JOB DESCRIPTION

The application will close on Saturday, February 3rd.

Click here to fill out the application here AND email your resume to elizabeth.adkins@chhdwv.gov. 

Location
703 7th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701
304-523-6483

Work Schedule
The primary operating hours for the Cabell-Huntington Health Department are Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. This position will serve as the Director of Communications and Threat Preparedness Coordinator (TP) with time split accordingly. The Director of Communications and Preparedness must be flexible and have availability for all communication and preparedness requests. This position requires 24/7 on call availability in the event or need of a public health threat (s) or emergencies.

Under the direction of the Administrator and performing duties under the general supervision of the CEO and Health Officer and COO, the Director of Communications and Preparedness will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department communication and threat preparedness.
The position will supervise and oversee the temporary Public Information Officer (PIO)

Public Information Officer (time applied accordingly)
Responsibilities include day-to-day operations of community health promotion by writing, editing, and producing or assisting with the production of educational, informational, and promotional multimedia materials.
Work closely with CHHD CEO and Health Officer to coordinate agency messaging along with CHHD Program Directors.
Research and develop internal policies and procedures for public information, utilization of social media platforms, and any CHHD disseminated or distributed public information.
Writes articles, brochures, newsletters, CHHD publications, consumer, and other informational materials; prepares or assists with preparation of graphics compositions and layouts.
Works collaboratively with temporary PIO to collect information, writes/edits news releases covering regular and periodic activities of the CHHD for daily and/or weekly newspapers, and for nonprint news releases.
Oversee the CHHD archive of newspaper articles in collaboration with the temporary PIO and Administrative Office Assistant. Develops ideas into articles, etc., with input into style, format, presentation, context, and accompanying graphics. Research, revise, and coordinate all promotional and informational materials.

Creates high-caliber interactive designs and tests communication campaigns for the Web, online advertising, and other new media delivery modes, such as PDA’s, podcasts, or any other media channel utilizing internal and external resources.
Works with temporary PIO to compose layouts for Web and online campaigns. Collaborates and works with CHHD vendors for the CHHD web site, social media, and special campaigns. Assist in implementing website/social media contract/s with agency chosen vendor. Interprets and develops the CHHD marketing strategy, objectives, and client goals into visual design using a variety of graphic and art media to create professional and effective results. Participates in the development and execution of CHHD marketing strategies to include brand awareness, online strategies, media, and department initiatives with the temporary PIO.

Serve as the primary point of contact for all media requests for CHHD. Answers correspondence and/or phone calls pertaining to public information, professional, educational matters and conduct or schedule interviews as requested. Maintain strong partnerships with state and local media outlets and communication colleagues.

Threat Preparedness (time applied accordingly)
Develop plans and direct the Cabell-Huntington Health Department Threat Preparedness Program for Cabell County and the City of Huntington and assure quality of the program. Responsible for the SOW (Scope or Work) and management of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department PHEP (Public Health Emergency Preparedness) Grant.

Survey the county for potential problems, determine priorities and types of services required to protect the public health from emergencies, develop expertise to manage a public health threat and establish teamwork internally and with other county agencies including the Cabell-Wayne Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Incorporate the Threat Preparedness Plan into the day-to-day operations of the CabellHuntington Health Department.
1. Complete Threat Preparedness portion of annual plan
2. Review activities, plan, develop programs, monitor problems and functions for compliance with annual PHEP Grant
3. Develop departmental procedures and long-term plans for compliance with the PHEP
4. Medical Reserve Corp – assume the leadership role for the Cabell-Wayne Medical Reserve Corp to include management, recruitment, meetings, trainings, scheduling for drills, events or public health emergencies. Applying for support funding through various means for MRC programs.

Responsible for enforcement of public health laws, legislative rules, regulations, policies and procedures that relate to Threat Preparedness.
Direct the planning process for the Threat Preparedness Plan and the Community Health Assessment.
1. Work with the Chief Executive Officer and Health Officer, community and staff to complete these plans
2. Represent the Health Department in meetings with State and Local agencies relating to Threat Preparedness and the Scope of Work

Review and prepare all PHEP grant paperwork including plans and quarterly/monthly reports. Act as liaison between the Cabell-Huntington Health Department and any community partners regarding Threat Preparedness to include membership to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and Cabell/Wayne Homeland Security group.

Participate in all emergency planning meetings for emergency response to include Region 2 Hospital Coalition, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Epi Response Team, and any CHHD or community drills or exercises

TECHNICAL DUTIES:

Advise other governmental bodies, facility directors, contractors and the public on public health threats and preparedness.
1. Meet with Cabell County Commission on issues related to public health threat preparedness as needed
2. Meet with the Mayors and City Councils of Huntington, Barboursville, and Milton on issues related to public health threat preparedness as needed
3. Work with the State Health Department on matters of Threat Preparedness.

Administrative Duties

  •  Serve on the Cabell-Huntington Health Department Leadership Team
  •  Supervise temporary public information officer
  •  Assist Administrator with financial budgets for threat preparedness, marketing and education for the agency. Assist in preparation of the annual budget/program plan for the PHEP and communication education.
  •  Attend and present monthly board reports to include producing a monthly report to include; tracking of local, State and National media impressions, agency website and social media platforms, emergency preparedness updates. Attend BOH meetings to monitor media presence and inquiries. Disseminate BOH agenda and press release to County Commission, Huntington City Hall, and local media outlets. Update website with press releases, Board of Health minutes, and add meetings to the event calendar. Provide the agenda to the appropriate media outlets and within CHHD.
  • Work with CHHD Program Directors to promote programs and services within departments.
  • Serve as an active member of the Epi-Response Team and assist with the development of the Epi-Response Plan
  • Attend public meetings and serve on various committees related to job field to represent public health initiatives.
  • Work with Clinical Staff and Chief Executive Officer and Health Officer on communicable disease investigations to prevent epidemics and protect the health of the public.
  • Required to assist during mass immunization clinics or any public health emergency or disaster.
  • Is available 24/7 in case of a public health emergency, physical facility problem and/ or functional/operational emergencies
  • Identify staff development needs and develop a training plan to ensure provisions of needed training. Develop and monitor the staff training needs for Threat Preparedness
  • Attend regular staff meetings as needed to communicate threat preparedness regulations, policies, procedures and training.
  • Provide community education to groups when requested in disaster response, threat preparedness and emergency operations
  • Perform other related duties as deemed necessary by the Administrator and/or Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer and Health Officer.Maintain a valid driver’s license and insurance.

 

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with major in communications, fine arts, journalism, graphic design, marketing, public relations, English or related field.

AND

Experience: Three years full-time, equivalent part-time paid or volunteer experience in a technical or program area that is related to the area of employment.
Substitution: Post-graduate education or program related training in a field related to the technical or program area may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of fifteen semester hours for one year of experience. This may be in any emergency response system such as police, fire, EMS, military or any additional experience approved by the CabellHuntington Health Department Administration.

Starting Salary Range: $40,000 – $60,000

The application will close on Saturday, February 3rd.

Click here to fill out the application here AND email your resume to elizabeth.adkins@chhdwv.gov.