Title: Emergency Preparedness/Health Coordinator
Department: Health Updated: 01/2018
Division: Public Health FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CANUE Wage Range: Not Available

This position provides planning, design, and testing and implementation of public health preparedness and response activities and programs for the public health jurisdiction of St. Clair County (i.e. capability and risk assessments, training and exercise development, plan development, review and maintenance). The position organizes and facilitates local and regional public health and medical emergency preparedness and response activities, which includes establishing and fostering collaborative partnerships with first and emergency response agencies, organizations, institutions, and health and medical providers toward continuous improvement in the community's ability to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies and disasters. The position works independently and may assume lead technical responsibilities in emergency planning and response efforts, liaison to local, regional or state agencies and planning committees.

  • Develop and maintain the department’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and supporting (functional and/or threat specific) annexes to include, but not limited to: procedures, standardized forms, job action guides, emergency order templates, checklists and agreements.
  • Establish, maintain, and provide support to the department’s incident command/management (ICS) structure.  Establish, maintain and support department’s Emergency Coordination Center (ECC), and Joint Information Center (JIC). 
  • Assure all staff are provided training to National Incident Management and Command Structures and training is documented as required.
  • Communicate and collaborate with partner agencies, including but not limited to; city/county emergency management offices, EMS, hospitals, mental health agencies, long term care and other health care providers, law enforcement, fire services, volunteer agencies, veterinary medicine, school districts and colleges, and any other emergency preparedness/response coalitions or committees as needed. 
  • Ensure that St. Clair County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans (CEMP) contain and/or contains appropriate references to the department’s EOP.
  • Anticipate, advocate and communicate public health presence and involvement, statutory responsibilities and requirements. 
  • In the event of a rapidly emerging or large scale public health emergency, coordinate the department’s request, receipt, dispensing and distribution of the Strategic National Stockpile for mass prophylaxis or treatment of populations at risk.
  • Establish and maintain equipment and supply inventories to support public health emergency field activities, to include but not limited to: go-bags, tactical communications, signage, medical supplies, forms, checklists and job action guides, command vests, mobile units and assets.
  • Enroll and maintain administrator and/or subscriber license as appropriate for the following information, notification, communication or reporting systems (web-based): CDC IMATS, HAVaBED, EPI-X, MDSS, EDSS, MCIR, MCIMS, MITRAIN, MIVolunteer, MISNS Share Point, MIHAN, and other specialized systems as required. 
  • Assure appropriate department personnel are identified as participants in the recommended web-based programs.
  • Develop training and exercise activities to test established plans and procedures; assure department’s participation in local, regional, state, federal as appropriate and required. 
  • Document activities in an After-Action Report and Improvement Plan (AAR-IP) or similar. 
  • Identify and assess training, education, or information needs for volunteers and partner agencies, county leadership, and the general public. 
  • Maintain training and presentation records.

·         Provide support and technical assistance for the department’s Employee, Security, Health and Safety Handbook (Pink Book), Exposure Control Plan (ECP), Limited English Proficiency Plan (LEP), Crisis, Emergency and Risk Communications Plan (CERC) and other key documents as needed.

·         Other duties as assigned.


Work is performed under the direction of the Medical Health Officer.



May supervise clerical staff as required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, environmental health, epidemiology or relevant field.
  • A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Multidisciplinary background with 3-5 years project administration experience.
  • Experience working with teams, committees, projects, agreements, and multi-disciplinary agencies.
  • Knowledge of public health and emergency preparedness, response and incident management.
  • Leadership skills inclusive of coalition building and public speaking.
  • Familiar with the principles of public health: essential services, statutory responsibilities, disease surveillance, and epidemiology.
  • Environmental health and hazardous materials experience beneficial.
  • Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.             
  • Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.    
  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.

·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                       

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.      

  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check encompasses all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.
  • Auto insurance and reliable transportation required.

·         Registration as a Sanitarian in the State of Michigan and/or with the National Environmental Health Association.

·         Required to report to duty when called upon in the event of a Public Health Emergency regardless of declaration.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         Normal office hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

·         Generally works in a normal office environment.

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions.

·         Due to the nature of the work hours may include overtime, evenings or weekends.

·         Position requires travel for training, meetings, conferences, and other events.



Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.