Since 1904, the State Hygienic Laboratory has been at the forefront of public health issues in Iowa. As the state's public health and environmental laboratory, the Hygienic Laboratory serves all of Iowa as well as surrounding states through disease detection, environmental monitoring, and newborn and maternal screening.
The State Hygienic Laboratory's main facilities are headquartered on the University of Iowa's Research Park northwest of Iowa City in Coralville. Additional testing facilities are part of the Iowa Laboratory Facilities in Ankeny, a Des Moines suburb. Through a collaborative agreement between Lakeside Laboratory in Iowa's Great Lakes Region, we expanded water quality monitoring and testing during 2008 to the northwestern part of the state.
The Director serves as the executive officer of the SHL and provides strategic and visionary leadership in analytical services, research, outreach, and policy issues impacting public and environmental health. We seek an innovative leader who will enhance collaborations with state and federal partners, including the University of Iowa and develop strategies to capitalize on SHL's unique strengths. The director oversees an annual budget of over 25 million dollars and a staff of approximately 210.
The Director is responsible for the administrative, financial and scientific oversight of the SHL. The Director enables SHL to adhere to the duties as mandated in Iowa Code and provides strategic and visionary laboratory leadership. The director oversees an annual budget of over 25 million dollars and a staff of approximately 210. Candidates must have experience working effectively in a diverse environment and have excellent interpersonal and governance skills.
The Director supervises the chief administrative personnel in the Disease Control, Environmental Health, and Administration and Finance Divisions. The laboratory provides critical laboratory and other support functions to federal and state agencies in surveillance, compliance, and disaster and outbreak response. Key partners include the Iowa Department of Public Health, County Public Health Departments, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, and the Food and Drug Administration.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical ce...nters and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.