This position leads the activities of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to manage the assigned activities of the Drinking Water Protection section in order to protect the health of the public. Drinking water protection is a core public health activity, this position’s main goal is to assure that Minnesota community, and non-community drinking water systems are of the highest quality. This position directs statewide prevention and protection activities to protect the health of the public from public water supply drinking water transmitted diseases, injuries or death.
This position is responsible for advising and collaborating with senior management in the Environmental Health Division and the MDH to develop, implement and provide technical assistance for quality and performance improvement initiatives. This position is expected to participate on division and department management teams to develop strategic directions, legislative initiatives, policies and budget decisions. The position has responsibility for integrating evidence-based principles and actions and may lead research activities related to quality initiatives to ensure continuous quality improvement practices are incorporated into business operations.
Responsibilities include maintaining a statewide compliance program for a drinking water protection program to include: plan review, sampling, inspection and compliance activities; policy development and implementation, emergency response, water disease outbreak response, analysis, communication and management of hazards and risk factors, fiscal and personnel administration, conducting program evaluations and assessments of delegated agencies and internal operations, and development of new program activities in response to public health needs and concerns.
In collaboration with local, state, federal governments, the regulated community, and the general public, this position also directs the public health efforts to assure training, technical assistance, intervention strategies, and other programmatic support for managing environmental health risk factors to reduce or eliminate the occurrence of illnesses and deaths from drinking water contaminant incidences .
Master's degree or other advanced degree AND three years of progressive leadership responsibilities as a manager or supervisor or a statewide program.
Bachelor's degree AND five years of progressive leadership responsibilities as a manager or supervisor of a statewide program.
Knowledge, training and experience in public health and/or environmental management.
Knowledge of principles of administrative management sufficient to plan, organize, and direct human and fiscal resources to achieve full productivity and accountability under changing circumstances.
Knowledge of the fundamentals of management, leadership, and human relations principles sufficient to maintain ongoing positive relationships with subordinates, co-workers, administrative and executive officers, and non-agency personnel.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of public health, including federal and state laws, regulations and policies related to environmental regulation and resource management.
Knowledge of the rules and procedures of Federal, State, and local agencies involved in and responsible for implementing statewide programs.
Experience and knowledge of the principles of risk management, risk assessment and risk communication as it relates to public health and incorporating uncertainty into decision-making.
Experience with water treatment and conveyance systems.
Experience conveying complex information to a variety of different audiences and stakeholders.
Experience working with local, state and federal policy makers on water or environmental related issues.
Demonstrated experience in managing highly volatile situations with limited data in order to achieve a desired outcome in a timely manner.
Knowledge of the organization of the agency sufficient to analyze cost/benefit considerations, design, plan, establish timelines, monitor progress and evaluate project results.
Knowledge of program budgets, staffing plans, state employment requirements and collective bargaining agreements.
Requires occasional lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds.
Job may also require significant standing or walking to perform job duties.
This position requires successful completion of the following:
Must successfully pass a background check.
Must possess a valid Class D driver’s license.
Why Work For Us
Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy. Our collaborative, mission-driven work environment is a major factor in promoting a high level of employee health awareness, employer longevity and job satisfaction.
We offer a competitive benefits package including employee and family health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, health promotion programs, pre-tax benefits, vacation leave, sick leave, paid holidays, deferred compensation, retirement benefits, and more!
How to Apply
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The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
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