Livingston County
  • 17-Nov-2022 to 09-Dec-2022 (EST)
  • Public Health
  • Howell, MI, USA
  • 96752.16 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Comprehensive Benefit Package Available- Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Disability, EAP, MERS Retirement Plan, 457, Wellness & Telemedicine

Livingston County was named a 2022 Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press! Based solely on employee feedback, the Top Workplace title is a badge of honor for the County. With over 700 employees serving within 18 departments, 5 elected offices, and 5 Courts, Livingston County's top priority is providing effective and efficient services that improve the quality of life for all of our residents.

About Us:

We are located in Southeast Michigan and are one of the fastest growing counties in Michigan. Livingston County consists of 16 townships, 2 villages and 2 cities. The county contains a diverse mix of rural agricultural areas, historic downtowns, suburban development, lake-side living and large recreational lands. Home to two metro parks (Kensington and Huron Meadows), 3 state recreation areas (Island Lake, Brighton, and Pinckney), 1 state park (Lakelands Trail), 2 state game areas, 1 wildlife area, 2 Livingston County parks (Lutz and Fillmore), and numerous local parks, Livingston County has an abundance of recreational opportunities. Livingston County offers 163 park acres per 1,000 residents, more than any other county in Southeast Michigan.

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Health Officer, this position is responsible for the overall management of the Environmental Health Division of the Health Department. Develops and implements policies, codes, and procedures for the enforcement of local, state, and federal environmental health statutes, regulations, and codes. Responsible for the supervision of administrative, professional, and clerical staff within the Environmental Health Division. Assumes the job responsibilities of the Health Officer in his/her absence.


  • Retirement plan includes a 401a with up to 8% employer contribution
  • Comprehensive Medical, Pharmacy, Dental & Vision
  • Optional HSA with an employer match
  • Optional Voluntary 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Short-term & Long-term disability & Basic Life & AD&D insurance
  • Health & Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid vacation, sick days & 13 Holidays. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Up to $500 annual Wellness reimbursement* & $100 incentive for completing your annual physical & Health Assessment.
  • Voluntary benefits such as Pet Insurance, Accident, Critical Illness, Hospital & Whole Life policies
  • Employee assistance program

*Pro-rated based on DOH

Pay Rate Information:

The Director of Environmental Health/Deputy Health Officer position is a non-union, exempt position and starting pay is $96,752.16/yr. This position is eligible for step pay increases within our 2023 Non-Union Grade 14 Wage Scale. Top end of the current wage scale for this position is $122,562.75/yr.

Essential Job Functions:

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties, which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  1. Plans, organizes, and directs all aspects of divisional operations including personnel, budgeting, planning, and general administration. Develops and implements divisional policies, procedures, and regulations. Interprets applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and County policies to subordinates. Assumes the job responsibilities of the Health Officer in his/her absence.
  2. Assesses divisional operations, staffing levels, facilities, and equipment. Analyzes budgetary and resource needs, makes recommendations for improvements, and implements changes. Monitors operational costs and makes recommendations for increasing efficiency.
  3. Identifies potential sources of funding for programs and services and develops and/or supervises the development of funding proposals for submission to public and private funding agencies.
  4. Prepares and presents annual budget requests, administers divisional budget and ensures that the authorized budgetary and purchasing procedures are properly used.
  5. Assigns or delegates responsibility for assignment of work, directs personnel, evaluates performance of all employees, and assures necessary training and professional development. Takes disciplinary action according to established procedures.
  6. Provides oversight, leadership, development, and implementation of the Department's strategic plan, strategic goals and objectives, performance management system, quality improvement program, and the workforce development plan.
  7. Oversees the Environmental Health Division and uses evidence-based and scientific methodologies to determine community needs and monitor service quality to meet program goals and objectives. Seeks innovative ways to address existing and/or potential environmental health hazards.
  8. Represents the Health Department and establishes relationships with federal, state, and local organizations, agencies, and businesses. Serves as the County's liaison and expert in environmental health matters. Educates and guides the Board of Commissioner's decisions related to public health philosophy and practice. Maintains effective working relationships with public officials, community organizations, business leaders, funding organizations and the media on environmental health issues. Promotes the mission and programs of the Department and serves as the primary liaison with local units of government.
  9. Participates as departmental representative in various committees, conferences, professional meetings, and public hearings.
  10. Arranges and presides at informal office hearings concerning license status, orders, suspensions of licenses upon determination of imminent hazard to the public health and enforces closure of such business operations. Represents the department in formal hearings before the Food Code Board and Sanitary Code Board of Appeals.
  11. In consultation or absence of the Health Officer, provides leadership during community health incidents and communicable disease outbreaks and consults with community responders, health care providers and state agencies as required. Issues imminent danger/emergency orders as required to protect public health.
  12. Prepares various reports on services provided by the division; assures program documentation is completed and assures maintenance of program standard operating procedures.
  13. Develops and monitors annual program goals for quality improvement and provides leadership to ensure that the department maintains national (Public Health Accreditation Board) accreditation status.
  14. Establishes and implements policies and procedures to ensure that all divisional programs, practices, and services comply with statutory requirements, standards of professional practice and ethics, and quality and accreditation standards.
  15. Participates in emergency response activities and responds to public health emergencies in coordination with other state and local agencies.
  16. Assumes responsibility during public health emergencies, and consults with the Medical Director, management team, and appropriate local, state, or federal agencies to develop appropriate public information, orders, and procedures.
  17. Conducts site investigations and evaluations for more complex and/or unusual circumstances to determine compliance with local, state, or federal rules and regulations.
  18. Keeps abreast of legislative and regulatory developments, new administrative techniques, and current issues through continued education and professional growth. Attends conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate.
  19. Negotiates and oversees contract arrangements between the department and independent contractors who are providing services to the department.
  20. Perform all other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

Requirements include the following:

  • Master's Degree in public administration, public health administration or related field and five years of progressively more responsible experience in public health administration, including supervisory and management experience.
  • The County, at its discretion, may consider an alternative combination of formal education and work experience.
  • Registered Sanitarian in the State of Michigan or Registered Environmental Health Specialist with the National Environmental Health Association.
  • Michigan Vehicle Operator's License.
  • Thorough knowledge of the professional public management techniques involved in budgeting, personnel administration and resource management and the ability to identify and implement new best practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental health, epidemiology, public health, and enforcing relevant local, state, or federal laws and regulations including the State Public Health Code, State Communicable Disease Rules, Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Michigan Food Code.
  • Considerable knowledge of public health issues, policy and procedure development practices, environmental health status, regulations, and codes.
  • Skill in assembling and analyzing data, preparing comprehensive and accurate reports, and formulating policy and service recommendations.
  • Skill in setting priorities, coordinating multiple projects, and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Skill in effectively communicating ideas and concepts orally and in writing and making presentations in public forums.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with County employees, contractors to the County, representatives of other governmental units, professional contacts, elected officials, and the public.
  • Ability to use sound independent judgement within established policies and procedural guidelines.
  • Ability to assess situations, solve problems, work effectively under stress, within deadlines, and in emergency situations.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies or service needs on a 24-hour basis.
  • Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including Microsoft Suite applications, data/document management systems, permit processing software, GIS management software, and other software programs utilized by the Health Department. Ability to understand how the various data management systems, software programs and computer hardware work in coordination to provide the greatest outcome with respect to department operations. Keeps abreast of changes in technology and determines need to make changes.
  • Ability to attend meetings scheduled at times other than normal business hours.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and by telephone, read regular and small print, view, and produce written and electronic documents and enter data on a computer keyboard with repetitive keystrokes. The employee must be mobile in an office setting, stand, sit, stoop, and kneel, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must lift or push/pull objects of up to 15 lbs. without assistance. Accommodation will be made, as needed, for employees required to lift or move objects that exceed this weight.

The typical work environment of this job is a business office setting where the noise level is quiet and sometimes moderate. Though applicable safety procedures are documented and utilized, the incumbent may be exposed to unsanitary or unhygienic materials, individuals, and situations while performing required duties.

Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less).

Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more).

Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors).

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