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50% FTE Public Health Program Specialist - UW Environmental Health and Safety Department

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Location: Seattle, WA
Part-time position, 20 hours per week
Closing Date: April 9, 2017
Job #11219
Posted: March 9, 2017

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

UW Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S) partners with the rest of the University of Washington community to provide safe campuses and protect our environment. People, health, and safety are important to us, and we value accountability, collaboration, employee development, effectiveness, efficiency, and a service orientation. We are seeking an individual who shares these values to be part of our team.

EH&S has an outstanding opportunity for a part time, 50%FTE Public Health Program Specialist. The EH&S Public Health Program Specialist will be in charge of inspecting food safety, drinking water safety, pest control, and pool and spa safety for all three UW campuses. The public health program specialist (PHPS) plays a key role in maintaining safe and healthy campuses for students, faculty, staff, and visitors by implementing the food safety program. The public health program specialist works closely with the public health program manager to develop and implement food safety program protocols. The public health program specialist inspects food safety at University food service establishments, large athletic events, temporary food events, and other campus events where food is served.

This position will directly contribute to and be accountable for creating and sustaining EH&S’s culture of service, accountability, and excellence. 

Position Duties
• Inspect UW’s food service providers on three campuses, including more than 200 retail food establishments, large temporary food events, two large hospital-based food services, and food concessions at athletic events
• Collaborate with food service managers to improve compliance with food safety standards and mitigate risk for UW students, faculty, staff, and visitors
• As needed, temporarily close food service establishments to reduce the risk of foodborne illness
• Assist with foodborne illness investigations, potentially in collaboration with local, state, and federal food safety officials
• Maintain paper and/or electronic records of food service inspections and temporary food permit applications

  • Provide culturally competent education, technical assistance, and regulatory compliance advice to campus food service establishments 
  • Convey and interpret public health and environmental codes, regulations, policies, and technical regulatory information to a variety of diverse audiences
  • Determine if regulatory violations have occurred, document violations, and establish schedule for corrections; and make recommendations for follow-up to public health manager based upon investigation findings
  • Respond to public complaints and inquires on food borne illness and environmental health matters
  • Maintain and use program based computerized systems, write reports, and maintain accurate field records
  • Participate in assigned Environmental Health & Safety meetings and trainings
  • Other related duties, as assigned

    For detailed information on Benefits for this position click here.


•     Bachelor’s degree in public health, environmental health, biological sciences, or a related field
•     Demonstrated knowledge of food safety principles, or a strong interest in learning about food safety other aspects of environmental health and safety 
•     Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to be articulate, diplomatic, and customer service-oriented
•     Demonstrated written communication skills, including the ability to prepare concise and accurate correspondence and reports conveying professionalism and diplomacy
•     Demonstrated ability to use sound judgement while interacting with colleagues and clients
•     A collaborative, consultative approach to compliance adherence    
•     Demonstrated ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with competing and shifting deadlines
•     Strong desire for ongoing technical and professional learning

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
•     Two years of experience in public health and/or food safety regulations
•     Two years of experience collecting and analyzing program data
•     Registered Sanitarian certificate from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) or the
Washington State Environmental Health Association (WSBRS)
•     Knowledge of federal, Washington state and local environmental health regulations
•     Demonstrated knowledge of water and food sampling techniques, including sample handling procedures
and protocols
•     Two years of experience analyzing and interpreting program data
•     Demonstrated knowledge of conflict resolution techniques
•     Experience with public health program planning, implementation, and evaluation
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