Public Health Preparedness Manager
Public Health - Seattle & King County - Seattle, WA

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About the Department:
Public Health – Seattle & King County (Public Health) is a metro health department with over 1,500 staff serving a population of nearly 2 million residents. The King County region is diverse and complex with 39 cities, international air and sea ports, highly advanced healthcare systems and infrastructure, corporate headquarters for several multinational corporations, and over 140 languages spoken. Public Health has five divisions which oversee a wide range of services and programs including communicable disease control and epidemiological investigations, environmental health services, clinic services, region-wide Emergency Medical Services program management as well as direct provision of Advanced Life Support services for one-third of the county, risk communications, and disaster preparedness. The region is vulnerable to many natural and technological hazards including earthquakes, floods, winter storms, wind storms, infrastructure failures, disease outbreaks and others which generate significant public health consequences.

About the Position:
Public Health is seeking a proven leader to serve as the department's Preparedness Manager. The Preparedness Manager leads a section of highly skilled and proficient staff in preparing the department and the region for the public health consequences of all hazards. The Public Health Preparedness Program is a nationally recognized leader in developing and implementing disaster response capabilities and community partnerships. The program maintains a leadership presence on numerous national committees and workgroups, sharing innovative approaches to enhancing public health preparedness. This position encompasses complex program planning, development, coordination, budgeting, management, and evaluation skills needed to prepare Public Health for the consequences of all hazards facing King County. Successful applicants will posses the ability to develop and communicate a clear vision of the program's future, and demonstrate strategic thinking necessary to achieve that vision. The position requires a person who embraces innovation, values effective partnerships, and is committed to excellence.

To learn more about the the work of Public Health Empergency Preparedness, please visit the Preparedness Section website.

Who May Apply: The Classification title for this position is Health Services Administrator II. This full time, career service position is open to all qualified applicants.

Work Location: Downtown Seattle, Chinook Building located at 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.

Work Schedule: This full time career service position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible. The work week is normally Monday through Friday. The selected candidate must be able to serve during emergencies and disasters. During exercises or emergencies, employee may be required to serve in an Emergency Operations Center or at other locations, and may be required to work non-standard shifts, including shifts other than day shift hours, and may be required to work weekends and holidays.

APPLICATION PROCESS (submit electronically):
    Job Application with completed supplemental questions.
    Letter of Interest detailing your background and describing how you meet or exceed the requirements are required.

You can attach multiple documents if necessary or required, such as your cover letter or resume to your application. Your options are:
    Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
    Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the online application and include the information only on the resume. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Cover letters and/or optional resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Contact: If you have questions regarding this job announcement, please call Sarah Fish at (206)263-8738 or at

Examples of Duties:
  • Direct the daily operation of the Public Health Preparedness Section including planning, training, exercising and operational readiness programs. Exercise direct supervision over professional staff. Hire staff; ensure staff are trained and prepared for their day-to-day and emergency roles; maintain high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Preparedness Section.

  • Develop short- and long-term program priorities and leverage skills, resources and partnerships to ensure success

  • Identify areas of collaboration between Public Health and local emergency management agencies, community based organizations, healthcare system partners, first responders, businesses, critical infrastructure, and other jurisdictions. Coordinate with community partners to refine and initiate new preparedness strategies to address needs. Negotiate agreements, gain commitment and support, and enhance collaboration among various internal and external partners to build resilience within the Preparedness Program; build and maintain positive working relationships using principles of good customer service.

  • Develop and monitor the preparedness program budget. Develop budget forecasts, leverage resources to maximize effectiveness, participate in department budget planning, authorize expenditures, and seek new resources to fill identified gaps.

  • Respond to emergency incidents and disasters within an emergency operations center or field operations environment.

  • Supervise Preparedness Section managers and monitor work products and performance; ensure appropriate staffing patterns are maintained, and implement restructuring when needed.

  • Assess department-wide preparedness training needs and develop training opportunities; ensure all staff are aware of their roles in emergencies and are trained to perform those roles.

  • Represent the Preparedness Program and the Department in regional, statewide and national forums; contribute to the development of policy favorable to the Preparedness Program. Attend emergency management meetings at the Local, Regional, State and Federal levels; work cooperatively with County departments, other disciplines and jurisdictions to enhance coordination and improve emergency response capabilities.

  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner. Actively support and respect diversity in the workplace.

  • Maintain responsibility for additional projects as determined by the Public Health Chief of Staff (this may constitute a significant portion of the position's responsibilities).

  • Demonstrated experience in administration, policy and planning as related to emergency preparedness and response.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience leading disaster response in the incident command system.

  • Demonstrated experience in program leadership, strategic planning and direction, and developing performance goals

  • Knowledge of local, state and federal programs and laws, regulations and standards related to emergency management and public health preparedness.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain readiness of an Emergency Operations Center and emergency communications systems.

  • Demonstrated skills in the development of emergency plans and procedures.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of cross training a workforce for multiple response roles.

  • Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize effectively; work under time constraints; and work effectively during stressful emergency situations.

  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to work effectively with key stakeholders, including response partners, internal staff, department and county leadership, and other jurisdictions.

  • Demonstrated skill with budget development, management, and forecasting. Demonstrated skill acquiring and managing federal grants.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to clearly communicate complex and technical information to a non-technical audience, and the ability to prepare and conduct presentations in front of large crowds and diverse audiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, recommend and communicate innovative ideas and methods to advance preparedness and response capabilities.

  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with partners, leaders, peers and employees while building trust, rapport and respect.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across the organization under challenging circumstances, while maintaining composure and patience.

  • Demonstrated skill in the application of supervisory and management techniques and principles. Including a thorough understanding of supervisory and human resource management principles and practices.

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups at all levels within and outside the organization.

  • A Bachelor's Degree or with equivalent experience in public health, public administration or related filed. A Master's Degree is strongly preferred.

    Desired Qualifications

  • Completed the ICS Training Series 100, 200, 300 and 400.

Supplemental Information:
    This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to

    Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.

    Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.

    Public Health - Seattle & King County is a first responder agency for natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, winter storms), naturally occurring infectious disease outbreaks (pandemic influenza, SARS), technological hazards (hazardous materials releases, critical infrastructure disruptions), and terrorism events. All staff will develop and maintain family preparedness plans and be prepared to respond to public health emergencies

    The selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation.

    Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law

    Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time.

    This position is not represented.

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