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Environmental Health Program Manager

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DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, and directs the environmental and consumer protection activities of the Environmental Health Services Program; represents the department in relations with other agencies; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position classification that reports to the Community Health Division Manager. The incumbent serves in the statutory capacity of Director of Environmental Health, in accordance with the California Code of Regulation, Title 17, Section 1308, and provides the Community Health Division Manager, Health Officer, and other executive and management staff with technical expertise and policy recommendations regarding environmental health issues.


1. Directs staff engaged in countywide environmental health activities including enforcement of applicable laws and regulations regarding food sanitation and consumer protection, on-site sewage treatment and disposal systems, public and private drinking water systems, use of reclaimed water, vector surveillance, aquatic recreational health, land use impacting public health, housing and institutions, disaster response, solid waste operations and public health complaints; provides policy direction to supervisors to enable them to make operational decisions; recommends policy development and revision, and oversees the implementation of operational policies and procedures; interprets legislation and directs the implementation of newly enacted laws affecting environmental health programs; ensures coordination of operations for activities integrating two or more program functions; designates responsibility in areas of functional overlap; prepares and analyzes reports, plans, correspondence, and other related documents to determine the impact on program activities and makes recommendations for change; directs negotiations conducted by staff; consults with the Health Officer on matters such as disasters or emergencies, and any other issues concerning public health safety.
2. With other executive and senior management staff: identifies areas for organizational improvement and initiates changes to improve organizational efficiency and customer service; monitors programs to ensure that they are meeting objectives and are cost effective; analyzes problems or complaints raised by industry, the general public, or the department in order to determine nature and scope of the problems or issues; as a result of analysis, recommends policies, goals, objectives, organizational structures, and strategies consistent with the identified needs, safety, and interest/concerns of the department, industry, and the general public.
3. Addresses the Board of Supervisors, making presentations and answering questions on technical issues related to environmental health; meets with state and federal legislators and/or their staff to discuss proposed legislation and other issues affecting the environmental health program; acts as environmental health program liaison and technical expert to other County departments; confers with local and state officials to seek advice regarding methods, procedures, and problems; develops and revises environmental health ordinances for Board approval; represents the environmental health program to other agencies, the community, and the news media, raising awareness of environmental health issues and explaining the role, mission, and accomplishments of the program; prepares and reviews evidentiary materials with the hearing officer for issues involving the enforcement of state and local rules and regulations.
4. Directs staff performing environmental health and public health risk analysis and assessment activities; directs the implementation of the risk management operations; leads, coordinates, or cooperates with teams or staff from other departments responding to environmental and public health emergencies, such as outbreaks of food borne illnesses, or unauthorized or uncontrolled release of chemicals.
5. Prepares, justifies, and monitors the program budget; ensures that adequate fiscal controls are established; facilitates the review of budget requests to determine the need for requested items, their priority, and alternate sources of funding; makes recommendations on the budget and changes to the fee structure to the division manager; may present and justify the proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors.
6. Supervises staff, directly and through subordinates; advises and assists staff in resolving issues and accomplishing the goals and objectives of the division; selects staff, establishes standards, evaluates performance, and takes disciplinary action.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the California Department of Health Services (in accordance with the California Code of Regulation, Title 17, Section 1308); and,

1. three years of administrative and supervisory experience in an environmental health agency.

A master's degree in public health, health science, public administration, or a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of environmental health; state and federal laws governing environmental health; disaster response and public information practices during emergencies; principles and practices of supervision and performance management; current management theory and practice; organizational development; budget preparation and administration.

Ability to: formulate, explain, and interpret policy; plan, organize, prioritize, and delegate work; learn local rules and regulations relating to division programs; analyze information, identify problems, project consequences, and make recommendations or develop solutions; exercise objectivity and independent judgment; make public presentations before groups with varying levels of technical understanding; establish and maintain working relationships with colleagues, staff, other departments, elected and appointed officials, community groups, and representatives of industry; respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies and disasters; demonstrate tact and diplomacy in representing the department; understand and address the concerns of a variety of constituencies; persuade and influence others; win acceptance of and support for controversial proposals.

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