Job Posting for Boston Public Health Commission: Emergency Preparedness Educator

Title: Emergency Preparedness Educator 

Organization: Boston Public Health Commission 

Brief Summary of Position: 

The Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) is a division of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). The mission of OPHP is to enhance community, public health, and healthcare system resilience in order to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies that impact the health of the public. OPHP envisions a resilient Boston through healthy, informed, and connected communities that are supported every day and during emergencies by strong, integrated public health and healthcare systems.


The Emergency Preparedness Educator is responsible for developing and delivering education and training programs in fulfillment of the Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) mission, including the statewide role of OPHP’s DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness (DVI) ( More specifically, the Educator:

  • Researches, develops, implements, delivers, and reports on competency-based classroom, online, and blended programs and related educational products based on OPHP strategic planning, community needs, contractual obligations, national guidance, and best practices.
  • Acts as primary support for community resilience education and training activities, including those for the Boston Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program, a civilian-based volunteer program, including designing, developing, and delivering courses.
  • Supports education and training activities for public health and healthcare audiences in Boston, the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region, and statewide, including but not limited to: public health, community health center, emergency medical services, hospital, long-term care, and public safety professionals as well as civic and community organizations.
  • With guidance from Sr. Program Manager for Instructional Design, employs instructional design standard practices, emerging educational technologies, and creative training methodologies while ensuring that courses meet relevant accreditation standards, as well as federal, state, and other relevant guidance.
  • Coordinates projects with OPHP, Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) staff, and external partners as needed.
  • Assists with quantitative and qualitative evaluation activities to measure the effectiveness of education and training programs to ensure accurate, professional, and high quality delivery of course curriculum.
  • Represents OPHP at local and statewide meetings, conferences, and other events as assigned.
  • Staffs the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center (MIC) during emergencies affecting public health and healthcare, including supporting delivery of training related to response and recovery efforts.
  • Maintains an ongoing awareness of all OPHP plans, protocols and procedures for daily and emergency operations.
  • Participates in trainings and other educational opportunities to enhance knowledge of emergency preparedness, response and recovery field
  • Performs other duties to support OPHP operations as required.

Core competencies include the ability to: describe the agency role and follow the chain of command in emergency response; demonstrate her/his/their role in regular drills; adapt to and support rapidly changing and evolving emergencies; and recognize deviations from the norm that might indicate an emergency and take/facilitate appropriate action(s) such as communicating clearly within the chain of command.

Works in a confidential capacity with the Sr. Program Manager, Instructional Design, and meets regularly regarding all aspects of program operations, including but not limited to matters pertaining to program staff and other confidential matters. Operates independently. Uses independent judgment and discretion to make decisions affecting the program and staff as it relates to program operations/services and BPHC policy. Promotes OPHP’s mission and vision while upholding its six core va


The preferred candidate will possess a master’s degree in a related discipline; OR a Bachelor’s plus two years of related experience; OR a high school GED plus four years of related experience. Preferred fields of study include public health, education, instructional design, emergency management, or related fields. Experience in the field of education and training required, preferably in a public health setting.

Additional preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience in design and delivery of public health or emergency preparedness and response training is strongly preferred.
    • Knowledge of emergency preparedness concepts, as well as knowledge of public health and healthcare systems is preferred.
    • Demonstrated success in collaborating with local community agencies, healthcare providers, or state and federal agencies is preferred.
    • Experience using Moodle, Adobe Connect, Articulate Studio, Camtasia, or similar online learning products is a plus.
    • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills are required, as is the ability to work collaboratively with others while under pressure.
    • Experience conducting academic literature searches is preferred.
    • Availability to conduct evening trainings and respond to emergency incidents as needed is required.
      • Ability to write clear, concise reports, and to follow and to give clear written and oral instructions is essential.
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential, as are the abilities to work as a member of a team, and establish and maintain professional working relationships with others.
      • Ability to meet deadlines and manage projects under stressful conditions is required.
      • Has obtained or is willing to obtain Certified Emergency Manager/Associate Emergency Manager (CEM/AEM) certification to meet recognized industry standards.
      • Extensive knowledge & experience with MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint is required.

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