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Title:  Public Health Preparedness Coordinator - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  07/12/2022
Req ID:  36002
Department:  Health

Burlington, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $28.92


Hourly rates within the Classified Bargaining Unit Pay Plan will change effective July 3, 2022.  At that time, the starting rate (Step 1) for this job opening will be $29.79 per hour.

The Vermont Department of Health is hiring a Public Health Emergency Preparedness Planner.  An exciting position for someone interested in operational planning, training and exercising. We are looking for someone with leadership and management skills, has a passion for emergency preparedness, continuous improvement, and project management.  This position will oversee planning, for the division of Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Injury Prevention. The position will focus on creating and maintaining response plans for the Department of Health and ensure these plans are updated and exercised regularly. This position also coordinates necessary training and exercises to match staff preparedness to the needs of existing plans. The position will supervise another planner and an exercise and training administrator with the ability to support special projects related to public health emergency preparedness and response.


Major job duties include:
- Planning: Development, implementation, coordination, planning and evaluation of the planning section of the department. Facilitates planning for strategic and tactical department goals. Coordinates a planning team to create high-level training, and exercise objectives that contribute to comprehensive department-wide programs and projects. Position leads the development of and contribution to hazard, risk or capability assessments. Serves as source of expert information for project management and provides technical assistance to support deliverables in divisional and department-wide workplans as they relate to preparedness and response. 
- Special Planning Projects: Coordinates planning and leads special projects as required. Projects could include planning the roll out a new vaccine or medical therapeutic to the general public, development of training curriculum for a new response capability, or planning for operationalizing new organizational or tracking systems. 
-Public Health Emergencies/Health Operation Centers (HOC): During times of a public health emergency, this position may take on additional duties and responsibilities as needed for the response. At times it may be an increased workload of normal responsibilities due to an increased need for procurements, taking on additional divisional responsibilities so others can participate in the HOC, or a completely new set of responsibilities and tasks.  


Candidates should have familiarity with Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, Visio, and possess strong organizational, written, and verbal communication skills.


This is a Limited Service Position currently funded through June 30, 2023.

Who May Apply

This position, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator - Limited Service (Job Requisition #36002), is open to all State employees and external applicants. It is a Limited Service position, which is non-tenured and authorized for a specific period of time. Limited Service positions are established for specially funded projects or programs. 
If you would like more information about the duration of this position or other details, please contact
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Environmental Factors

Duties are primarily performed in a standard office setting. Moderate travel and field work are required, for which private means of transportation may be necessary. Participation in a variety of meetings and conferences may be anticipated. Exercises and actual emergencies require work outside of normal hours. Stress may be encountered from tight deadlines. On-call status may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a health or public administration field AND four (4) years or more of professional level experience in administration, planning, or supervision in a public health, health care or human services field.
Master's degree in public health, public administration or a health field AND two (2) years or more of professional level experience in administration, planning, or supervision in a public health, health care or human services field.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

Nearest Major Market: Burlington Vermont