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Senior Analyst, Preparedness and Security

Location: Arlington, VA

Summary: Assists the department with project deliverables for federally funded public health and healthcare system preparedness projects. The position plays an integral support role to ASTHOís preparedness portfolio under the guidance of the Director, Health and Homeland Security. Areas of work could include but are not limited to state and territorial healthcare system preparedness, medical countermeasures, emergency management, and homeland security. This role will also support ASTHOís preparedness and response to emergencies, providing technical assistance to preparedness stakeholders.

Principal Functions:

  • Supports the Director, Health and Homeland Security with the daily administrative activities within the Preparedness portfolio. This position would support the Preparedness teamís virtual communities, work groups, meeting planning, presentations, and grant writing.
  • Researches and analyzes policy issues related to various aspects of public health preparedness, healthcare system preparedness, emergency management and health security.
  • Develops relevant capacity building and technical assistance tools and resources as needed.
  • Leads workgroups and learning communities to provide input on policies and procedures for state-federal coordination in public health and healthcare system preparedness planning and response.
  • Responds to requests for assistance and information from members, affiliates, federal partners, and national organizations.
  • Contributes to grant applications, spending oversight, reporting, and grant deliverables for the portfolio.
  • Represents the ASTHO and the Preparedness program in convenings with stakeholders, work group or committee participation, presenting at and attending conferences and other professional engagements.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with other programmatic teams, including but not limited to, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Infectious Disease Infrastructure, Environmental Health, and Insular Areas.
  • Maintains an active role as a member of the Incident Command Structure for ASTHO emergency responses.
  • Drafts and edits materials and oversees their timely production and distribution.
  • Manages assigned deliverables independently and uses independent judgment in completing activities while operating under general supervision.
  • Functions effectively, respectfully, and cohesively in a team environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in public health, public administration, public policy, or related field preferred (may be substituted for experience).
  • 2-3 years of prior related experience in areas such as public health, preparedness, healthcare, EMS and health security.
  • State or local public health and non-profit experience a plus.
  • Knowledge of public health emergency preparedness and health security-related issues, organizations, and activities.
  • Knowledge of and ability to track and analyze appropriate issues and legislation at federal and state levels.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Ability to present information clearly.
  • Skilled in proofreading and editing.
  • Ability to use discretion and judgment in dealing with confidential, sensitive, and controversial issues.
  • Ability to promptly manage multiple priorities and complete assigned tasks.
  • Ability to develop collaborative networks and represent the organization at meetings and conferences as requested.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively in a team environment with all levels of professional, technical, and administrative staff and toward shared objectives.
  • Ability to travel up to 15% of time to attend meetings, conferences and participate in site visits.

As a member of the Health Security/Preparedness team, the incumbent in the position will be required to have a greater level of on-call status and accessibility including nights and weekends. During responses to emergencies Health Security/Preparedness staff may be required to work additional hours, and/or cancel or postpone scheduled leave time or work-related travel.

ASTHO is the only national, nonprofit organization representing the nationís state and territorial public health officials and the agencies they serve. ASTHOís members, the chief health officials of all 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, the five U.S. territories, and the three freely-associated states, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy, assuring excellence in public health practice, and advancing health equity and optimal health for all. ASTHO is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and opened a second office location in Atlanta, Georgia in 2017. ASTHO was incorporated on March 23, 1942 with the goal of helping health officials navigate a rapidly changing public health landscape and remains a strong voice in governmental public health to this day. ASTHOís mission is to support, equip, and advocate for state and territorial health officials in their work of advancing the publicís health and well-being.


State and territorial health agencies advancing health equity and optimal health for all.


ASTHOís mission is to support, equip, and advocate for state and territorial health officials in their work of advancing the publicís health and well-being.





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