Environmental Program Supervisor - Washington County, MN
Assigned programs include but are not limited to Food Safety, Lodging, Pools, Manufactured Home Parks, Campgrounds, Drinking Water Protection, Tobacco Sales, and Community Sanitation. Work includes implementing and enforcing ordinances and public health laws, program oversight and development, staff supervision, responding to emerging issues, and assisting with program budgets. The environmental health team is comprised of committed and experienced environmental health professionals.
This position will participate in various stakeholder groups and committees and will engage the public and county leadership to inform and educate on program activities. Strong organization, time management, and professional written and verbal communication skills are essential to this position.
The Department values collaboration, program evaluation, quality improvement, and performance measurement to accomplish goals. Work is performed in collaboration with other public health agencies and independently with limited supervision under the direction of the Senior Program Manager.
- Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist (REHS)
- Paid work experience in creating high-functioning teams with an ability to set clear goals, support employees' learning, performance, and professional growth
- Standardized Food Safety Inspector under FDA Program Standards
- Paid work experience leading employee engagement solutions and diversity, equity, and inclusion activities.
HOURS / DAYS: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Occasional nights and weekends may be required. Work schedules (hours and days) and location are subject to change based on department needs.
ANTICIPATED HIRING RANGE: $73,715 - $87,391 per year
The Environmental Program Supervisor protects public health and the environment by determining problems and finding solutions that eliminate hazards affecting the health of the environment or population by developing, promoting, evaluating environmental health programs, assessments, and education within the community.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a Bachelor's degree in public health, environmental health, industrial or occupational safety, physical, chemical, or biological science, or related field and five (5) years of full-time professional environmental experience, with a minimum of one full-time year as a lead worker, or equivalent. A Master's degree in public health, environmental health, or physical/biologic science areas is desirable and may substitute for one year of experience.
State Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist or registration/certification in a field particular to the primary assignment may be required.
CORE COMPETENCIES, JOB SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED FOR SUCCESSFUL JOB PERFORMANCE
Core Competencies outline essential business and professional traits necessary to perform this job.
• Promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace;
• Demonstrates knowledge of actual and potential environmental problems that affect public health;
• Demonstrates knowledge of program planning and development;
• Demonstrates knowledge of Public Health federal state and local laws, rules, and regulations;
• Demonstrates knowledge of investigation methods including knowledge of basic epidemiological methods;
• Demonstrates working knowledge of basic health principles as they relate to public health and environmental health; and
• Demonstrates working knowledge of program development and evaluation methods.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide program oversight:
• Perform all functions of a Senior Environmental Specialist;
• Assist with negotiating and preparing contracts with service providers;
• Monitor service quality of contractors and recommend changes;
• Develop and implement program service standards, policies, and procedures;
• Monitor program-related legislation, rules, and regulations and impacts on programs;
• Monitor and evaluate the program and/or grant compliance;
• Evaluate and recommend management systems and program equipment;
• Oversee information management/electronic record systems related to program assignment;
• Collect, analyze and interpret program data including statistical, narrative, and anecdotal reports, staff input, and other information;
• Prepare program/unit annual work plans and monitor progress, achievements, and outcomes;
• Implement performance measurement and quality improvement processes;
• Represent the department on state and regional workgroup, task force, or committees on program-related issues;
• Assure the implementation of County policies, procedures, rules, and regulations;
• Assure the implementation of state operating rules;
• Perform other duties as assigned
• Oversee investigation of complaints, documentation of conditions, and issuance of corrective orders within the program;
• Plan and develop environmental program initiatives in collaboration with local, regional, and state agencies;
• Plan, coordinate, and evaluate the delivery of services to regulated facilities, businesses, community groups, local government agencies, and other agencies;
• Educate individuals and organizations on the meaning, purpose, and benefit of environmental public health laws and how to comply;
• Conduct and monitor environmental public health enforcement activities and coordinate notification of violations among appropriate agencies;
• Interview and make staff recommendations;
• Create and manage work schedules;
• Provide work direction and review work for accuracy;
• Develop and facilitate staff training;
• Provide leadership and direction to teams and individual staff;
• Integrate the organization's mission into the department's day-to-day business;
• Guide staff through changes in laws, processes, services, or programs;
• Respond to grievances or special issues;
• Conduct performance reviews;
• Identify, promote, and implement employee engagement opportunities.
Support program budgets:
• Assist with annual budget preparation for assigned programs;
• Project and monitor expenses and revenues;
• Evaluate and assess technology, materials, equipment, and staff needs;
• Participate in the development of program grants or funding opportunities;
• Authorize service expenditures.
Work performed is semi-sedentary in nature, and typically performed within the Government Center or a satellite office nor other fieldwork location. Lifting requirement of up to 25 pounds on an occasional basis. Equipment used may include, but is not limited to, a computer, calculator, telephone, camera, and copy/scanner/fax machine.
Must have means of reliable transportation for business purposes; individuals operating a motor vehicle for county business must possess a valid driver's license.
Work interruptions are frequent. There is some pressure associated with dealing with individuals who may be emotionally charged and with project or activity deadlines and details. May involve exposure to environmental conditions, including but not limited to, infectious diseases, vermin, dangerous animals, hot, cold, noisy, wet, filthy, dirty or dusty conditions, disagreeable odors, hazardous materials, physical hazards, or hazardous equipment. Employees may encounter reluctant, angry, aggressive, or threatening people and may be assigned to be on-site during disaster/emergency response and recovery operations.
Additional physical/mental requirements that occur may not be listed above, but are inherent in performing the position's essential functions.
This job description is intended to describe the kinds of tasks and level of work difficulty being performed by people assigned to this classification. The list of responsibilities is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. The County retains the discretion to add or change the contents of this job description at any time.