The Pandemic Planner will oversee the development and evaluation of pandemic response plans for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Activities include developing a pandemic response playbook, implementing best practices and corrective actions based on the COVID-19 response, and working with internal and external partners to ensure that plans address all response components. This position is Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with occasional work after hours and on weekends to support Program activities. This is a grant-funded position; continuation of the position is contingent upon sustained funding.
• Develop, update, and maintain comprehensive pandemic response plans for the City of Philadelphia using input from various stakeholders, subject matter experts, and appropriate local, state, and federal agencies.
• Work with internal and external partners to develop a playbook that details essential elements of a pandemic response, including response strategies and protocols that can be scaled up or down for smaller infectious disease responses.
• Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to document specific pandemic response protocols and procedures.
• Support a comprehensive after action review of PDPH’s COVID-19 response, including convening planning meetings with internal and external partners, developing electronic questionnaires to survey response staff and partner agencies, compiling data and observations, writing content for the After Action Report, and facilitating a review and approval process for the final document, in partnership with the Division Director, Preparedness Program Manager, and other staff as needed.
• Track corrective actions identified during the COVID-19 response and ensure continuous quality improvement in pandemic planning and response activities.
• Assess citywide planning needs for pandemic preparedness and coordinate planning activities with other City agencies, including the Office of Emergency Management.
• Ensure that pandemic planning aligns with other local, state and federal response guidance and with appropriate local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
• Review and evaluate technical reports and incorporate into current City plans.
• Participate in Public Health Preparedness program activities including trainings, exercises, and real public health response activities.
• Other duties as assigned.