The following provides a general description of duties and a more specific description of requirements for the Medical Countermeasure Planning 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 Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Planning Specialist will conduct special studies and lead projects for identifying and analyzing problems related to systems for dispensing of medical countermeasure (MCM) and recommends solutions to maximize effectiveness of staffing allocations and efficiency of dispensing procedures to develop and evaluate mass dispensing strategies of preventive medication in response to public health disaster. This position will also be responsible for developing, coordinating, and evaluating MCM strategies and preparing guidelines to gather data needed to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of MCM dispensing strategies.
The duties of the Medical Countermeasure Planning Specialist include, but are not limited to:
- Assists in identifying and analyzing problems related to public health emergency systems of MCM dispensing and recommend solutions;
- Conduct special studies and projects to gather and analyze data to evaluate and provide recommendations to maximize effectiveness and efficiency of MCM dispensing system;
- Prepare and maintain procedure manuals for evaluating emergency MCM dispensing systems and strategies;
- Gather data needed to prepare reports requiring specialized knowledge of the Department’s public health emergency MCM systems;
- Provide assistance to Department on developing, coordinating, and evaluating public health emergency plans, training programs, and exercises;
- Analyze and interpret legislative proposals, federal guidance, state and county policies and plans; and;
- Prepare reports and applications to meet CDC grant requirements.
- A Bachelors’ degree from an accredited college or university;
- Three (3) years of highly responsible administrative or staff experience dealing with the investigation and solution of problems of organization, programs, system and procedures, or planning. One year of the required experience must have been in a disaster or emergency services program;
- Experience utilizing medical countermeasure dispensing evaluation tools such as RealOpt, Clinical Generator, and RE-PLAN;
- Experience developing, coordinating and evaluating medical countermeasure exercises;
- Working knowledge of Federal and State policies, plans and guidelines of public health emergency management including NIMS and California SEMS, as applied to public health emergency incidents;
- Experience developing training modules and conducting trainings;
- Ability to work flexible hours, including holidays, nights and weekends; and
- Valid California driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, and reliable transportation for travel or ability to secure timely transportation to a variety of sites throughout the region.
- A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health or other related field;
- Five (5) years experience performing program related work in public health emergency programs. Program related work is defined as direct involvement with program development, implementation and evaluation;
- Experience conducting studies related to medical countermeasures and public health preparedness;
- Experience developing guidelines and protocols for collecting data to study the effectiveness and efficiency of various medical countermeasure dispensing strategies;
- Demonstrate problem solving, adaptability and effective management of priorities; and
- Strong work ethic, reliable, and the ability to meet deadlines and obligations.