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STATUS:Regular, Full Time
SALARY RANGE:$64,989.34-$86,234.72
LOCATION:705 N. Zeeb Rd.
Under the general direction of a higher classified employee, serves as the departmental authority on issues related to assigned program areas. Trains staff in technical standards, responds to appeals and resolves complex or sensitive cases. Assigned to work in various programs within the Environmental Health Division as needed
Essential Duties:

  • Conducts administrative hearings for relevant appeals and compiles summary of hearings.
  • Advises staff or personally handles the most complex or sensitive problems related to team program areas. Serves as departmental resource on the interpretation of codes, requirements and regulations, particularly in areas where there are no established guidelines.
  • Assists in administering the departmental programs. Prepares reports and studies, participates in budget, procedures and policy formulations and program planning. Assists in determining technology and programmatic needs and opportunities for improved efficiencies.
  • Assures that appropriate enforcement actions occur and reviews cases where legal action is anticipated or in progress, works closely with legal counsel and may testify as an expert witness.
  • Assists in developing protocols related to emergency preparedness, epidemiology, Public Health Advisories, environmental response and other issues critical to the department.
  • Required to participate on an on-call basis for activities related to emergency preparedness, food establishment emergencies and temporary events, environmental and public health emergency response and other critical programs.
  • Performs site evaluations and plan reviews of commercial developments, plats and site condominiums utilizing on-site sewage disposal systems and water supplies
  • Performs reviews of plans for new food establishments, complex sewage systems, secondary containment and other facilities monitored and regulated by the Department.
  • Represents the department before meetings of business, citizen or community, governmental and professional groups. Acts as liaison with various community officials, facility operators, contracts and agencies to provide information and assure proper communication.
  • Provides assistance in the scheduling of daily work activities. Schedules, assigns and monitors work, and assures coverage during vacations, emergencies and non-standard work hours.
  • Reviews reports, plans and permits in assigned program areas. Reviews current problems and needs and discusses assignments, strategies and possible outcomes. Schedules regular field visits to review work techniques, maintains uniformity of inspections, makes recommendations on licensing and provides advice on various problems.
  • Assists with meeting State minimum program requirements. Assures files and records of activities for assigned program areas are properly maintained and prepares related reports as needed.
  • Trains staff in technical standards, departmental policies and legal requirements. Encourages efficient and courteous work performance and provides feedback and advice.
  • Provides input on staff performance issues.
  • Receives and refers complaints relative to program views, makes referrals or assignments, and assures that complaints are handled in an expedient manner.
  • Prepares and delivers presentations to educate affected businesses, organizations and the public relative to departmental issues.
  • Provides and coordinates industry training in assigned program area. Training sessions and presentations are geared for organizations to educate their employees regarding sanitation and environmental health regulations to safeguard the public health.
  • Performs the work of a lower classified sanitarian as required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Knowledge of:

  • Federal, State and local environmental laws.
Skill in:

  • Communication skills, both oral and written, to explain technical concepts to laypersons.
  • Dispute resolution
  • Analyzing complex problems, evaluating alternatives and making sound recommendations
  • Reviewing and interpreting complex technical drawings and specifications
  • Understanding and adjusting priorities on short notice.
  • Providing leadership and expertise to other employees within the department on issues related to protection of the environment and public health.
  • Performing effectively under stress; attaining precise set limits, tolerances and standards.
  • Using sound independent judgment within established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Maintaining accurate files and records.
  • Interpreting laws and regulations and communicating their intent to the regulated community.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted within the course of work.
  • Operating standard office equipment, including personal computer, photocopier and fax machine.
  • Registration as a Sanitarian or Engineer in the State of Michigan
  • Possession of a valid Michigan Vehicle Operator's License required.
  • Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting, field site and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a VDT screen and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.
These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree in public/environmental sciences, Natural Resources or a closely related field or its equivalent.
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience as an environmental health professional or a closely related field.
This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.


CONTROL NUMBER: 2104-61-3210-0001


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