ASSOCIATE PUBLIC HEALTH SANITARIAN (HEARING OFFICER) 2120
Under general supervision, an employee in this class presides at formal hearings held by the Divisions of Public or Environmental Health, Department of Health Services, and performs responsible technical or administrative duties related to environmental sanitation. The incumbent is assigned professional duties in one or more specialty areas of environmental health, but is expected to devote a substantial portion of time to the administration of hearings concerning violations of the Sanitary Code. Responsibility is for admission and review of evidence, setting fines and recommending action to the Commissioner of Health Services. Supervision is received from an administrative supervisor through conferences and reports, and is exercised over clerical and professional personnel. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Performs specialized, responsible duties in public or environmental health at the supervisory level;
Conducts formal hearings on behalf of the Department of Health Services, investigating allegations of Sanitary Code and other environmental violations;
Screens evidence presented by both parties and determines admissibility of evidence;
Ascertains whether or not the offender has violated local, state or federal laws or regulations;
Arranges a schedule for the offender's future compliance with the law;
When necessary, levies fines according to the type and severity of the offense;
Recommends further action to the Commissioner of Health Services, when warranted by findings;
Composes correspondence and may schedule hearings.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental sanitation; thorough knowledge of Suffolk County and New York State Sanitary Codes, U. S. Public Health Law and Environmental Conservation Law; thorough knowledge of methods used in the investigation and prevention of disease outbreaks; thorough knowledge of the rules and regulations governing the conduct of violation hearings; ability to supervise the work of office personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to evaluate evidence and arrive at sound conclusions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other government officials, representatives of private industry and fellow employees; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; good judgment; 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 at least thirty (30) credit hours in the natural sciences, of which not more than twelve (12) credit hours are in the applied sciences, and six (6) years of technical, supervisory or administrative experience in environmental protection work, two (2) years of which must have included work as a public health sanitarian..
One (1) year of permanent competitive status as an Associate 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.