POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as an integral member of the senior leadership team, the Environmental Public Health Division Chief will be primarily responsible for the direction, operation, budget, development and implementation of policies and procedures that relate to the Environmental Health Division. Assists staff in the education and regulatory activities involved with food and institutional facilities, public bathing places, lodging, vector control, occupied housing, nuisance abatement and premise sanitation and water quality laboratory activities. Coordinates the Division’s activities with federal, state, and local agencies, community and civic leaders.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following functions represent the majorities of the duties performed by the position, but are not meant to be all-inclusive or prevent other duties from being assigned when necessary.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Directs and supervises the work of Environmental Public Health Division through the selection of approved staff, training, appraisal of employees and recommendation of associated personnel actions; defines individual and group responsibilities; determines priorities and deadlines; evaluates the quality and effectiveness of the division’s work; initiates changes or corrections to programs or processes, when appropriate, to ensure the quality and consistency of services and efficient utilization of manpower; and evaluates staffing requirements and makes recommendations for increases or decreases to staff size.
Supervises the evaluation and development of the division’s operations and the planning, implementation and coordination of programs with other departments, to ensure the needs of the public are addressed for environmental public health. This includes programs that control or prevent animal and insect carriers of disease, unsanitary institutional conditions, prevention of food borne illness, ensuring food safety, objectionable pollution, nuisances, refuse disposal, and the safety in public bathing facilities. . Provides assistance to water quality laboratory operations to ensure adherence to federal and state parameters and maintain certification status.
Develops, implements, and administers annual and long-range budgets and plans to ensure the sound, fiscal management of the unit and meeting the financial objective; approves the acquisition of materials and supplies for the division; provides direction and leadership in seeking new sources of funding for new and ongoing programs; and recommends and directs the conduct of time and cost studies for use in program evaluation, planning, and cost analysis.
Participates in the development of THD policies, procedures, protocols and programs; and serves as a member of committees, teams and task forces, as requested, to assist in the coordination of activities, the effective management of THD, and to contribute professional expertise.
Develops new or modified policies and procedures to enhance operational efficiency; interprets and communicates THD management decisions, policies and directives to personnel; and communicates staff needs and suggestions to senior management, as appropriate.
Reviews and prepares reports about activities, data analyses, costs, operations and forecasts to determine progress toward stated goals and objectives.
Initiates the development of ordinances, rules and regulations relating to environmental public health.
Directs the preparation of reports and the maintenance of records of environmental public health-related activities.
Represents the THD in the community through professional affiliations and participation in community groups.
Initiates surveys, investigations and studies of Environmental Public Health programs; and interprets and communicates the results to appropriate parties within and outside the THD.
Interprets and applies the results of bacteriological and chemical examination on water, food, milk and milk products to the program.
Completes required training in support of the duties and responsibilities of this position
Other duties as assigned including those required to fulfill activities in support of public health emergency operations.
Experience – Seven to ten years of experience with an agency in the field of environmental health. Five years of which must have been with a public health agency. Three years of supervisory experience.
Knowledge/Skills: • Knowledge of public administration, principles of management and effective supervision, personnel and fiscal management, agency policy, and local, state and federal regulations relevant to agency programs. • Skills in analyzing complex situations and making responsible decisions; in directing the work of subordinates; and in communicating agency procedures and results in a clear and concise manner. • Highly developed communications skills are required to present complex ideas orally and in writing to persons inside and outside the Department.
Licenses – Registered Environmental Health Specialist thru the National Environmental Health Association or Oklahoma State Department of Health, required.
Additional Salary Information: Full range of benefits. Retirement Pension program.
Internal Number: 2007
About Tulsa Health Department
Since its establishment in 1950, the Tulsa Health Department serves as the primary public health agency to more than 600,000 Tulsa County residents, including 13 municipalities and four unincorporated areas. The agency is one of two autonomous local health departments in Oklahoma, with statutory public health jurisdiction throughout Tulsa County and the City of Tulsa. THD’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of all Tulsa County residents, in order to make Tulsa County the healthiest county in the country. THD was among the first health departments in the U.S. to receive national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.
We want to make Tulsa County the healthiest county in the country.
To improve the health and well-being of all Tulsa County residents.
We're committed to a constant pursuit of a healthier Tulsa, and we do so by carrying out our core values:
Treat all people with dignity and respect – the THD Way.
Put the needs of a client ahead of anything and everything else – Community First.
Be accountable to each other and to the people we serve.
Empower residents to make healthy and safe choices.