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Black Hawk County has a variety of employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled individuals who are seeking a career with an organization dedicated to serving the public. The operations of Black Hawk County are dependent upon the energies of a 400-plus employee workforce. If you become a county employee, you will be part of a public service team that helps build and serve the communities we live, work and play in. In addition to competitive pay, Black Hawk County offers its full-time employees a variety of benefits, including medical, dental and prescription insurance coverage; life insurance; paid holidays and other leave time; a flexible spending account and a defined benefit retirement plan through the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS).

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You are responsible for documenting all relevant qualifications in the appropriate section of the application--do not refer to a resume. Resumes may be submitted in addition to the required application and questionnaires.

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Closes On: December 22, 2019 at 05:00 PM CST

Location: Health Department, Waterloo, IA 50703
Department: Health Department
Division: None
Job Status: Full-Time
Shift: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Hour Per Week: 40
Rate of Pay: NB 267/GS-17 $24.54 - $34.22
Status: Accepting Applications
Details: Qualified candidates must submit cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript(s) and application by close date; Preference is given to applicants that submit a completed application and required materials by 5:00 PM on Thursday December 12th, 2019. Applicants may be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire. Work hours are generally M-F with occasional evenings and weekends, and position is open until filled.
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Job Summary

Supervises the operations of the environmental health program; includes overseeing and participating in the assessment, inspection, enforcement, and compliance tasks of one or more services including water quality, private sewage disposal systems, food safety regulation, healthy homes assessment, public education, and other emerging areas of environmental health. In the absence of the Environmental Health Program Manager, this position is responsible for carrying out all supervisory duties.

Job Responsibilities

• Must be capable of regular and predictable attendance at a specified location in order to perform assigned tasks.
• Assists with supervision of an environmental health control program including implementation and compliance with grants, contracts, applicable federal and state laws, professional standards of practice; and public health emergency preparedness activities; assists with the development of environmental health policies and procedures.
• Assists environmental health inspectors to resolve complex assessments and investigations, e.g. non-compliance follow-up inspections and/or response to complaints, to ensure compliance with applicable rules, standards, and regulations.
• Monitors and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of environmental health activities to promote best practices, flexibility, high morale and productivity.
• Responds to requests for information or technical assistance to resolve environmental health issues/complaints; develops, maintains, and oversees a system of communication that explains and clarifies rules, regulations and policies; develops and communicates improvement plans in response to non-compliance with applicable rules, regulations and policies.
• Collaborates with the program manager and agency epidemiologist to investigate food borne illnesses and other public sanitation problems, including data analysis, source determination, and measures to stop or prevent outbreaks, follow-up investigations, client interviews and collection of samples for analysis.
• Prepares electronic reports, using approved software applications, to communicate/summarize environmental regulatory activity.
• Leads environmental health program effort to create and maintain applications in geographic information systems.
• Supervises employees within assigned division in accordance with county policies and applicable laws and collective bargaining agreements. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and employee development; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; enforcing work rules; issuing discipline; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Supervision is received from the Environmental Health Program Manager.

• Administrative supervision is exercised over Environmental Health support staff.

Minimum Required Qualifications

• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree and major course work in the natural or physical sciences.
• Must be certified or eligible for certification as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) and attain certification within six months of hire.
• Minimum of 1-3 years of related work experience required; supervisory experience preferred.
• Requires a valid Iowa Driver’s License and be insurable under the County’s guidelines. The position may require the occasional use of private vehicle for official business.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - • Knowledge of geographic information systems to organize, display and evaluate information on a relational basis required.
• Knowledgeable of state, federal, and local environmental control laws, rules, and regulations, and their application to environmental health programs.
• Must maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
• Proficiency with computers and software applications required.
• Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills and a professional demeanor.
• Ability to read, interpret and analyze plans and blueprints.
• Ability to make sound decisions under moderate stressful situations.
Special Requirements - • Must obtain incident command system training upon hire.
• May require approved training and certification in bloodborne pathogens upon hire.
• May require other environmental health certification within first year of hire.
• Maintains required continuing education credits necessary to perform essential job functions as well as required certifications.
• Must be available for off-hour and/or weekend activities as indicated.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The work environment and physical demand characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Refer to the “Essential and Marginal Function Analysis” statement for a complete description of essential functions and functional requirements.

• Position requires the occasional exposure to undesirable conditions which may include heat, cold, live or dead animals, human or animal waste, odors, filthy environments, insects and un-level terrain.
• Occasional lifting or moving up to 30 lbs.
• Work is performed primarily in an indoor office setting and requires frequent use of office equipment such as computers, copies, fax machines, telephones.
• Position requires frequent use of hand, fingers, arms and near vision
• Position requires substantial interaction/communication with other employees as well as the general public and department affiliates.
• Position requires occasional exposure to stressful situations.

Additional Information

All applicants will be initially evaluated based on the information included in the application only. Therefore, it is important to complete your online application accurately and thoroughly as it relates to the position requirements. Resumes, transcripts, certifications and other supporting documentation may be required for further consideration. Applicants considered best qualified will be asked to continue in the selection process. 

An online application is required. To apply, submit: 1) online application at https://ia-blackhawkcounty.civicplushrms.com/careers/ (or click the APPLY NOW button at the top of the page; and 2) proof of education and/or required certification(s). 

An eligible and qualified veteran may be entitled to preference in employment under Iowa Code §35C.1.  A veteran is an individual who meets the definition set forth in Iowa Code §35.1.In order to assert this preference a voluntary veterans preference form must be included. Applicants will receive notifications by email. 

Note: The application contains a required Supplemental Questionnaire. Your responses to these questions will assist in screening applications to determine who continues in the selection process. Responses should be informative and concise; not responding appropriately may eliminate you from consideration. Do not refer to a resume or other documentation.