Environmental Health Homelessness Response Coordinator

Public Health Seattle and King County LogoCompany:   Seattle King County Public Health

Location:   Seattle, WA

Date Posted:   May 8, 2019

Application Deadline:   Open until filled

Employment Type:   Full time

Salary:   $41.51 - $52.61

Environmental Health Homelessness Response Coordinator (Health and Environmental Investigator III)

About the Position

The Environmental Health Services Division is seeking applicants for a rewarding and challenging position as Environmental Health Homelessness Response Coordinator (Health and Environmental Investigator III). The ideal candidate will have a passion for improving the lives and living conditions of people living homeless. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing Public Health's Environmental Health Homelessness Response Program in collaboration with internal and external partners. The program provides technical support and guidance to ensure shelters and encampment sites are designed and operated to promote hygiene, sanitation, vector and rodent control and food safety.

Through the work of over 150 dedicated employees, the Environmental Health Services Division identifies and sustains environmental conditions that promote health equity and healthy people and communities in Seattle and King County. Our vision is healthy, safe, and vibrant communities that are free of health disparities based on race, gender or economic status. The Division's core values include equity and social justice, integrity, community service, collaboration, a supportive work culture, and learning from each other and the communities we serve. To learn more about EHS, please visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/environmental-health.aspx.

As the only jurisdiction in the world 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.

We have 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 vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

To learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx.



Program Management and Interagency Coordination

  • Serve as Public Health's point of contact for environmental health issues related to homelessness.
  • Stay current on best practices and standards for environmental public health issues related to homelessness.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with program stakeholders, and participate in regular interagency coordination meetings.
  • Develop and prepare oral and written reports on homelessness activities to a variety of audiences including community members, agency leadership, and elected officials.
  • Develop, manage, and monitor budgets, scope, and schedule for assigned projects; plan and coordinate multiple work plan objectives.
  • Develop and implement a performance management and evaluation strategy.
  • Adaptively manage the program to meet changing needs of the homeless community being served, and based on leadership direction.

Sanctioned Encampment Management

  • Develop and maintain evidence-based policies and standards for safe and sanitary operation of shelter and encampment sites, and facilitate adoption of those policies and standards with service providers.
  • Review proposals and plans for new sanctioned encampment sites and provide recommendations and technical assistance to mitigate environmental health risks.
  • Conduct pre-occupancy site visits to ensure sites are safe for occupancy.
  • Conduct routine site visits of sanctioned and unsanctioned homeless sites and provide recommendations to ensure observed environmental health issues are properly addressed.
  • Provide environmental health technical assistance and training to agency staff and homeless service providers.

Complaint Response and Investigation

  • Triage and ensure response on all homeless encampment inquiries regarding environmental public health issues.
  • Coordinate with partner agency staff and service providers to ensure public complaints on homelessness site operations are responded to in a timely manner.
  • Apply best practices in cooperative compliance when managing difficult compliance issues.

Outreach and Education

  • Conduct training and provide educational materials and signage on a range of environmental public health topics that include, but are not limited to: food and water safety, rodent and vector prevention, sharps handling and disposal, and waste management. 
  • Develop and maintain educational materials and signage.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in environmental health, environmental science, or a closely-related field.
  • A minimum of three years' experience in public and/or environmental health, and a strong working knowledge of principles and practices in environmental public health.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams, provide mentoring and coaching, facilitate meetings and provide presentations to a wide range and size of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and draft program policies, procedures, correspondence and technical reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and in a culturally competent approach with staff and customers from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in data collection, analysis, technical report writing, and maintaining accurate field records (written and photographic).
  • Knowledge of racial equity and social justice principles, and ability to apply in the workplace and program service delivery.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with staff and program stakeholders.
  • Attention to detail and ability to track and organize multiple elements of a time sensitive project with competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Skill managing projects on politically sensitive topics.
  • Skill in synthesizing a variety of information and in assessing organizational and political impacts.
  • Ability to resolve conflict using a combination of diplomacy and tact.
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment.


  • Prior work experience serving homeless or other vulnerable populations.
  • Fluent in one or more non-English language most commonly spoken in King County (Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Arabic, and/or Ukrainian).


  • Valid Washington State driver's license.
  • Registered Sanitarian (Washington State Board of Registered Sanitarians) or Registered Environmental Health Specialist (National Environmental Health Association), or ability to obtain certification within six months of hire.
  • This position may require the incumbent to obtain a public operator license with the public health endorsement through WSDA for pest control applications.

How to Apply


The following items are required to be considered for this position:

  1. Completed application. (Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to www.kingcounty.gov/jobs for other options.)
  2. Responses to supplemental questions.
  3. A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  4. A cover letter that summarizes your interest and qualifications for the position.

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.