Health Emergency Planning Specialist

Board of Health Newmarket York Regional Health Service Department
Department: Community and Health Services Department
Branch: Public Health Branch
Status: Temporary Full-Time
Length of Assignment: Approx. 12 months
Location: Newmarket / Ontario
Date Posted: September 03, 2020
Date Closing: September 16, 2020
Number Of Positions: 2

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Position Title

Health Emergency Planning Specialist


$88,617 to $100,415 annually

Scheduled Hours

35 Weekly Hours

Scheduled Shifts

0830 – 1630 After hours and weekend work may be required.

Position Purpose

Reporting to a Manager, Healthy Living, is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of a comprehensive Emergency Management Program for the Public Health Branch, under the Regions corporate Emergency Plan, to ensure that the Branch is in a state of operational readiness in the event of a natural or human-caused Public Health emergency; developing plans, updates and communication guidelines and recommendations for the prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery phases of Public Health emergencies; planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating training and exercises as well as any incident response, in accordance with the Ontario Public Health Standards and Protocols and applicable statutory/regulatory requirements.

Major Responsibilities

•Assists in the development and coordination of the Branch Emergency Plans and supporting plans, based on an understanding of best practices, relevant guidance documents, existing plans, exercise recommendations, reports and federal and provincial legislative requirements, and assists in ensuring that plans are consistent with other Departmental and Regional plans, as well as other key stakeholder organizations.
•Coordinates the development and implementation of a comprehensive emergency planning orientation and training/education program for Public Health staff and prepares reports for the Public Health Emergency Planning Advisory.
•Assists in maintaining a state of readiness for the Public Health Branch, with the Health or Departmental Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC/DEOC), by identifying the infrastructure, communications and equipment requirements, including regular updating of the plan, staff orientation and exercises to test equipment, and validate procedures and protocols.
•Participates in strategic and operational planning and in the development of the annual business plan, for the Health Emergency Planning program.
•Monitors budget and resources assigned to carry out training and exercise initiatives, and public education programs, and makes recommendations for the annual budget.
•Oversees the inventory of equipment and supplies maintained for Branch response including but not inclusive to, personal protective equipment, mask fit testing equipment and supplies.
•Assists with Public Health risk assessment by reviewing demographic and epidemiological data; identifies local hazards and recommends changes to the Health Emergency Planning program to reflect those risks.
•Prepares reports and action plans to address issues impacting on emergency preparedness and training and education requirements in the Branch.
•Represents the Branch or Department on internal and external committees in the community by making presentations, promoting public awareness and responding to inquiries regarding emergency preparedness and special projects.


•Successful completion of a University Degree in Health Sciences, Public Health, Health Promotion, Emergency Management or related discipline, or approved equivalent combination of education and experience.
•Minimum three (3) years experience in emergency management including a Public Health Environment.
•Experience and/or training in emergency planning, response and exercises, and business continuity planning.
•Valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license and reliable vehicle for use on corporate business.
•Demonstrated knowledge of emergency management program development, applicable legislation and industry standards, disaster exercise initiatives and current emergency management practices.
•Knowledge of regional and local government roles and responsibilities, including emergency health services responsibilities in the event of an emergency.
•Leadership competencies including operating strategically, leveraging diversity and differences, customer focused, ensuring accountability, managing complex problems, financial management, employing interactive and effective communication, fostering collaborative relationships, cultivating engagement to drive vision and purpose, managing and developing talent, establishing and maintaining trust, displaying self-awareness, and demonstrating resiliency.

How to Apply

Please apply online by September 16, 2020. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

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