The Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) is a part of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
- The Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) develops and implements emergency response plans for CDPHE to fulfill the State’s Emergency Support Function #8: (Health, Medical and Mortuary) – CDPHE is the responsible state agency for the protection of health and the medical response of victims when an emergency occurs in Colorado. OEPR works to ensure that CDPHE, local public health, and medical agencies have plans for responding to emergency events and administering medication in mass quantities to all citizens in Colorado. • OEPR assesses natural and man-made disaster events, for enhancing response and trains health and medical professionals on the latest and improved response protocols, including the National Incident Management System. • OEPR is the lead program for ensuring public health and medical is integrated – with law enforcement, the Division of Emergency Management and other state departments critical to the state’s response. • OEPR is responsible for delivery and coordination of emergency preparedness education and training to CDPHE employees, medical and public health partners. • OEPR is responsible for ensuring effective and redundant communication connectivity among stakeholders involved in public health detection and response and effective distribution of critical and routine health information. • OEPR assesses the state’s ability to respond to emergency events relating to the medical care of victims and assists in identifying best practices for mass casualty response. • OEPR is responsible for the rapid receipt, storage and distribution of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) statewide in an emergency. This also includes the activation of the Department Operations Center (DOC), and the integration and coordination of various internal divisions and programs and external agencies at the state, local and federal level.
This position oversees and coordinates the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI), a federally mandated program under the Strategic National Program which ensures that counties in the 12-county CRI jurisdiction can effectively plan for and respond to a large bioterrorist even through mass dispensing of antibiotics and medical supplies to their entire identified population within 48 hours.
This position will be responsible for the oversight of the CRI to include assessment of current resources, protocols and procedures for responding to public health emergences; providing technical assistance to the participants in ensuring the development of a collaborative regional response plan and county-level response plans; providing technical assistance and training in Mass Dispensing, Immunization and Prophylaxis; coordinating the planning and implemtation of a mandatory CRI regional dispensing exercise according to HSEEP Guidance. Position develops and maintains relationships with other local, state and federal agencies regarding the CRI and SNS program related to public health and emergency preparedness and response activities. Position acts as the designated OEPR Regional Point of Contact (RPOC) for the North Central Region. The North Central Region (NCR) is the most densely populated (2.8M) of Colorado’s nine All-Hazards regions, and includes ten counties in the Greater Denver Metro Region.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions and Conditions of Employment:
1. Must be a current resident of the State of Colorado.
2. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in health, healthcare, public health, behavioral science emergency management or closely related discipline AND two (2) years of professional experience in public health, emergency response planning, emergency program management, hospital or healthcare preparedness program management or grant/program management, with an emphasis in emergency preparedness.
A combination of professional experience in public health, emergency response planning, emergency program management, hospital or healthcare preparedness program management, which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may substitute on a year for year basis for the bachelor's degree.
A master’s or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study related to the work assignment may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree and at the agency’s discretion, one or two years of general experience respectively.
Preferred Qualifications/Competencies: In addition to the minimum qualifications, the successful applicant will have the following preferred qualifications:
Experience in SNS Planning, Training, and Exercising
Experience working in the CRI program with Local Technical Assistance Reviews, Drills, Dispensing Standards and Exercises
Familiarity with the North Central All-Hazards region, operations, and constituents
Superior facilitation abilities
Ability to multi-task and handle competing priorities and deadlines
Knowledge of and experience related to PHEP grants, SNS, and CRI
Self-starter, independent worker who takes initiative in projects/tasks
Excellent critical thinking and strategic thinking
Excellent interpersonal skills
Proven collaboration skills
Excellent oral and written communication
Experience working with local public health agencies and their partners CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver license.
Must be be willing and able to independently travel in state including during inclement weather approximately 30% of the time.
On-Call Status Required: Must be willing to be on-call in the event of an emergency, (e.g., bio-terrorist attack, chemical attack, disease outbreak or all hazards) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.
On-Call Status Required: Must be willing to be on-call in the event of the activation of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.
Employees who have been disciplinarily terminated, resigned in lieu of disciplinary termination, or negotiated their termination from the State of Colorado must disclose this information on the application.
1. Complete and submit this application.
2. Complete, scan and attach a cover letter addressing the extent that you possess the education, experience and competencies outlined in the job announcement as well as the special and/or preferred qualifications. This is a non-optional component of the application.
Part of, or the entire exam for this position will involve a review of the information you submit in your application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions may affect your status and prevent you from competing in subsequent measures used to arrive at a top group of applicants.
RESUMES WILL NOT BE USED IN CONSIDERING APPLICANTS' QUALIFICATIONS. "See Resume" statements in any part of the application will be considered an incomplete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered further.
It is preferred that all application provide a copy of their transcripts at the time of application by scanning and uploading as a PDF to the appropriate area in the application. Transcripts will be required of the successful candidate appointed to the position and will be verified through the College or University prior to appointment.
Transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. This documentation is the responsibility of the applicant. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from employment consideration to removal from employment. CDPHE IS A TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS
This position will be open until the closing date or until 50 applications are received, whichever comes first.
The Selection Process:
The official State of Colorado Application form is considered required documentation. If additional documents, transcripts, licenses, certificates, etc) are required, make sure you include them in your application materials. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the official State of Colorado Application form. Be sure your application specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products and accomplishments as they relate to the position duties and minimum requirements in sufficient detail.
Failure to include the required information and/or documents by the application deadline may result in your application not moving forward in the selection process for this position. Applications received on or before the closing date will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum requirements of the position as announced.
Only the application you submit will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications above. Upon review of your application, you will be notified of your status in the selection process. Further, upon meeting the minimum qualifications, your application may be subject to a comparative analysis using the information you submit on the application, as well as other documents that you are directed to provide as noted in this job announcement. It is imperative that you completely illustrate the details of your education and experience, and how you are qualified for this position. The comparative analysis may be performed or other testing and assessments may be used to determine those applicants who will advance in the selection process. You will be notified of the results and your status. If you are no longer being considered for this position due to not meeting the minimum qualifications or at any other step in the selection process, you may contact the HR Specialist noted on the communication within 5 days from the date of your receipt of notice to discuss any questions regarding your qualifications or why you are not being considered further. If you do not agree with our selection decision, you also have the right to have your application or concern reviewed by the State Personnel Director. Please follow the instructions below for requesting a director's review. Director's Review: Your request for a Director's review must be received in the State Personnel Director's office within ten days from your receipt of the letter informing you that you do not qualify or are not being considered further. Per Rule 8-102, to request a Director’s review, you are required to complete and submit the Colorado State Personnel Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form, available at http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/spb/ . Instructions for completing the form, as well as State Personnel Board Rules and Director’s administrative Procedures, are also available on the same Website. Your written statement must include: your name, address and telephone number; the title of this position; the agency responsible for the selection process; the name of the agency representative spoken to during informal resolution attempts; the date of the conversation; the specific issue, and the reason it is believed to be arbitrary, capricious or contrary to rule or law. This request should be forwarded to: State Personnel Board, Attention: Appeals Processing, 633 17th Street, Suite 1320, Denver, CO 80202-3604 or fax to 303-866-5038. A copy of your appeal should be forwarded to the Department of Public Health and Environment, Office of Human Resources, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246.
Address Confidentiality Program: If you are covered by the Address Confidentiality Program, CRS 24-21 201 through 24-21-214, please notify the HR office or analyst listed on this announcement so that you are provided the appropriate time extension for notification provided by U.S. mail. The extension allowed under this program applies only to U.S. mail notifications. The extension allowed under this program applies only to U.S. mail notifications that include a deadline of 10 days or less.