Emergency Response Specialist II

Lake County IL - Waukegan, IL (30+ days ago)3.8


Do you want a career where you can truly make a difference? The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is one of the largest human service providers in Lake County. We live our mission each day, promoting the health and well-being of all who live, work, and play in Lake County. If you are passionate about giving back and ready to be a part of an innovative team, we are looking for you!

About the Role:
Under general and limited supervision of the Emergency Response Coordinator (ERC), the Emergency Response Specialist II will focus on Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center (LCHD/CHC) emergency management preparation and implementation. This individual will assist with coordination of these activities as a member of the Lake County Emergency Agency (LCEMA) and in concert with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Office of Preparedness and Response, Regional Healthcare Coalitions, first responders, and other appropriate agencies and counterparts. This position requires frequent internal and interagency interaction and coordination. Work is conducted independently and with teams.

Location: 3010 Grand Avenue, Waukegan IL (Grand Avenue Health Center)

Hours: Monday - Friday (8:30am - 5:00pm)

Skills and Experience

At the ERC’s request, coordinates specific emergency response functions for LCHD/CHC.
Functions include management and response to public health threats and emergencies such as nuclear, environmental, chemical, and biological threats.
Participates in the review and development of emergency management and response plans and documents with a focus on public health aspects and coordinates them with the appropriate entities, including the Lake County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and LCHD/CHC EOP. Assists in response planning with other LCHD/CHC programs.
Assists with the development and coordination of emergency management and response exercises, both internal and interagency.
Assists the ERC to develop budget proposals, goals, and objectives related to emergency management and grant reporting.
Maintains the LCHD/CHC emergency management inventory of all supplies such as antibiotics, antivirals, radios, etc. in a digital database along with all emergency management documents and other planning materials.
Oversees set-up and successful operation of the LCHD/CHC Incident Command Post under direction of the ERC or another appointed official.
In the absence of the ERC, advises the Executive Director and Senior Team and performs all ERC functions upon activation of the LCHD/CHC Incident Command Post.
Serves as a staff member in the Lake County Emergency Operations Center, as situations dictate.
Participates as an alternate member of the LCHD/CHC Safety Committee.
Maintains a working relationship and assists with response planning with other county departments and agencies, IDPH, Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Regional Healthcare Coalitions, first responders, municipalities, townships, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) groups, and others.
Assists in LCHD/CHC agency staff training as directed and needed to achieve competency requirements set by IDPH and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Assists ERC in Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program review, trainings and activities.
Participates as a member of The Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium (NIPHC) Emergency Preparedness Committee when requested by the ERC.
Represents LCHD/CHC on various groups, community, and professional organizations in matters of emergency management and response.
Assists the LCHD/CHC Public Information Officer (PIO) with the preparation of press releases and other educational materials on emergency management and response.
Performs other duties as assigned and be flexible. Certain emergency responses may require extended work hours, shifted work schedules, or weekend work.

Education, Qualifications, and Certification:
  • Requires a Bachelors or Master’s Degree in physical science, public health, emergency management, or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Two to four years of responsible experience in emergency management.
  • Has completed or will complete within 12 months of hire, all ICS classes required by IDPH.
  • Encouraged to complete IPEM certification within the first 2 years of employment.
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License, supplemented by a satisfactory driving record.
About the Perks:
Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package with performance-based incentive plans. We also offer flexible working hours, and a comprehensive wellness and training program. Visit the Health Department page to get additional information on why you should work for us.

To learn more about the department you will be working for, visit Emergency Preparedness Information. To learn more about our community impact and to see some of our employees please review this short video.

Any offer of employment is conditioned on the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.

The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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