This announcement has been reposted to invite additional candidates to apply. Application review is ongoing.
This position works within the Engagement & Coordination Unit within the Public Health Outbreak Coordination, Informatics, & Surveillance (PHOCIS) Office within the Disease Control and Health Statistics (DCHS) Division. Our mission is to work within the governmental public health system and with other public health and health care partners to implement public health programs, take public health actions, develop public health policy, and conduct assessment activities to improve the health of the people of Washington.
This Health Services Consultant 3 position will coordinate planning efforts for the Epidemiology Response Team (ERT), a rapid response team consisting of members trained in disaster epidemiology and public health emergency management. The ERT Coordinator contributes to the mission by providing support implementation of objectives, strategies, and exercises that increase public health and medical response capabilities across the state in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, other High Consequence Infectious Diseases(s), and readiness efforts within CDC's Public Health Preparedness Capability 13: Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation as identified within the parameters of the grant funding and based on program goals.
T his project position is currently funded through July 31, 2023.
The incumbent may be located anywhere within the State of Washington. Telework (mobile work) is currently expected. The ERT Coordinator may need to report to the DOH Emergency Operations Center in Tumwater, WA, when the Emergency Response Team is activated. It is anticipated that the incumbent would be expected to report to the Tumwater duty station for work activities 2 to 4 -days monthly, depending on Epidemiology Response Team activation.
About the Department of Health
The vision of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is equity and optimal health for all. Our mission is to work with others to protect and improve the health of all people in Washington state.
Good organizations know what they do and how they do it. Great organizations also understand why they do it. Our values are:
- Human-centered: We see others as people who matter like we do and consider their needs, challenges, contributions, and objectives.
- Equity: We are committed to fairness and justice to ensure access to services, programs, opportunities, and information for all.
- Collaboration: We seek partnership and collaboration to maximize our collective impact. We cannot achieve our vision alone.
- Seven Generations: Inspired by Native American culture, we seek wisdom from those who came before us to ensure our current work protects those who will come after us.
- Excellence: We strive to demonstrate best practices, high performance, and compelling value in our work every day.
The Washington State Department of Health acknowledges that our locations statewide are on the homelands of Native people, who have lived in this region from time immemorial. Currently, within the boundaries of Washington State, there are 36 tribes, 29 of which are federally recognized, that share traditional homelands and waterways in what is now Washington State. Some of these are nations and confederacies that represent multiple tribes or bands. We express our most profound respect for and gratitude toward these original and current caretakers of the region. As a public health agency, we acknowledge our responsibility to establish and maintain relationships with these tribes and Native peoples, in support of tribal sovereignty and the inclusion of their voices in public health programs and policies. We pledge that these relationships will consist of mutual trust, respect, and reciprocity.
Benefits of Working for DOH
Washington is America's Top State, according to U.S. News (2021), and provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.
We also offer:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for many positions.
- Growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, access to healthy food, and fitness classes.
- Opportunities to serve your community through meaningful work.
- A commitment to diversity and inclusion fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
- An Infant at Work Program based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.
- Employee resource groups that provide forums for employees to gather and share ideas about matters that affect their personal and professional lives and support career development.
- Organizes, schedules, facilitates, and documents all ERT planning, readiness, and team activation activities.
- Develops and coordinates multi-year work plans and facilitates connections to programs and contributors, and stakeholders to advance the work and effectiveness of the ERT Program in a collaborative manner.
- Collaborates with the Disaster Epidemiologist to identify areas of Public Health concern that the ERT Program should expand or plan towards to increase epidemiological capacity within DOH.
- Participates in communicable disease epidemiology preparedness exercises and training.
- Manages and conducts command and control responsibilities for the Epidemiological Response Team (ERT) as defined within the ERT SOG.
- During ERT activations, works with the ERT Team Lead to protect the safety and wellness of deployed field staff.
- Serves as the primary point of communication between the deployed team and the program staff within the Response Coordination Section.
- Oversees preparation and implementation of demobilization plan(s) for deployed ERT teams.
- Provides surge capacity for the communicable disease epidemiology office in responding to public health emergencies.
- Provides on-site or in-office coverage capacity for communicable disease epidemiology task force response, including after hours or weekend response.
- Participates as a team member to help teammates achieve other grant and strategic objectives.
- Conducts special projects or research as needed to study or resolve communicable disease epidemiology issues.
What we're looking for
An ideal candidate has excellent organizational, strategic planning, and problem-solving skills. Possess the ability to interact in large or small groups and with a wide range of individuals in a diverse environment. Additionally, this person has strong interpersonal skills and the ability to: effectively communicate in both oral and written forms to prepare accurate, concise, complete, and informational materials. The ability to work independently or as a team member.
Our Unit creates an environment where employees are empowered to improve processes and solve complex problems. Collaboration is a fundamental principle that builds the foundation of all our work with internal and external partners. We strive to provide a positive work environment where employees have the opportunity to develop new skills and use those skills to advance the services we provide.
Option 1: Four (4) years of coordination or consultative experience, ideally in a health services program, public health emergency preparedness and response, or closely allied field.
Option 2: A Bachelor's degree in public health, health care administration, public or business administration, or allied field; AND two (2) years of coordination or consultative experience, ideally in a health services program, public health emergency preparedness and response, or closely allied field.
Option 3: A Master's degree in public health, health care administration, public or business administration, or allied field; AND one (1) year of coordination or consultative experience, ideally in a health services program public health emergency preparedness and response, or closely allied field.
- Demonstrated understanding of emergency management planning principles, and IMT structure.
- Experience working with local health jurisdiction staff.
- Strong facilitation, coordination, and organizational skills.
- Completion of National Incident Management System and Incident Command System training ICS 100, 200, 700, 800, complete ICS 300 and 400 within 1 year of hire.
- Experience working in responses involving epidemiological activities/functions.
Intrigued? Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:
- A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications and why you are interested in this position.
- A current resume.
- Three (3) or more professional references included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) someone you have managed or led.
Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please remove or cover any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers and year of birth.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. We prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, genetics, or disability.
This position is covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
As stated in Governor's Proclamation 21-14, all employees engaging in work for the Department of Health must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before their hire date. The Office of Human Resources will verify proof of vaccination after an employment offer has been extended.
Please reach out to the Office of Human Resources at [email protected] if you need medical or religious accommodation information.
With or without accommodation, I am willing and able to:
- Legally operate a state or privately-owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
- Occasionally work more than 40 hours per week and/or adjust typically scheduled hours, including evenings and weekends.
- Report to the DOH Emergency Operations Center in Tumwater, WA, when the Emergency Response Team is activated. It is anticipated that the incumbent would be expected to report to the Tumwater duty station for work activities 2 to 4 -days monthly, depending on Epidemiology Response Team activation.
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