University of Washington School of Public Health
EHS Supervisor - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Closing Date: open until filled
Posted: October 3, 2018
Do you have expertise in state and local codes relating to on-site sewage system development projects or permitting processes? Join our team in On-Site for an opportunity to ensure the citizens of Pierce County have access to clean and safe water. This is a regular, full-time (1.0 FTE) position. Work location will be at the Pierce County Planning and Public Works (PPW).
Some of what you’ll do:
- Review and oversight of Health Department permit application proposals at the Health Department and Pierce County PPW.
- Supervise, train and coordinate activities of employees involved in conducting field and office reviews of permit application proposals at the Health Department and Pierce County PPW.
- Participate and contribute to quality improvement projects between Health Department and PPW.
- Assist EH Technology Program Manager and the PPW Innovation & Technology Manager to expand use of PALS + and Envision Connect for data entry and permit application review.
- Implement electronic plan reviews.
- Coordinate improvements to customer service and permitting process efficiencies.
- Coordinate efforts of the On-Site program field staff to increase use of technology like tablets, GIS, etc. when in the field.
- Communicate with the public, industry professionals and Pierce County staff regarding Health Department requirements and policies.
- Manage grants and program budgets, as needed, under the supervision of the Program Manager.
What you bring to the table:
- Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of environmental health.
- Knowledge of and the ability to apply math and science applications to environmental health work.
- Skill in analyzing, designing, compiling, recording and assessing data, i.e., budgets, performance reports, environmental impact statements, construction plans, etc
- Ability to provide effective supervision through coaching, mentoring, training, and delegation.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse population of clients, community-based agencies, and departmental personnel.
- Ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with tact, diplomacy, and sensitivity.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Who should apply:
A Bachelors Degree in public health, environmental science or closely related field; and 5 years of relevant supervisory or lead experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
- Ability to successfully pass a background investigation.
- Possession of a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driver’s abstract is required prior to employment.
- Possession of a current Certificate of Registration as a Sanitarian (RS) or a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) is required within six months of hire.
- Positions assigned to On-site Sewage System Design and Inspection requires the possession of a current State of Washington Wastewater Treatment System Inspector license within in two years of hire.
Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:
- Work is performed in and outdoors. Exposure to hazards found outdoors and those commonly found in government offices.
- The potential for dealing with dissatisfied or angry customers exists, requiring skills in conflict resolution.
- Routine exposure to regular climatic changes, which may involve heat, humidity, snow, and rain.
- Work involves special physical demands such as lifting and carrying 10 - 25 lbs
- Duties require the use of standard office furniture and field equipment (e.g., desk, filing cabinet, computer, printer, telephone, copy machine, shovel, tape measure, etc.)
When public health responds to an emergency you may be assigned duties that are outside your regular job description. This may involve responding at any time, including nights and weekends, with possible deployment to locations other than the department.