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Emergency Response Planner

Division:Community Health Services
Open Date:August 20, 2021
Close Date:October 15, 2021
Salary Range:$23.95 - $36.99 / hour
Number of Openings:2
Employment Type:Full-Time, Merit-Exempt, limited time/funding positions


 Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience 

Job Description

General Purpose

Performs planning functions for Emergency Response for the Davis County Health Department (DCHD).

This position is limited time/funding.

Example of Duties

Performs administrative, technical, and planning duties to integrate DCHD All Hazards emergency response plans with response activities for other emergency management programs, volunteer organizations, businesses, and private industries. Coordinates planning activities with other DCHD Division Directors and personnel.  Coordinates with public health entities, various jurisdictions, police and fire agencies, governmental entities, private health agencies, and other private and public businesses.

Conducts a community assessment and vulnerability analysis of Davis County to identify specific and possible public health hazards and threats.  Identifies unique planning considerations. 

Develops and maintains an accurate and current Davis County Health Department Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).  Specifically reviews DCHD All Hazards Plan to meet Centers for Disease Control (CDC) planning guidance and local standard operating guidelines.  Identifies gaps in preparedness and response capacities and makes recommendation for improvement. Establishes written evaluation criteria for EOP.  Utilizes CDC Operational Readiness Review (ORR) to evaluate and improve DCHD’s ability to implement Medical Countermeasure (MCM) distribution and dispensing. Assures progress towards achieving critical and enhanced capacities and benchmarks by making corrections and recommending changes in interventions.


Evaluates technical requirements of EOP and recommends appropriate purchases, updates for enhancement and maintenance of communication network, and other response activities.  Assures information technology security and critical infrastructure protection.  Reviews existing laws and confirms legal authority to take actions during a public health emergency. Assists public health community and other local officials in developing and maintaining jurisdictional emergency plans.  Evaluates capacity in County to determine extent to which they are prepared to respond to a public health emergency or threat.  Attends meetings, facilitates discussions, acts as a liaison, reviews concepts and procedures, and coordinates response efforts of various departments, agencies, jurisdictions, private industries, utility companies, etc.  

Assesses and coordinates the development of written agreements, contracts, or other memos of understanding to describe roles and responsibilities, purposes, authority, liability, services, and relationships among agencies to manage public health emergencies.  Reviews specialized studies and reports, formulates comments, and summarizes content to provide emergency planning recommendations. 

Develops and leads a health department wide planning committee.  Prepares reports, plans of action, time lines, budgets, public presentations, and other written and oral communications.  Assures timely and accurate submissions of all required State and Federal reports. 

Operates a motor vehicle in a safe manner and in compliance with all Utah laws and regulations.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in public health, nursing, health education, environmental health, microbiology, emergency management or a closely related field plus four (4) years of paid full-time employment in a related field, or an acceptable combination of education and experience.

Preference for supervisory/management experience and/or emergency preparedness experience.

Special Qualifications

Must complete training courses as required and made available through the Utah Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Must pass a criminal history background investigation. Must furnish personal transportation for on-the-job travel. Must possess a valid Utah Driver License. Employees driving a personal vehicle while on County business must maintain the minimum vehicle liability insurance as specified in the Utah Code.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of: health care in a community setting public health epidemiology, communicable disease control, sanitation, environmental health, health education, safety, hazard management, and/or emergency management. Working knowledge of: principles and practices of governmental and public health agency structures and resources; building community partnerships and agency relationships, and effective coalition building; budget development and fiscal management. This position may require the driving of a motor vehicle; skill in operating a motor vehicle in a safe manner; ability to insure motor vehicle is operating in a safe manner; knowledge of Utah motor vehicle rules and regulations. Ability to: demonstrate knowledge and proficiency about bio-pathogens and proper handling of the same according to generally accepted biohazard practices, OSHA, and other Federal safety guidelines; effectively apply principles, practices and techniques used in emergency management; set public health performance goals and apply strategic and long term planning principles; make effective presentations to large groups; write plans and procedures, time-lines, action plans; work with diverse groups and occupations; supervise the work of others; operate all applicable computer hardware and software including spreadsheets, graphs, Internet, word processors, and other data programs; communicate effectively (orally and in writing); follow written and oral instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other government and public health officials, supervisors, employees, volunteers, and the public.
Important Information

Davis County is a drug-free workplace. All successful applicants for positions in the County must successfully pass a drug screen prior to employment. Copies of official college transcripts required. Proof of automobile insurance and a current Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) required.


This position is limited time/funding.

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