, 98104, and will need to travel to investigation sites throughout King County. This position cannot telecommute.
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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.
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.
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:
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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.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
If you are the successful candidate for the position(s), as a condition of your employment, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work in the medical clinic(s) outlined in this job posting prior to your start date. To ensure this condition is met, prior to your start date, the county will send you a conditional offer letter requesting you to provide 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.”
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, and Pre-Employment Physical, but findings may not necessarily disqualify an applicant for employment.
- For more information on our selection process, please refer to www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/jobs/hiring. For tips on interviewing, please visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/~/media/audience/employees/learning-and-development/Interview_Tips.ashx?la=en.
- 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.
This position is represented by the WSCCCE L1652.
For questions about the application process, contact Catherine Fitzpatrick, Sr. HR Analyst at Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org.