Public Health Preparedness Specialist

Company:  Evanston Health and Human Services Department

Location:  Evanston, IL

Date Posted:  July 15, 2020

Application Deadline:  July 26, 2020

Employment Type: Full time

Salary:  $61,678.51 - $94,576.55/annually

Public Health Preparedness Specialist

Under the direct supervision of the Public Health Manager and general direction of the Director of Health and Human Services, this person assists with training all Health Department staff, first responders, the public and other allied health care professionals regarding public health readiness. This position is responsible for assessing potential dangers and threats in the area, such as natural disasters, large-scale accidents, terrorist attacks, epidemics and pandemics and devise action plans to minimize damage and deaths.

  • Must possess a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Emergency Management, Health Administration, Nursing, or a substantially similar area. Possession of a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Emergency Management or Nursing is preferred.
  • Must possess one (1) or more years of work experience with Public Health management or administration. Work experience in a government setting is preferred.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
  • Excellent facilitation/training, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent planning/organizational skills and experience in coordinating large scale training programs (preferably in a public health care environment).
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal staff as well as the City of Evanston as a whole at all levels including external partner organizations and vendors, leaders of professional associations and health care membership organizations, schools of public health, state and local health departments.
  • Ability to multi-task assignments and handle multiple projects, working under time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Ability to understand the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and the impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • Demonstrated commitment and understanding to supporting communities that have experienced systematic oppression and bias (e.g., people of color, LGBTQ people, seniors, at-risk individuals, immigrants, etc.)
  • Will exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently. Physical demands will also include the ability to balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, handle, finger, and feel objects.
  • Environmental Conditions: The worker is subject to internal and external environmental conditions – travel to and from other governmental facilities, public trainings, and will be involved in emergency response.