Assistant Director Environmental Health
Assists in the administration of environmental health services that include supervising the daily field operations and providing technical staff assistance.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives general supervision from the Environmental Health Services Director.
- Exercises direct supervision over supervisors assigned to Environmental Health program.
- Provide direct and indirect supervision through subordinate supervisors of all positions, employees, and functions within Environmental Health; provide broad direction, oversee policy and procedure standards, and evaluate performance of supervisors, direct reports, and operations; conduct first and second-level review of performance evaluation; resolve pervasive and complex personnel problems.
- Assist with developing and managing the budget that includes reviewing and approving expenditures.
- Act as a resource or expert in program area, providing technical guidance to less experienced staff.
- Plan and supervise the work assignments of environmental health services staff; monitor workload and service quality.
- Interpret and enforce federal and state regulations and statutes pertaining to environmental health issues such as potable water, wastewater management, food industries, institutions, land use planning, and hazardous materials containment.
- Provide technical staff assistance in the review of complex plans, specifications, and field evaluations for compliance with codes and regulations.
- Prepare and/or analyze technical reports and data for presentation to various boards, departments, and state/County agencies.
- Compose press releases regarding environmental health issues for distribution to the media.
- Respond to environmental emergencies such as hazardous material spills, fires, and natural disasters; coordinate environmental health services staff involvement in emergency procedures; may participate in 24-hour emergency pager program.
- Assist in the development, interpretation, implementation, and evaluation of policies, procedures, and statutes.
- Understand legal administrative procedures so able to testify in court as an expert witness on behalf of the County and make recommendations as requested.
- Work with political and sensitive issues, responding to the most difficult public situations and requests for information.
- Coordinate environmental health activities with other County departments, divisions, and agencies.
- Assist with presentations and provides technical advice to the Board of County Commissioners.
- Select, supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.
- Participate in emergency response planning.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Department and County rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and standard operation procedures.
- Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including selection, training, discipline, and evaluation.
- Techniques and methods of environmental health program development and implementation.
- Assist with budget management and resource allocation according to governmental standards and procedures.
- Correct English usage, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
- Prepare comprehensive and complex technical reports.
- Develop and direct an environmental health program.
- Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, rules, and regulations.
- Prepare and administer a program budget.
- Perform effective public speaking to groups of varied interests and backgrounds.
- Perform duties independently without close supervision.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Assist with writing and reviewing grant proposals.
- Supervise and mentor professional and support staff in a productive and positive manner.
- Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Four years of increasingly responsible technical experience in an environmental/public health agency plus at least two years' experience in an administrative and supervisory role.
- Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in environmental health or a related field. Master's degree in public administration, or public health-related field desirable.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.