Pandemic Planner in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 9/14/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), through its Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Program (BT-PHP), located within the Division of Disease Control, is the lead administrative and planning agency for public health emergency preparedness and response in the City of Philadelphia. BT-PHP is responsible for establishing local public health preparedness priorities, developing and testing response plans, coordinating with local, state, and federal partners, and managing the public health response to real events. Due to the complex and resource-intensive nature of public health emergencies, extensive planning is needed to ensure that the City is prepared to respond effectively. 

The Pandemic Planner will oversee the development and evaluation of pandemic response plans for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Activities include developing a pandemic response playbook, researching and implementing federal guidance and best practices, and working with internal and external partners to ensure all essential elements are represented. This position is full-time, Monday through Friday, with occasional work after hours and on weekends to support Program activities. The position is grant funded for a minimum of one year. Continuation of the position is dependent on sustained grant funding.

Specific Duties: 

  • Develop and/or maintain comprehensive pandemic response plans for City of Philadelphia using input from involved agencies, subject matter experts, and appropriate local, state, and federal stakeholders.
  • Work with internal and external partners to develop a playbook that details essential elements of a pandemic response, including helpful tools and exercises that can be scaled up or down for similar infectious disease responses.
  • Plan and complete a comprehensive after action review of PDPH’s COVID-19 response, including convening planning meetings with internal and external partners, developing electronic questionnaires to survey response staff and partner agencies, compiling data and observations, writing content for the After Action Report, and facilitating a review and approval process for the final document, in partnership with the Division Director, Preparedness Program Manager, and other staff as needed.
  • Assess citywide planning needs for pandemic preparedness and coordinate planning activities with other City agencies, notably the Office of Emergency Management.
  • Support radiological, mass prophylaxis, mass care, mass fatality, and medical surge planning and response activities in conjunction with other program staff as needed.
  • Ensure that the direction and activities of the Program are in line with other local, state and federal response plans, and with appropriate local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations.  
  • Review and evaluate technical reports, planning documents and incorporate into current City plans.
  • Participate in exercises, trainings, and other Preparedness Program initiatives.
  • Support continued response activities, including development of response playbook, documentation and tracking of response activities; support response efforts; support events, calls, and webinars. 

Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in public health or related field preferred, with understanding of public health preparedness, emergency management, or other relevant field from an accredited college or university.
    • Bachelor’s degree with 3 or more years of relevant work experience in public health, disaster preparedness, or a health care setting is acceptable.
  • Experience in project development in a health-related field, preparation of public health materials with experience in planning and plan development.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Attention to detail, excellent communication and organizational skills, and the ability to organize and present information effectively.  
  • Excellent English language skills, including composition, spelling, punctuation, grammar and usage.  
  • Work well within a team environment across a variety of disciplines.   

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:  

  • This job may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of less than 50 pounds and involves viewing a CRT or VDT screen 50 to 75 percent of the time. The position may require some travel and occasional participation in off-site functions. The position requires responding to public health emergencies and some after-hours activities to accommodate training and exercise activities. 


  • This position reports directly to the Program Manager of Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness.   

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package consisting of medical and dental coverage, paid sick, vacation, and personal time, and a retirement plan. 

How to Apply:  

  • Interested applicants should submit an electronic cover letter that expresses the individual’s interest and expertise along with a resume to:
    Brandon Horvath, MPH Health Communications Coordinator, Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Division of Disease Control: