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Job Title: Director, Office of Environmental Health and Safety
Job Number: DOH4079
Organization: Washington State Department of Health
Posted: 5/21/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Environmental Health
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Olympia,  WA    USA
Compensation: $86,508 - $110,724
Position Description: The Opportunity As the Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS), you lead the office and provide supervision and leadership to approximately 77 dedicated and well trained staff including five Washington Management Service (WMS) managers, highly technical supervisors, professional engineers, technical staff, and administrative staff located in Tumwater and Spokane, Washington. You are responsible for an annual budget of approx. $21 million that includes General Funds, State Dedicated Funds, Fee, Federal Funds, and interagency agreement reimbursements. OEHS represents a diverse set of programs that link strongly to other elements of our environmental public health system that includes tribes, local health, other agencies, our industry groups, and community partners. Self-awareness and superior relationship-building skills are essential. We demonstrate ethics and integrity through our actions; the Director will lead by example. The mission of OEHS is to improve the health of the people in Washington by reducing and preventing, human exposures to a variety of environmental hazards and disease pathogens. Our programs work across the public health system on treatment and disposal of wastewater, the food we eat, the schools our children attend, and the places we recreate and overnight.

Challenges and Opportunities The office is beginning an effort to review and overhaul the fee structure of a number of program areas in support of solidifying financial security. Over 1 million Washington children spend about 1,300 hours in a school building each year. Currently, only 9 Local Health Jurisdictions have the ability to implement the school rules due to a lack of resources. The new Director will work with our partners to develop a path forward of ensuring healthy places for kids to learn. Climate change is already impacting public health in Washington. New pathogens and toxins not previously identified in Puget Sound and Coastal communities will present additional burden on our resources and could lead to additional illnesses. The need for proactive planning and predictive modeling will be a priority.

Qualifications: What we're looking for Our ideal candidate is someone who can thrive in a workplace focused on credibility, extraordinary leadership and accountability. Someone who uses their extensive knowledge of environmental public health principles and proven track record of leadership to positively impact the lives of Washington's residents and visitors. Our ideal candidate is a team player who models humility, has a hunger to work, learn, and take on new challenges, and who listens and understands how their words and actions affect others.

Organization Description: Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies.

Closing Date: 8/21/2018
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Contact Name: Zach Covington,  Director, Office of Environmental Health and Safety
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