Division Chief, Environmental Public Health

Company: Tulsa Health DepartmentTulsa Health Department 

Location: Tulsa, OK

Date Posted: August 7, 2020

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Position Type: Full Time

Salary: Pay range begins at $80,329.83

Division Chief, Environmental Public Health

About the Position

Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as an integral member of the senior leadership team, the Environmental Public Health Division Chief will be primarily responsible for the direction, operation, budget, development and implementation of policies and procedures that relate to the Environmental Health Division. Assists staff in the education and regulatory activities involved with food and institutional facilities, public bathing places, lodging, vector control, occupied housing, nuisance abatement and premise sanitation and water quality laboratory activities. Coordinates the Division’s activities with federal, state, and local agencies, community and civic leaders.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and visionary leader who values collaboration and thrives in an environment of multiple stakeholder priorities. The ideal candidate also has depth and breadth of technical experience in the areas of environmental health, community health, and understands multiple perspectives, agendas, and goals; have proven experience within a public and/or private sector environmental health program; and have full supervisory level experience within an environmental health program.  The ideal candidate will also possess a professional history that demonstrates the following leadership competencies and attributes; Anticipates problems, roadblocks, future consequences of action, and trends accurately. Stimulates and actively initiates change in the organization. Mentors and coaches managers, peers, and leaders. Demonstrates ability to negotiate well, settle differences, and maintain relationships. Relates to a wide range of styles and personalities. Maintains a global perspective in all activities.


1. Directs and supervises the work of Environmental Public Health Division through the selection of approved staff, training, appraisal of employees and recommendation of associated personnel actions; defines individual and group responsibilities; determines priorities and deadlines; evaluates the quality and effectiveness of the division’s work; initiates changes or corrections to programs or processes, when appropriate, to ensure the quality and consistency of services and efficient utilization of manpower; and evaluates staffing requirements and makes recommendations for increases or decreases to staff size.

2. Supervises the evaluation and development of the division’s operations and the planning, implementation and coordination of programs with other departments, to ensure the needs of the public are addressed for environmental public health. This includes programs that control or prevent animal and insect carriers of disease, unsanitary institutional conditions, prevention of food borne illness, ensuring food safety, objectionable pollution, nuisances, refuse disposal, and the safety in public bathing facilities. Provides assistance to water quality laboratory operations to ensure adherence to federal and state parameters and maintain certification status.

3. Develops, implements, and administers annual and long-range budgets and plans to ensure the sound, fiscal management of the unit and meeting the financial objective; approves the acquisition of materials and supplies for the division; provides direction and leadership in seeking new sources of funding for new and ongoing programs; and recommends and directs the conduct of time and cost studies for use in program evaluation, planning, and cost analysis.

4. Participates in the development of THD policies, procedures, protocols and programs; and serves as a member of committees, teams and task forces, as requested, to assist in the coordination of activities, the effective management of THD, and to contribute professional expertise.


Education – Bachelor’s degree in public health, environmental engineering or environmental, chemical, physical or biological science required. Master’s degree is strongly preferred.

Experience – Seven to ten years of experience with an agency in the field of environmental health. Five years of which must have been with a public health agency. Three years of supervisory experience.


• Knowledge of public administration, principles of management and effective supervision, personnel and fiscal management, agency policy, and local, state and federal regulations relevant to agency programs.
• Skills in analyzing complex situations and making responsible decisions; in directing the work of subordinates; and in communicating agency procedures and results in a clear and concise manner.
• Highly developed communications skills are required to present complex ideas orally and in writing to persons inside and outside the Department.

Licenses – Registered Environmental Health Specialist thru the National Environmental Health Association or Oklahoma State Department of Health, required.

How to Apply

Please visit https://www.tulsa-health.org/aboutus/careers/current-openings to view the full job description. Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.