Position Description SALARY: Starting: $25.7812/hour Full Range: $25.7812 - $37.8388/hour Grade 18, Non-Exempt Position, Teamsters-General Unit Our Mission: "Provide Exceptional Public Services to Assure a Safe, Healthy, Vibrant County for All" Our Values: Professional | Approachable | Responsive | Collaborative | Fair & Equitable Position Objective To provide coordination of emergency planning, training and exercises for Stearns County. This position is responsible for working with local government officials, healthcare providers, public safety, regional and state officials to develop, maintain and administer the public health emergency preparedness program. Essential Duties and Responsibilities These examples do not include all possible responsibilities in this position and do not limit the assignment of related duties to this classification. 1. Develops local and regional disaster plans and continuity of operations plans. 2. Creates, implements, updates and reviews public health focused procedures, plans and activities for use during times of emergency/disaster. 3. Collaborates with community partners and organizations to research successful strategies for a healthy and vital community. 4. Provides technical assistance and consultation to the County and its municipalities, townships, schools, private businesses, and voluntary organizations supporting emergency management and public health. 5. Develops local and regional disaster exercises and continuity of operations exercises in accordance with three-year training and exercise plan. 6. Collaborates and coordinates with local, regional and state officials in the direction and operation of the County emergency management program including the interpretation of policies to maintain compliance with policies and state and federal guidelines. 7. Recruits, trains and coordinates volunteers engaged with MN Responds to help implement local community health initiatives. 8. Represents the department on various local, regional and state task forces and boards. 9. Participates in the evaluation and sustainability of existing programs and develops new programs to ensure program goals are met. 10. Performs educational presentations regarding disaster preparation to individuals, families, schools, and community groups. 11. Assists with research, preparation, writing and submittal of grant applications for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program. 12. Assists in developing the annual budget. 13. Prepares various reports and documents. 14. Activates and staffs the Emergency Operations Center in absence of or at the direction from Emergency Manager. 15. Attends work regularly and in a timely manner. 16. Performs other duties as assigned or apparent. Minimum Qualifications and Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Minimum Qualifications In order to be considered for this position, applicants must possess the following: - Bachelor’s degree or higher in emergency management, public safety, community health or similar field - Two years of experience in emergency medical services, disaster preparedness, or a field related to public safety - Experience using Microsoft Office Applications - Valid MN Driver’s License or ability to obtain within 30 days of employment - Reliable means of transportation to travel to multiple locations around Stearns County, some of which may not be accessible by public transportation Preferred Experience Beyond Minimum Qualifications: - State Certified Emergency Manager - Completion of Incident Command System (ICS) training (100,200,700) - Experience developing emergency plans - Experience with developing or facilitating disaster exercises - Grant writing, reporting, and documenting - Public speaking/community presentations Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 1. Knowledge of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery procedures. 2. Knowledge of principles and practices of emergency management and the problems that may affect communities. 3. Knowledge of coordinating regional and local disaster exercises. 4. Knowledge of local, state and federal legislation guidelines. 5. Knowledge of the resources available in emergency response and recovery. 6. Knowledge of a Geography Information Systems (GIS) computer mapping program. 7. Knowledge of community organization techniques. 8. Ability to execute projects independently. 9. Ability to plan and coordinate the activities of other emergency management and public health agencies and personnel. 10. Ability to gather, interpret, and prepare data and reports. 11. Ability to recruit and organize volunteers for response to disasters. 12. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing. Accountabilities, Work Environment and Extent of Supervision or Guidance Provided Accountabilities Shared By All Employees 1. Performs job responsibilities in a manner consistent with the County's mission and values. 2. Develops and maintains a thorough working knowledge of all department and County-wide policies, protocols and procedures that apply to the performance of this position. 3. Develops respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers. 4. Informs immediate supervisor of all important matters pertaining to assigned job responsibilities. 5. Seeks opportunities for further personal growth and development. 6. Represents the County in a professional manner to all internal and external contacts when doing the County's business. 7. Complies with all rules and policies in order to maintain a safe work environment. Work Environment and Physical Demands The primary responsibilities for this position will be performed approximately 75% of the time indoors and approximately 25% of the time outdoors. May include long hours during disaster and recovery events; minimal travel, and minimal attendance at evening and weekend meetings. Will have infrequent exposure to health hazards and accidents; requires a low level of physical effort. Extent of Supervision or Guidance Provided Work is performed under the general supervision of the Emergency Manager. Responsibility for Public Contact Frequent. Hours of Work, Testing and Interview Dates Hours of Work This position has a normal work schedule of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; may include some hours outside of normal work hours on occasion. Interview Date If you are selected to be interviewed for this position, interviews will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Invitations to interview will be sent to the email address listed on the job application and will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. A job specific physical, drug and/or psychological exam may be required before appointment. If you require special accommodations to participate in the Stearns County hiring process, please contact us at 320-656-3606.
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