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Director of Environmental Health
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for planning, directing and administering the environmental health programs of the Onondaga County Health Department. The incumbent is also responsible for directing a program to enforce the provisions of the Agriculture Markets Law, Rules and Regulations as they relate to Weights and Measures. The work is of a professional environmental health nature involving responsibilities of an exceptionally high order in relation to planning, direction, supervision and execution of the environmental health program in Onondaga County. The work entails administration and direction of the environmental health division of the County Health Department; furnishing advice and guidance to local officials and the general public in regard to environmental health problems and the measures necessary for improvements and compliance with legal requirements; providing leadership in promotion of public health through application of environmental health practices; enforcement of the provisions of local and state Public Health Laws and Sanitary Codes in relation to environmental health matters. General direction is received from the county commissioner of health who reviews the work for accomplishment and adherence to departmental policy. Administrative supervision and direction is exercised over a large staff that includes Public Health Engineers, Sanitarians, Environmental Health Technicians, Weights and Measures Inspectors, Environmental Health Aides and clerical employees. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Plans, develops, directs and administers the environmental health program and supervises the work of the section or division staff.
Directs the operation of employees engaged in activities related to Weights and Measures either directly or indirectly.
Prepares budget for and evaluates environmental health programs.
Prepares budget for Weights and Measures program.
Submits annual report to the New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets.
Supervises enforcement of provisions of the Public Health Law and State Sanitary Code relating to indoor and outdoor air quality, environmental exposures, public water supplies, sewerage and waste disposal, operation of water and sewage treatment plants, swimming pools and bathing beaches, camps, hotels, lodging and boarding houses, restaurants and public eating places, stream pollution, realty subdivisions, qualifications of water plant operators, public health nuisances and related matters.
Consults with and advises other local agencies concerning activities carried on in relation to promotion of improved housing and plumbing to meet public health standards.
Makes environmental health investigations of outbreaks of disease.
Formulates and carries on or directs programs for training of water plant operators, environmental health personnel, food handlers, restaurant proprietors, camp owners and other classes of operating personnel.
Represents the Department of Health on all matters and problems related to environmental health and Weights and Measures.
Maintains relationships and cooperates with local, state, federal and other recognized agencies whose work or policies affect the public health program and weights and measures program.
Prepares technical reports including recommendations on environmental health matters.
Formulates environmental health policies.
Participates in public health preparedness activities as trained and assigned.
Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles and physical abilities.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, techniques, practices and administration of environmental health programs as related to indoor and outdoor air quality, environmental exposures, water supplies and purification, sewerage and sewage disposal, stream pollution, sanitary control of foods, sanitary control of restaurants and public eating places, sanitary control of camps, hotels, lodging houses, boarding houses, swimming pools, bathing beaches, schools and other places, insect and rodent control, housing, public health nuisances and general sanitation.
Comprehensive knowledge of provisions of Public Health Law and State Sanitary Code related to the above subjects.
Good knowledge of Laws, Rules and Regulations governing Weights and Measures programs.
Good knowledge of the practices and techniques of administrative supervision.
Good knowledge of principles and practices of modern administrative techniques and procedures including budget preparation and administration.
Ability to plan, develop, direct and administer environmental health programs and to project and integrate these into the departmental programs.
Ability to read and interpret complex written material, state laws and departmental regulations pertaining to consumer protection.
Ability to prepare technical reports and correspondence.
Ability to deal with public and other officials.
Ability to develop and maintain good public relations.
Initiative and resourcefulness in solving complex public health problems.
One (1) year of permanent competitive class status as a Public Health Engineer IV or as a Sanitarian IV.
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York Registered college or university with a Bachelor's degree in sanitary, environmental, chemical, civil or public health engineering, OR graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's degree, which must have included at least thirty (30) credit hours in the natural sciences*, of which not more than twelve (12) credit hours may be in the applied sciences*; AND,
Two (2) years of administrative and supervisory experience as a supervising engineer or supervising sanitarian.
NOTES: The term natural science means a science such as biology, chemistry, or physics that deals with the objects, phenomena, or laws of nature and the physical world. It includes all physical and biological sciences.
The term applied science means science based courses in environmental technology, sanitation technology, medical technology, public health, infection control or food science.
*Minimum qualifications derived from Part 11 of the State Sanitary Code (10 NYCRR).
03/2017 Date Revised