Human Resources

Environmental Health Director/Deputy Public Health Director


:  The work involves policy development and implementation in the Environmental Health Division of the Public Health Department.  The work involves planning, direction, supervision and administration of all Environmental Health programs within the Health Department.  Direct supervision is given to technical and clerical staff.  Acts as interdepartmental liaison with Federal, State and local agencies in matters of Environmental Health.  Is responsible for the interpretation and compliance with Federal, State and local laws, rules, regulations and guidelines involving Environmental Health.  General direction and supervision is received from the County Public Health Director.  Does related work, as required.

Has the authority to act as the Public Health Director in the Public
     Health Director’s absence;
Responsible for the effective operation of the Genesee County Health
     Department and associated partnering departments;
Prepares short and long range plans and reports to obtain Federal,
     State and local funding for environmental health programs;
Attends and/or participates in professional seminars, conferences and
Represents the department(s) in conferences and meetings related to
     health system planning and development including meetings with
     other community providers, community groups, regional and state
     organizations and Board of Health meetings in the absence of 
Public Health Director;
Assists in the preparation of public relations material;
Responds to news media, government and business officials, state
     and local agencies, and community groups, regarding
     environmental health programs and activities;
Reviews and collaborates with County and contract Engineers on
     approvals of engineering plans submitted by registered architects
     and/or licensed professional engineers for compliance with local
     and state sanitary regulations;
Reviews inspection reports related to swimming and bathing places,
     stream pollution, shellfish distribution, sanitary conditions of
     camps, temporary residences, mobile homes parks, food,
     restaurant and general sanitation, animal bite investigations, 
     and public health nuisances;
Performs related administrative functions;
Interprets the results of chemical and bacteriological examinations of
     water, wastewater, and industrial wastes;
Coordinates all environmental health enforcement activities and
     initiates legal action, as required;
Coordinates the activities of environmental staff during environmental
     emergencies such as natural disasters, toxic materials exposure
     and foodborne illnesses;
Confers with local officials relative to environmental health problems
     relating to public water, etc.;
Performs special investigations/surveys relating to any phase of
     public health engineering or environmental health, as required.

The above examples of duties are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND/OR PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of public health and environmental engineering.  Thorough knowledge of public health law, New York State Sanitary Code, regulations, policies and procedures.  Good oral and written communication skills.  Ability to plan, develop, direct and administer environmental health programs.  Tact and courtesy; integrity; good judgment.

The physical demands 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is required to walk, talk and hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment 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.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Graduation from high school or possession of an appropriate equivalency diploma recognized by the NYS Department of Education, AND:

Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university in sanitary, environmental, chemical, civil or public health engineering or a related engineering field; or a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with thirty (30) credit hours in the natural sciences, of which not more than twelve (12) credit hours may be in the applied sciences; AND

Two (2) years of administrative and supervisory experience as a supervising engineer or supervising sanitarian as defined in this Part; or five (5) years of environmental health experience, including two (2) years of supervisory responsibility that demonstrates that the candidate has the technical and administrative skills necessary to manage programs that can anticipate, recognize and respond to environmental health challenges. A master's degree in public or environmental health or a related field that demonstrates the five core competencies of a public health education (Biostatistics, Environmental Health Services, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management and Social and Behavior Sciences) may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required environmental health experience.


Possession of a valid NYS Drivers license.

Competitive Class