Vets 4 HIRE Program
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King County’s goal to be the best-run government in the country is creating an atmosphere of innovation that attracts dedicated people from across the nation. We're creating an environment where people come together to solve problems and get results. We value the leadership skills, teamwork, problem-solving, mission orientation and multi-cultural awareness that veterans and military service personnel offer.
We believe the talent, experiences and perspectives of veterans and military service personnel can support us in achieving this goal.
What the Vets 4 HIRE Program offers
- Year-round part-time or full-time structured learning immersion in a variety of fields within King County government
- Valuable hands-on and practical work experience that helps secure future employment with King County or other civilian employers
- A supportive transition experience with access to a variety of support services
- An initial six month paid learning experience with a possible extension up to a total of 2,080 hours (which is equivalent to one year at 40 hrs/week)
- Competitive pay based on highest military rank held or education level
- Ability to join King County's Veterans and Military Affinity Group to network with current/former military employees across the county
- Access to King County's Mentorship Program, Learning and Develpment offerings, and Career Support Services
The King County Vets 4 HIRE Program receives funding from the Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy (VSHSL). The VSHSL promotes healthy living, financial stability, social engagement, housing stability, and service system access for veterans, seniors, and vulnerable populations.
- A person who has served as either an active duty or a reservist member of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, or National Guard.
If you have questions about this eligibility requirement, please contact the King County Veterans Services Program at 206-477-7022
The Vets 4 HIRE Program offers participants several benefits:
- .025 hours of sick leave accruals for each hour worked
- Medical, dental, and vision benefits (for the veteran and their qualifying dependents) for positions that are projected to work 30 or more hours per week (not available to positions projected to work less than 30 hours per week)
- ORCA bus pass
- Please note, veteran fellow positions are not eligible for vacation leave, holiday pay, or retirement programs
Veteran fellows are paid based on highest military rank held or education level as outlined below. The pay rates listed are for 2022.
- Veteran Fellow I - $18.58 - $23.56 - High School graduate; or pursuing a bachelor’s degree; or enlisted grade E1 – E3
- Veteran Fellow II - $20.92 - $26.52 - Possess a bachelor’s degree; or pursuing a master’s degree; or enlisted grade E4 – E6
- Veteran Fellow III - $26.53 - $33.62 - Completed master’s degree; or held an Officer rank, or enlisted grade E7 – E9
The positions below have been created for 2022 and most of them will be open until filled. Additional opportunities will be added here as they become available.
Some departments will post their own veteran fellowship experience and you will need to apply directly to their job posting by the closing date. Other departments will choose to fill their position through the Veteran Fellow – Various Fields posting. To be considered for a position listed and/or to be notified of new 2022 positions, please submit an application through our Veteran Fellow – Various Fields posting. Once you apply, descriptions of positions that are still accepting interested candidates will be emailed to you along with instructions on how to be considered for them.
Applying equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of one’s work is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees.
Communication and Technology, Department of Human Resources. Apply your communications and technology skills as you learn about and gain experience in the Career and Culture Division (CCD) of the Department of Human Resources. You will learn and be involved in creating communication content, tools, and platforms to promote to all King County employees CCD services and workshops along with supporting our data analytic efforts. You will also be trained in and provide support in a variety of technology platforms in support of CCD workshops. This experience will be 40 hours/week, will work remotely and may be required to work onsite periodically beginning September/October 2022 at the King Street Center Building in Seattle. The position will last until approximately nine months to one year. Position is open continuous until filled. Projected start date: June/July 2022
Worker’s Compensation (24 hrs./week), Department of Human Resources. Apply your administrative and database skills as you learn about and gain experience in the workers compensation field. You will learn and be involved in investigation and adjudication practices of industrial injury claims, HIPAA compliance and LEAN process improvements. After an initial onboarding period, this part-time position will work onsite at King County’s Chinook Building on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The duration of this experience is six months with a possible extension up to a maximum of one year. Position is open continuous until filled. Projected start date: July/August 2022
Project Management, Data Analysis, Process Improvement, Metro Transit Department. The Mobility Division will be filling five (5) student internship or veteran fellowship positions. Each student intern or veteran fellowship assignment will involve a set of customized learning objectives and deliverables that provide hands-on experience assisting with and accomplishing specific work tasks or projects within each work group. The job posting is open continuous until filled. First consideration will be given to applicants who apply on or before May 8, 2022. For detailed information and to apply go here. Projected start date: Summer 2022
Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Administrator - This position has been filled. King County Council - The King County Council is looking for an experienced and motivated veteran or a person who is currently serving in the National Guard or any reserve component of the U.S. military, with a passion for community engagement to reinforce the Council's work on eliminating racial inequities in systems, structures, policies, and practices. The Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Administrator will organize projects related to the implementation of the Council's ESJ Strategic Plan and provide professional learning opportunities on topics related to equity and social justice, including but not limited to race, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, education, age, ability, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, language, nationality, and religion. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of carrying out equity, diversity, EEO, and social justice efforts and is experienced with cultivating and strengthening internal, local, and regional partnerships and participate in thoughtful engagement with our community stakeholders. Work schedule will be 35 - 40 hours/week for one year.
Technology Inventory and Support, King County Elections – The Information Technology Division, is searching for an energetic and resourceful professional who likes to "get stuff done." This position combines an exciting, fast paced environment with the opportunity to cultivate talents and apply a variety of skills. The ideal candidate will thrive in an innovative environment and will not hesitate to roll up both sleeves, work hard, have fun, and get the job done. The Veteran Fellow will maintain inventory records and IT equipment rooms, track hardware or software throughout its service cycle, and participate in the improvement of the King County Election IT (KCE-IT) processes. This position will aid in diagnosing and resolving end-users’ issues in-person or remotely via TEAMS tools or other methods; provide generic user guidance or training on Microsoft O365 applications and logins. The Veteran Fellow will work closely with all members of the KCE-IT team and help support the Elections Department during the 2022 Primary and General Elections working in their main Renton office and in the six Vote Centers around King County. This position will also support Elections' migration to Windows 11 in early 2023. This fellowship is projected to work 40 hours/week, and be available for additional hours, typically evenings and weekends, during the Election cycle, and, as needed to support business operations. The position is anticipated to last up to nine months with a possible extension of another three months for a maximum of 2080 hours (equivalent to one year full-time). Application period closed.
Educator/eLearning Specialist, Department of Executive Services, Business Resource Center (BRC). This position has been filled. The BRC is seeking one or two Veteran Fellows to learn and share their skills in support of the BRC training program. The Veteran Fellowship(s) will assist current educators with updating existing and creating new educational resources that support the use of the King County payroll, HR, and financial systems. This fellowship will learn how to update educational resources for ADA accessibility, create and update e-learning courses, and assist in the development of learning plans. The BRC education team also provides change management and communication support for major functional changes to the user communities. The Veteran Fellow/s will develop a strong foundation in the use of e-learning tools, learning strategies, and collaborative skills in developing long term, countywide support for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
King County employees are afforded certain rights and privileges related to uniformed service.
All employees, including Veteran Fellows, called to active duty or annual training receive:
- Up to 21 days paid uniformed services leave per military fiscal year (RCW 38.40.060)
- Re-employment rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA)
Comprehensive leave eligible positions receive: (STT, veteran fellow and student intern positions are not eligible)
- Differential pay while called to active duty or active-duty training
- Continued medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance benefits
- Continued accrual of sick and vacation leave
- King County Code 3.12.260, 3.12.262
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We created the Vets 4 HIRE Program to support veterans in making a successful transition from military to civilian employment and to provide a pipeline of skilled veteran talent for positions within King County.