Pandemic And Special Pathogens Preparedness Coordinator (Emer Prep & Comm Iii) Faa-1724-06.2021

State Of Colorado Denver , CO 80208

Posted 2 months ago

Department Information

This announcement will close on June 18, 2021 or once an adequate applicant pool is achieved (30 applications total), whichever comes first. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Be BOLD and make a real difference . . .

Do you desire a position that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a career position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to advance Colorado's health and protect the places we live, work, learn, and play. Our vision is to create a healthy and sustainable Colorado where current and future generations thrive.

If your goal is to make a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near RTD bus lines, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Glendale City Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Description of Job

The Work Unit:

This position is located in the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR). OEPR develops and implements emergency response plans for CDPHE to fulfill the State's Emergency Support Function #8: (Health, Medical and Mortuary) - CDPHE is the responsible state agency for the protection of health and the medical response of victims when an emergency occurs in Colorado. OEPR works to ensure that CDPHE and local public health agencies have plans for responding to emergency events and administering medication in mass quantities to all citizens in Colorado.

OEPR assesses natural and man-made disaster events, for enhancing response and trains public health professionals on the latest and improved response protocols, including the National Incident Management System.

OEPR is the lead program for ensuring public health is integrated - with law enforcement, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and other state departments critical to the state's response.

OEPR is responsible for delivery and coordination of emergency preparedness education and training to CDPHE employees and public health partners.

OEPR is responsible for ensuring effective and redundant communication connectivity among stakeholders involved in public health detection and response and effective distribution of critical and routine health information.

OEPR assesses the state's ability to respond to emergency events relating to the medical care of victims, identifies technical gaps in health care facilities that may impact the state's response to a disaster, determines the purchase of patient care equipment and identifies best practices for mass casualty response.

What You'll Be Doing:

What You Will Be Doing

As a Pandemic and Special Pathogens Preparedness Coordinator (Emergency Preparedness and Communications Specialist III), this position serves as the pandemic and special pathogen preparedness coordinator, in accordance with state plan's including CDPHE's Emergency Response Plan-Pandemic Annex, CDPHE's Special Pathogen CONOPS and the State Board of Health Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Preparedness for a Bioterrorist Event, Pandemic Influenza or an Outbreak by a Novel and Highly Fatal Infectious Agent or Biological toxin.

As a Pandemic and Special Pathogens Preparedness Coordinator (Emergency Preparedness and Communications Specialist III), this position is tasked with the following:

PANDEMIC PLANNING AND COORDINATION

  • Serves as the state expert on public health and hospital pandemic influenza preparedness and planning in Colorado and serves as the coordinator for state-level pandemic preparedness activities.

  • Provides technical assistance, guidance and support to local public health agencies, hospitals and health care agencies who receive funding from the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) and Healthcare Program Preparedness (HPP) grants to ensure pandemic planning is cohesive, coordinated and consistent.

  • Writes state-level pandemic response planning and response documents, conducts educational presentations, trainings and workshops, reviews literature for best practices from other state, national and international entities and identifies and recommends evidence-based state and local strategies to address pandemic preparedness priorities.

  • Establishes relationships and communicates with other state and national resources and organizations to ensure coordination and utilization of the most current research; this information is then utilized to direct local and state program and policy development.

  • Works with the SNS Inventory Management System Coordinator on 9 inventory issues related to pandemic planning and response (e.g. vaccines, antivirals, PPE, etc.).

  • Advises OEPR management and the Governor's Expert Emergency Epidemic and Response Committee (GEEERC) on issues related to pandemic preparedness when appropriate.

SPECIAL PATHOGEN PLANNING AND COORDINATION

  • Serves as a state authority on public health and hospital special pathogen preparedness in Colorado and serves as the coordinator for state-level special pathogen preparedness activities.

  • Leads in providing technical assistance, guidance and support to local public health agencies, hospitals and health care agencies who receive funding from the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) and Healthcare Program Preparedness (HPP) grants to ensure special pathogen planning is cohesive, coordinated and consistent.

  • Writes state-level special pathogen response planning and response documents, conducts educational presentations, trainings and workshops, reviews literature for best practices from other state, national and international entities and identifies and recommends evidence-based state and local strategies to address special pathogen preparedness priorities.

  • Establishes relationships and communicates with other state and national resources and organizations to ensure coordination and utilization of the most current research; this information is then utilized to direct local and state program and policy development.

  • Advises OEPR management and the Governor's Expert Emergency Epidemic and Response Committee (GEEERC) on issues related to special pathogen preparedness when appropriate.

PHARMACY ENGAGEMENT AND COORDINATION

  • Improves PHEP capabilities through collaboration with local, regional and state pharmaceutical partners.

  • Develops and maintains relationships with partners and provides technical assistance to partner agencies to increase their engagement with our emergency response plans where appropriate.

  • Promotes proactive participation in planning groups and emergency exercises.

  • Supports the reinvigoration and corresponding maintenance of a pharmaceutical advisory group that is meant to establish relationships and create best practices for pharmaceutical engagement in an emergency for the state of Colorado.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

NOTE: To be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate that you meet one of the following options outlining the minimum requirements needed for consideration:

OPTION 1:

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE (Substitution):

  • Six (6) years of professional experience in public health emergency preparedness, homeland security, or emergency management.

OR

OPTION 2:

BACHELOR'S DEGREE & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in public health, emergency preparedness, behavioral sciences or social sciences;

AND

  • Two (2) years of professional experience in public health emergency preparedness, homeland security, or emergency management.

OR

OPTION 3:

ADVANCE DEGREE and PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • A master's or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in public health, emergency preparedness, behavioral sciences or social sciences; may be substituted for the bachelor's degree and one or two years of professional experience, respectively.

Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies: The following preferred experience(s), competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Working knowledge of local and regional partnering agencies in Public Health and Emergency Preparedness

  • Proven ability to utilize contemporary technology to create and deliver trainings

  • Strong preference for a background in emergency preparedness, especially as it relates to the public health and medical sector

  • Knowledge of emergency management and the Incident Command System (ICS)

  • Knowledge of principles and methods of project management and evaluation, including analysis, evaluation, report writing, and grant writing

  • Understanding of effective teaching methodologies and tools

  • Proficiency with public speaking

  • Knowledge of public health preparedness planning

  • Ability to coordinate drills and exercises

  • Ability to research and develop training content and technical materials used in support of training and drills or exercises

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet tight deadlines

  • Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) trained

  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Experience providing communication to both internal and external stakeholders

  • MS Office and Google platform proficiency

Conditions of Employment:

  • Background Check: A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.

  • Travel: Must be willing and able to independently travel approx. 10% of the time.

  • On-Call Status--After Hours on-call epi on a rotating schedule.

  • On-Call Status: Must be willing to be on-call in the event of an emergency (e.g. bio-terrorist attack, chemical attach, disease outbreak, or all hazards) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

  • On-Call Status: Must be willing to be on-call in the event the activation of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

Supplemental Information

A complete application packet must include:

  • A completed State of Colorado application.
  • A cover-letter

The Selection Process:

  • All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.

  • Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.

  • Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.

  • A top group of candidates will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position or that as a result of no longer being considered, you were discriminated against, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. If an applicant seeks to have an allegation of discrimination reviewed by the Board, that person must file an appeal (petition for hearing) within 10 days of the action or receipt of any final written selection decision. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb. A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

E-Verify: CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

ADAAA Accommodations:

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator at cdphe.humanresources@state.co.us or call 303-692-2060, option 5.

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