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Food and Lodging

Human Service Program Administrator III

North Dakota Department of Health


Starting Salary: $4,260-$4,600/month                   Closing Date: April 20, 2018

Location: Bismarck, ND                                          Status: Full-time/Regular

Position Number: 301- 26526                                Type of Recruitment: Internal/External

Date of Issue: April 4, 2018                                     Division: Food and Lodging


The ND Department of Health offers challenging work opportunities, a full range of employee benefits including a fully paid health insurance plan, paid leave, a retirement plan, flexible work schedules, infant-friendly policies and tuition reimbursement.


Minimum Qualifications:

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in an accredited environmental health, public health, or food science curriculum or a bachelor’s degree in physical, chemical, or biological science or other closely-related science or health major; and two years of professional experience in environmental work promoting public/environmental health or enforcing public health/environmental health laws and regulations.  A master’s degree in any of the above-mentioned majors may substitute for the work experience requirement.


Preference will be given to qualified applicants with computer skills and experience in grant writing. This includes planning program goals and objectives, writing policies and procedures, and public speaking. Effective verbal and written communication skills are essential.


If unable to find a qualifying applicant, the department will consider under-filling the position as a HSPA II, which requires a bachelor’s degree in one of the fields listed above and one year of related experience.


Application Procedures:

All applications for open Department of Health positions must be made via the Careers site:  Paper submissions will not be accepted.  Application materials must be received by 11:59 PM on the posted closing date.    All potential applicants must attach and/or upload the following documents in a .pdf, .docx, or .doc format:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that includes a brief description of the applicant’s background/qualifications
  • College transcript (copies or unofficial versions are acceptable)

Applicants who are residents of North Dakota and eligible to claim veteran’s preference must include Form DD214. Claims for disabled veteran’s preference must include a current statement of disabled status from the Veterans’ Affairs Office.

Please fill in all requested information, such as dates of employment, hours worked per week, credits earned, etc.

Applications will be scored against the minimum qualifications and preferences listed on the job announcement and qualifying military service. After the scoring is completed, a certified list of eligible candidates and the applications will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview, based on the final scores.

For more information, about the position contact Julie Wagendorf, Division of Food and Lodging, at 701.328.2523. For assistance in the application or interview process, contact Stacy Hoffman, Human Resource Officer, at 701.328.3321 or TTY 1.800.366.6888.


Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.


As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.


Summary of Work:

Major responsibilities of this job include: administering the inspection, enforcement, and licensing of entities related to the North Dakota’s Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, Restaurant, Lodging, and Assisted Living Facilities Laws, Mobile Park, Trailer Park, and Campground Laws, and the corresponding administrative rules, and laws for other entities assigned to the Division, including restaurants, retail food stores, food processing plants, child care facilities, dietary services in schools, tanning facilities, tattoo/body art shops, electrologists, and funeral services within an assigned territory primarily in central and south central North Dakota.


This position’s duties will include:

  • Provide investigative, consultative, planning and educational activities relating to the control of diseases.
  • Coordinate the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards using the criteria of national program standards.
  • Prepare and submit annual grant applications, including determining program objectives, activities, reporting requirements and budget.
  • This position will take the lead on communicating information management system maintenance requests, reporting errors, upgrades, enhancements, etc., with the software vendor as needed.
  • Assist the Director in providing oversite to field staff, monitor inspection results, and ensure compliance of all registered individuals and entities.
  • Take appropriate enforcement action as necessary
  • Interpret state laws and administrative rules
  • Testify as a witness in court when necessary
  • Assist the Director in drafting proposed changes to enhance laws and regulations
  • Communicate policy changes to staff and licensed entities.
  • Assist the Director in development of training programs, assessment of training needs, and provide/coordinate presentations/education as needed
  • Develop and implement program and division guidelines and policies
  • Prepare monthly/yearly reports for tracking complaint issues and the rate of compliance to state regulations


An Equal Opportunity Employer