King County is offering a fellowship opportunity for those who have a demonstrated commitment to public service. The Ruth Woo Emerging Leaders Fellowship is named after the revered community leader Ruth Woo. Ruth Woo was not only a community leader, but a mentor to many elected officials, and dedicated her life to public service. King County is offering five one-year, paid, full-time positions. The persons selected for this fellowship will demonstrate their commitment to furthering the achievements of Ruth Woo, who embraced empowering and advocating for youth from communities that are economically disadvantaged and historically have lacked opportunities to further their education goals and career aspirations. 

Each Fellows will be assigned to work in a county agency for a period of twelve months. These agencies include: Department of Executive Services – Facilities Management Division (DES-FMD), Department of Human Resources – Career & Culture Division, Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP)- Parks Division (KCP), King County Council (KCC), The Executive’s Office of Performance Strategy and Budget (PSB).Projects will be subject to the specific needs of the host department at the time of the internship and the fellow’s interests. 

Work assignments will vary and can include providing project support for government initiatives, assisting with strategic planning activities, external communications support to include social media and seeking public input, tracking legislation, supporting internal business operations, goal tracking and measurements. These assignments will provide the fellow with an opportunity to perform real work under the guidance of experienced County employees, learn new skills, and gain experience while working on important efforts King County is embracing to further the health and well-being of our region and further our goals of equity and social justice. The position is nonexempt (hourly) and is overtime eligible with supervisory pre-approval. Typical work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. 

Applicants should complete the online application, attach a resume and cover letter demonstrating a commitment to public service and their personal background. In the cover letter they will address the following three areas:  

1) Your background and how it represents a community that has historically lacked equitable access to education, employment, and professional development opportunities; 
(2) Barriers you’ve had to overcome and the actions you took to get through them; and 
(3) Your skills and interests relative to the department(s) you selected as those you want to work in or learn more about. Go to to learn more about any one of our departments. 

Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Tips On Applying at additional questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Rowena Jackson at [email protected].

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