COO is hiring a new Director!

Public Health | Seattle & King County Communities of Opportunity (COO) is seeking a strategic visionary leader who is intentional about centering race, transforming systems, and advancing equity. COO is a public-private-community initiative that aims to achieve social, economic, health, and racial equity through community-led solutions and equity-based strategies focused on the intersections of housing, health, economic opportunity, and community connections. The COO Director is responsible for holding the vision and values of COO, providing strategic guidance, and overseeing the implementation of the Communities of Opportunity Initiative consistent with Best Starts for Kids Implementation Plan, 2022-2027 

The COO Director is lead spokesperson for COO and liaison to partners that include: the COO Best Starts for Kids (BSK) Advisory Board (commonly known as the COO Governance Group), COO’s two sponsors -King County & Seattle Foundation, community partners, and BSK leadership. The Director leads a diverse team made up of government and foundation staff dedicated to the successful implementation of the initiative. As a King County employee, the Director reports to the Chief of Assessment, Policy Development & Evaluation/Director for Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention units in Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC). The Director is accountable to King County and to Seattle Foundation for implementation of the COO Initiative.

Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Deep understanding of underlying racial and health/social/economic inequities 
  • Commitment to dismantling racism and assessing and rebuilding antiracist processes to be racially equitable.
  • Experience working with communities to achieve social and racial justice
  • Experience working across systems and building cross-sector partnerships
  • Adept at operating in and navigating within a complex and political environment 
  • Ability to hold the vision of a group, share power, and drive vision toward results. 
  • Has leadership and management experience paired with strong relationship and communication skills

This vacancy will remain open until filled with the first review of applications to take place on July 27, 2022.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

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Communities of Opportunity (COO) mission is to create greater health, social, economic, and racial equity in King County so that all people thrive and prosper, regardless of race or place. COO supports communities’ power to influence the decisions that affect them. COO aims to create spaces for community to build and strengthen infrastructure and power, through peer learning, relationship & capacity building, supporting collaboration, and building connections and networks. COO believes the most meaningful, just, and sustainable solutions are generated in partnership with communities, who know what they need to be healthy and thrive. Racial equity and partnership are both central to each of COO’s three reinforcing strategies/investment areas:

  • Place-based and cultural community partnerships that drive change locally.
  • Policies and systems changes that create and sustain equity at all levels.
  • A Learning Community that leverages the power of collective knowledge to accelerate change.

Learn more about Communities of Opportunity here:

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