Oregon Health Authority, Portland, OR

Req-152268; Salary Range: $6,901 – $10,674 Application Deadline: April 14, 2024

Job Description:

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD), Health Security, Preparedness & Response Program in Portland, Oregon has a career opportunity for a Health Security, Preparedness & Response  (HSPR) Planning Chief (Public Health Manager 2) to manage the Portland-based HSPR Planning. 

The mission of Oregon’s Health Security, Preparedness and Response (HSPR) Program is to develop public health systems to prepare for and respond to major, acute threats and emergencies that impact the health of people in Oregon. We collaborate with Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) and our local, regional, and national emergency management partners. Click here to learn more about the HSPR Program.

This is a full-time, permanent position and is not represented by a union. This recruitment may be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill current or future vacancies.

What will you do?
In this role, you will plan, direct, and coordinate all aspects of the state-level activities in the Health Security, Preparedness and Response (HSPR) Program relating to public health and health care systems supported by the federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness grants. You will integrate activities related to hazard mitigation and emergency preparedness planning, disaster response and recovery, including hospitals and health care systems in Oregon, epidemiological, laboratory, environmental health, immunization, local health departments, and activities with other state agencies. In addition, you will manage and coach the Portland-based Planning Team and assist the Director of Emergency Operations in public health emergency management policy development, inter-agency committees, legislative committees, the Conference of Local of Health Officials, and other policy-setting organizations.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assist the Director of Emergency Operations (DEO) and State Public Health Director/ Health Officer in state public health policy development.
  • Provide management provision in emergency preparedness planning activities among all public health, hospitals, and health care systems.
  • Acts as Incident Manager or Deputy Incident Manager during exercises and responses.
  • Manage the Public Health Duty Officer program which includes training and coordination with other sections while ensuring continuous quality improvement of the program.
  • Manage grants which include grant reporting and overseeing grant application processes.
  • Develop and make recommendations to the DEO for the deployment or reassignment of resources.

The Oregon Health Authority is committed to:

  • Eliminating health inequities in Oregon by 2030
  • Becoming an anti-racist organization
  • Developing and promoting culturally and linguistically appropriate programs, and
  • Developing and retaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce that represents the diversity, cultures, strengths, and values of the people of Oregon.

What’s in it for you? The public health division is a team of passionate individuals working to promote health across the lifespan of individuals, families, and communities. We value and support unique perspectives using a trauma-informed approach and aim to reflect these values in our hiring practices, professional development, and workplace. We are committed to racial equity as a driving factor to improve health outcomes for all communities that experience inequities.

  • We offer exceptional medical, vision and dental benefit packages for you and your qualified family members with minimal out-of-pocket costs (member cost share is as low as 1% – 5%). Try this free virtual benefits counselor by clicking here: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/pebb/pages/alex.aspx 
  • Paid Leave Days:
    • 11 paid holidays each year.
    • 3 additional paid personal business days each year.
    • 8 hours of paid sick leave accrued each month.
    • 10 hours of vacation leave accrued each month with increases every 5 years.
  • Pension and Retirement plans. After six months of service, you may qualify for the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). New employees may be enrolled in the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP).
  • Student Loan Forgiveness; Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity. The PSLF program may forgive student loan balances after you’ve made the equivalent of 120 qualifying monthly payments. 
  • Optional benefits include short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and childcare expenses.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities.
  • Click here to learn more and access a summary of State of Oregon benefits.

Minimum Qualifications:

A master’s degree in public health, public administration, or a closely related field and two years of public health supervisory, management experience; planning, organizing, and managing the operations of a public health security, preparedness and response program or closely related field;

OR, a bachelor’s degree in public health, public administration, or closely related field and three years of public health supervisory, management experience; planning, organizing, and managing the operations of public health security, preparedness and response program or closely related field;

OR, six years of public health supervisory, management experience; planning, organizing, and managing the operations of a public health security, preparedness and response program or closely related field.

Desired Attributes:

  • Leadership and management experience managing programs, staff, and resources in a public health setting.
  • Experience in quality improvement methodologies and project management techniques.
  • Experience with emergency management planning concepts and public health systems.
  • Familiarity with the Modernization of the Public Health System.
  • Experience communicating effectively with federal, regional, local, state, and non-governmental public health and public safety staff, including management and policy-level officials.
  • Experience writing grants, reports, and interagency agreements.
  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced environments and consistently meet tight deadlines.
  • Experience preparing creating and delivering documents for release to the public, including development or revision of documents to formats for electronic transmission, (Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Project, Adobe Acrobat, html, etc.).
  • Ability to the following Incident Command System (ICS) courses within 180-days of hire and be willing to attend other ICS courses as directed: ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-300, and ICS-400.
  • Experience in Internet connectivity and associated software, hardware, and communication components is desired.
  • Experience in distance-learning technology, broadcast fax, paging systems, and cellular phones is also desired.
  • Experience creating, promoting, welcoming, and maintaining a culturally competent and diverse work environment.

Working Conditions:

The work of this role is full-time in person on-site at 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, Oregon. There may be occasional times when the work can be conducted remotely within one-hour driving distance of the primary work location.

Travel, including in-state and out-of-state travel with overnight stays, and driving in all weather conditions may be required. Occasional weekend and evening work hours may be required during normal conditions. Frequent weekend and evening work hours can be required when public health emergencies occur.  

Directions to Apply:

Please fill out the online application and submit a resume and cover letter telling us about yourself and how your personal (lived), educational, and/or professional experience qualifies you for this position.

  • External Applicants: Click the “Apply” button and submit your application. Click this link for the External Candidate job aid, and view this video for additional information.
  • Current State of Oregon employees: Apply through your employee Workday account. View this job aid for assistance.


  • This job announcement closes at 11:59 pm (PST) on the close date listed above.
  • After submitting your application, be sure to respond to the two questions relating to public records requests and veterans’ preference that immediately follow your submittal. These questions are necessary to complete the application process.
  • Workday will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity.

Additional Information:

  • Visa Sponsorships: Oregon Health Authority (OHA) does not offer VISA sponsorship. Within three days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.  OHA is an E-Verify employer and will use E-Verify to confirm that hires are authorized to work in the United States.
  • Pay Scale: Upon receiving a salary offer, we will conduct a pay equity assessment using the information provided in your application to determine your salary placement upon hire. To ensure a comprehensive evaluation, please make certain your application materials are up-to-date and thorough. Include relevant details such as your work history, education, volunteer work, lived experiences, and any other pertinent information related to the position you are applying for. Please visit the Pay Equity Project homepage to learn more.
  • Background Check: If you are offered employment, your offer will be contingent upon the positive outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check, and driving records check. The information will be shared with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.
  • Veterans: If you are a veteran, you may receive veterans’ preference points. Click here for more information about veterans’ preference. If you checked that you are a veteran, you will receive a notice in your Workday inbox and will be required to provide your documents at that time. Veterans | Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs: 1-800-692-9666
  • This recruitment may be used to establish a list of qualified applicants to fill current or future vacancies.


If you have questions about the job announcement, would like assistance with the application process, have difficulties applying, or would like to request an accommodation request under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Tracie Knight, HR Analyst, at tracie.Knight2@dhsoha.state.or.us.

TTY users, please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900. For assistance please call toll-free 1-855-524-5627.

Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Pay Equity:

The Oregon Health Authority is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information, or any other protected class under state or federal law. In addition, we do not discriminate, or screen applicants based on current or past compensation. To learn more about OHA’s mission, vision, and core values, click here.

The Oregon Health Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to workforce diversity and anti-racism.

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