Emergency Management Assistant - Emergency Mgmt. Specialist I

Fairfax, Virginia
$52,323.44 - $87,205.04 Annually
Jan 22, 2022
Feb 05, 2022
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 I to serve as the Emergency Management Assistant.

Under direct supervision, the provides critical support to the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R) and the overall preparedness, response and recovery efforts of the Fairfax County Health Department. Provides administrative, functional, and programmatic support to emergency management functions including planning, logistics, training, exercises, operations, volunteer coordination, facilities management, and incident response. Serves on agency’s Incident Management Team.

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 managing and troubleshooting communications technologies, including but not limited to satellite phones and two-way radios. Completion of an all-hazards Communications Leader (COML) course. Experience fulfilling an emergency response role within an Incident Command System structure. Experience working in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during an emergency.

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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