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Community Health Nurse Supervisor, Olympia, WA

Organization: Thurston County Public Health & Social Services
Category: Supervisor
Location: Olympia, WA
Date Job Posted: November 16, 2023
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Community Health Nurse Supervisor

Salary $6,531.00 - $8,687.00 Monthly
Location Thurston County, WA
Job Type Regular Full-Time Employee
Remote Employment Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number 40R01452
Department Public Health & Social Services
Division Child, Family & Community Wellness
Opening Date 11/03/2023
Closing Date Open until filled
FLSA Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit AFSCME CO


Summary of Duties

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) is recruiting for a Community Health Nurse Supervisor for the Maternal Child Health/Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) Program in the Community Wellness Division.

The Nurse-Family Partnership program succeeds by having specially educated nurses regularly visit expecting families, starting early in the pregnancy and continuing until the child’s second birthday. Together, we are bringing about positive change in communities throughout the county, including better health outcomes for individuals and families.

Utilizing your proven leadership skills, as a Community Health Nurse Supervisor, you will supervise Community Health Nurses using reflective supervision techniques and work to foster a positive and supportive work environment.

PLEASE NOTE: You must live in Washington State and be within commuting distance of your assigned region. Also, two days a week of in-office work is required.

Some of the essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Promote an equitable workplace that demonstrates an environment respectful of living and working in a multicultural society.
  • Remain informed about pertinent community health indicators of concern in maternal child health.
  • Implement new training materials, tools, and program implementation techniques in collaboration with your team.
  • Set standards and ensure nurses' reports are complete, accurate, and submitted timely.
  • Represent the Thurston/Lewis/Mason NFP program in local and state meetings.
  • Understand and maintain compliance with Medicaid Match regulations; prepare and monitor county budget submissions.
  • Develop and provide guidance on procedures and performance standards; coordinate major program staff activity and serve as the staff technical resource and advisor.
  • Cultivate and support working relationships with community partners who provide needed services for NFP clients and who provide referrals of clients into NFP programs.
  • As a member of the department (PHSS) leadership team, attend meetings, work collaboratively with team members to create common goals for the betterment of the entire department, and disseminate information to NFP staff and management team.
  • Perform other work as required or assigned including but not limited to a 24/7 response during public health emergency situations and disease outbreak investigations.

The ideal candidate has the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to inspire the NFP team to work toward continuous improvement.
  • Ability to maintain staff morale through the changes in their work life.
  • Ability to effectively articulate team goals and desired outcomes in ways that encourage and support NFP staff.
  • Knowledge of reflective supervision skills to help NFP nurses consider their thoughts, feelings, actions, and reactions as they work to support the healthy development of infants and young children and their families.

What we offer our employees:

  • Work-Life Balance: We are committed to ensuring that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle.
  • Plan for Your Future: As a member of our team, you enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, as well as comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family. Please visit our 2023 Thurston County Employee Benefit Plans website for more information.
  • Paid Leave: Full-time regular employees earn a minimum of 12 paid vacation days per year in addition to 11 paid holidays.
  • Robust Training Program: Employees are encouraged to attend County-paid training to help them further their career, learn new skill sets, and stay on top of emerging trends in our industry. We also encourage staff to participate in professional organizations and attend conferences.
  • Flexible Work Schedules: Options some employees may take advantage of include alternative or compressed schedules and/or remote working.
  • See under Benefits later in this job description for detailed information about the many other benefits the County offers.

Top Reasons to Work at Thurston County Public Health & Social Services

  • Scheduled workdays are Monday-Friday, NO weekend work.
  • A great benefits package that includes healthcare (medical, dental, vision) coverage, paid leave, 11 paid holidays and two floating holidays, retirement plan, and more

Why you’ll love it here:

Thurston County is located between Seattle and Portland in Western Washington’s South Puget Sound Region. Perched between the mountains and the ocean, the area boasts the perfect blend of year-round outdoor activities including boating, hiking, skiing, and more. The region is also home to the state capital city of Olympia, known for its many restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, farmers markets, kids’ activities, history, and art events. Discover more about life in Thurston County at


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing or related advanced nursing education.
  • Must be currently licensed as a Washington State Registered Nurse.
  • Three years of practice as a Community Health Nurse II or equivalent. Lead or supervisory experience is preferred.
  • A current and valid Washington State Driver's License.

Desired Skills

Respect and Organizational Culture:

  • Create an environment where employees and partners can safely express needs or concerns and where employees can make and correct mistakes
  • Effectively interact with sensitivity while working with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, and lifestyles
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, robust organization maintaining a positive work environment


  • Serve the public in a timely, complete, accurate, and professional manner while ensuring that written and verbal communication is clearly understood by others
  • Maintain cultural competency to support diverse perspectives in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, programs, and services that affect the health of the community
  • Strong oral communication for networking and interpersonal relationships
  • Excellent written communication including the ability to craft correspondence, reports, and articles or web postings with minimal grammatical and syntax errors


  • Supervise, motivate, and develop employees and team to become more productive and effective in achieving desired goals and career growth while encouraging employee critical reflection; able to give direction without conflict
  • Show fairness and impartiality in interactions; is interested in employee welfare, elicits staff input where feasible; respond to staff suggestions and complaints in a sincere, sensitive, and timely manner

Goal Setting and Accomplishment:

  • Use strategic thinking and planning for goal setting and evaluation
  • Effectively plan, organize, and manage competing priorities and challenges under pressure
  • Create a sense of mission by articulating and modeling confidentiality, professional values, and ethics with honesty and integrity
  • Operate with a high degree of flexibility, initiative, attention to detail, and commitment
  • Delegate and use persuasion and negotiating skills for shared responsibility and acceptance of change

Other Position Related Information

Questions about this recruitment?

The contact person for this recruitment is: Vickie Larkin: or (360) 867-2505

This position is:

  • Represented by a Union
  • Eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Eligible for benefits
  • Contingent on the ability to pass a criminal background check
  • Grant Funded

Items required for consideration:

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Possess a current Washington State Driver License or have an appropriate accommodation
  • Applicant Disclosure Form (Pursuant to RCW Section 43.43.830) (Supplemental Questions 1-6)

PLEASE NOTE: The candidate selected for this position is required to show proof of the following immunizations by their agreed upon start date:

  • Baseline tuberculosis screening is required of all new employees (cannot be more than three months old)
  • Proof of immunizations of measles/mumps/rubella (MMR)
  • Proof of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap/TD)

Agency Thurston County
Address Thurston County
3000 Pacific Ave SE
Olympia, Washington, 98501

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