Job Posting for Boston Public Health Commission: Senior Program Manager, Public Health Planning

Title:Senior Program Manager, Public Health Planning

OrganizationBoston 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.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Senior Program Manager, Public Health Planning will be responsible for oversight of all emergency plans associated with BPHC’s role as the lead public health authority for the City of Boston. S/he will coordinate closely with the Senior Program Manager, Healthcare System Preparedness, the Senior Program Manager, Response & Recovery Operations, and others to ensure continuity amongst emergency plans and operational protocols.

    Responsibilities will include:

  • Establishing a working knowledge of all BPHC emergency plans. This includes but is not limited to the:
  • BPHC Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
  • BPHC Emergency Dispensing Plan (EDS)
  • OPHP Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)
  • MIC Concept of Operations
  • Integrating BPHC-specific plans into overall ESF-8 (Public Health and Medical) plans.
  • Integrating plans with internal City of Boston and external public and private sector partners.
  • Maintaining oversight of partner plans from universities, businesses, and other public and private institutions that engage in integrated planning with OPHP. Updates plans as necessary.
  • Coordinating with the Senior Program Manager, Healthcare System Preparedness, and the Senior Program Manager, Response & Recovery Operations, to lead After Action Reporting (AAR) process for exercises and real-world activations for OPHP, BPHC, and the Boston Healthcare Preparedness Coalition. Oversees the implementation of corrective actions, and update plans to reflect changes, as appropriate.
  • Leading the process for the Centers for Disease Control Operational Readiness Review (ORR) for Medical Countermeasures (MCM).
  • Managing OPHP public health emergency preparedness and response inventory at all locations.
  • Serving as a representative for local public health emergency initiatives on local, state, and federal working groups, as assigned.
  • Researching and analyzing federal, state, and local policies, guidelines, and best practices to inform plan development and decision making.
  • Overseeing staff, including temps, interns, and contractors, that are employed to deliver planning deliverables.
  • Assisting with the oversight and management of the OPHP Multi-Year Training & Exercise Plan (MYTEP).
  • Ensuring that project goals and objectives are consistent with both federal and state grant guidance.
  • Preparing project status reports, grant reports, and briefing materials as requested.
  • Collaborating regularly with OPHP leadership and staff to ensure coordination and support among OPHP programs and projects.
  • Collecting, reviewing, and analyzing information to determine effectiveness, and recommend changes/improvements.
  • Staffing the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center during emergencies that impact public health and healthcare.
  • Serving as a Duty Officer for the MIC to ensure 24/7 coverage, after participating in required trainings.
  • Establishing a working knowledge of all OPHP policies, and procedures for daily operations.
  • Representing OPHP at meetings, conferences, and other events as needed.
  • Participating in trainings and other educational opportunities to enhance knowledge of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery field.
  • Performing other duties to support OPHP operations as required.
  • Core competencies include, among others, the ability to: describe the agency role and chain of command in emergency response; demonstrate her/his role in regular drills; 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 Associate Director 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 values.


  • Master’s degree in a related discipline with one year or more demonstrated experience in managing projects involving significant planning and coordination; or a BA/BS and at least 3 years of demonstrated experience in managing projects involving significant planning and coordination in a related field; or a GED or High School Diploma and at least 6 years of demonstrated experience in managing projects involving significant planning and coordination in a related field.
  • Experience with plan development and maintenance based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG-101) required.
  • Significant experience working collaboratively with planning partners required.
  • Demonstrated experience writing collaborative operational plans required.
  • Ability to manage project milestones and deadlines required.
  • Proven ability to manage and lead under stressful conditions during emergency responses required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Strong organizational skills required.
  • Ability to write clear, concise reports based off of relevant research and data required.
  • Works well as a member of a team, and establishes and maintains professional working relationships with internal programs and external community partners required.
  • Ability to give clear written and oral instructions required.
  • Advanced knowledge & experience with MSOffice, MS Word, MS Excel, and PowerPoint required.
  • Familiarity with Department of Homeland Security’s Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP) required.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of emergency preparedness and public health strongly preferred.
  • Experience in emergency management, as well as knowledge of healthcare systems preferred.
  • Familiarity with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) standards for public health and healthcare emergency preparedness desired.
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of local community agencies, public sector work, and working with state and federal agencies desired.
  • Experience with grant writing, executing contracts and purchasing a plus.
  • Has or is willing to obtain Certified Emergency Manager/Associate Emergency Manager (CEM/AEM) certification to meet recognized industry standards.


  • $55,000 to $65,000 DOE

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