University of Washington School of Public Health
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst, Grade O-3/4 (Non-Supervisory billet) - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Closing Date: March 27, 2017
Posted: March 9, 2017
Closing Date: 27 Mar 2017
This position meets Criteria 3: Assignment requires individual to be available for rapid deployment – domestic or international – at the direction of the agency head (as distinguished from deployment for natural disaster or international response) or requires availability to perform duties 24/7, including when on leave.
Job Title: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst, Grade O-3/4 (Non-Supervisory billet)
Job Description: The Office of Emergency Management (OEM), a component of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is seeking a GIS Analyst. The position is located in the Division of Fusion.
Duties and Responsibilities: Develops GIS products specifically concerning and supporting preparedness and Federal response to Public Health and Medical (PH&M) emergencies and the assistance and support provided by HHS to State, local and tribal entities involved in emergency management activities.
- Engages with ASPR/OEM leadership to assess situational awareness needs and identify appropriate technical and scientific approaches to integrate GIS products into decision-making
- Utilizes ESRI ArcGIS, ArcServer, and ArcSDE GIS software to manipulate data in a raster and vector based geospatial environment. Manage user requests, database integrity and ensure that the ArcGIS Portal is current and providing the appropriate information to those who need it.
- Provides technical expertise on how geospatial systems can be integrated into existing health data collection and monitoring systems, making them available for use in the spatial analysis.
- Assists in upgrading and maintaining HHS’s interactive geographic information system (GIS)-based mapping system, GeoHEALTH, which includes data for resources in a response to any type of hazard such as potential medical care sites and assembly centers in the U.S., evacuation routes, hazards, etc. so that up-to-date information will be immediately available by which to organize the response. Provides assistance in GeoHealth documentation, account management, technical support, and application administration.
- Provides consultation on issues related to geographic/geospatial data collection, geospatial processing/analysis, geocoding, choice of appropriate aggregation unit for analysis and display, GIS system development, and cartography.
- Investigates and resolves problems encountered in projects and, as appropriate, suggest modifications to meet project objectives.
- Provides technical training to internal and external customers in the use of GeoHEALTH and GIS applications that may be utilized by non-technical emergency management specialists.
- Prepares technical guidelines for use of GIS and geospatial analysis techniques in an operations center for public health and medical emergency management activities.
- Leverages knowledge and experience pertaining to geography, GIS, environmental health, epidemiology, and emergency response to make programmatic recommendations impacting policy and operation procedure related to the effective employment of GIS within Agency emergency response events and exercises.
- Evaluates new and innovative geospatial technologies for use by ASPR.
This position may also be tasked with providing assistance in the operational activities for ESF 8 under the National Response Framework (NRF) in response to requests for federal health and medical assistance during disasters, special events, major transportation accidents, or other activities requiring deployment.
- Experience using GIS tools to monitor events, impacts and critical information requirements.
- Experience in using GIS to develop and enhance a situational awareness picture. This includes gathering, analyzing, and validating various types of information pertinent to an incident, event, or exercise to support hazard prediction, assessment and impacts.
- Knowledge of public health and medical response; knowledge of diseases and conditions related to natural disasters and bioterrorism.
- Communication skills necessary to provide oral briefings and make clear presentations to ASPR/OEM senior leadership, as well as to colleagues, regarding GIS program activities.
- Knowledge of the National Response Framework, National Incident Management System, National Disaster Medical System, Public Law Number 113-5 and 106-309/42, Pandemic and All-hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA), The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief Act, and the Public Health Service Act.
Contact information: To apply please e-mail your CV and cover letter to Nancy.Nurthen@hhs.gov. The cover letter should reference this job title/state your date of availability, introduce yourself, and provide your contact information to include name, phone, and e-mail address.