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Black Hawk County has a variety of employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled individuals who are seeking a career with an organization dedicated to serving the public. The operations of Black Hawk County are dependent upon the energies of a 700-plus employee workforce. If you become a county employee, you will be part of a public service team that helps build and serve the communities we live, work and play in. In addition to competitive pay, Black Hawk County offers its full-time employees a variety of benefits, including medical, dental and prescription insurance coverage; life insurance; paid holidays and other leavetime; a flexible spending account and a defined benefit retirement plan through the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS).

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Black Hawk County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is a Drug Free Workplace. No person will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, disability, national origin, political affiliation, age, or any other legally-protected status. The County will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are in need of an accommodation please contact us at (319) 833-3009.


Read the job bulletin carefully; it contains information about the position for which you are applying. Applicants for employment must meet the minimum qualifications. You are responsible for documenting that you meet all requirements; failure to do so can result in disqualification. Answer all questions completely and accurately.Your opportunity for employment begins with the accuracy and completeness of your application. The information you provide in the application and other questionnaires will be the primary basis for evaluating your qualifications.

You are responsible for documenting all relevant qualifications in the appropriate section of the application--do not refer to a resume. Resumes may be submitted in addition to the required application and questionnaires.

Proof of qualifications (such as education, licenses, certifications, etc.) is required by electronic attachment or paper copy (refer to job bulletin for required documentation). You'll be given an opportunity to attach documentation in the application process. If you are unable to attach required documentation online, you may FAX your documents to (319) 833-3144 - Attn: Recruiting - be sure to include the position applied for.

Your electronic application is required in order to be considered for our employment opportunities unless otherwise indicated in the recruitment bulletin.

Applications are due by the deadline noted on the job bulletin.

To view information about Black Hawk County please visit our homepage at:  www.co.black-hawk.ia.us

To contact the Black Hawk County Human Resources Department please call (319) 833-3009.  Our office is located at 316 E. 5th Street Waterloo, IA 50703 in the lower level of the courthouse.

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Location: Health Department | Waterloo, IA | Health Department | None
Weekly Hours: 40
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.,
Open Until: December 19, 2017 at 02:00 PM CST
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: NB 267/GS-17 $23.13 - $32.26
Details: Qualified candidates must submit application by close date; A cover letter, resume and unofficial transcripts must be included with candidate's initial application; Position is open until filled; Hours of work may include occasional weekends and evenings; Regional travel throughout Northeast Iowa is required.
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Job Summary

Under direct supervision of the Enforcement, Surveillance and Planning Division Manager, is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating SSA-6B (sub-service area) Preparedness Partnership activities for an eight county region. Serves as the primary point of contact and serves as the liaison to the ESF-8 lead agency and EOCs during an emergency.

Job Responsibilities

• Must be capable of regular and predictable attendance at a specified location in order to perform assigned tasks.
• Provides consultation and technical assistance to local service area partners, throughout an eight county region, in the planning, development, implementation and quality assurance review for regional planning and program renewal funding application.
• Coordinates regional service area activities with local partners to assure IDPH contractual and federal grant standards and objectives are met.
• Collaborates with Iowa Department of Public Health staff to negotiate service area work plan responsibilities.
• Assists with identification and tracking of service area resources utilizing the EMResource system.
• Assists with coordination and logistics of service area exercises and trainings.
• Assures service area partners have access to and responds to tests and alerts sent by the Iowa Health Alert Network.
• Builds and maintains a system to share documents, files and folders with service area partners i.e. HAN folder.
• Develops, collects and coordinates resource data from service area partners.
• Assists with the coordination of service area committee meetings, agenda, minutes and logistics.
• Leads the development of contractual reports in collaboration with service area partners.
• Researches and assists with service area purchases in coordination with the fiscal agent.
• Other duties as assigned

• Administrative and functional supervision is received from the Enforcement, Surveillance and Planning Division Manager

• No functional or administrative supervision is exercised

Minimum Required Qualifications

• BA in Public Health, Public Affairs, Public Safety, or other related field required.
• Must possess and maintain a valid Iowa Driver’s License, and be insurable under the County’s guidelines.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - • Three years of relevant work experience preferred.
• Previous work experience with emergency response systems preferred.
• Must obtain core NIMS/Incident Command training within 6 months of hire date.
• Ability to plan work, think conceptually, and collaborate with others.
• Ability to observe and to evaluate data to draw logical conclusions to make sound recommendations.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
• Must be proficient in computer software applications.
• Ability to provide oral presentations to groups representing community/public health professionals. .
• Must be able to maintain good working relationships with outside agencies as well as co-workers.
• Ability to present and relay information to different audiences including Board of Health and community and professional groups.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The work environment and physical demand characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Refer to the “Essential and Marginal Function Analysis” statement for a complete description of essential functions and functional requirements.

• Work is performed primarily in an indoor office setting and requires frequent use of office equipment such as computers, copies, fax machines, telephones.
• Position requires frequent use of hand, fingers, arms and near vision
• Position requires substantial interaction/communication with other employees as well as the general public and department affiliates.

Additional Information

All applicants will be initially evaluated based on the information included in the application only. Therefore, it is important to complete your online application accurately and thoroughly as it relates to the position requirements. Resumes, transcripts, certifications and other supporting documentation may be required for further consideration. Applicants considered best qualified will be asked to continue in the selection process. 

An online application is required. To apply, submit: 1) online application at https://ia-blackhawkcounty.civicplushrms.com/careers/ (or click the APPLY NOW button at the top of the page; and 2) proof of education and/or required certification(s). 

An eligible and qualified veteran may be entitled to preference in employment under Iowa Code §35C.1.  A veteran is an individual who meets the definition set forth in Iowa Code §35.1.In order to assert this preference a voluntary veterans preference form must be included. Applicants will receive notifications by email. 

Note: The application contains a required Supplemental Questionnaire. Your responses to these questions will assist in screening applications to determine who continues in the selection process. Responses should be informative and concise; not responding appropriately may eliminate you from consideration. Do not refer to a resume or other documentation.