Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Emergency Preparedness Training Manager-DSHS(WA State)

State of Washington
Dept. of Social and Health Services

invites applications for the position of:
Emergency Preparedness Training Manager (02080)
SALARY:$60,300.00 - $74,016.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 03/11/15
CLOSING DATE: 03/31/15 11:59 PM


The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Office of Emergency Management, is recruiting highly qualified applicants to be considered for the position of Emergency Preparedness Training Manager.  This position is in Washington Management Services (WMS).
About Us
The DSHS Office of Emergency Management supports the well-being and life-safety of DSHS employees by enabling the Department to continue its mission essential functions during any incident and quickly resume its normal business operations. The Office of Emergency Management is building the Department’s organizational and individual employee capability to respond effectively to emergencies and disasters – a preparedness training program is a key component of this capability. The Office of Emergency Management is comprised of a small team of human services and public health professionals who are also skilled in emergency management. The emergency preparedness training program combines these disciplines and team members interface with professionals across this spectrum to integrate emergency management into the Department’s every day practices. Our team also plays a vital role in supporting the state’s mass care response during actual emergencies and disasters.
This is an opportunity for the right person who is looking for a management position with responsibility to lead the emergency preparedness planning and training for the largest state agency in Washington, serving one out of every three citizens, including over half the state's children.
Under the direction of the DSHS Director of Emergency Management, this position provides reliable and professionally sound guidance and consultation related to emergency preparedness. This position is responsible for developing and implementing a training and testing program to increase DSHS organizational and individual employee readiness for emergencies and disasters.  This position must be qualified to assume the role of Incident Commander or Section Chief during response coordination and capable of carrying out all related duties.   

This position leads, provides, promotes, and coordinates emergency training, exercising, and response efforts of all DSHS Administrations. A particular emphasis is given to supporting DSHS residential programs, including state psychiatric hospitals, residential habilitation centers, juvenile rehabilitation institutions, and related group homes. 
Key focus areas of this position include:
  • Develop and implement required (comprehensive and effective) elements of the DSHS emergency preparedness training and exercising function, in compliance with federal and state authorities (Presidential Policy Directive 8; State statute Ch. 38.52 RCW; and by the Directive of the Governor 13-02; Joint Commission; Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, etc.).
  • Establish and promulgate reasonable Department-wide minimum mandatory requirements for training for all DSHS employees (using 12-18 month training cycles), including DSHS executive leadership, with timelines for completion and renewal.
  • Test standards and incorporate requirements into Department-wide continuity plans.
  • Conduct periodic drills, tests, and exercises associated with emergency operations and continuity plans and systems.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate online training resources for employees. Maximize the use of available videoconferencing, WebEx, and similar technologies to promote emergency preparedness. Develop, communicate, and implement metrics associated with all aspects of training and exercising.
  • Guide and oversee progress in training development and implementation for all DSHS Administrations.
  • Exercise delegated authority on behalf of the Director during her absence.
  • Assume a command position in the DSHS Emergency Coordination Center.
  • Incorporate effective methods for integrating self-supporting administrative functions and business continuity.
What We Are Looking For:

In summary, successful selection will be based on the candidate's ability to demonstrate experience and knowledge in: 
  • Developing and implementing successful Department-wide preparedness training programs in accordance with national standards and DSHS emergency plans; 
  • Collaborate effectively with different audiences, at all organizational levels; being culturally aware and sensitive and working as part of a team; and 
  • Assuming a command staff position during emergencies and disasters; coordinating state & federal requirements for emergency preparedness requirements as they pertain to the human services environment.

In an emergency or disaster, this position makes recommendations to the Director and senior management that are both strategic and tactical in nature and support immediate life-safety and continuity of mission essential functions.
Applicants must meet or exceed qualifications in these seven (7) required areas:
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field;
  • Familiarity with the DSHS organization, programs, mission essential functions, and business environment; 
  • Three to five (3-5) years full time experience developing and delivering emergency preparedness training. This includes the ability to build and maintain interest in the importance of the training function; 
  • Three to five (3-5) years of experience applying Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and/or Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response training doctrines, concepts, and principles;
  • Well-versed in local and state level emergency response systems;
  • Able to support effective communications (verbal and written) at all levels within the department; And 
  • Competency in the use of MS Office products and remote alternatives to travel.

Preferential consideration will be given to applicants who also possess:
  • A Master's Degree in public health, social work, or closely related field.
  • Certification or credentialing as a Master Exercise Practitioner.
  • Significant work or volunteer experience with a non-governmental organization active in disasters.
WMS compensation for this position is under review. The range of consideration for this position is currently $60,300 - $74,016.

This position is overtime exempt. Due to the nature of this position occasional statewide travel and overnight travel is required. This position is required to report to duty outside of scheduled work hours at their official location or a different duty station in emergency situations. A Washington State Driver’s License will be required of the selected candidate. 
To be considered you may apply online at www.careers.wa.gov and use reference number02080 when searching for the job announcement.

Do you have what we are looking for?
Interested applicants should submit the following documents electronically:
  • A letter of interest specifically addressing how your experience meets the qualifications listed in this announcement and why this is an important career step for you;
  • A current, professional chronological resume that includes all previous employers, for up to ten (10) years, dates of employment, and contact information; 
  • Three (3) professional reference contacts with current contact information; And
  • College transcripts showing verification of degree earned (copy of diploma is not acceptable). 

Failure to provide these application documents will result in disqualification.
A thorough reference check will be conducted for final applicants as will a State Criminal Background Check.
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the recruiter at (360) 725-5848. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
If you have questions regarding this recruitment (WS58), please call Staffing Specialist Jenny Bastrom at (360) 725-5848 or email at Jennifer.Bastrom@dshs.wa.gov.
What’s in it for You?
This position is based in Olympia, WA directly off of Interstate 5, and is only a short walking distance from a variety of unique shops, restaurants, bus lines, city parks, and waterfront. With an economic engine fueled to a great extent by state government, Olympia enjoys the benefits of a stable work force, engaged and educated community, and well-supported school system. If you live in Washington, you already know that Washington State has earned the 2014 title of “The Best State to Make a Living” from Forbes Magazine.  

You will have opportunities to enroll in many programs that private corporations have eliminated from their employee benefits. As a full-time State employee you will accrue one day of paid vacation leave and one day of paid sick leave per month. Full-time employees are entitled to eleven paid holidays. You and your family members are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.   As a new employee you will have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs to enroll in. 
DSHS’s structure is complex and wide-spread. Our  employees are committed long-term not only to system integrity and career loyalty, but increasing their skill-set to provide sustainability and efficiency for the residents of WA. Together, we work to decrease poverty, improve safety and health status and increase educational and employment success to support people and communities in reaching their potential. We look forward to your interest!