The Town of Longmeadow is seeking a FT Public Health Director. Under general direction of the Town Manager, the position is responsible for acting as the chief advocate for the health of Longmeadow residents and visitors, including providing administrative management and oversight of the Town’s public health programs, enforcing public health laws and regulations, managing grants and supervising nursing, inspectional and community health programs. Monitors and reports on changes affecting functional areas of responsibility; adapts administrative policies and procedures to regulatory changes; recommends fiscal policy to Town Manager. Develops, implements and evaluates preventive, community and environmental public health programming, including but not limited to nursing services, inspectional services, emergency preparedness, and chronic disease prevention. Performs all of the essential functions and duties of a Health Inspector with regard to inspections and investigations; enforces state and local public health laws, inspects food service establishments, housing units, motels/hotels, swimming pools, etc.; witnesses soil tests and enforces Title V. Makes contacts with tenants, property owners, state and local health officials, other towns departments and boards, members of the building community and the general public. Enforces the state sanitary code and federal, state and local health-related laws, rules and regulations through structured inspection programs; plans and directs all activities and programs related to such enforcement. Administers a community health education public relations program through the use of the media, publications and one-on-one counseling. Coordinates information with various departments including Adult Services, Fire, Building Commissioner, Public Works, Public Schools or other appropriate department. Coordinates and prepares health emergency preparedness plans. Seeks, applies for and manages community health grants.
Thorough knowledge of state and federal health codes, food service regulations, and all other laws, rules and regulations pertaining to public health and sanitation. Ability to understand and enforce regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially. Ability to maintain complete and accurate inspection records and to prepare reports. Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of subsurface disposal system design and installation; knowledge of state septic system guidelines; working knowledge of current inspection and control procedures.
Strong managerial and communication skills; ability to manage multiple project assignments under occasional time constraints; ability to interact effectively with department managers, state officials and citizen boards and committees. Requires a high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations; substantial initiative and judgment; strong organizational skills in a multi-task environment; display cultural competence, clinical and research skills; effective written and oral communication; and be proficient in the use of computer programs and word processing software with advanced Excel/Google Sheets.
Bachelor’s degree in public health or related field; 5-7 years’ experience in public health or a related field, including both field and administrative experience; experience in a local government setting preferred; or any equivalent combination of education or experience. Must become certified in NIMS 700, ICS 100, ICS 200 within a reasonable period after appointment. Massachusetts registration as a Sanitarian or Certified Health Officer, Housing Code Lead Inspector and DEP soil evaluator is required within 6 months after appointment. Desired but not required at time of hire, knowledge of MDPH MAVEN and MIIS Systems. Valid motor vehicle operator’s license required.
Occasional night and extended day services as required for meetings, clinics and emergency response.
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