Emergency Management Specialist Iii

Fairfax, Virginia
$68,720.08 - $114,533.12 Annually
Feb 13, 2021
Mar 13, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Fairfax County Health Department is a progressive public health leader providing services that promote population health, protect public health and the environment, and ensure residents' equitable access to health services and information. The Health Department’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R) seeks an Emergency Management Specialist III focusing on infectious disease emergency planning and pandemic preparedness.

Under supervision of the Public Health Emergency Management Coordinator, the Infectious Disease Planner develops high level emergency plans to guide policy, procedural, and tactical response protocols for pandemics and infectious disease outbreaks. Focusing on the intersection of public health emergency management and epidemiological practices, the position designs, develops, writes, reviews, revises, and operationalizes emergency plans and systems that guide and/or support pandemic preparedness and response, patient and contact investigations, disease containment measures, community mitigation strategies, and public messaging content. Leads, participates in, and supports department planning teams, projects, and initiatives. Follows all department and County policies, local, state, and federal guidelines (e.g., FEMA CPG 101, CDC Public Health Preparedness Capabilities, etc.), and other recognized best practices when developing emergency plans. Serves as a liaison to epidemiology and health services programs to integrate public health emergency management into disease surveillance, investigation, control, and clinical services. Collects, evaluates, and analyzes data from local and state demographics, health services, epidemiological surveillance and other sources and applies findings to public health emergency management plans and practices. Provides infectious disease subject matter expertise and emergency planning expertise and support to County agencies and community partners to develop organization and/or facility infectious disease response plans including pandemic plans. Advises and represents the Public Health Emergency Management Coordinator as needed. Serves on the Health Department’s Incident Management Team (IMT). Expected to fulfill a leadership role during emergency responses. Plays a key role in ensuring that the Health Department and the County are prepared to respond to a wide variety of natural and man-made emergencies, including acts of bioterrorism and natural disease outbreaks. May serve on an on-call roster.

NOTE: This is an essential personnel position. As essential personnel of an emergency response organization, during an emergency activation, employees 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. This position works on-site, in-person; no telework or remote work options are available.

The hourly salary rate will not exceed the midpoint $44.05 (commensurate with experience)

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 four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, public safety, emergency management or related fields; plus four years of professional work experience in emergency management or public safety.

Valid driver's license
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - CPR (Required within 60 days)
AED (Required within 60 days)


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

  • Advanced knowledge of public health emergency preparedness and response.
  • Expert-level knowledge of infectious diseases, outbreak response, epidemiological practices, and pandemic preparedness and response.
  • Expert-level written and oral communications with demonstrated ability to develop written products, both technical and non-technical, for a wide range of audiences.
  • Experience in the development, review, revision, maintenance, and operationalization of emergency plans and supporting documents, including experience leading diverse, multidisciplinary planning teams.
  • Completion of ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800
  • Practical experience using ICS during real-world emergencies.
  • Experience delivering oral presentations to diverse audiences in formal and informal settings.
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving.
  • 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.

Job is generally sedentary in nature, however, entails walking, standing, sitting, stooping, climbing stairs, reaching and bending; uses hands to grasp, handle, or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor, digital display and audio-visual instrument. Incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment and computer. Requires individual to be able to lift or carry up to 25 lbs. occasionally. Position frequently communicates and must be able to exchange accurate information with others verbally (in person or telephone) and in writing. Ability to drive and operate a motor vehicle and maintain a valid driver's license. Generally, works in an office environment yet may be required to perform job duties outside the typical office setting including outdoors in all weather conditions. Individual must be able to work outside of normal business hours and on weekends. Fully participate as a required, as a member of the health department emergency response unit. 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 status as a veteran 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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