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Senior Deputy Director - Health Emergency Response Preparedness Administration (HEPRA)

OPEN: March 27, 2018

CLOSE: Open until filled

The Senior Deputy Director for the Health Emergency Response Preparedness Administration (HEPRA) for the Department of Health (DOH) directs activities of the Department of Health (DOH) relating to protecting the Districts population from acts of bio-terrorism and other public emergencies through effective planning and timely operational response.

The Senior Deputy Director serves as the principal representative of the department to other District, Federal, regional and private sector agencies in all matters related to bio-terrorism and other public health emergencies. The Senior Deputy Director serves as liaison with the Office of Homeland Security. Maintains communication with the DC Emergency Management Agency to assure timely flow of information regarding emergency situations and conditions in the city.

The Senior Deputy Director for HEPRA shall oversee DOH's efforts to prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from all acts of bio-terrorism and other public health emergencies that affect the District's population; and serves as the focal point within DOH for these activities. To learn more about the Health Emergency Response Preparedness Administration, please visit here: https://dchealth.dc.gov/page/health-emergency-preparedness-and-response-administration

 

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The Senior Deputy Director is responsible for performing the following:

 

  • Assures DOH readiness and operational capability to respond to acts of bio-terrorism and other public emergencies.
  • Develops strategies, plans, operating procedures, regulations, or policies that govern or guide DOH activities related to public emergency preparedness operations.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations to the District-wide emergency operation plan necessary to the coordination of essential public services during bio-terrorism and/or public emergencies.
  • Works with the DC Emergency Management Agency in providing standards, guidance and criteria for the development of reliable emergency warning systems for the dissemination of information and warnings to the citizens of the District and the appropriate government agencies.
  • Works with the Homeland Security Advisor in providing standards, guidance and criteria for the development of reliable emergency warning systems for the dissemination of information and warnings to the citizens of the District and other appropriate government agencies.
  • Manages the District's Strategic National Stockpile.
  • Ensures the training of appropriate DOH staff relating to emergency operations simulation exercise.
  • Serves as a consultant to other Administrations on emergency operations requirements and maintains contact with high level officials of the District and federal government, to explain programs, suggest solutions to problems, and to secure their support and cooperation in carrying them out. Represents the Director, the Agency and the District Government at professional and civic meetings as assigned by the Director. Provides consultative services to community stakeholders, both public and private.
  • Directs assessment, planning, policy development and provision, either directly or through encouragement, regulation or contractual agreement of programs to improve and protect the emergency preparedness of District residents. Provides policy leadership and program direction, and effectively collaborates with all other DOH administrations and offices.
  • Responsible for the information received is evaluated and disseminated to key department officials in a timely fashion so that appropriate decisions can be prepared and transmitted to the DC Emergency Management Agency.
  • As designated, represents the Director on committees and agencies, civic groups, etc., to inform/educate same in area of emergency preparedness.
  • Participates in the development of the Agency's budget submission as related to programmatic areas within HEPRA and ensures that areas of responsibility operate within the established budget. Advises the Director and Chief Operating Officer on relevant budget, policy, program and procedural issues.
  • Development and maintenance of emergency preparedness plans, policies, and legislation at both the "state" strategic level, as well as the local-operational level.
  • Facilitates the strategic planning process for DOH public health comprehensive emergency preparedness. Establishes timelines and benchmarks for progress. Provides outline for partnering and sharing resources and data.
  • Provide matrix for communication linkages and opportunities for local, regional, and federal collaboration that will lead to solutions.
  • Identify the strategy and planning of associated organizations that could assist DOH with templates for improved capability for the District and the region.
  • Provide Matrix for leadership that will aid in cost-benefit, risk-benefit decision making
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned by the Director.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFCATIONS 

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree.
  • At least  eight (8) years of extensive experience leading or performing emergency management work, including managing, coordinating with other entities, the prevention of, protection from, preparedness for response to, recovery from and/or mitigation of international and /or unintentional crisis, disasters other humanitarian emergencies, hazards, or nuclear and man-made technological insides.
  • At least three  (3) years experience in supervising subordinated supervisors.

 

DOMICILE REQUIREMENT:

There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

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