Environmental Health Director

Barry-Eaton District Health Department logoCompany:  Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Location:  Charlotte & Hastings, MI

Date Posted:  July 16, 2019

Application Deadline:  Open until filled

Employment Type:  Full time

Environmental Health Director

About the Position

Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) is the nationally-accredited public health service agency for Barry and Eaton counties in Michigan. We protect and improve the health of Barry and Eaton counties through education; promotion of healthy lifestyles; and implementation of effective policies and programs for individuals, families, businesses, and communities. Our vision is a community where everyone has the opportunity to live a long, healthy, and active life.

We are seeking an Environmental Health Director to manage programs and projects related to Environmental Health General Services, Water Supply Quality & Safety, Recreational Facility Safety and Food Service Sanitation. This position will work out of both our Eaton and Barry county locations. Interested candidates should be passionate about making a difference to protect and enhance health by promoting and providing innovative and community-based programs and initiatives.

The Environmental Health Director will be responsible for the overall effectiveness of all of the District’s environmental health programs, including the enforcement of all codes, regulations and policies related to environmental health. In addition, the Director will establish strategic goals and objectives that are aligned with state, federal and local environmental laws and health codes in concert with the District’s plans and operating strategies. Job functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Hire, train, assign work, review and evaluate performance.
  • Ensure adequate professional development and in-service training for staff. Coach, counsel, mentor, and advise supervisory staff and employees in the division for professional and career development.
  • Assure conformance with codes, statutes, safety regulations, policies and laws regarding environmental health.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures.
  • Identify and assess community needs related to environmental health and develop program priorities and procedures to meet those needs.
  • Promotes the development of new, innovative approaches to manage existing and emerging environmental health programs.
  • Develop annual budget projections. Revise budget as required. Monitor and control budgetary performance of the division.
  • Develop and oversee grants and State contractual services.
  • Interpret laws, codes, and standards relevant to environmental health policy and confer with the Health Officer. Recommend changes in policy to the Health Officer which are necessary to maintain conformance.
  • Manage the review and oversight of permit denial, enforcement action, or legal action. Coordinate administrative hearings and testifies at court proceedings related to licensing and permitting activities, food service issues and appeals of department decisions as prescribed by policy and law.
  • Prepare and analyze a variety of reports and data.
  • Represent the Environmental Health Division before public and governmental bodies.
  • Participate in the development, implementation, response and ongoing evaluation of the public health emergency preparedness plan.
  • Coordinate meetings and agendas of advisory bodies. Attend Board of Health meetings, as needed.
  • Prepare reports to present to the Board. Serve as subject matter resource for management and Board needs.
  • In time of public emergency, may be required to report for assigned duties inside or outside of the Districts.

This position receives a competitive salary and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, retirement, vacation, and sick days.

Barry-Eaton District Health Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Ideal Candidate will meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Environmental Health, or Chemical, Biological or Physical sciences, or related field of study
  • Master’s Degree required in Public Health, Public Administration, or related field of study
  • Five (5) years’ experience as a Sanitarian/Environmental Health Specialist
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience
  • Registration as a Sanitarian in Michigan or REHS registration through the National Environmental Health Association
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public health administration, the techniques of program planning, program development and program evaluation, working knowledge of statistics and budget administration
  • Knowledge of basic principles of practices of environmental health
  • Skill and ability to orally communicate visual observations and ideas concisely and in written reports
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license and a vehicle for business use or other ability to travel to site locations throughout the District
  • Able to demonstrate advanced knowledge Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook

How to Apply

To apply, please click http://bit.ly/BEDHDEnvironmentalHealthDirector or Join Our Team at www.barryeatonhealth.org. Candidates must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.