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Director of Environmental Health
Environmental Health Department
Santa Clara, California

Date Posted: March 28, 2013
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Salary: $120,280.16 - $154,319.36 Annually
No. Hours/Week: Full-time



The Director of Environmental Health is an executive management position that reports directly to the Director of Agriculture and Environmental Management, and is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and managing the administrative and operational activities of the Environmental Health Department within the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Management.


Typical Tasks:

  • Plans, organizes and directs the County's environmental health programs through subordinate managers in the Consumer Protection, Hazardous Materials, and Administration Divisions, and in the Vector Control District;
  • Makes administrative interpretations of pertinent City, County, State, and Federal laws, ordinances and regulations;
  • Prepares and recommends new and revised policies, procedures, plans, rules, regulations, laws and ordinances;
  • Represents the County before Boards, Commissions, political bodies, news media and the general public; Resolves the more complex and difficult complaints regarding violations of environmental protection laws and regulations;
  • Ensures that the regulatory enforcement procedures used by the Department are applied judiciously and with the primary objective of obtaining compliance;
  • Works closely with representatives from other local, state and federal agencies; Develops the annual budget proposal;
  • Monitors revenues and expenditures, and manages the Special Revenue and Vector Control Funds;
  • Appoints subordinate managers and evaluates their performance in achieving program and individual goals and objectives;
  • Develops and conducts public relations and community outreach programs to promote knowledge regarding Environmental Health programs, objectives, ordinances, laws, and regulations;
  • Acts as a Deputy Health Officer for environmental health and sanitation matters, including the abatement of lead hazards;
  • Represents the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Management at the Countywide Safety Committee;
  • Participates in the County's response to emergencies and disasters and supports the County's disaster planning initiatives; Performs other related duties as required.



Substantial education, training and work experience that would demonstrate the ability to perform the management responsibilities listed above, and the attainment of the knowledge and abilities listed below. Possession of a current, valid Certificate of Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the State of California is required. The required knowledge and abilities would normally be acquired through graduation from an accredited college or university with major work in Environmental Health or a closely related field, and a minimum of five (5) years of recent progressively responsible experience working in an Environmental Health program. At least two (2) years of experience, which may be earned concurrently with the foregoing five (5) requirement, are required managing a multifaceted Environmental Health program, with a minimum of three years of experience performing the duties of a California Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Possession of a Master's Degree in a related field may substitute for one (1) year of the general experience. Administrative experience handling complex budgets and programs is desirable.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles of all phases of environmental health protection including, but not limited to: food safety, hazardous materials management, solid waste, recreational health, drinking water, vector control, disease control and prevention, and public health nuisances;

  • Principles and practices of organization, administration, personnel management, employee relations, and effective public relations;

  • Principles and techniques of problem solving and conflict resolution;

  • Practices and techniques of budget preparation, monitoring and control;

  • Legal aspects of Environmental Health administration, and the procedures for enforcement of State and local laws and regulations;

  • The Legislative process at both the state and local levels, and the proceedings of federal legislation as they affect local programs;

  • Federal, State and local agencies and their roles in environmental health matters;

  • Applicable laws and regulations governing environmental health protection;

  • General principles and techniques of public administration, organizational development, supervision and motivation of employees;

  • Principles and techniques of problem-solving and conflict resolution;

  • Principles of disaster response planning and standardized emergency management systems;
  • Effective management of fiscal resources including grant procurement and administration.

Ability to:

  • Plan, direct, coordinate and manage the staff and functions of a comprehensive environmental health protection and code enforcement program;

  • Prepare and administer the Department's budget;

  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with County staff and representatives from other local, state and federal regulatory programs;

  • Plan, motivate, supervise, train and evaluate the work of Departmental staff;

  • Coach and mentor staff and conduct succession planning activities;

  • Conduct effective public relations, outreach and information programs;

  • Deal effectively and tactfully with members of policy boards, commissions, elected and appointed public officials and the general public in discussing and/or resolving differences and environmental health problems;

  • Understand, interpret and apply provisions of federal, state and local legislation, rules and regulations pertinent to the administration of Environmental Health programs and policies;
  • Express ideas and communicate clearly, concisely and effectively in oral and written form;

  • Formulate and interpret strategic plans, mission statements, policies and procedures;
  • Prepare clear and comprehensive correspondence and reports;

  • Evaluate emergency situations and respond decisively and effectively;

  • Maintain necessary professional registrations and certificates.

  • Identify new developments and emerging challenges in the field of public and environmental health;

  • Supervise staff engaged in research, analysis and evaluation of data; respond to and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, Board Committees or Commissions.



View the complete job description (PDF).

This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at Computers are available at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110, during normal business hours, for applicants to apply online.

Questions regarding this Executive recruitment may be directed to Patricia Carrillo, Executive Services at (408) 299-5897.

Completion of the Supplemental Questionnaire and a Resume is required. Applications submitted without the Supplemental Questions and Resume will be rejected.

It is anticipated that this recruitment will be open until filled – You are strongly encouraged to submit as early as possible as the recruitment will close as soon as a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.


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