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Disaster & Emergency Management Coordinator - Disaster Preparedness - Full Time/Days
Antelope Valley Hospital • Lancaster, CA
Posted 20 days ago
Job Objective: Under the general direction of the AV Hospital Administration, the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (EPC) is responsible for implementing all Los Angeles County Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant requirements for the hospital and overall disaster/emergency preparedness. Activities must be coordinated with the assigned Disaster Resource Center (DRC) and the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency. The EPC is responsible for ensuring that all Joint Commission standards for the Emergency Management (EM) chapter are met.
The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, as appointed by the Chief Executive Officer, is required to intervene on behalf of AVH in the event of a natural or man made disaster that may have a direct impact to the protection of life and property, to patients, staff, and visitors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Under general direction of the AV Hospital Administration and working collaboratively with other organizational leaders, the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator leads the organization in preparing for Disasters/Emergencies. Emphasis is placed on preparing the organization for a trauma or emergency surge.
- Work includes identifying all possible risks to safety and business continuity, conducting special projects and programs to mitigate risk, and coordinating the response to and recovery from critical and complex high-risk events. These include but are not limited to technological or utilities disruptions, earthquake response, evacuation planning, and acts of terrorism.
- The EPC will be a partner to key leaders in developing their own readiness to manage emergencies, an advisor to senior management on coordinating emergency decisions impacting the organization. This work requires advanced professional writing and administrative management skills to coordinate all planning and operations of the Hospital Command Center (HCC). Work is performed with considerable independent judgment.within established guidelines. Performance is reviewed by the AV Hospital Administration for conformance to established policies, regulations, and standards, and to achieve the expected goals to continually improve the readiness of AVH.
- The EPC coordinates the activities of the Emergency Management Committee, an internal Hazmat/Decon team, and Hospital Command Center and decontamination capability.
- The EPC develops, revises, and updates the Emergency Management Manual, and policies including plans for managing victims of both natural (accidents, earthquakes) and man-made (i.e., biological, chemical or radiological terrorism) events.
- Develops, revises, and updates the Hazard Vulnerability Analysis in collaboration with select members of the EM Committee.
- Ensures that the Hospital Command Center is in a state of operational readiness 24/7/365.
- Serves as internal consultant / subject matter expert on emergency preparedness.
- Plans and coordinates a minimum of two hospital-wide Emergency Preparedness Drills per year including a minimum of one de-contamination drill/exercise annually.
- One of these drills must integrate a coordinated community response with local emergency services per the Joint Commission standards.
- Assists in the selection of a scenario and the design of drill logistics.
- Convenes a planning group for each drill. Maintains all exercise records.
- Develops other more specific and frequent drills.as deemed necessary. As the EM Committee chairperson, convenes a multi-disciplined critique of each drill and records recommendations and lessons learned.
- Writes after action reports / improvement plans (AAR/IP) using Homeland Security and Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) methodology.
- Submits all after action reports to the Director of Quality Management & Clinical Safety and the EMS Agency within a month of a drill.
- Attends emergency preparedness meetings with external agencies and committees at the hospital, local, regional and state levels.
- Represents AVH as a direct liaison with local, state, and federal emergency management agencies.
- Reports outcomes, decisions, and recommendations to AV Hospital Administration.
- Works with local experts to ensure that emergency preparedness equipment and supplies are available and in good working order.
- Assists in the coordination of recommending purchases of supplies/equipment as necessary for the Trauma/Burn Surge Program.
- Responsible for coordinating and summarizing all capital and significant operational requests to support emergency preparedness.
- Identifies systems and operational problems and proposes solutions.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of disaster preparedness requirements
- Knowledge of functions and processes of carrying out programs.
- Knowledge of content and formatting of reports.
- Knowledge of Joint Commission Standards specific to Emergency Management.
- Knowledge of State and federal regulations and standards related to emergency preparedness.
- Knowledge of HHP grant initiatives and requirements.
- PC computer knowledge
- Skill in operational problem solving and decision-making.
- Strong leadership skills, interpersonal communication skills, and consensus building skills.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, and maintaining such skills for writing, editing, and revising hospital policies and procedures; issuing memorandums; compiling reports; and communicating in meetings.
- Skill in effectively using time and resources to accomplish assigned tasks.
- Skill in analyzing and independently solving a variety of difficult situations and problems.
- Strives to develop partnerships, teamwork, and good working relationships.
- Understands the complexities of a large organization.
- Exhibits analytical skills and an understanding of operational processes.
- Exhibits good presentation skills with large and small audiences.
- Maintains a high degree of credibility, integrity, confidentiality, and trust.
- Demonstrates personal traits of a high level of self-motivation, team orientation, professionalism, trustworthiness, and places a high value on treating others with dignity and respect.
- Ability to operate successfully in a constantly changing, fast-paced environment.
- Ability to complete multiple tasks in a timely and accurate manner.
- Ability to identify and resolve problems.
- Ability build consensus when departmental response plans diverge.
- Ability to operate motor vehicles in the course of employment.
Core Competencies: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these behaviors:
Ethics & Values
Integrity & Trust
Education and Experience:
- Industry related Bachelor Degree, and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- FEMA course certifications: IS.100, 15.200, IS.700, IS,800, ICS.300, ICS.400 preferred
- A strong background in safety, security, environmental regulations, disaster planning, emergency management, and/or emergency preparedness as demonstrated through previous work experience or an advanced educational degree.
- Experience in the education of adults and computer programs.
- Prior training and experience in the following areas strongly preferred:
- Emergency Planning and Management
- Emergency Medical Services and/or Fire Services
- Hazard and Risk Assessment and Management
- Hazardous Materials Management
Required Licensure and/or Certifications:
- Possession of a valid California driver's license
- Certification for Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) preferred
- Certification for OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations (40 hours) preferred
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
- Work is performed in a fast paced office environment
- Work requires frequent visits to conference/office locations within and outside the hospital
- Must be able to used standard office equipment, sit and walk to meetings.
A detailed description of the physical requirements of this job is maintained in the Employee Health Department.
Looking for an opportunity to work in healthcare the way you always dreamed you could? At Antelope Valley Hospital, our employees are at the heart of what we do best – delivering high quality, patient-centered healthcare.
Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420 bed acute care facility, located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley is one of Southern California’s fastest growing communities. We are a Level II Trauma Center and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Accredited. Serving the community for over 50 years, our non-profit hospital has grown to be the preeminent healthcare facility for our district’s nearly 1.2 million residents.
An Equal Opportunity Employer.