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Environmental Program Supervisor - Drinking Water
at Maricopa County
- Position Overview
The Environmental Program Supervisor - Drinking Water provides supervision of the Drinking Water Program staff and water facility regulatory inspection services for system operators. The incumbent also works closely with the State of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that regulatory activities comply with State and Federal requirements. This position ensures that owners operate permitted facilities in accordance with County Environmental Health Code requirements and delegated State and Federal rules.
- Position Qualifications
Minimum education and/or experience:
Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Health, Microbiology, Entomology, Chemistry, Food Science or related field, with thirty (30) semester hours of natural, physical, or applied science coursework (as specified on the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) website). Four (4) years of professional experience working in environmental program management, environmental planning, environmental compliance or a directly related field.
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Must have or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona Driver's license at time of hire. Registered Sanitarian in good standing with the Arizona Department of Health Services at time of hire.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- The science, principles, practices, rules and regulations pertaining to public health, environmental health, environmental sanitation programs air and enforcement.
- Record keeping, report preparation and records management techniques.
- The principles and techniques of management, business and public affairs.
- Program management including organizing and coordinating work assignments.
- Applying analytical, mathematical and scientific processes.
- The use of computers and the Microsoft Office Suite.
- Applying supervisory and management practices and principles.
- Developing, organizing and presenting technical presentations to various stakeholder groups and individuals.
- Establish, foster and maintain effective working relationships with management, staff and stakeholders.
- Provide leadership and expertise to others.
- Effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
- Organize, supervise and evaluate the work of others.
- Interpret laws, regulations, policies and procedures relevant to regulatory requirements and activities.
- Accurately read and interpret maps, plans and schematic drawings.
- Multi-task and manage time effectively, prioritize tasks and process time sensitive materials in a fast-paced environment.
- Learn office and department specific software, processes and procedures.
- To identify and implement process improvement initiatives.
- To operate a vehicle including light trucks to visit remote office locations and inspection sites.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Experience in Safe Drinking Water Act regulatory compliance activities. Familiarity with drinking water treatment and distribution technology. Previous lead or supervisory experience.
Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
Specialized technical training and certification related to the water operations such as Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) operator certifications (Grades 1, 2, 3, or 4) and emergency management, such as, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Incident Management System (NIMS), and/or Incident Command System (ICS). Training in management or supervision.
Must be able to operate a vehicle including light trucks to visit remote office locations or inspection sites. May be subject to bending, reaching, twisting, kneeling, climbing, and stooping. May be subject to repetitive motion, such as, typing or data entry. Frequent computer use involving the need to see details at close range. May be subject to working after hours, weekends and holidays. Exposed to outdoor climate conditions and indoor commercial environments that are sometimes wet, unsanitary and hot. Protective clothing (i.e. hard hat, steel toes shoes) is necessary in some environments. Must be able to lift floor to shoulder and shoulder to waist up to 30 lbs.; must also be able to carry up to 30 lbs. for a distance of 50 feet; may also be required to push and/or pull up to 30 lbs. for a distance of 50 feet.
Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
- Essential Job Tasks
- Manages the daily operations of the Drinking Water program. Ensures that work procedures are in place and utilized to assign and prioritize work for program staff, including environmental health specialists and a support employee. Monitors program results to ensure that program work is accomplished within timeliness, quantity and quality measures as established by division policy and the State Delegation Agreement. Evaluates workload requirements and works with division managers to ensure proper staffing and recruitment.
- Tracks program workload, timeliness data and reports to division monthly or as required by policy. Ensures quality work is performed by employees though a written quality assurance policy and quality control measures. Develops and implements policies, standards and process improvements.
- Supervises professional and administrative unit staff, including engineers, environmental health specialists and development services technicians. Assigns work amongst employees and sets work schedules, including approving leave. Reviews the work of employees for consistency, accuracy, timeliness and conformance to policy. Oversees maintenance of records and preparation of inspection reports. Provides guidance and interpretation related to complex regulatory situations and/or inspections. Prepares performance and development plans for subordinate employees and evaluates staff work performance. Plans, coordinates and provides appropriate training necessary for program employees. Works closely with Human Resources staff to address employee relation issues as well as recruitment and staffing.
- Coordinates enforcement activities for the programs. Implements escalating enforcement activities to achieve compliance from permit holders using a range of communication, informal and formal methods. Negotiates compliance agreements with violators and coordinates activities with department enforcement program staff and the County Attorney, as appropriate to policy. Monitors enforcement actions to ensure compliance with agreements and schedules.
- Administers program budget and coordinates budget with division and department-wide fiscal administration. Initiates changes to fees as needed to ensure adequate resources to provide mandated services.
- Makes recommendations to the division manager to implement new policies, procedures, programs, trends, regulations and guidelines related to environmental and public inspections, enforcement, compliance and scientific studies. Manages complex and high profile projects, assignments and research.
- Fosters and maintains communication and coordination with all program areas within division and department. Attends and participates in division management meetings and activities and take on management projects that benefit all programs in the division.
- Attends County Board meetings to address program and environmental issues; may testify in court and before administrative bodies. Meets with industry representatives to discuss problems and develop solutions to issues of mutual concern.
- Advises and educates the public on environmental issues, regulations, safety, policies and compliance matters.
- Communicates, interprets and keep current on changes in state and federal drinking water regulations and legislation, including Environmental Protection Agency promulgation of Safe Drinking Water Act regulations.
- Serves as a representative to federal, state and regional governmental organizations to coordinate program-related environmental activities. Negotiates, informs and confers.
- Develops on-going working relationships with program stakeholders. Responds to concerns and solicit feedback on program activities to obtain information on industry trends, new technology and regulatory changes. Recommends changes to the County Environmental Health Code and shepherd department approved changes through the approval process.
- Selection Procedure
The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.
All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.
Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.