This is public health administrative work directing and coordinating a City-wide environmental health services program.  The employee in this class directs, through subordinate administra­tors, milk and food sanitation, vector control, lead poisoning prevention, and occupational and radiological health programs.  Work includes the enforcement of regulations, statutes and ordinances and the oversight of inspectional, investigatory and educational activities required to control environmental health hazards.  Securing the cooperation and support of the business and industrial community and the general public is significant to the work.  Work is performed under the direction of an administrative superior.


ALLOCATING FACTORS:    (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)


1.         This position must direct, through subordinate administrators, the city-wide environmental health services program.

2.         Only one position will be allocated to this class.




            Directs, through a subordinate administrator, a city-wide milk and food sanitation program, and the development of environmental program policies for the supervision of the production, processing and handling of milk and food.

            Directs, through a subordinate administrator, a city-wide occupational and radiological health program designed to identify, monitor, and correct hazardous health conditions found within the city such as unsanitary conditions, excessive noise, dust and heat levels, improper ventilation and overexposure to radiation; directs the formulation of programmatic policies and procedures consistent with state regulations.

            Directs, through a subordinate administrator, a comprehensive city-wide lead paint poisoning control program, including such activities as blood testing, education, inspection, paint analysis, abatement, medical treatment, and enforcement of regulations.

            Directs, through a subordinate administrator, a city-wide vector control program which includes inspection, surveillance, education, animal management, baiting, extermination, and neighborhood clean-up activities; directs the development of a community organization and education program designed to enlist the cooperation of the public in vector abatement activities.

            Directs, through a subordinate administrator, the operation of city-wide environmental control programs in drinking water pollution, solid hazardous and medical waste management, institutional sanitation and safety, barber/beauty shop sanitation, and recreational and public place sanitation and safety; directs the development of program policies and goals regarding inspection and enforcement.

            Studies and analyzes various aspects of the environmental and sanitation programs to ascertain that work is being carried out in accordance with established standards and program goals; reviews reports submitted by subordinate administrators to ascertain accomplishments, and determine priorities, staffing needs, and budget requirements.

            Discusses and reviews objectives and goals with subordinate administrators and departmental officials; makes recommendations for new programs or for strengthening existing programs; plans and establishes program goals; enforces and directs the enforcement of rules, regulations and ordinances related to control of environmental hazards.

            Confers with other City department heads, citizen advisory boards, civic, professional and trade associations to determine their needs and to enlist their support in program enforcement; presents information before local, state and federal legislative bodies concerning appropriate standards, departmental recommendations and to promote action for appropriate environmental health legislation.

            Performs related work as required.





•           principles, practices, current developments and objectives of environmental health programs

•           laws, rules and regulations applicable to environmental health

•           major environmental health hazards and their consequences

•           chemical and biological science applicable to environmental health programs

•           principles of public health epidemiology

•           supervisory methods and techniques

•           management planning and control strategies

•           principles, practices, methods and techniques of project management



•           securing the support and cooperation of other governmental agencies, business and industry, and the general public

•           communicating ideas clearly and concisely




•           set program goals and standards for a varied and city-wide environmental health program

•           communicate operational strategies and objectives to employees and the public to achieve implementation of goals

•           analyze complex environmental health problems and present proposals for their resolution

•           plan, coordinate and direct, through subordinate administrators, a large technical staff engaged in investigating and controlling environmental health hazards

•           enforce regulatory codes firmly and impartially

•           establish and maintain effective working relationships and deal tactfully and effectively with state and federal governmental agencies, city agencies and officials, local civic associations and business groups, industrial and institutional managers, and community groups and individuals

•           express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing


MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE  (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.  Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 5/10.)




            Completion of a master's degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in environmental health.





            Three years of experience supervising environmental health workers in a city-wide program.





            Two years of experience administering a city-wide vector control, occupational and radiological health, lead poisoning prevention, milk and food control, or environmental control program.




            Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources that has included 30 post graduate credit hours in a master’s degree program with major emphasis in environmental health or a closely related field as an educational minimum and the specific experience as described above.




            Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as an Environmental Health Program Director.




            Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.


Class Established 8/69

Spec. Revision: CSC - 10/05; Ad. Board - 10/05

Latest Spec. Revision: CSC – 4/10; Ad. Board – 5/10