SAIC is seeking experienced personnel for the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Operations Support Directorate (OSD) program to provide administrative, programmatic, training and exercise, medical operations, and information coordination services to in order to enhance the nation’s abilities to prevent terrorists and other threat actors from using weapons of mass destruction and support operational partners in closing capability gaps along adversary pathways.
The Jurisdictional Coordinator Lead performs the functions of a technical expert in the relevant scientific field in support of major programs or system development. Applies scientific expertise in defining and resolving system issues, performing analysis, and developing plans and requirements in the subject-matter area for complex systems. Supports planning activities for multicenter studies, and short term testing activities to resolve technical issues. Coordinates technical consultation requests and tracks to satisfactory outcomes. Coordinates and manages the preparation of analysis, evaluations, and recommendations for proper implementation of programs and systems.
Jurisdictional Coordination provides program office guidance and direction to jurisdictions and coordinates activities among state and local policy, public health, and emergency response officials. The Jurisdictional Coordinator Lead will assist the federal Jurisdictional Coordination Lead with coordinating jurisdictional activities by performing the following tasks:
• Establish and maintain open lines of communication, and liaise between individual jurisdictions and the Biodetection Program Office, the appropriate DHS regional Joint Task Force (JTF), and other federal mission partners. This includes:
o Developing, expanding, and/or maintaining partnerships within the jurisdiction, to include federal, state and local partners (e.g., DHS Protective Security Advisors, FBI WMD Coordinators, DHHS/ASPR Regional Emergency Coordinators, EPA Regional Offices);
o Providing jurisdictional information, support, and response to Biodetection Program inquiries;
o Identifying information sharing needs of the jurisdiction and coordinating with the Biodetection Program Office to make it available;
o Sharing jurisdictional best practices and lessons learned with the Government and other jurisdictional coordinators;
o Facilitating local Biodetection meetings to ensure accurate and adequate information flow between strategic and tactical aspects of the Biodetection Program;
o Reporting updates on significant jurisdictional activities to the Biodetection Program Office on a bi-weekly basis;
o Reporting any Biodetection incidents to the Biodetection Program Office within 24 hours of occurrence, including, but not limited to, system discrepancies and theft or loss of Biodetection-related equipment;
o Communicating current program policies, plans, needs, and other items of mutual interest to external mission partners (e.g., DHS CBP, DHS I&A, EPA, DHHS, DOJ FBI, DOD).
• Coordinate Biodetection Advisory Committee (BAC) activities with the BAC chairperson. This includes:
o Planning and facilitating local BAC meetings, as required. Biodetection Jurisdictional Coordinators (JC) serving multiple geographically-separated cities shall travel to assigned jurisdictions a minimum of once per quarter to support these meetings, not to exceed four trips per city per year. Backup JCs shall attend BAC meetings in assigned jurisdictions a minimum of once per year;
o Relaying program information to BAC members to ensure they are current on program guidance, policy, protocols, events, and incidents;
o Developing jurisdictional response plans in collaboration with local public health officials (or other local designees).
• Prepare a jurisdiction for, and support local response activities to, a Biodetection Actionable Result (BAR). This includes:
o Identifying training needs of the jurisdiction and inform the Biodetection program office;
o Providing jurisdictional partners with current, approved program policies and procedures;
o Conducting jurisdictional Biodetection notification drills according to program schedule;
o Assisting in development of BAR After Action Reports (AAR) and Response Improvement Plans;
o Planning, facilitating, and evaluating Biodetection-specific exercises in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) doctrine as directed by the federal Jurisdictional Coordination Lead and the Biodetection Program Office
Education: A Doctorate, Master’s, or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in public health or related fields such as biology epidemiology, environmental health or science, emergency management or industrial hygiene.
Experience: Doctorate degree requires five years relevant experience working in a local, state or federal public health or emergency management setting. Master’s degree requires ten years relevant experience working in a local, state or federal public health or emergency management setting. Bachelor’s degree requires 15 years of relevant experience working in a local, state or federal public health or emergency management setting.
Clearance: DHS Suitability and/or Secret. Ability to obtain Top Secret.
Experience with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) CWMD Office, DHS HQ and DHS operational components desirable.
• Knowledge and experience in CBRN material as well as an understanding of the hazards associated with their manufacture, transport and use
• Knowledge of Secure the Cities, BioWatch, and/or other major WMD detection programs
• Experience in training, exercise development and execution
• Experience in deliberate planning
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