Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Press Release: City welcomes new Korean Liaison; seeks first-ever Hispanic Liaison

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Source: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Attachment.ashx?id=820 (PDF)

City welcomes new Korean Liaison; seeks first-ever Hispanic Liaison
The City of Federal Way welcomes Kyung Jung, the City’s new hire in its long-time Korean Community Liaison position, to help local Korean citizens gain better access to City services. Known as KC to her English speaking colleagues, Jung provides translation services, guides citizens through City procedures, and is working on a Korean community Web site to be part of the City of Federal Way Web site. She also is responsible for coordinating City-led quarterly meetings for the Korean community as well as organizing other Korean-oriented events.

According to the 2000 Census, Federal Way’s Asian population is about 13.3% of the total population, with the Korean community comprising about a third of that number.

Originally from Seoul, Korea, Jung has been in the United States for 11 years. She has already received positive feedback from the Korean community about the services she provides and she is enjoying her position. "I’m so glad to be helping the Korean community get better connected with the City," she said.

Jung’s hours are weekdays from 9:10 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Contact her at 253.835.2605 (Korean), 253.835.2655 (English) or kyung.jung@cityoffederalway.com. The next quarterly Korean community meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on March 20 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.

Proficient Spanish speaker sought for Hispanic Liaison position

The Korean Community Liaison program has been so successful that the City Council last year approved the hiring of a part-time liaison to the Hispanic community. According to the 2000 census, Federal Way’s Hispanic community comprises about 7.5% of the total population. Like the Korean community, Federal Way’s growing Hispanic and Latino communities face language barriers that the City hopes to help overcome with its liaison position.

Applications for the Hispanic Liaison position will be accepted starting Feb. 18. The City is seeking a qualified individual to develop, improve and maintain lines of communication with the City's Spanishspeaking residents. Qualifications include high school graduation or equivalent, training in administrative office support, public speaking and community organizing, along with two years in a professional office setting.

Visit www.cityoffederalway.com/jobs for the full job description and an application.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- February 13, 2008

MEDIA CONTACTS
Linda Farmer, APR, Communications & Government Affairs Manager, 253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211
Lynnette Hynden, Human Services Manager, 253.835.2650

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