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Emergency Preparedness Specialist (HSC 3) - Emergency Preparedness & Response

Full-time position
Closing Date: July 11, 2018
Job #12695
Posted: June 11, 2018

What will you be doing? – Duties include:

• Supporting the Emerging Infectious Disease Workgroup with the development and implementation of objectives and strategies that increase public health and medical response capabilities across the state surrounding transportation of patients with emerging high consequence infectious diseases.

• Leading planning efforts surrounding patient movement within the Ebola and Emerging Infectious Disease Response Framework.

• Leading work around completing objectives identified in HPP Ebola Part A grant application work plan and Grant Domain Work Plan as assigned for developing state level response plans.
• Participating as a team member to help teammates achieve other grant and strategic objectives.

• Representing the agency at emergency preparedness related meetings and act as the subject matter expert in appropriate areas.

• Participating in external stakeholder and partner meetings and activities as assigned to achieve grant and strategic objectives.

• Collaborating with internal team members, partners, customers and stakeholders to improve program performance.

• Serving in a command staff or general staff position during public health drills/exercises and actual responses.

What we’re looking for – Required Qualifications

• Option 1: A Bachelor’s degree or higher in public health, emergency management, heath care administration, public or business administration or allied field; AND two (2) or more years demonstrated experience in the Emergency Medical Services field or Mass Patient Movement Planning.


• Option 2: Five (5) or more years demonstrated experience in the Emergency Medical Services field or Mass Patient Movement Planning.


• Demonstrated completion of National Incident Management System and Incident Command System training to the ICS 300 and 400 level.  Note:  Completion of National Incident Management System Advanced course ICS 400 may be done within the first 6 months of employment

• Demonstrated experience in the following:

o Emergency response plan development.

o Emergency response exercises (as a player, planner, or exercise staff).

o Public speaking and facilitation.

• Demonstrated knowledge of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Healthcare Preparedness Program Capabilities.

Preferred/Desired Qualification(s) 

• Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Certification and/or Master Exercise Practitioner Certification.

• Experience in an Emergency Operations Center position, or on a Type III Incident Management Team.

Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
 With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:

• Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a workday, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
• Work in a tobacco, drug, and alcohol-free environment.
• Work 8 to 5 Monday through Friday, but able to work up to 12 ½ hour shifts in the agency Emergency Operations Center on short or no notice.
• Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends.
• Travel around the state and possibly nationally for trainings, summits, conferences, etc. Travel may consist of up to 15% of the position time.
• Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
• Work in a fast-paced/stressful environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines. 
• Move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
• Respond to public health emergencies or exercises at any time, except while on scheduled vacation or other leave.
• Represent the agency in various formats including interacting with and providing guidance to local health jurisdiction on preparedness issues.
• Complete the National Incident Management System Advanced course ICS 400 within the first 6 months of employment.

This position is covered by an "Agency Shop" provision.  Therefore, as a condition of employment, the incumbent of this position must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational fee within 30 days of the date you are placed into pay status.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer.  DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful.  It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce. Applicants wishing assistance or alternative formats in the process should contact Skyler Jones at (360) , or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.


How to Apply:

Application Process

Intrigued? We’d love to hear from you.  Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

1. A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required and desired qualifications for this position.
2. A current resume.
3. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.

DO NOT attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the Application Process, or that are password protected.  These type of documents cause errors when downloading application materials and will not be forwarded to the hiring supervisor. Veterans, please feel free to attach a copy of your DD214 (redact SSN).

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