Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Division: Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness Division 

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Preparedness or related field and one (1) year related experience in emergency preparedness. 

Must have the ability to work with diverse community groups, physicians groups, government agencies, and press and state officials. Must have excellent communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with clients, health care providers, community agencies, the general public, and other professional personnel. Must be able to adjust schedule to accommodate after hours and weekend trainings and after hour presentations. Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office and be able to adapt to new software as they are added. Public speaking skills necessary and knowledge of micro-biology helpful. Must have a dependable vehicle for use during work hours, valid Illinois Driver’s License, and appropriate auto insurance. Must be physically able to get in and out of a car many times per day in all types of weather conditions and be able to adapt in a positive manner to conditions (i.e., sewer, septic). Requires an individual be physically able to meet the demands of the job such as carrying equipment (lap top computer, projector and handouts) and assembling equipment and instituting procedures for emergency situations. Must be able to carry, pull, and manage a minimum of 30 pounds of equipment daily.

Pay Grade/Base Salary:  Level 9/$47,587.95

Summary of Job Duties

Oversees activities of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and may supervise the Volunteer Coordinator Position which may be filled by an AmeriCorps person or possible local volunteer. Maintains and updates the MCHD All Hazards Plan which incorporates annexes specific for the SNS and Pandemic Influenza as well as weather events and others as they are developed. Attends meetings locally, regionally, and statewide to assist in the coordination of planning and response activities. Chair of the Functional and Access Needs. The group meets with a mission to identify numbers and types of special needs individuals in Macon County and make recommendations to emergency planners to be incorporated into their plans. May chair the Pandemic Influenza Steering Committee as needed. This group mission is to educate and promote planning of both businesses and the general public as well as to make recommendations for planning purposes. Chair of Logistic Team-Group of MCHD staff who meet to maintain, manage, and plan for use of emergency response equipment and supplies. Designs and implements public health exercises as directed by grant deliverables. Conducts or participates in all exercises involving emergency preparedness in Macon County. Participates in exercises that IDPH requests throughout the region and the state. Attends trainings on emergency preparedness provided by IDPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others; and arranges and hosts webinars on emergency preparedness.  Collaborates with the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Coordinator on the Macon County Terrorism Task Force activities. Participates in the Local Emergency Planning Committee. Participates in community engagement activities to promote emergency preparedness. Works with other agencies and within the community to recruit volunteers for our MRC and CERT. Seeks out and writes grants to assist in obtaining emergency preparedness funding for projects, activities, volunteer opportunities, and for this position. Participates in epidemiological surveys including, but not limited to: foodborne illness outbreaks, unhealthful conditions, and methods of control and correction. Develops communication plans that incorporate the latest information from CDC and addresses communication with the public, media, healthcare providers, and first responders in a public health emergency. Assures, in collaboration with the Division of Health Promotion and Public Relations, that the MCHD website has information on emergency preparedness and appropriate links.  Submits plans, reports, and budgets and conducts other activities required by the Emergency Preparedness Grant. Assures employee competency, training, and development in disaster preparedness. May assist Communicable Disease Coordinator with increased surveillance activities at local hospitals by increasing emergency room, intensive care unit, and laboratory testing surveillance. May assist Communicable Disease Coordinator in establishing relationships with physicians’ offices and providing education regarding emergency preparedness and prompt reporting of diseases and outbreak situations. May assist Health Promotion and Public Relations staff with health education presentations and other promotion activities for the MCHD.

How to Apply

Applications can be picked up at the Macon County Health Department Front Desk at 1221 E. Condit, Decatur, Illinois, or you can go to our website, www.maconchd.org to print a copy of the application. Completed applications should be submitted to Macon County Health Department Attention: HR at 1221 E. Condit, Decatur, Illinois, 62521 or emailed to hr@maconchd.org.


The Macon County Health Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace.