Emergency Support Specialist I - Benton Franklin Health District 2

LOCATION: Kennewick, WA

CLOSING DATE: August 20, 2020


JOB #: 16114

POSTED: July 20, 2020


GENERAL SUMMARY: Primary duties include, but are not limited to: supporting public health emergency preparedness initiatives, and updating and maintaining local emergency plans, procedures, checklists, and databases.


  • Collaborate with local health jurisdictions (LHJ’s), hospitals, community health centers, emergency management, tribes and others within the region and neighboring regions to maintain and update local and regional plans.
  • Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of HSEEP compliant exercises in response to emergency response plans.
  • Work as part of a team to identify public health hazards in the region and conduct or obtain existing risk and vulnerability assessments. Develop protocols in response to these assessments.
  • Develop and maintain public health databases
  • Responsible for assisting in the development and conduct of drills and exercises including the development of supporting materials, documentation and after action reports.
  • Work with REDi Healthcare Coalition partners to ensure a coordinated approach to preparedness, communications and information sharing in the region.
  • Assist and provide expertise to partner LHJ’s within the region in developing and maintaining medical counter measure plans.
  • Gathers, complies, and analyzes data and submits reports to local, regional and state partners.
  • Respond to public health emergencies as required.


  • Broad knowledge of principles, practices and current developments and techniques related to public health emergency preparedness and response.
  • Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of public health.
  • Broad knowledge of principles and practices in emergency preparedness and response.
  • Broad knowledge of principles and practices of exercise design and evaluation.
  • Ability to utilize specialized software programs including but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, Visio, Adobe Creative Suite, and Publisher.
  • Ability to gather, organize and present facts and data in a clear, concise and logical manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop and conduct presentations and emergency preparedness trainings.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively with local, regional, and state public health preparedness and response partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain effective working relationships with staff, other districts/departments, colleagues, public and private officials and community groups and the general public.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative, confidentiality, tact, discretion and judgment in carrying out work.

The Requirements & Selection Process

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in public health related, emergency management or closely related field. Minimum three years of work experience in public health preparedness and response, emergency management, or a closely related field. ICS 100, 200 and 700 certifications. Master’s degree in a closely related field is preferred.

Additional Requirements: Performance of job duties requires driving on a regular basis, a valid Washington State driver’s license, the use of the incumbent’s personal motor vehicle when a District fleet vehicle is not available for use, and proof of appropriate auto insurance.

SELECTION PROCESS: The most qualified applicants, based in part upon evaluation of the completed application and related information will be invited for an interview.

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