Public Health Preparedness Coordinator

Application Deadline: 2022-06-30
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Job Summary
Leads local efforts to assess, develop, coordinate, and implement emergency plans, systems, and activities to increase readiness to respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.

Essential Duties
Preparedness Activities:

Prepares and maintains records, reports, and plans, such as the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Plan, the Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan, and the Biohazard Detection System (BDS) and Mass Clinic Plan, as required by the grant.

Brings together key stakeholders, and annually updates, Emergency Support Function 6 and Emergency Support Function 8 plans located within the Brown County Emergency Operations Plan

Develops necessary partnerships and provides linkages to all of the public health community, including any necessary Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with counties, public or private organizations, academic institutions, border jurisdictions, and organizations participating in the Northeast Wisconsin-Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition (NEW-HERC).

Participates in and coordinates, develops, and evaluates Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) exercises.

Coordinates and participates in planning and training processes for public health staff, including Incident Command System (ICS) training to meet National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance.

Coordinates the division fit testing program.

Serves as administrator for various electronic and web-based systems such as the Partner Communication and Alerting (PCA) Portal, the TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN), and Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR).

Responds to after-hours emergencies as needed, such as setting up shelters, and is part of the after-hours calls emergency phone tree

Public Health Education Duties:

Identifies and/or develops program materials for use by consumers and other professionals for

Maintains and prepares records and reports as required by the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) grant

Disseminates information to the public relevant to preparedness by way of presentations, news releases, newsletters, web sites, social media, demonstrations, media interviews, and displays

Participates in local, regional, and statewide events, and committees and coalitions relative to preparedness

Coordinates the activities of meetings or events.

Conducts and reports on program evaluations to improve program effectiveness and demonstrates value to programmatic and funding partners.

Conducts and collects ongoing assessments of community educational needs; create plans of work which address these needs within scope of this position.

Plans, implements, and teaches relevant educational programs.

Reaches and engages diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and do not discriminate to ensure full access to programs, facilities, and educational services.

Evaluates the effectiveness of program’s activities.

Conducts community and hazard vulnerability assessments as dictated by program.

Monitors compliance with local, state, and federal standards.


Performs other functions as specified in the requirements of the PHEP grant.

Performs related functions as assigned.

Participates in Public Health Accreditation activities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications Required
Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Management, Public Health, Community Health Education, or related field such as Nursing, Public Administration, Education, etc.; and at least one (1) year experience in Public Health, Emergency Management, or Hospital Preparedness, or related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of and ability to utilize a computer and the required software.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with medical care providers, educators, other staff members, students, community groups, services agencies, news media, representatives, volunteers, and the public.

Ability to prepare and maintain written plans, policies, or procedures.

Ability to commit to the objectives of each project as dictated by the funding agency.

Ability to assume leadership roles in group activities.

Ability to do public speaking and make public presentations.

Ability to maintain data and reports.

Ability to advocate for others on behalf of program goals.

Ability to be creative in identifying outreach strategies.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, community professionals and the


Ability to work the required hours.

Participates in departmental/community emergency response training/drills to prepare for and respond to public health threats in accordance with county and departmental emergency response plans in support of public health emergency and disaster preparedness.

Performs public health emergency response duties as assigned in response to threats to the public’s health including mass care/sheltering.


Lifting 30 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 20 pounds.

Intermittent standing, walking, and sitting; occasional driving.

Using hand(s)/feet for repetitive single grasping, fine manipulation, pushing and pulling, and operating controls.

Frequent bending, twisting, squatting, and reaching; occasional climbing.

Communicating orally in a clear manner.

Distinguishing sounds at various frequencies and volumes.

Distinguishing people or objects at varied distances under a variety of light conditions.

Withstanding temperature changes in the work environment.

Tolerating exposure to cold, heat, noise, vibration, and hazards in the work environment.

Deadline Note:

WCA President & CEO Mark O'Connell received Racine County Executive @jdelagrave “Community Impact Award” last night for his close working relationship with the county on a variety of projects impacting not only Racine County but also all of Wisconsin. @NACoTweets

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