Emergency and Preparedness Director

Recruitment #200921-UNCX-369


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens.The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full time Emergency and Preparedness Director providing support to the Emergency Preparedness and Response Service working out of the Oklahoma City location. This is unclassified position (PIN 34003280) in state government.  OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is based on education and experience.

Position Description:  
Serves as principal investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), and Public Health Crisis Response Cooperative Agreements.  Responsible for leading statewide efforts designed to integrate, enhance and maintain the state’s public health and medical system response plan, and ensure that all components are compliant with applicable state and federal guidelines.  Administrative direction of staff assigned to public health and medical system preparedness activities, the Strategic National Stockpile program, public health and medical system volunteer program, training and exercise program, regional response teams, public health emergency operations center, and grants management activities.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
•Monitor the status and performance of grants; and assure attainment of critical benchmarks and coordination of federal grant-funded activities.
•Work collaboratively with partner agencies in coordinating emergency preparedness activities.
•Coordinate preparedness activities within the Oklahoma State Department of Health across all organizational units including county health departments. 
•Ensure capability to receive and distribute the Strategic National Stockpile.
•Supervise assigned staff and set work priorities, goals and objectives.
•Serve as Incident Commander in an Emergency Support Function #8, Public Health and Medical emergency response, as indicated and appropriate.
•Serve on the Catastrophic Health Emergency Powers Task Force, and other state and federal committees or task forces as assigned by the Commissioner of Health.
•Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience
Graduation from an accredited four- year college or university with a major in public health or health-related field, public or business administration, the social sciences or related field. Five years of progressively responsible experience planning and executing emergency preparedness activities, including writing of plans, procedures, protocols, guidelines and exercise-related training. A master’s degree in public health or health-related field, public or business administration, the social sciences or related field from an accredited college or university may substitute for one year of experience.

Training and Certification
Other technical qualifications also include prior training or experience with a variety of emergency systems communications platforms, i.e., 800 MHz, government UHF, VHF, HF, amateur radio, mobile satellite phone, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations regarding emergency services, disaster response, recovery and mitigation; planning, development, implementation, and assessment of emergency management programs and response strategies relative to natural and manmade disasters. Knowledge of CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities and ASPR Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities, and affiliated cooperative agreements. Ability to coordinate various emergency preparedness and response activities across organizational lines; communicate effectively orally and in writing;  train others in emergency response procedures; work under considerable pressure and stress in emergency situations; identify and recommend appropriate solutions to problems (decision making); and promote, establish and maintain effective working relations with others.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is typically performed in an office setting with a climate controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level. Some work will be performed in the community with exposure to varying conditions.  While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. May be required to work hours other than regular schedule such as nights and weekends.

Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.