Assistant Division Director Emergency Preparation And Response

Fairfax, Virginia
$84,842.99 - $141,404.64 Annually
Jul 02, 2022
Jul 23, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

This job opportunity is being re-announced. If you applied previously, you do not need to re-apply to be considered.

The Fairfax County Health Department is a progressive public health leader serving 1.2 million residents from diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds. With more than 100 years of leadership in the field, we are committed to promoting population health, protecting public health and the environment, and ensuring residents' equitable access to health services and information.

The Health Department seeks two progressive leaders to fulfill the roles of Assistant Division Director of the expanding Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response. Each Assistant Division Director will lead a portfolio of public health preparedness programs and functional areas of emergency management.

Under general direction of the Division Director, the Assistant Division Directors oversee the planning, coordination, and operations of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery programs. Assists with program development, administrative, budgetary, personnel management, and strategic planning. Provides leadership to assure that the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response provides relevant, timely, and accurate preparedness, response, and recovery services to internal and external customers and partner organizations. Addresses legal and contractual issues, organizational planning, fiscal responsibility, quality control and assurance, and participate in the development and implementation of public health policy. Ensures that the Health Department can respond to natural and human-caused emergencies and public health threats. Supervises staff and provide leadership guidance to program managers. Models leadership behavior, foster ethical practices and professional code of conduct. Ensures sound management of division operations and programs. Serves as a subject matter expert on public health, emergency management, and preparedness practices. Ensures division programs and activities are conducted in accordance with local, regional, and state emergency plans, and federal guidance. Fulfills a leadership role on the Health Department's Incident Management Team and serves in the Fairfax County Emergency Operations Center during emergencies. Represents the Health Department at local, regional, state, and national level groups and initiatives.

Note: The hourly rate may not exceed the midpoint of $52.29/hour. This is an essential position. As an essential member of an emergency response organization, during an emergency activation, employee may be required to work irregular hours, work at a location other than the official duty station, support the department on a 24/7 basis and perform duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Required to work nights, weekends and be available for emergency activations.

Illustrative Duties

Directs the development, implementation and planning for assigned programmatic area ensuring that County, State, and Federal requirements are met;

Assists in the development and implementation of standards, policies, and procedures for the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response;

Provides direction, guidance and direct supervision to direct reports and overall leadership to managers and staff, leads change management and project management initiatives;

Directs training and orientation of supervisory, professional, and paraprofessional personnel;

Assures that staff are in compliance with appropriate certification and practice requirements;

Advises staff on difficult or unusual problems;

Assists the Division Director in establishing goals, objectives, and priorities for the division; develops and evaluates performance measurements and benchmarks; monitors progress and analyzes the effectiveness of programs in meeting the division and agency objectives and as they relate to community needs;

Provides leadership to assure the development, data collection, reporting and analysis of performance measures for the assigned programmatic areas;

Conducts surveys and studies for special projects relating to Emergency Preparedness and Response needs and program proposals in Fairfax County;

Works in concert with the Division Director to examine and anticipate workforce needs; develops plans and strategies utilizing the county’s workforce development framework and process;

Assists in developing and managing assigned programmatic budget and contractual services; oversees grant processes and memorandum of agreement for Emergency Preparedness and Response programs and services;

Assists in the review and preparation of legislative proposals; prepares board items and makes presentations to Board of Supervisors, business and community organizations, and other county departments, as appropriate;

Responds to public health emergencies, events, or disasters to provide coordination and liaison between the Health Department and other local, regional, state, federal, and private sector agencies, as needed;

Manages pre-event and post-event recovery operations, damage assessment and mitigation programs, including planning, preparation of financial records, completion of reports, documentation and coordination of follow-up activities;

Identifies and recommends new technologies to enhance emergency planning and response efforts;

Serves as duty officer on a rotational basis;

Regularly convenes and facilitates meetings with managers and staff within the division, across the department, and with other county agencies;

Coordinates, collaborates, and communicates with local, regional, state, and federal governmental partners and community organizations on planning initiatives and programmatic issues, as appropriate;

Communicates with the public and the media on programmatic and community issues under the direction of the Division Director;

In the absence of the Division Director serves as division’s point-of-contact with local, regional, state, and federal governmental partners and community organizations

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of management principles, methods, and practices;
Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of emergency management;
Thorough knowledge of Federal, State, and County laws and regulations affecting emergency management services, and the ability to interpret and apply them correctly;
Knowledge of the organization and operation of the County government and its departments and agencies;
Ability to plan and manage the work of emergency preparedness and response staff;
Ability to develop measures to counteract/mitigate specific public health risks;
Ability to solve problems and resolve conflicts;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, coworkers, associates, elected or appointed officials, public and private sector organizations, and the general public;
Ability to develop and implement short and long-term business continuity and emergency preparedness plans;
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;
Ability to adapt broadly defined policy guidance to specific situations;
Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
Ability to analyze data and draw sound conclusions;
Ability to effectively manage, train and motivate employees

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, emergency management, public health, healthcare administration, or a related field; PLUS six years of professional experience that included emergency preparedness and response management, two of which must have been at a supervisory/management level.

Possession of a valid Motor Vehicle Driver’s License;
CPR (Required within 60 days)
AED (Required within 60 days)
Certificates of Incident Command System trainings 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800 within twelve (12) months of appointment.

  • Extensive experience in and understanding of public health emergency preparedness and response and emergency management.
  • Expert-level knowledge of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), Incident Command System (ICS), the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the National Response Framework (NRF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Preparedness Capabilities, Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101, and other recognized standards and best-practices in public health emergency preparedness and emergency management.
  • Experience supervising staff.
  • Expert-level written and oral communications with demonstrated ability to develop written products, both technical and non-technical, for a diverse range of audiences.
  • Extensive experience in the development, advancement, management, and resourcing of public health programs.
  • Experience managing a comprehensive emergency management and/or service delivery program.
  • Completion of ICS 300, 400, and All Hazards Incident Management Team (0-305) trainings.
  • Practical experience serving in ICS leadership roles (command and general staff) during real-world emergencies and experience working in an Emergency Operations Center.
  • Experience delivering oral presentations to diverse audiences in formal and informal settings.
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect an ability to manage multiple priorities and time-sensitive projects and deliverables with excellent attention to detail.
  • Flexibility to work in a dynamic, emergency preparedness and response-focused environment.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a child protective services registry, and a driving records check to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

Job is generally sedentary in nature, and requires walking, standing, sitting (for long periods of time), and kneeling, reaching, bending, climbing stairs; may be required to lift or carry up to 25 lbs. occasionally. Uses hands to grasp, handle, or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor; ability to operate keyboard driven equipment and computer. Position frequently communicates and must be able to exchange accurate information with others verbally and in writing. Generally works in an office environment but is also required to perform job duties outside of a typical office setting (e.g. healthcare facilities, warehouses, shelters) including outdoor settings in all-weather conditions and nighttime hours. Ability to drive a motor vehicle. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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