The following provides a general description of duties and a more specific description of requirements for the Ebola and Emerging Disease Exercise Specialist. Please note that the summary of responsibilities and required abilities identified below are not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
The Ebola and Emerging Disease Exercise Specialist will conduct a wide range of studies and analyses of disaster services and emergency preparedness programs/plans as needed for the conduct of an effective exercise program. This position will develop exercises and drills using the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) process to identify gaps and highlight opportunities for improvement with a concentration on Ebola response. This position will work closely with internal and external partners to determine concepts and objectives required for the development of exercises focused on Ebola response.
- Identify, engage, convene and facilitate planning activities with other LAC departments, DPH, and community agencies, programs and resources to develop disaster/emergency strategies, objectives, plans and procedures to support LAC and DPH response during EVD and other emerging infectious diseases;
- Meet with planning and operations personnel to determine exercise needs;
- Review EVD response plans and recommend areas where exercise can be used for concept testing and evaluation;
- Develop applicable seminars exercises to include any partners, upon direction of the Director, using HSEEP practice and procedures;
- Develop applicable tabletop exercises to include any partners, upon direction of the Director, using HSEEP practice and procedures;
- Develop department level functional exercises, as necessary, using HSEEP practice and procedures;
- Develop operational area functional exercises, to include any partners, upon direction of the Director, using HSEEP practice and procedures;
- Develop departmental field drills and full scale exercises, as necessary, using HSEEP practice and procedures; and
- Perform other duties as assigned that may require performing work after traditional business hours, on weekends, and/or holidays.
- Three (3) years of highly responsible administrative or staff experience dealing with the investigation and solution of problems of organizations, programs, system and procedures, or planning. One (1) year of the required experience must have been in a disaster or emergency services program; and
- Valid California driver's license, proof of vehicle insurance, and reliable transportation or ability to secure timely transportation for travel to a variety of sites throughout the region.
- A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
- Federal Emergency Management Agency certification as a Master Exercise Practitioner;
- Experience in coordinating and developing exercises for executive staff and field positions;
- Strong work ethic, reliable, and the ability to meet deadlines and obligations;
- Ability to work independently, exhibit strong leadership, and be able to work under stressful situations; and
- Ability to work flexible hours, including holiday, nights, and weekends