Full Job Description
Under the direction of the Preparedness and Epidemiology Manager, performs advanced consultative services on behalf of the Preparedness and Response program. Work involves planning, developing, implementing and evaluating public health preparedness programs, including the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), Medical countermeasures (MCM) and the CHEMPACK Programs. Provides technical assistance to regional and local stakeholders, to include elected officials and first responders in Medical countermeasures. Participates in the development, implementation, exercise and evaluation of the MCM assets in Region 9/10 (36 counties). Serves as the regional SNS point of contact and coordinates with local public health partners to develop and maintain SNS plans, Points of Dispensing (POD) sites and Receiving, Storing and Staging (RSS) sites. Responds to public health emergencies in the region and serves as a deployable resource within the state. Works under the supervision of the program manager in delivery of Medical countermeasures trainings. Serves as a member of the Regional Health and Medical Operations Center (RHMOC). Participates in 24/7/365 On-Call coverage of the regional 24/7 notifiable disease reporting line. Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for use of initiative and independent judgement. Travel requirements: 30% day, 20% night.
Essential Job Functions:
MCM/CHEMPACK (45%) Oversees the development, implementation, exercise and evaluation of the MCM deployment plan and CHEMPACK program for Region 9/10. Ensures the development of regional Medical countermeasures and CHEMPACK plans are integrated and aligned with statewide and local planning efforts and resources. Develops plans that incorporate all SNS functions to include: requesting, receiving, storing and staging of medical assets. Inspects and evaluates strategic locations in preparation for the delivery of federal assets. Coordinates with other Public Health Regions and local jurisdictions to plan, support and coordinate expanded capacity during a MCM or CHEMPACK deployment. Oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of PODS within the region. Responsible for securing and maintaining contracts for the CHEMPACK and RSS sites in the region. Duties also include working in diverse work environments to include warehouses and austere enviornments. Conducts quarterly CHEMPACK site visits within Region 9/10.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (15%) Collaborates with federal, state, and local stakeholders in the development, implementation, exercise and evaluation processes regarding MCM. Assists local SNS coordinators with Operational Readiness Review (ORR) Guidance. Conducts quartely conference calls with regional SNS coordinators. Participates in reviewing, analyzing and providing recommendations on regional and local public health preparedness Standard Operating Guides (SOGs) and response plans pertaining to MCM and CHEMPACK.
TRAINING (15%) Develops, implements and evaluates MCM response training for regional receiving, storage and staging center, regional operations center, and regional POD plans. Works under the supervision of the program manager in medical counter measures and medical training and initiatives. Designs training programs that involve MCM and CHEMPACK. Participates in the development, execution and evaluation of tabletop exercises, functional exercises and actual events for MCM and CHEMPACK deployment. Responsible for training volunteers/internal staff on SNS/MCM deployments and distribution of assets in Region 9/10.
ALL-HAZARDS RESPONSE (15%) Actively participates in the agency's obligations for all-hazards response and/or recovery. Participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignments and/or an alternate location. Supports activites during deployments to include support of the Epidemiology Team. Collaborates with regional and local health department staff during actual public health events. Supports regional operations during public health emergencies. Participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or different locations in Texas.
OTHER DUTIES (10%) Performs other duties as assigned to include, but not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response/recovery and Continuity of Operations (COOP). Complies with DSHS Immunization Policy. Supports regional operations during public health emergencies.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Knowledge of medication and treatment of infectious diseases.
Knowledge of patient assessments and triage.
Knowledge of infectious diseases related to bioterrorism.
Knowledge of medical countermeasures for distribution and dispensing of medication.
Knowledge of emergency and disaster responses.
Knowledge of planning, training and exercise principles and methods.
Knowledge of pharmaceutical medical terminology.
Skill in effective communication, verbal and in writing.
Skill in creating spreadsheets and databases.
Skill in problem identification, analysis and resolution.
Skill in developing and implementing complex plans and procedures.
Skill in process facilitation techniques, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution.
Skill in managing and tracking multiple projects at different stages of development.
Skill in planning and conducting training and exercises.
Skill in providing technical assistance to a variety of stakeholders.
Ability to organize and prioritize one's workload and meet deadlines.
Ability to prepare complex written reports.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Ability to present complex medication and medical information to a variety of audiences.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to work in diverse work environments including warehouses and in the field.
Ability to meet travel requirements 30% day, 20% night. Rotating call schedule
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Class C driver license
Initial Selection Criteria:
Initial Screening Criteria: Advanced Degree from an accredited College or University in Public Health, Infectious Disease, Nursing, Medicine, Emergency Management or Pharmacy. Ability to work in diverse environments. Actively participates in the Regional 24/7/365 on call schedule. Must be able to meet travel requirements (30% day and 20% night) and may work alternate hours other than Monday-Friday 8 AM-5 PM. Must have a Valid driver’s license.
1. Initial pre screening by phone may be conducted.
2. Inbox Examination maybe conducted.
3. In person oral interview with interview panel.
4. Travel within the State of Texas and driving to the Regions 36 counties (30% day and 20% night).
5. May work alternate hours other than Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.
6. Actively participates in the Regional 24/7/365 on call schedule.
7. Valid Driver’s license required.
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 68S, 60C, 230X, 4EOX1 ,43MX, 43EX. 870. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work. I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.
68S, 60C, HM, 230X, 4E0X1, 43HX, 43MX, 43EX
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.