Overview

Johnson County Health & Environment department is looking for a qualified candidate to fill the position of a Public Health Emergency Planner.  The position is located at 11875 S Sunset Drive, Suite 300, Olathe, KS 66061.  This position provides excellent benefits, including health insurance, wellness programs and discounts, retirement programs, and various other discount programs.  This is a 100% granted-funded position with an anticipated end date of June 30, 2024.

This position supports and contributes to the overall coordination, development, planning, training and direction relating to public health emergency preparedness in Johnson County. Utilizes COVID response data to implement resilience and preparedness strategies throughout the County. Participates in KC Metro initiatives to ensure a coordinated regional response to public health emergencies.

Duties for this position will include:

  • Assure response and support capability to County emergencies/disasters, by developing written response procedures, protocols, and plans for JCDHE. Maintains linkage with local, state, regional and national stakeholders and planning partners, communication, planning and direction relating to public health emergency preparedness in Johnson County and the five counties in the CRI Region ensuring response capability; meets grant requirements.
  • Use COVID response data and coordination among community organizations, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, and cities to understand and address barriers that limit or prevent adherence to public health preparedness guidance.
  • Assists in the development, coordination, facilitation and execution of training, educational programming, exercising and evaluation of exercises in preparation for response in the event of a public health emergency.
  • Engages with community members and populations with lower-than-expected vaccination rates and/or higher-than-expected vaccine hesitancy (delayed vaccinations) to understand the reasons for this disparity.
  • Maintains established relationships, fosters, and sustains relationships and agreements to access, integrate, and utilize community resources to implement for project directives; assists committees and local public health agencies in the preparation and update of regional emergency response and coordination plans

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in the following field(s): Public Health, Nursing, Sociology, a biological, physical or environmental science, Emergency Planning, Emergency Management, or other related field and two (2) years experience in Public Health or related field that includes experience in emergency planning, response or management is required.  A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record is also required.
  • Master’s degree in the following field(s): Public Health, Nursing, Sociology, a biological, physical or environmental science, Emergency Planning, Emergency Management, or other related field and three (3) years of Public Health experience is preferred.
  • Education may substitute for experience.  Experience may substitute for education.

About Johnson County Kansas

Located southwest of the Kansas City Metro, Johnson County offers our 575,000+ residents a vibrant quality of life. Our more than 3,800 employees work diligently to offer residents more than 450 services from renewing car tags to providing emergency medical services, always ensuring we are good stewards of county resources.