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Job/Position DescriptionProgram Specialist IIIUnder the supervision of the Public Health Region 1 Program Supervisor IV, the Program Specialist III functions as a member of the regional Preparedness and Response team. Work includes public health preparedness activities that create/enhance/support the local capacity to address the CDC's 15 Public Health and Emergency Response Capabilities. This position: and#149; Plans and manages efforts to achieve compliance with regional public health preparedness response plans in assigned counties. and#149; Assists counties with disaster readiness assessments, plans, disaster drills, and achieving community wellness and public health improvements. and#149; Serves as a liaison between the regional Preparedness and Response Program and local government officials, their representatives and other community stakeholders. and#149; Establishes partnerships with local health departments to collaborate on effective and cost-efficient public health planning, implementation, and evaluation. and#149; Speaks before community groups, service clubs, and other community groups to address the needs of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) program and other preparedness and response-related initiatives/issues. All Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Region 1 staff are expected to be person-centered and grace-centered in interactions with both clients and fellow staff. Essential Job FunctionsAttends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. Safe operation of either a state-owned vehicle or personal vehicle is required to conduct state business and an acceptable driving record must be maintained in accordance with DSHS Policy OS-3901, Fleet Operations and Management and Procedures and standards developed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Must comply with DSHS Immunization policy. (50%) County Liaison: and#149; Work with assigned counties serving as a liaison between the Department of State Health Services in general and the Preparedness and Response (PAR) Program specifically. and#149; Work with local city and county elected officials and other key contacts in assigned counties to develop and implement local disaster response plans, with a focus on issues related to public health and medical issues. and#149; Work with assigned counties and communities to prepare residents to respond in a natural or manmade disaster. and#149; Provide technical assistance to local partners during the planning and response of exercises and real events in matters related to public health. and#149; Assist all counties in the region, as needed and requested. and#149; Assist other PAR staff in their assigned counties as requested and/or needed. (25%) Training and#149; Develop and present trainings and appropriate related materials to community groups, schools, partner agencies, and other audiences as opportunities and needs are identified. Trainings will focus on public health, medical, and other topics related to PAR team subject matter and preparedness related topics. and#149; Assist other programs and partner agencies with training and response. (20%) Asset/Equipment Exercise and Maintenance and#149; Working with the Administrative Assistant II for PAR, assist with maintaining program assets/equipment by tracking location, condition, and testing schedule for the program. and#149; Develop and follow testing/exercise schedules for assets/equipment. and#149; Report as scheduled/request\_profile.cfm?szOrderID=484049 Copy the URL in the preceding sentence to an Internet Explorer browser to apply to the job directly through the Texas Health and Human Services Career Portal.