Local Emergency Planning Specialist

Recruitment #210927-UNCX-614


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.

This position will cover multiple counties, the duty station will be determined upon hire.  Counties Covered:  Creek, Kay, Lincoln, Noble, Osage, Pawnee and Payne County.

OSDH is seeking a full time Local Emergency Planning Specialist providing support to District 3, Creek, Kay, Lincoln, Noble, Osage, Pawnee and Payne Counties Departments of Health. This is an unclassified position 34003171 in state government, located in District 3. 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 up to $53,200.00, based on education and experience.

Position Description:
The Local Emergency Planning Specialist (LEPS) is distinguished from the Local Emergency Response Coordinator (LERC) in that the LEPS provides technical assistance, capacity, and support to the LERC working with public health, other healthcare providers and partners, whereas the latter oversees the comprehensive emergency response operations within an assigned geographical area in the event of a public health emergency or disaster.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Develops and maintains Emergency Operations Plans in coordination with the LERC, District leadership, local Emergency Managers, Local Emergency Preparedness Committees, and community partners – specifically ESF8/Annex H.
• Develops and maintains a Medical Counter Measures (MCM) program to achieve the standards and desired outcomes found within the Operational Readiness Review (ORR) and CDC MCM guidance for mass dispensing and vaccination.
• Provide documentation and data for annual Operational Readiness Review (ORR) and adhere to State and CDC ORR policy, tools, and reports through the reporting platforms.
• Conduct self-assessment of District MCM program to ensure compliance of CDC guidelines, State requirements, and ORR guidelines/reporting platforms.
• Maintain current database of Points of Dispensing Sites (PODS) (open and closed) to include site name, address, phone number and point of contact.
• Maintain documentation of coordination for dispensing sites and the associated workforce to meet the potential need to vaccinate/prophylaxis first responders and the entire district population within time frames specified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• Conduct an annual review of all MOUs/MOAs associated with management of pharmaceutical/medical supply and equipment for disaster response, to include, but not limited to, facility owners/managers, local EMA, and Public Health.
• Coordinate with local businesses; government agencies, healthcare facilities, churches, and private organizations to enroll as Closed PODs.  Provide training and facilitate planning for site once enrolled.
• Work with community and District partners to build relationships to meet goals of planning and response programs.
• Lead District Medical Reserve Corp program.
• Active team member within the District Community Outreach team.
• Represents the district and local CHDs in community outreach, planning, and engagement activities.
• Input program activities into State SharePoint site on a quarterly basis.

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. Ability to: coordinate various emergency preparedness and response activities across organizational lines; communicate effectively orally and in writing; train others in emergency response procedures and develop and conduct simulated drills and exercises; 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 setting and exposure to moderate noise level. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. This position may require long periods of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. During public health emergencies or community disasters, the applicant may be required to work in the field assisting with response needs, which may entail inclement weather, standing, walking, and extended travel.  Applicant is required to work hours other than the regular schedule such as nights and weekends during potential or actual public health threats to the district or the State of Oklahoma. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.


A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Emergency Management, Meteorology, Information Technology or equivalent Military and/or emergency operations center experience is required.

Training and Certification
ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, & 800



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.


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