University of Washington School of Public Health
Environmental Public Health Program Manager (Public Health Scientist) - Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Part-time position, 37.5 hours per week
Closing Date: February 20, 2018
Posted: February 6, 2018
We are a team of employees who demonstrate a vision for public health improvement, ensure all Alaskans have the opportunity to lead healthy lives, exemplify ethical conduct, apply the best available health information and strategies, and are committed to continuously and enthusiastically working to achieve the best health for Alaskans and their communities.
The Environmental Public Health Program is within the Division of Public Health’s Section of Epidemiology. Our mission is to keep Alaskans safe from communicable diseases; injuries; and environmental, occupational, and other health hazards. Learn more about our programs and activities at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/Pages/default.aspx.
As a division of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Division of Public Health is the chief strategist for existing and emerging public health issues in Alaska. Our services protect life, health, and safety of Alaskans; we serve as a trusted source of health information; and through our systems work, we strengthen the essential public health infrastructure, services, and partnerships. Learn more about us at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Pages/default.aspx.
In direct consultation to the Chief, Section of Epidemiology, this position is responsible for managing and supervising the activities and staff of the Environmental Public Health Program. This program evaluates and educates about the possible hazards to human health associated with toxic substances in the environment.
- Evaluating the health significance of chemicals in the environment in Alaska, considering the chemical and physical nature of the chemicals, site conditions, toxicological properties, and relevant exposure pathways;
- Providing toxicological expertise to the department, other state and federal agencies, public health partners, health care providers, and the public;
- Performing health assessments for communities impacted by contaminated sites;
- Conducting follow-up investigations and surveillance activities related to contaminant exposures, and responding to a variety of other environmental health concerns;
- Formulating environmental public health policy and responding to legislative requests;
- Serving as a media spokesperson for issues related to environmental contaminants;
- Designing and directing epidemiologic investigations to identify the cause and extent of adverse health effects from exposure to toxic chemicals;
- Pursuing funding opportunities for the program;
- Preparing program budgets, progress reports, and position papers; and
- Supervising and directing the activities of Program staff (which currently consists of two Public Health Specialist IIs, a Public Health Specialist I, and an Office Assistant) and a federal public health fellow.
Each of the following knowledge. skills, abilities. and experience should be documented in your cover letter. If you do not have experience in an area please indicate this in your cover letter.
We are looking for the following demonstrated knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences:
- Doctoral degree in toxicology, epidemiology, or related environmental health sciences preferred, but not required;
- Demonstrated knowledge of environmental toxicology principles, including the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment;
- At least three years of experience investigating exposures to environmental contaminants and evaluating human health risks;
- At least one year experience in program planning, budget development, and supervision;
- Experience communicating the results of scientific information to peers, both through oral presentations and publication in peer-reviewed scientific literature;
- Experience working effectively as a member of a team;
- Ability to work with a high degree of independence and flexibility;
- Ability to multi-task with frequent interruptions while remaining calm, organized, and accurate;
- Ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, complex information in a simplified manner that is understandable to people of different backgrounds, ages, and levels of education;
- Ability to communicate professionally, effectively, and diplomatically while under pressure;
- High degree of interpersonal relationship and collaboration skills; and,
- Strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and consensus-building skills.
If you feel you embody these strengths, then we want to hear from you
Learn more about Anchorage (pop. 301,010), Alaska’s largest city, at https://www.muni.org/pages/default.aspx.
Some travel may be associated with the duties of this position.
A Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.), Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), or Ph.D. from an accredited college in public health, health administration, nursing, epidemiology, toxicology, health sciences, education, health education, community health, emergency medical services, psychology, the social sciences, the biological sciences, the physical sciences, social work, computer sciences, biostatistics/statistics, mathematics, or a closely related field;
How to Apply:
A cover letter is required. Please attach it as a separate document for this position. Please describe your education and/or work experience as it relates to the qualifications of this position. The cover must also describe your knowledge, skills, abilities, as they pertain to the points bulleted above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting. Your cover letter will be considered a writing sample and WILL BE USED to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process. Omission of any required documentation will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.