The Larimer County Health and Environment Department is seeking an Environmental Health Director to join our team.
The Environmental Health Director serves the thriving communities in Larimer County Colorado, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Our agency mission is to promote a healthy community and reduce unnecessary suffering caused by preventable disease, disability, or death.
This position performs professional and supervisory duties relating to the planning, directing, organizing, implementing, and coordination of all programs and activities associated with environmental health and emergency preparedness and response operations. Our ideal candidate exemplifies the characteristics of a collaborative, innovative and resilient work culture and- along with the leadership team - models the appropriate behavior to create and maintain a resilient work culture within the Department. Primary work in this role includes: developing/revising policies and procedures in accordance with established public health laws, rules, regulations, and Department policy; performing research and producing correspondence or reports; gathering data and preparing cases for administrative or legal action; and assisting with the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement measures.
Serves as a member of the Leadership Team including providing updates and progress on related administration issues, problems, and solutions to the Public Health Director.
Conducts performance evaluations, establishes yearly staff goals, and motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
Takes personal responsibility to provide exceptional customer service in order to promote and maintain a positive Public Health Image.
Directs and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, plans, and priorities.
Develops and implements orientation/training programs for staff as well as educational programs for staff and the public.
Participates in the more complex, difficult, and sensitive inspections.
Develops and manages the budget.
Directs and monitors water, food, sewage, and pollution control programs.
Attends seminars, conferences, workshops, classes, lectures, etc., as appropriate, enhances and maintains knowledge of trends and developments in field; and attends association and professional meetings.
Supervises and participates in the preparation of reports and statistical information for appraisal and planning of needed services; presents to the Board of Health, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), City Council, and other outside agencies.
Responds to the most difficult citizen complaints and requests for information.
Coordinates public health activities with other County divisions and with outside agencies.
Responds to environmental emergencies and supervises the environmental health aspects.
Conducts department hearings on violations of regulations and laws.
Analyzes and interprets current regulations and monitors new legislation.
All application components must be submitted by 10:00 PM MT on November 25, 2018.
Our Ideal Candidate:
Has five (5) years of increasingly responsible technical and administrative experience working in an environmental health or public health agency, including supervisory and program management responsibilities (required).
Holds a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Environmental Health, Public Health, or a related field. Applicants who do not hold a Master’s Degree will be considered for this role if they hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health, Public Health or a related field and have equivalent work experience that can be substituted for a Master’s Degree on a year-for-year basis.
Possesses, or has the ability to obtain, a valid Driver's License
Internal Number: 2018-3248
About Larimer County Department of Health and Environment
In 2018, The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The Health Department employs 100 FTE (about 115 dedicated staff) to serve a county population of 350,000 and an $11.5 million budget.
The Department provides a broad range of public health services, with clinic and office facilities in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park, and most Environmental Health services provided through-out the county. We serve all county residents, in both cities and unincorporated areas. Our department’s management team has been very stable, with limited turnover during the past 30 years.
Since our creation in 1968, we’ve faced many big public health challenges: Four major floods, (one with 144 deaths); a large wildfire that destroyed 259 homes in the foothills and mountains and many smaller wildfires; challenging disease outbreaks (over 500 lab-confirmed West Nile cases the year the virus first reached our county.) We are known for implementing highly efficient mass vaccinations clinics with minimal wait times (15 minutes) during the influenza H1N1 flu pandemic, and later a meningococcal outbreak at the University. We vaccinated over 7,000 colle...ge students for meningitis in a single day.
We are fortunate to have the Vector-Borne Diseases Branch of the CDC, as well as USDA’s animal health experts, in our county. Colorado State University is one of three campuses that comprise the Colorado School of Public Health, and CSU offers strong programs in Environmental Health and Nutrition. Our depart-ment provides many internship opportunities for students.
We focus on primary prevention and protecting the health of the population of Larimer County over the health of individuals. When individual services are provided, we emphasize services that provide broad, community-wide benefits (WIC, Family Planning, Immunizations, Nurse Home Visitation, TB, and STD services). We played a large part in reducing births to Larimer County teens by 85% over the past 25 years.
Our recent Community Health Improvement Plans have addressed early childhood and the social and emotional development of children under age 5, access to quality child care, and reducing mental health and substance use disorders through primary prevention and early intervention.
Our recent public health efforts have focused on working toward a better Built Environment; increasing awareness and commitment to health equity; improving community engagement; creating an Epidemiology Council to broaden our communicable disease prevention efforts, enhancing our food safety program with updated tools; and strengthening our use of social media to communicate and monitor public concerns. Visit www.larimer.org/health for more information
Larimer County government is led by three County Commissioners who hold both executive and legislative roles in managing county services, along with several other elected officials who manage specific county offices (Sheriff, etc.) The county employs around 2,200 FTE, with an operating budget of $256 million.
Although the Health Department functions administratively within County policies, it is statutorily a separate political subdivision of the State governed by the Larimer County Board of Health, and supports the functions and regulations of the CO Dept. of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE).
The Health Department works regularly with other Larimer County departments, such as Human Services, Workforce and Economic Development, Extension, and Planning, as well as many municipal and community partners.