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Director, Environmental Health - City of Minneapolis

Director, Environmental Health

SALARY: $105,634.88 - $125,222.24 Annually
JOB TYPE: Full-time
LOCATION: Public Service Center, 250 South 4th Street, Minneapolis
CLOSING DATE: Continuous
As the largest and most vibrant city in the state, Minneapolis depends on purposeful, dedicated and innovative employees.  Minneapolis has a large variety of careers for people of all experiences and backgrounds who come together for a singular purpose--serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Health Department is seeking an individual to oversee the health inspection, address relevant public health nuisances, and other specified environmental functions of the Department. These include directing the operations, budget development and budget management and providing strategic direction for Food, Lodging and Pools division. This position also provides leadership in establishing and maintaining community and intergovernmental relationships, as well as communication with the media, related to providing those services and necessary to addressing system level issues that emerge as part of providing those services. This includes oversight of the City's delegation agreements with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Health; enforcement of relevant chapters of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances; communication and maintenance of active relationships with regulated parties and affected communities.

This position serves as a key advisor to the Commissioner of Health and acts on his/her behalf as a department representative on committees, special projects and collaborative efforts with other agencies and organizations.

The division of Environmental Health wins 2019 Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for Excellence in food protection. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) announced Minneapolis Environmental Health as the recipient of the 2019 Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for excellence in food protection at the local level. This award is given annually to local environmental health jurisdictions that demonstrate unsurpassed achievement in providing outstanding food protection services to their communities.

Direct Service Administration

  • The Director provides oversight and strategic direction for the Food, Lodging and Pools unit. The Director is responsible for effective and reasonable execution of the City's duties outlined in its delegation agreements with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Health to enforce the Minnesota Food Code, Minnesota Lodging Code and the Minnesota Pool Code and relevant sections of Minneapolis Code of Ordinances Chapters 111, 186, 188, 190, 192, 194, 196, 198, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 230, 231, 232, 234, 297, 297, 301, and 339.  Meet increased expectations from the state for the program including oversight of and maintaining consistency, integrity and uniformity across all routine inspections to state standards as well as investigations of complaints, enforcement, permit issuance, plan review, educational initiatives, and issuing emergency closure orders.
  • The Director supervises two Supervisor Health Inspections positions, and directs the activities for a team of health inspectors and an Environmental Health Community Liaison.
  • Assists the supervisors in ensuring: inspection standardization including but not limited to restaurants, food trucks, farmers markets, board and lodging facilities; timely plan review for new or changes to food establishments; managing the significant and on-going expansion of new food processes that require risk assessment plans; investigating food borne illness outbreaks; responding to fire calls; conducting compliance meetings and license settlement conferences; development and management of fee budgets; development of fee schedules; development of performance measures including Results Minneapolis; short and long term business planning; application and management of any grant funding; and, the effective operations of the unit.
  • The Director ensures that the training of food managers and food workers on food safety requirements is culturally and linguistically appropriate for the various cultural groups in Minneapolis.  Works closely with the division's community liaison, the Minnesota Department of Health, and other community partners to ensure that relevant businesses owned by limited English speaking individuals are assisted as needed to be in compliance with all food regulations and certifications.
  • The Director ensures that plans are in place for significantly expanded inspections and food safety for major events in the City such as the All-Star game and other events of national significance.
  • The Director ensures that as public health nuisances are identified that are relevant to department activities such as potential worker exposure to bodily fluids in adult entertainment establishments, or as directed by elected officials, that plans to address the nuisance are developed, implemented, and evaluated.

Division Administration

  • The Director will be accountable for all aspects of the division.  It is the Director's responsibility to prepare and manage the division budget.  The Director is accountable for developing policies and procedures pertaining to the division's functions.  The Director is accountable for the personnel transactions of his/her section, to include: hire new employees; create and update performance standards and provide on-going feedback for all direct reports; provide training opportunities; perform corrective actions; and terminate employment as needed.
  • The Director, with support from the department's Contract Administrator, will assist with contract compliance for the division.  This will include contract negotiation, preparation, processing, implementation, monitoring, and reporting.  The Director will assist in the research, preparation, and submission of requests for grant funding; assess the need for new initiatives; adjust current strategies to meet the changing needs of city residents within available resources; and assume administrative oversight of new initiates as appropriate.

Department Administration

  • The Director, as one of six department directors, works with the Commissioner to help set direction, provide leadership and lead business process improvement for the department. Provide input to department public policy, legislative agendas related to the areas of responsibility, and general allocation of available funds.  An ongoing aspect of this position is to assess the need for new initiatives and to adjust current strategies to meet the changing needs of City residents within available resources.
  • The Director, in conjunction with the management team, will assist in the development and subsequent communication of the department mission and vision both internally and externally.  The Director will motivate and lead the staff to successfully accomplish the established goals and objectives.  The Director is accountable to report to the Commissioner and other directors on any issues or situations which would impact clients, other team members, or the Department.
  • The Director, will provide director level leadership related to Public Health Emergency Preparedness planning, training, and response.  This includes developing and testing incident management skills, training and exercising various department emergency management leadership roles.
  • Proper budgeting of time and resources is central as both are scarce.  Focus and service must be realigned as priorities change.  The Director is responsible for planning projects by resources and is accountable for measuring results against budget or plan.
  • The Director is responsible for developing and delivering presentations to internal and external agencies, City committees, community organizations, and with the media, on key environmental health issues.
  • A key element of this position is the successful management of change. The Director must be able to anticipate and influence change at the program, community, and City level. The individual must be flexible and able to prioritize and adjust priorities rapidly as events may dictate.
Education: Bachelor's degree in administration, public policy, environmental health or related field; master's degree desirable.

Experience: Five years of management experience of increasing responsibility in environmental, regulatory and environmental health positions with an emphasis in administration, planning, personnel management, program development and evaluation, and budgeting and financial management.

License/Certifications: Valid driver's license. Current registration with the State of Minnesota as an Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian.

Equivalency: An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be considered.

Cover letter and Resume: You must attach a cover letter and updated resume to your application. Without these documents, the application may be deemed as incomplete and will not be considered further.

Background Check: The City has determined that a criminal background check and/or qualifications check may be necessary for certain positions with this job title. Applicants may be required to sign an informed consent form allowing the City to obtain their criminal history and/or verify their qualifications in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be further considered for the position.

Drug and Alcohol Testing: All job applicants must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test once a conditional offer of employment has been made.  Applicants will be required to sign a notification and consent form prior to undergoing drug and alcohol testing.  Applicants who do not consent to undergo drug and alcohol testing will not be required to do so and the City will withdraw the conditional job offer, resulting in the job applicant no longer being considered for the position.

  • Knowledge of state and local laws related to food, lodging, and pools.
  • Understanding of the legal duties encompassed by the City's regulatory authority.
  • Demonstrated blend of strong management and leadership experience along with advanced knowledge of environmental health and regulatory systems.
  • Experience working in the community with culturally diverse and special needs populations, collaborating with multiple agencies, working across sectors and working with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with the public, health professionals, community leaders, and elected officials.
  • Must be able to present ideas accurately, effectively, and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Must be flexible and able to prioritize and adjust priorities rapidly as events may dictate.
  • Must have knowledge of, or ability to learn, public health emergency management and required leadership roles within the City in the event of an emergency.