Effective January 1, 2011 new employees to the Oklahoma State Department of Health will be placed on a bi-weekly payroll system.
Reference PIN 34003171 – Program Grant Consultant (Emergency Preparedness and Response Planner)
The bi-weekly hiring rate established for this position is $1,842.96.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is recruiting to fill a position in the Emergency Preparedness & Response Service (EPRS). This position will serve as the Emergency Preparedness & Response Planner for Homeland Security Region 1 (Northwest Oklahoma). This person is part of a regional team (up to three members) responsible for the enhancement of public health preparedness and response through development and exercise of plans; evaluation of existing systems; and assistance to local health organizations developing various types of integrated response plans in a multi-county region. This position will receive administrative supervision from the Western District Coordinator and must work closely with local county health department administrators and subject-matter experts (emergency management, acute disease, nursing, immunization). Duty station will be located within Homeland Security Region 1 and will be determined upon hiring.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Serve as part of the regional team (up to three members) for Emergency Preparedness and Response. Serve as an integral team member charged to respond to public health emergencies (including but not limited to terrorist events, natural disasters or disease outbreaks) anywhere in the state or the nation (when requested). Assist in planning, development, delivery and evaluation of preparedness and response training (including but not limited to incident command system, emergency management, mass medication sites, emergency responses, development of emergency response plans) in cooperation with central office and the respective county health department administrator(s). Assist in the planning, conduct and evaluation of exercise (working closely with the Drill & Exercise Coordinator) to assist local jurisdictions in emergency planning and management in response to any disaster and/or manmade emergencies. Assist in organizing, planning, revising, and updating city, county, and state Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) for public health and medical disaster response. Assist local communities in planning, organizing, and coordinating programs related to disaster recovery operations that involve a public health and medical response. Prepare written and verbal reports relating to preparedness activities within the region. Maintain up-to-date reference file of information, including local official contact information, pertaining to public health response plans and policies for the region. Attend all required meetings (local, regional, state and national).
Education and Work Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in public administration, urban planning, public/environmental health, or closely related field is preferred and/or at least three years experience in emergency preparedness planning, emergency management operations, public assistance or disaster recovery operations at the local, state, or federal level. Salary will be determined based on education and experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the functions and operations of the local public health system; of state, federal, military, and/or civilian emergency response resources, or local and county concerns in emergency planning; of principles and practices for effective supervision, program planning and project implementation. Serving on and leading a regional response team is a must as is knowledge of and experience with NIMS/ICS. Demonstrated computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to communicate and direct emergency response and planning activities as a project or team leader. Demonstrated ability to coordinate with multiple jurisdictions on a statewide basis, evaluate emergency situations, adopt effective courses of action, analyze and communicate emergency response advice to local officials. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, including health department administrators, emergency managers, law enforcement officials, and local government officers and officials; to assemble, summarize, interpret and present complex information to professional and lay audiences; to work independently as well as part of a team; to prioritize duties to ensure proper initiation, completion and delivery of excellent work projects; to work on multiple projects simultaneously; to exercise sound judgment; to work discreetly and maintain confidentiality; and to maintain fitness for duty.
Travel is required (up to 70% of the time). Flexibility (work schedule, fast-paced duties, and short deadlines) and dependable attendance are essential functions of this position. Position will be housed in the Northwest Region and will be a member of a Public Health Response Team.
Position requires possible response to public health emergencies including, but not limited to, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, or catastrophic events. The Oklahoma State Department of Health is tobacco free. Employees are prohibited from using tobacco products throughout all indoor and outdoor areas of premises under the control of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, in all vehicles on those premises, and in state vehicles in use for OSDH business anywhere. Applicants may be subject to a background check.