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Environmental Health Supervisor
Health Dept WR
Full-time 40 hrs/week - WRS Eligible
Deadline to apply:
$56,784 to $64,833.60/annually
Purpose of Position
The purpose of this position is to plan, promote, direct and supervise environmental health programs and personnel; enforce environmental health laws; and administer agency contracts and grants related to environmental health programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this classification. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Public Health Sciences
Plans, directs and administers all program activities designated by agent delegation agreements between state agencies and the Wood County Health Department. This includes licensing, inspections, and enforcement related to environmental health and sanitation for public facilities such as restaurants, retail food establishments, commercial lodging facilities, campgrounds, recreational-educational camps, body art facilities, swimming pools, whirlpools, manufactured home communities, etc. May conduct pre-purchase inspections for licensing and consult with plumbers, building inspectors, contractors and others regarding new businesses.
Directs investigation of food and water-borne illness outbreaks, collection of samples and completes required investigation report.
Provides expertise and leadership on the major drivers of environmental health issues to the department and community partners.
Assures the delivery of public health services are evidence-based and/or best practices, and build on the scientific basis of public health.
Participates in response teams to prevent, minimize, and contain adverse health events and conditions resulting from communicable diseases; food-, water-, and vector-borne outbreaks; chronic diseases; environmental hazards; injuries; and health disparities.
Community Dimensions of Practice
Collaborates in implementing and evaluating the Community Health Improvement Plan.
Participates in Wood County Health Department sanctioned research and projects that seek to improve the health of communities and determine new ways to address health issues.
Contributes to a work environment that fosters ongoing educational experiences regarding environmental health for colleagues and other public health-related students, healthcare professionals and members of the community.
Serves on inter-jurisdictional or multi-agency committees involved in environmental health policy development.
Analysis and Assessment
Participates in community assessment, specifically as it pertains to environmental health initiatives. Can distinguish between quantitative and qualitative community assessment data; understands incidence and prevalence data; knows how to access community epidemiological data.
Analyzes data to identify trends, health problems, environmental health hazards, and social and economic conditions and inequities that adversely affect the public’s health.
Conducts presentations of data and facts to community groups, stakeholders, and other professionals.
Investigates groundwater, air quality, nuisance and human health hazard and licensed establishment complaints. Interprets and recommends improvements/corrections, issues orders, condemns properties and represents the Health Department in legal proceedings.
Conducts community surveillance activities by gathering and analyzing data from department and other reports to assist with program planning and operational procedure.
Utilizes data in the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions, programs, policies, and plans.
Leadership and Systems Thinking
Recruits, selects, and onboard environmental health staff. Administers staff disciplinary process including suspension and discharge.
Supervises environmental health specialists and assistants; and assures their professional development through continuing education, training, and leadership development activities.
Provides appropriate and timely performance evaluations for all subordinates.
Oversee the water laboratory and assure adequate staffing and compliance with lab rules, approve expenditures, participate in state audits, make corrections as required, and determine days and hours of operation.
Facilitate and participate in environmental health team meetings and meetings with Health Officers from contracted counties regarding the Environmental Health program.
Represents environmental health programs and staff to agency management, Health and Human Services Committee, and County Board, and participates in professional peer groups.
Provides leadership to the Department as a member of the management team.
May serve as the Local Health Officer in the absence of the appointed Local Health Officer.
Demonstrates knowledge of applicable state professional practice guidelines for Registered Environmental Health Sanitarian.
Adheres to applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards, such as those concerning exposure to bloodborne pathogens, toxic substances, airborne pathogens or exposure to other hazards during routine assignments or assignments during public health emergencies.
Acts as a liaison and representative on community committees and coalitions, sharing resources and encouraging collaboration to meet common goals that support the department's values and the Community Health Improvement Plan and the state health plan.
Incorporates ethical standards of practice as the basis of all interactions with organizations, communities, and individuals.
Works with others to develop program specific performance based objectives and monitors progress on meeting established objectives.
Provides educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students in public health.
Policy Development and Program Planning
Enforces state health codes, local ordinances and rules; and initiates legal action as appropriate; authorizes closure of establishments for code violations.
Assures coordination and collaboration of environmental health program and enforcement with other agencies such as County Zoning, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Department of Safety and Professional Services, Department of Natural Resources, municipalities and County Parks.
Administer rabies control policy in conjunction with law enforcement officials; veterinarians, state epidemiologists, Humane Society, animal control officers and medical care providers.
Coordinates with the Department of Human Services on abuse or neglect cases where substandard or hazardous housing is involved.
Coordinates environmental health activities with other stakeholders, partners, agencies and jurisdictions.
Evaluates the effectiveness of policies and programs.
Communication and Cultural Competency
Prepares and submits monthly report to the Health and Human Services Committee on activities of environmental health.
Provides community education through media and presentations to schools, technical colleges, civic groups and government agencies regarding environmental health issues.
Promotes the Wood County Clean Sweep program and the pharmaceutical collection including community education.
Assures targeted, culturally appropriate information to help individuals and groups understand environmental health information.
Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial and ethnic, sexual orientations, lifestyles, and physical abilities.
Financial Planning and Management
Supports the development and administration of public health grants and contracts.
Leads the development and preparation of proposals for funding from external sources.
Assists in planning, development and monitoring of environmental and public health program budgets.
Prepares fee schedules, forms and monthly/quarterly reports.
Oversees the school kitchen inspection program. Develops fee schedule, provides appropriate education.
Additional Tasks and Responsibilities
While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this classification and may also be performed by other unit members.
Performs public health emergency response duties as assigned and consistent with job classification and training provided, in response to threats to the public’s health.
Participates in Department and community emergency response training and drills consistent with job classification in support of public health emergency and disaster preparedness.
Participates in department bioterrorism and other public health emergency planning and communication links, and is part of public health 24/7 response team.
Assumes responsibility for own professional growth and development by pursuing education, participating in professional committees and work groups and contributing to a work environment where continual improvements in practice are pursued.
Works to support the mission of the department and adheres to the core values as described in the most current agency strategic plan.
Performs other duties as assigned consistent with job classification.
Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university with a major in Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Public Health, Sanitary Sciences, or closely related scientific discipline required, Master’s degree preferred. Four years of professional experience as a public health sanitarian or in a related environmental health services capacity, one year of which must have been in a supervisory or leadership capacity necessary. Other combinations of training and/or experience that can be demonstrated to result in the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position will also be considered. Registration as, or eligibility to become, an Environmental Health Sanitarian in the State of Wisconsin within six months of hire is also required.
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