Assistant Division Director Environmental Health

Fairfax, Virginia
$91,806.00 - $156,070.00 Annually
Dec 03, 2022
Dec 24, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Health Department of Fairfax County is a progressive public health leader providing services that promotes population health, protect public health and the environment, and ensure residents' access to health services and information. Developing a competent public health workforce is integral to the department's mission. The Health Department looks to enhance its workforce with a dynamic and innovative leader to fill the Assistant Division Director Environmental Health position.

The Assistant Director position u nder general direction of the Division Director, Environmental Health (EH), provides programmatic development, implementation, planning and evaluation for the division ensuring successful achievement of the division’s administrative and operational objectives and the agency’s strategic plan. Participates in policy development for agency-wide environmental health efforts which focus on building a stronger, more integrated local public health system responsive to community needs. Participates in developing, monitoring, and updating the divisions goals, and priorities in alignment with agency-wide strategic plan and countywide strategic plan. Assists in the development, and managing the divisions finance expenditures, budget, and contractual services; oversees grant processes and memorandum of agreements for EH programs and services. Oversees the division’s data collection and reporting. Conducts statistical analysis and performs quality assurance work as it relates to regulated facilities, permits and revenue collection. Serves as a subject matter expert on environmental health practices, code, and ordinance regulations. Coordinates, collaborates, and communicates with local, regional, state, and federal government partners and community organizations on planning initiatives, and programmatic issues, as appropriate. Models leadership behavior; fosters ethical practices and professional code of conduct. Provides leadership guidance to program supervisors and ensures sound management of division operations and programs. Responsible for recruitment, hiring, onboarding and ongoing workforce development.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of Environmental Health, public health and community health planning;
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of Environmental Health, communicable diseases, and epidemiology; Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and County Environmental Health laws and regulations;
  • Knowledge of current literature and new developments in Environmental Health and administration;
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of administration, management, supervision, and consultation;
  • Knowledge of demography, statistics, and research methodology;
  • Knowledge of available community resources for referral;
  • Knowledge of the legislative and political process;
  • Ability to identify Environmental Health needs in the community;
  • Ability to function effectively as an interdisciplinary management team leader or member;
  • Ability to plan and evaluate a comprehensive Environmental Health program;
  • Ability to develop, analyze, and review methods and systems for Environmental Health services delivery;
  • Ability to solve problems and resolve conflicts;
  • Ability to analyze data and draw sound conclusions;
  • Ability to develop and effectively coordinate and implement division strategic goals and strategies;
  • Ability to write comprehensive reports;
  • Ability to provide effective leadership;
  • Develop others through coaching and mentoring;
  • Ability to effectively manage, train and motivate employees;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, coworkers, associates, elected or appointed officials, public and private sector organizations, community;

Employment Standards


Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to") Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in environmental health or bachelor’s degree with at least thirty (30) semester hours of coursework in the physical or biological sciences; Plus, six years of experience in the environmental health field, at or above a level equivalent to Environmental Health Specialist II, including at least three years of experience supervising environmental health investigative work.

  • Preferred candidate will have extensive experience and knowledge working in a regulatory environment interpreting and/or enforcing codes or regulations.
  • Experience in the field of environmental health and inspection programs and services.
  • Working knowledge of data collection, statistical analysis and quality assurance.
  • Experience supervising staff with a demonstrated ability to manage operational components of EH programs that require field-based staff.
  • Expert-level written and oral communications with demonstrated ability to develop written products, for a diverse range of audiences.
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect an ability to manage multiple priorities and time sensitive projects and deliverables with excellent attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively across all staffing levels.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
  • Proficient informatics skills and computer skills.

  • Driver's License (Required)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - CPR (Required within 60 days)
  • AED (Required within 60 days)
  • Must possess the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) credential from the National Environmental Health Association or obtain it within twelve (12) months of appointment.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, child protective services registry check, and driver's license to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

Job is generally sedentary in nature, and requires walking, standing, sitting (for long periods of time), and kneeling, reaching, bending, climbing stairs; may be required to lift or carry up to 25 lbs. occasionally. Uses hands to grasp, handle, or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor; ability to operate keyboard driven equipment and computer. Position frequently communicates and must be able to exchange accurate information with others verbally and in writing. Ability to drive a motor vehicle. Generally, works in an office environment yet may occasionally be required to perform job duties outside of the typical office setting. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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