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Job Title: Pandemic Planner
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Organization: Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Posted: 6/13/2022
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Philadelphia,  PA   
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Position Description: 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.


• A Master’s degree in public health or a related field from an accredited college or university with two or more years of experience in public health preparedness, emergency management, or a health care setting.

• Experience in project management in a health-related field with experience in planning and plan development.

• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

• Attention to detail, excellent communication and organizational skills, and the ability to organize and present information effectively.

• Excellent research and writing skills.

• Flexibility, professionalism, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously are highly valued attributes.

• Ability to work independently, as well as within a team environment across a variety of disciplines.

Organization Description: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), through its Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Program (BT-PHP), located within the Division of Disease Control, is the lead administrative and planning agency for public health emergency preparedness and response in the City of Philadelphia. BT- PHP is responsible for establishing local public health preparedness priorities, developing, and testing response plans, coordinating with local, state, and federal partners, and managing the public health response to real events.

Closing Date: 9/13/2022
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Contact Name: Alyssa Jacobsen,  Workforce Manager
Contact Location: 1101 Market St
12th Floor
Philadelphia   PA  19107
United States
Contact Location: 1101 Market St
  12th Floor
  Philadelphia   PA  19107
  United States
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How to Apply: We are dedicated to building a staff that reflects the diversity of Philadelphia. Qualified applicants should submit an electronic cover letter that expresses the individual’s interest and experience along with a resume to Alyssa Jacobsen, Workforce Manager, at

Additional Information: This is not remote work. The applicant will work from the Health Department offices or other locations as assigned. This job may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of less than 50 pounds and involves viewing a CRT or VDT screen 50 to 75 percent of the time. The position requires responding to public health emergencies on short notice and some after-hours activities to achieve Program objectives.

This position reports to the Planning Manager in the Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Program.

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