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Job Title: Local Emergency Response Coordinator
Job Number:
Organization: Yakima Health District
Posted: 3/14/2023
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Union Gap,  WA    USA
Position Description: Annual Salary $73,714 – $96,180 (10 Salary Steps/Hiring Range Steps 1-4) + Benefits

This is an exempt non-represented, full-time position that reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer. Work schedule is Monday- Friday, with occasional evening or weekends as needed.

The Yakima Heath District offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, FSA employer contribution, dental, long term disability, and life insurance (Public Employee Benefits Board); participation in Washington State retirement system (DRS); and a generous annual, holiday, and sick leave package.

Essential Job Functions:

Participates in the planning, development, interpretation and implementation of public health emergency preparedness and response plans. Coordinates activities within the Health District to ensure local readiness and local interagency coordination for the district to respond to outbreaks of disease and other public health threats and emergencies. Coordinates emergency response plan development, implementation, testing, review, and revision with management and interdisciplinary programs that monitor, anticipate and respond to public health problems during or after emergencies. Conducts, attends, and actively participates in regular local, regional, and select state emergency management or public health meetings to assure coordination of activities during emergencies. Works with the regional public health preparedness program, Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management and Yakima County emergency response partners to design and execute drills and exercises to effectively test emergency response plans and overall agency readiness to respond. Implements changes to emergency response plans or emergency response procedures as approved or assigned. Develops after action reports summarizing strengths and areas for improvement following drills, exercises, and actual events. Identifies and implements improvements based on after action report findings. Develops, delivers, or makes available public health emergency preparedness and response training and technical assistance to the Health District, or other county agencies, local and regional partners, community leaders, task force, and volunteers. Conducts internal and community planning as well as programs for public awareness. Prepares appropriate progress reports, grant applications, and assists in grant management and compliance activities. Reviews relevant contracts. Attends and participates in staff and other required meetings and provides ideas to improve district functions and services. Acquires and maintains current knowledge and competencies in public health, with a focus on public health emergency response activities. Works with the communications team to prepare and coordinate press releases at the direction of the Board, Executive Director, or the leadership team. Prepares a broad spectrum of informational documents and publications for release to the general public. Performs other duties and tasks as assigned. The itemized list of job tasks and essential functions as identified above may not be all inclusive. Job duties may change during peak work periods such as major outbreaks of diseases, major emergency events, or staff shortages.

Ability to:

Understand and interpret scientific and medical terms and guiding principles, public health programs, laws, and regulations. Must be confident in using computer Microsoft software, fax and copy machines, mobile and office phones, and be able to use hands and wrist repetitively. Must be able to read a map and/or use GIS systems to navigate roads, highways, and regions of Yakima County. Prepare and produce clear and concise reports, records, and investigative case notes. Maintain all records and files in accordance with medical and public records. Establish and maintain effective, courteous and respectful relationships with internal and external colleagues, partners, clients, and the public, and on occasion manage a situation involving difficult or disruptive customers. Ability to work with and provide service to a very diverse community. Demonstrate knowledge of YHD’s overall vision, mission, values and priorities for health improvement and disease prevention. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Bachelor’s degree in emergency management, public health, or in a field related to the duties of the position, and experience working with federal, state, and local laws dealing with public health laws, including modern methods, principles, and practices related to public health or related experience. Knowledge or experience in emergency response management including experience developing preparedness plans; designing and conducting drills and exercises, implementing incident command systems (ICS) or possess a combination of education, training and experience that would ensure the knowledge to perform the duties of the job. Have completed National Incident Management System Trainings or at a minimum complete IS100; IS200; IS700; and IS800 within 90 days of employment. Possess the ability to understand and convey to others very complex and scientific and medical terms, regulations, guidelines, and processes. Ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and departmental policies and procedures. Knowledge of the principles and practices of program or project management and evaluation. Ability to work independently, but in a team- oriented work environment. All required licenses and certifications must be maintained in active status without suspension or revocation throughout employment. Necessary Special Requirements:

Work in a wide range of environments including remote and rural areas, in confined spaces, and maneuver rough terrains. Must be able to obtain a valid Washington State driver’s license within 30 days of employment and possess auto insurance, or to be able to demonstrate the ability to travel throughout the county, on a daily basis, in all weather conditions using personal vehicle. Must be able to present complex regulations and guidelines in writing and verbally in a clear and concise manner to a diverse population, some with limited English skills. Must be able to work outdoors during extended periods of extreme weather including snow, and extreme cold and hot weather. The successful candidate will be required to complete a thorough background investigation including review of the individual’s criminal history and to perform the essential functions of the job with or without an accommodation. Preferred Knowledge and Abilities

Use the principles, practices, techniques, and the “best practices” of public health. Work with confidential information, adhere to HIPAA regulations when applicable, and ensure compliance with public records processes. Ability to collaborate with team members in a stressful environment, respond to and manage complex and time-sensitive issues, work in a patient centric environment, and maintain a professional relationship with a wide range of community partners, colleagues, public health professionals. Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to apply emergency management principles. Knowledge and understanding of the health and medical system in WA State. Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to apply, epidemiological principles, practices, and techniques. Ability to speak, read and understand Spanish is helpful. Working Conditions/Physical Conditions:

The time spent in the field and in the office, varies based on the demand for service. Must be able to walk on uneven and difficult surfaces, traverse a variety of surfaces including steep terrain, climb stairs and ladders, and maneuver through heavy vegetation and wooded areas. The nature of this work, on occasion, may require the employee to be exposed to toxic or hazardous gasses, chemicals, bio- substances, and in these instances, wear protective clothing and decontaminate accordingly. Must be able to lift, push, or pull field equipment weighing between 20-40 pounds. Must prove or obtain immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella diseases within thirty days of employment. Must be current with pertussis immunization within thirty days of employment.


Organization Description:

Closing Date: 6/14/2023
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Brandy Buckler,  Local Emergency Response Coordinator
Contact Location: 1210 Ahtanum Ridge Drive

Union Gap   WA  98903
United States
Contact Location: 1210 Ahtanum Ridge Drive
  Union Gap   WA  98903
  United States
Contact Phone: 509-575-4040 
Contact Fax:
Contact Email:
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How to Apply: Please apply at the link provided: thDistrictWA/job/Yakima-Health-District/Local- Emergency-Response-Coordinator_R1407

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Web Site Delete Date: 6/14/2023