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Emergency Services Planner

The Mid-America Regional Council seeks an experienced individual to support its emergency services and homeland security planning and exercise work with an emphasis on health care delivery system readiness. This position serves 4 counties in Kansas and 9 counties in Mo. (Ks. Wyandotte, Johnson, Leavenworth and Miami, Mo Platte, Clay, Ray, Jackson, Cass, Carroll, Lafayette, Saline, Johnson, Pettis, Bates, Henry and Benton.)  This position is a full-time position.
MARC supports a number of regional emergency services committees that come together to form a regional metro health care coalition, including but not limited to:
  • Mid-America Regional Council Emergency Rescue Committee (MARCER) serving EMS and hospitals to ensure high quality pre-hospital emergency care in the region
  • Regional Hospital Committee focused on the development of plans and capabilities to effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies that impact the public’s health with a focus on health care system readiness.
  • Regional Public Health Subcommittee focused on coordinating disease surveillance and public health response to emergency events.
  • Additionally MARC supports the Mo Northern and Southern District Health Care Coalitions in MO region A and the Ks metro Health Care Coalition.
This position will work with the Emergency Services Planning and Exercise Program Manager and with committees and other stakeholders to conduct and coordinate hazard vulnerability and other assessments to assess capabilities and develop and maintain plans, protocols and agreements to focus on information and resource sharing to advance regional emergency services goals. This position will work with stakeholders to help identify needed resources, trainings and exercises and to develop work plans. The position will help develop requests for proposals, design, and conduct exercises for the bi-state Kansas City metropolitan area and will serve as the regional program administrator for information sharing technology platforms.
Examples of Work
  • Support regional emergency medical services (EMS), public health and hospital committees by working with chairs to prepare materials, attend and support facilitation of meetings, prepare meeting reports to help local officials reach decisions and advance coordinated and bi state planning.
  • Serve as regional program administer of EMResource, and eICS with shared daily monitoring of ambulance diversion and hospital Emergency room and Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) status.
  • Assists committees and local government officials in the design and deployment of communications systems and complex technology solutions to meet regional needs.
  • Monitor health and medical radio communications systems, emergency notification systems, and assist with trouble shooting and problem resolution.
  • Support regional health care coordination during a regional incident that involves emergency health and medical response.
  • Help prepare applications and budgets for federal grants and reports for committee and agency approval.
  • In conjunction with stakeholders conduct assessments, identify gaps, help develop strategies to address readiness gaps
  • Review, update and maintain plans including but not limited to the Regional Coordination Guide, ESF 8 including Mass Causality Incident plan, Mass Fatality Plan, Share responsibility on behalf of MARCER for the maintenance and administration of the Time Critical Diagnosis Plan, and the Kansas City Diversion Plan with the current Chair of Kansas City EMS Regional Committee.
  • Assist in the design, execution and evaluation of exercises to meet regional needs.
  • Conduct outreach to stakeholders and foster and sustain the necessary relationships to further emergency services work within the region and state.
  • Work collaboratively and routinely with arrange of partners including the Kansas Health Care Coalition, DHSS, SEMA, KDHE, KDEM and others.
  • Participate in local, regional and state committees, task forces, and work groups.
  • Assist in inventory management of regional equipment caches and inventories.
  • Respond to inquiries from stakeholders on a wide variety of health and medical emergency response and preparedness topics  
  • Serve as spokesperson to the media and the community on a variety of emergency health and medical issues.
  • Work closely with other members of the emergency services program to advance the regions prevention, protection response, and mitigation and recovery goals.
  • Represent MARC Emergency Services at various organizations, committees, conferences and events at the federal, state and local level.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Qualifications
A Bachelor’s degree in emergency management, public safety, public administration, public health, or health care emergency medical services and 5 years of progressively responsible related work experience is required. Applicants without a college degree, but with more than 10 years of senior or supervisory level experience with a Public Safety agency would be considered for the position. Preference will be given to applicants with work experience with a public agency.
Additional requirements: knowledge of emergency management and response planning and principles and standards – planning/response experience in an emergency medical services and or health care setting a plus. Experience designing and conducting exercises. Fundamental understanding of CMS emergency preparedness conditions of participation. Familiarity with Joint Commission emergency management program standards. Excellent listening and writing skills. Strong oral and facilitation skills, and interpersonal skills; strong organizational and project management skills; thoroughness and attention to detail; and ability to handle multiple demands. Must possess the ability to deal with diverse constituencies; experience working with committees; understanding of information technology solutions and demonstrated past success in application of information technology. 
Previous experience with federal grant applications, reports and deliverables is desired. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel. Working knowledge of emergency-related technology Intermedix EMResource, eICS and Web EOC is a plus.      
How to Apply
Starting salary $52,439 to $65,546, depending upon qualifications. This position is a full-time position. MARC offers an attractive team-oriented work environment along with a competitive fringe benefit package. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements when applying. MARC is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, disability, national origin, citizenship, age, pregnancy, genetic information, military status, ancestry or any other characteristic or status protected by law.

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