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Job Opening: Emergency Preparedness Planner
Department: Health Department
Posting Date: January 26, 2023
Shift: 8:30 am to 4:30pm, extended hours as needed
Salary: $55,010, $28.21/hour


The Community Health/Emergency Preparedness Planner will be under the direction of the Population Health Administrator to promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health by developing, coordinating, and conducting health promotion interventions aimed at individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. They will work with other County, Regional, State, and Federal agencies to coordinate, communicate, and execute public health preparedness activities, including response, recovery, and mitigation. They will also provide resources and assistance to county residents and community organizations when they are faced with foreseen and unforeseen circumstances because of a disaster. This is an hourly, non-exempt position.

Essential Duties

Develops and implements a community health emergency preparedness work plan to address goals, objectives, and strategies for improving health priorities identified through DCHD and monitor progress.

Supports public health emergency preparedness by emphasizing collaborative engagement and actions that directly affect the social determinants of health inequities in communities.

Supports Public Health Emergency Preparedness, including Medical Countermeasures (MCM) with planning, training, and exercises.

During emergency activations, supports public health emergency response activities. This includes operations support in the field and/or at the public health emergency operations center.

Identifies and provides outreach to organizations and leaders related to emergency preparedness and Population Health activities.

Communicates to participating organization and community representatives the role of the Health Department in all-hazard preparedness.

Documents all contacts with participating organizations and community representatives.

Completes and submits monthly reports and maintains comprehensive files on all-hazards planning with community partners.

Documents activities, service plans, and outcomes achieved by community organizations in an effective manner.

Establishes positive, supportive relationships with community members, community partners, providers, agency representatives, supervisors, and office staff.

Build relationships and implement strategies with community-based organizations engaged in health and health-related services to impact the health of residents in Delaware County.

Develop and implement strategies, initiatives, and activities for individuals, families, and population groups that promote health and prevent disease, injuries, and disabilities in settings including, but not limited to homes, community organizations, businesses, schools, and the community in general.

Prepare and disseminate health education materials and information that are accurate, culturally appropriate, and educationally sound, including, but not limited to, brochures, press releases, and postings on social media.

Gather, organize, interpret, and maintain data for program monitoring, reporting, evaluation, and improvement.

Plan and conduct workshops, presentations, and training programs for individuals and groups.

Serve on coalitions, committees, and task forces as requested.

Attend trainings, courses, seminars, and conferences, as approved by Health Director or designee, to maintain knowledge of current trends and to develop skills necessary to assure duties are performed satisfactorily.

Drives and operates county equipment and vehicles as needed.

Performs other duties as required.


Valid driver’s license and ability to pass a background check

High School degree required, Bachelor’s degree in public health, or other related field strongly preferred

Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community

Strong outreach and community engagement skills

Knowledge of up-to-date community agencies and resources

Demonstrated experience effectively leading and directing staff and/or volunteers

Ability to write, develop, maintain, and exercise public health emergency preparedness plans

Ability to maintain and handle confidential information

Ability to follow protocol, procedures, and established guidelines

A strong work ethic and ability to manage a demanding and changing workload

Strong relationship-building skills

*The selected candidate will be required to obtain, at their own expense, 3 forms of clearance, including PA State Police Criminal History Record Check; PA Child Abuse History; and FBI Criminal History Background Check including finger printing prior to employment.

** Delaware County requires all employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination must be submitted before a candidate’s start date if hired.


To apply, please fill out our online application form.

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