Environmental Health Program Manager

Company:   Central District Health Department - Idaho

Location:  Boise, ID 

Date Posted:   January 30, 2019

Application Deadline:   February 13, 2019

Employment Type:  Full Time 

Salary:  $61,360.00 - $76,710.40 annually

Environmental Health Program Manager

About the Position

The Program Manager is responsible for ensuring that CDHD's environmental health programs and services safeguard public health. The scope of responsibility includes education and regulation in the areas of food safety, child care health and safety, public swimming pool safety, and citizen-reported environmental concerns. This position offers unique opportunities and challenges and requires a dedicated, engaging leader with a track record of outstanding judgment and a high level of emotional intelligence.

The Program Manager guides a team of approximately seven environmental health professionals who inspect facilities and educate operators of retail food establishments and child care establishments. The Program Manager must also demonstrate leadership in building effective relationships with the regulated community and the broad array of community partners who are stakeholders in programs and services. CDHD operates from a base of enduring core values: integrity, respect, accountability, teamwork and excellence. The Program Manager instills organizational culture based on these core values, ultimately geared toward achieving excellence in the delivery of CDHD services.


  • Communicates a sense of vision and priority to program personnel in accomplishing goals and objectives. 
  • Coordinates activities of program personnel to ensure efficient and cost-effective operations. 
  • Ensures compliance with Idaho Code and Administrative Rules in the areas of food safety, child care health and safety, and public swimming pool safety. 
  • Promotes programs through appropriate professional, governmental, and community partners to enhance and protect public health. 
  • Maintains excellent working relationships with regulated facility operators, agency peers and community partners by acting as a trusted advisor and subject matter expert for environmental health programs within his/her purview. 
  • Cultivates collaborative relationships with facility operators; elected officials; agency partners; and the general public. 
  • Serves as a subject matter expert and member of advisory groups related to environmental health programs. 
  • Performs assigned duties in public health emergencies.


Minimum Qualifications:
Good knowledge of management practices. Good knowledge of public health principles and practices. Experience developing and monitoring a budget; developing and implementing public health operating policies and procedures; interpreting and applying federal and state public health laws; collecting and organizing public health data and developing technical reports; analyzing public health program issues and making recommendations.

CDHD seeks candidates with the following desirable qualities:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university and experience in environmental health or public health and experience in program management. 
  • Registration with National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) as a Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian. 
  • A track record of demonstrated leadership, vision, and innovation for delivering results, building accountability for staff, and creating an empowering and collaborative work environment. 
  • Development and implementation of policies, objectives, budgets and staff resource plans. 
  • Excellent skills in leadership, conflict resolution, consensus building and public relations. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Ability to function effectively in a complex regulatory environment with a broad range of public entities, interest groups, and various governmental entities with roles in public health.

Central District Health Department is a Tobacco-Free Workplace. Employees of CDHD are required to refrain from the use of any tobacco products. CDHD will not hire tobacco users.

How to Apply

If you are qualified and interested in being considered for this position, please submit an application at the Idaho Division or Human Resources website (www.dhr.idaho.gov) by no later than February 13, 2019 and send your resume to Rob Howarth (rhowarth@cdhd.idaho.gov). 

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