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Job Title: Chief, Environmental Health
Job Number:
Organization: Douglas County Health Department
Posted: 4/10/2024
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Environmental Health
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Omaha,  NE   
Position Description: Incumbent works under the direction of the Health Director or designee, overseeing sections within the Environmental Health Division (e.g. Sanitation Control, Sanitary Engineering, Environmental Inspections, Food and Drink, Lead Program, Laboratory Services).

Essential Functions: Direct and oversee staff and operations of the Environmental Health Division. Supervise assigned staff (e.g. training/orienting, scheduling, monitoring, coaching, evaluating, recommending personnel action). Coordinate and develop medical policies and procedures with the advice and consent of the Health Department Medical Advisor. Establish and maintain effective work relationships with clients, supervisors, County employees, elected officials, attorneys, law enforcement, judges, other agencies, and the public. Comply with Civil Service policies and regulations, collective bargaining agreements, County policies, department policies and laws to create a cooperative, safe, respectful and quality work environment. Implement new Division regulations. Plan and/or conduct environmental health inspections and investigations. Direct the development and implementation of standard operating procedures. Develop and apply division plans, long/short term goals and strategies monitoring progress toward achieving the Department’s strategic plan. Assist the Director with preparing the annual budget (e.g. compile budget information, monitor/approve expenditures, report significant variances). Respond to sensitive or difficult inquiries from staff, the public, healthcare providers, and the media concerning the Division. Prepare or provide staff in-service and/or continuing education opportunities ensuring continued certifications, licenses and/or registrations. Develop reports, studies, and analyses. Seek grant opportunities and funding sources, and recommend grant applications and funding opportunities to the Director. Serve on various intradepartmental and community boards and committees. Testify on behalf of the Department at County Board meetings, City Council meetings, State Legislative Committee Hearings, and other agencies/organizations. Maintain communication with State agencies, area groups and agencies. Present information (e.g. public health issues, community health needs, community health status) to the community. Promote a safe working environment for staff through various activities (e.g. safety awareness education, review and recommendation of safety policies, enforcement of safety procedures, reporting and investigating work-related accidents). Ensure staff adhere to work rules, procedures and other requirements. Prepare and maintain various documents (e.g. records, reports, analyses, correspondence). Maintain job knowledge and skills (e.g. research, training, webinars, seminars, meetings, conferences, continuing education). Safely operate a motor vehicle when required to travel on County business. Report to work with regular, consistent attendance. Perform other duties as assigned and directed.

Qualifications: Education and Work Experience and Other Requirements: Master's degree from an accredited university or college in Public Health, Public Administration, Environmental Health, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry or a related field of study required.* Six (6) years of environmental engineering and/or environmental sciences experience required.* Three (3) years of supervisory or managerial experience required. Experience/background in laboratory services required. Two (2) years of MSOffice experience required. Must meet the eligibility criteria for certification as an Environmental Health Specialist as set forth in Section 38-1308 (Nebraska Statutes) upon hire and take the required exam becoming certified within one (1) year of employment and maintaining certification throughout employment required. Valid driver's license and own transportation upon hire, and maintained throughout employment required. Completion of a pre-employment criminal record check and conditional offer drug screen required. *Equivalent combination of education and work experience may be substituted for requirements on a year-for-year basis.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work is generally performed in an office setting. Noise level is usually moderate. Work hours are typically standard day-shift hours; however, schedule may vary (e.g. hours, weekends, extra hours, holidays, emergency call-in). Work involves potential exposure to dirt, allergens, odors, chemicals, and weather conditions. Work may be stressful when dealing with time constraints, multiple/changing priorities, limited resources, and uncooperative/irate individuals. Work requires some physical activity, including extended periods of sitting, standing, frequent walking, reaching, carrying, and occasional climbing, balancing, bending and kneeling. Work also requires the ability to frequently lift and/or carry objects weighing up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds. Required sensory abilities include vision, hearing and touch. Visual abilities, correctable to normal ranges, include close, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Communication abilities include the ability to talk and hear within normal ranges. Incumbent must possess the hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate computers and other equipment.

Organization Description: Douglas County, incorporated in 1854, forms part of one of the nation's major metropolitan areas along the Missouri River, with Omaha as its largest city. The county has a broad-based economy with strong trade, service, and manufacturing sectors, with many corporations headquartered in the county. This is the major insurance and telemarketing center of the United States. The employment base is diverse and employment remains stable. Douglas County's unemployment rate has consistently remained below the state and national averages.

The county operates under the board of commissioners-administrator form of government. Policymaking and legislative authority is vested in the Board of Commissioners, which consists of seven members. The Board of Commissioners is responsible, among other things, for passing resolutions, adopting the budget, appointing committees and hiring the county's chief administrative officer. The board is elected within their respective districts. Board members are elected to four-year terms, staggered, with three or four members elected every two years. The Chief Administrative Officer is responsible for carrying out the policies and resolutions of the Board, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the county, and for appointing the heads of county departments that do not have an elected official.

Closing Date: 7/10/2024
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Lauren Dombrowski,  Chief, Environmental Health
Contact Location: 1819 Farnam Street

Omaha   NE  68183
United States
Contact Location: 1819 Farnam Street
  Omaha   NE  68183
  United States
Contact Phone: 4024447318 
Contact Fax:
Contact Email:
Web Address:
How to Apply: To be considered, candidates must submit a full application through the Douglas County Careers page.

Additional Information: Compensation: $9,362.98 - $14,980.77 Monthly

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