Medical Countermeasures Program Manager (Project / Program Manager II)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
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Posted on May 14, 2020

Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.
Support your community in its time of need by joining Public Health's Preparedness Section in preventing and addressing the health consequences of emergencies. The Public Health Preparedness Section is responsible for the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities of Emergency Support Function 8 – Health, Medical, and Mortuary Services for King County. The duration of this role is expected to last 12 months from date of hire. 

The Medical Countermeasures Program Manager provides a range of leadership and planning services to the Public Health Preparedness Program and its partners to enhance the King County's readiness to distribute and dispense emergency medications to residents within as part of a coordinated response effort. Under the supervision of the department's Response Planning and Partnerships Manager, this position will work independently and with other project leads to plan for large-scale medical countermeasures operations. Management of the Medical Countermeasures Program requires expert level knowledge of the complexities surrounding distributing and dispensing emergency medications as well as multi-disciplinary coordination across contracting, budgeting, procurement, inventory management, and IT systems.

Commitment To Equity And Social Justice: As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies and policies that promote fairness, justice and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
The selected candidate will integrate King County's Equity and Social Justice principles into the daily functions of this position.
Who May Apply: This Term Limited Temporary (TLT) / Special Duty (SD) is open to all qualified applicants. However, only current King County Career Service employees who have successfully passed probation will be considered for SD. The duration of this role is expected to last 12 months from date of hire. 
Application Process:
Required Application Materials
  • NeoGov Application - including work history and position duties
  • Supplemental Questions - outlining how meet / exceed position requirements
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you include relevant information only on the resume or cover letter, or if you reference "see resume" on your application.
Work Schedule: This regular work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm and 40 hours per week. However, after hours, weekend work, and overtime will be required. This role is FLSA non-exempt and is eligible for overtime. 
Work Location: The primary location for this role is Chinook Building, 401 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.
Contact: For questions related to this recruitment, please contact Ma-Eyongerie Frambo, HR Analyst at 206-263-3587 or

Job Duties

  • Serve as Region 6 (King County) Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Coordinator, a role required by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Participate in regular SNS planning discussions, share best practices, and collectively problem solve issues related to SNS planning in Washington State. Produce deliverables for the DOH Consolidated Contract.
  • Contribute to Public Health's Operational Readiness Review (ORR) process, an annual program evaluation conducted by the CDC in partnership with DOH. Draft, gather and analyze documentation demonstrating compliance with program requirements. Recommend changes to improve program compliance and alignment with national trends and best practices.
  • Develop and enter into agreements with community-based organizations, businesses, government agencies, and others to distribute and dispense emergency medications to communities in the event of a pandemic, bioterrorist attack, or other emergency. Provide technical assistance to organizations desiring to enter into these agreements. Respond to inquiries from interested partners.
  • Engage pharmacies, hospitals, and other healthcare partners to foster integration of medical countermeasure planning and response operations. Create marketing and communication tools to promote continued readiness, participation, and partnerships. Develop partnerships that enhance Public Health's ability to mitigate health disparities prior to and during an emergency.
  • Write and maintain King County's Medical Countermeasures Response Plan. Develop and deliver trainings to educate partners on plan roles and responsibilities. Coordinate an external review and approval process for the plan. Integrate equity and social justice into response plans and include community members and organizations in the planning process.
  • Lead work teams chartered to plan and implement medical countermeasures drills and exercises. Develop and manage detailed, time-sensitive group work plans.
  • Manage emergency response activities within the Operations Section of Health and Medical Area Command.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the following (Minimum Qualifications):

  • Demonstrated experience writing plans, policies, tools, presentations, and reports.
  • Demonstrated program management skills with the ability to facilitate groups, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and prioritize effectively with competing deadlines and time constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain good working relationships with staff, stakeholders, and partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a team.
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated skill in understanding and executing complex oral and written instructions.
  • Creativity in identifying and implementing solutions to emergent issues.
  • Commitment to ensuring response strategies are inclusive, accessible, and culturally appropriate
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 products (e.g., Teams, OneNote, OneDrive, and SharePoint, Skype) to complete daily tasks

The most competitive applicants will have the following experiences and qualifications (Desired Qualifications):
  • Familiarity with principles of emergency management and response planning.
  • Familiarity with medical countermeasures distribution and dispensing operations
  • Ability to maintain composure and productivity in stressful working environments.
  • Awareness of equity and social justice issues and ability to apply to incident response and emergency planning.

Supplemental Information

  • You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience.
  • The selected candidate must be able to pass a thorough background investigation.
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  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.
  • If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.
Union Membership: This position is not represented by a union.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Do you have project management experience?
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If you answered yes to Question #1, please describe a project you have managed. Please include any tasks or actions you performed and any final outcomes. If you answered no then type N/A.
Are you familiar with the principles of emergency management?
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Are you familiar with medical countermeasures distribution and dispensing operations?
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