CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH SANITARIAN 2115
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class is responsible for directing and supervising technical activities of a major section/unit in the Division of Public Health or Environmental Quality. The incumbent advises and consults with the Division Director and the Commissioner of Health Services on policies and procedures for assigned programs, and ensures that all programs are coordinated to maintain the goals and objectives of the department. Performance is reviewed through conferences, reports and evaluation of the effectiveness of assigned programs. General supervision is exercised over professional, technical and clerical staff within the assigned division. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Directs and supervises the overall activities of professional, technical and clerical staff in a major section/unit;
Advises and consults with the Division Director and the Commissioner of Health Services on matters related to general sanitation, rabies control, environmental lead assessment, food control, radiological health, temporary residences, training and plan review, tattoo parlors and body piercing establishments;
Advises and consults with the Division Director on the development of policies and procedures for division programs;
Prepares and implements amendments to the Suffolk County Sanitary Code, and comments on proposed changes to the New York State Sanitary Code, Public Health Law, local laws and other related rules and regulations pertinent to division activities;
Initiates evaluations on the effectiveness of existing and planned environmental protection programs;
Prepares, supervises and reviews operating and capital budget requests;
Represents the Division Director in all matters relating to environmental protection;
Participates as a member of the Environmental Board of Review, which authorizes exceptions to the Suffolk County Sanitary Code and other environmental standards and makes recommendations regarding legal action;
Oversees the preparation of regular and special statistical and narrative reports for the State and County administration.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the principles, laws, regulations, practices and techniques of environmental protection and sanitation; thorough knowledge of the methods used in investigations, inspections, and checking and preventing the outbreak of disease; thorough knowledge of water supply, food production, migrant camp and general sanitation, and housing and rodent control sanitation; thorough knowledge of the federal, state and local public health laws and sanitary codes; ability to plan, develop, direct and administer a broad spectrum of environmental programs; ability to plan and direct the work of professional and clerical personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with public officials, representatives of other agencies, civic groups and the general public; ability to prepare accurate and comprehensive reports on investigations, inspections and special programs; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Bachelor's Degree including, or supplemented by, a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours in the natural sciences, of which not more than twelve (12) credit hours are in the applied sciences and ten (10) years of experience as a public health sanitarian, four (4) years of which must have been in an administrative or supervisory position exercising responsibility for a major section of a public health or environmental quality program.
Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as a Principal Public Health Sanitarian.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
At the time of appointment, and during employment in this title, employees will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.