Local Emergency Planning, Response and Exercise Specialist

Oklahoma State Department of Health
May 12, 2023
Payne County, OK
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Job Posting Title
Local Emergency Planning, Response and Exercise Specialist


Supervisory Organization
340 District 3

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Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the posting end date above.

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Full time

Job Type

Up to $53,200.00 based on education and experience

Job Description

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service.

OSDH is seeking a full time Local Emergency Planning, Response and Exercise Specialist providing support to the Payne County Health Department with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. This is a state employee position PIN 340031711 governed by the Civil Service Rules , in state government located in Payne County, Oklahoma.OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits packet,including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link Plan Year 2023 . The annual salary for this position isup to $53,200.00 based on education and experience.


The Local Emergency Planning, Response, & Exercise Specialist (LEPRES) is distinguished from the Local Emergency Response Coordinator (LERC) in that the LEPRES 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. Emergency Management Specialists perform cross-discipline tasks supporting all day to day and long-term Local Emergency Response operations within and outside of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and District 3.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions:

  • 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 MCMguidance for mass dispensing and vaccination.
  • Develop and maintain inventory of all medical facilities, medical equipment providers, food establishments, retail grocery and/or other perishables that rely on refrigeration and freezers for anything needing refrigeration storage (cold storage).
  • 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 and update as required 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 responseprograms.
  • 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.

Other Duties

Demonstrates knowledge of and supports mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior. Works effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Training and Certification

ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, & 800

Valued 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.

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.

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.


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.


Equal Opportunity Employment

The State of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information, race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Current State of Oklahoma employees must apply for open positions through their Workday account. Go to Careers app on WD home screen>Click on 'Find Jobs-Internal State of Oklahoma'.

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