Emergency Management Specialist I - Emergency Planning Assistant

Fairfax, Virginia
$52,323.44 - $87,205.04 Annually
Nov 13, 2021
Nov 27, 2021
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 Fairfax County Health Department Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response is seeking an Emergency Planning Assistant to support public health emergency management initiatives. This position provides administrative and programmatic support to a number of critical activities, including the development and revision of emergency plans and plan-related documents, preparedness-related training and exercise activities, and other related duties. The Emergency Planning Assistant supports emergency planners by assisting in the planning and facilitation of meetings and working groups, conducting research, and evaluating, revising and producing emergency response plans.

Note: Health Department positions are designated as essential and is part of the County’s emergency response which operates seven days a week. Based on emergency response deployment demands, this position may be reassigned to provide support as determined by the emergency response service needs. May be required to perform job duties outside of the typical office setting.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of emergency disaster plans of local, federal and state governments;
  • Basic knowledge of the capabilities of information technology, software and hardware;
  • Ability to demonstrate interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Ability to effectively present materials and findings in oral and written formats;
  • Ability to develop, implement and evaluate program goals and objectives;
  • Ability to effectively coordinate a variety of emergency management related activities;
  • Ability to prepare user manuals.

Employment Standards


Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, public safety, emergency management or related fields.

(Click on the above link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")


  • Valid driver's license
  • CPR (Required within 60 days)
  • AED (Required within 60 days)

The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driving record 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 will still be subject to the 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.


Preferred candidate will have experience in and understanding of public health emergency preparedness and emergency management. Knowledge of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the Incident Command System (ICS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101, the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Public Health Preparedness Capabilities, and other recognized standards in public health emergency preparedness and emergency management. Experience in the development, review, revision, and operationalization of emergency plans and supporting documents. Experience working with diverse, multi-disciplinary planning teams. Completion of IS-100, 200, 700 and 800 courses. Experience using AutoCAD and Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Practical experience using ICS during exercises or real-world emergencies. Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and time-sensitive projects and deliverables, and the ability to work in a dynamic, emergency preparedness and response-focused environment.

Work is generally sedentary in nature. However, job entails walking, standing, sitting, stooping, climbing stairs, reaching and bending; using hands to grasp, handle, and feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor, digital display, print-outs, and audio-visual instruments. Must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment and computer. Must be able to lift from a ground position and carry up to 25 lbs. Position frequently communicates and must be able to exchange accurate information with others verbally (in person or telephone) and in writing. Must have ability to operate a motor vehicle and maintain a valid driver’s license. Incumbent generally works in an office setting but will be required to work in other non-office environments including outdoor settings and night time hours. Must be able to participate fully as a member of the Health Department’s 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 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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