Job Posting for Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

TitleEmergency Preparedness Coordinator

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management (DPH OPEM) is seeking a public health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator to oversee key projects and provide complex preparedness coordination for DPH OPEM. This role is critical in providing to technical assistance and support to local public health to strengthen their capacity to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing statewide public health emergency preparedness activities for DPH OPEM and supporting planning and preparedness efforts of local public health authorities in the Commonwealth. The incumbent works closely with local health to address issues related to emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation as a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) federally mandated and funded Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP). The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator will place an emphasis on outreach efforts to populations requiring additional assistance during emergencies (including, but not limited to elderly, disabled, non-English speaking, and refugee or immigrant populations). The individual will also interact and plan with state and local agencies who work with at-risk populations. The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator will assist with various grant-related activities, including but not limited to the preparation of grant application materials, collection and analysis of data, and drafting of grant progress reports. This individual will oversee the affiliated regional coordinators that are based in other agencies.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Develop grant deliverables for local health and public health preparedness coalitions.
  • Develop, implement, evaluate, update, and communicate program guidance and support documents for local public health.
  • Analyze the need for technical assistance for local health and public health preparedness coalitions.
  • Provide oversight and review for the development, quarterly progress reporting and year-end reporting for coalition work plans and budgets.
  • Oversee the contracts for affiliated public health preparedness coordinators who are funded through the OPEM.
  • Represent OPEM at the Local-State Advisory Committee, and attends LSAC meetings.
  • Represent OPEM at meetings of the public health coalitions and HMCCs on a schedule to be determined.
  • Assist with the preparation of federal, state, or other grant application processes, including but not limited to preparation of grant application materials and progress reports, and the collection and analysis of data on performance measures, benchmarks, or other grant measurement requirements.
  • Lead the preparation for the annual Crisis Notice of Funding Opportunity application, and any subsequent funding opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the Strategic National Stockpile program staff in developing and disseminating guidance and technical assistance to support operational readiness to respond to threat scenarios such as the intentional release of anthrax or emergency infectious disease outbreaks.
  • Interact and plan with state and local agencies who work with at-risk populations.
  • During activations of the Department Operations Center and/or ESF8 at the State
  • Emergency Operations Center, act as a liaison to state and local agencies who work with at-risk populations regarding response or needs of the incident.
  • Participate as a member of the OPEM Duty Officer team, and respond, when instructed, to various types of health and medical emergencies on a 24/7 basis.
  • Work may include overnight and weekend shifts as needed.
  • Performs other duties as required by supervisor.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the principles and core concepts of emergency preparedness, specifically as it relates to local public health authorities.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity working with, emergency plans and procedures, including emergency dispensing site plans and plans for the establishment and operation of alternate care sites.
  • Ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly, and to develop ideas in logical sequence.
  • Ability to present complex information to a variety of audiences (ranging from subject matter experts to the general public) by utilizing a variety of formats (written articles, oral presentations, etc.)
  • Ability to gather information by examining records and documents and by questioning and observing individuals.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records, to assemble items of information according to established procedures, to compile statistical data, and to prepare general reports.
  • Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, and especially to exercise discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with others, and to resolve personnel conflicts effectively.
  • Ability to work successfully, both as part of a larger group and independently.
  • Ability to perform duties efficiently under tight deadlines, and to manage competing priorities during such situations.

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