PAY RANGE: N26






            This is administrative environmental health work, directing and coordinating the operations of a specialized, city-wide environmental health program.  An employee in this class is responsible for supervising, through subordinate supervisors, all phases of an overall program in an area of assignment, and coordinating regulatory and inspectional activities with city, state and federal agencies to ensure conformance with the appropriate regulations and standards.  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.)                                                                                  

·         The position must plan, assign, and direct, through subordinate supervi­sors, a comprehensive, city-wide environmental health program.

·         The position must perform the work in the Health Department.




            Plans, assigns, and directs, through subordinate supervisors, a comprehen­sive, city-wide environmental health program; formulates programmatic policies and procedures in conjunction with state regulations; defines program needs and objectives.

            Directs the enforcement of rules, regulations and ordinances in the area of assignment; conducts inspections of a large or complex nature; confers with the proper officials regarding findings. 

            Monitors program; establishes goals and objectives for subordinate staff; evaluates the effectiveness of the program based on the reduction of health hazards and regulations enforcement; modifies program to enhance efficiency and effectiveness; establishes special target areas based on assessed need; coordinates all facts of the targeted area; orients and provides training to personnel involved in the project. 

            Compiles information and assists in the preparation of court cases regarding the prosecution of violation cases; testifies in court as a City representative; prepares budget, grant and/or reimbursement applications; provides operational cost estimates. May assist the Director in the implementation of all environmental health services programs; may serve as EHS Director in the Director's absence.     

            Reviews pending legislation applicable to the area of assignment ; develops a program of community organization and education; promotes community interest and participation.

            Performs related work as required.


Accident Control Assignment


            Directs a comprehensive city-wide lead paint poisoning control program, which includes blood testing, education, inspection, paint analysis, abatement, medical treatment and enforcement of regulations. 

            Plans, assigns and directs the activities of subordinates in city-wide programs in accidental poisoning and home product safety; reviews and approves programs in these fields; acts as liaison between staff and other departmental and city personnel in carrying out programs.


Environment Control Assignment


            Develops and implements environmental control program policies and procedures in such areas as non-municipal water supply, water pollution control, solid waste management, institutional sanitation and safety, barber and beauty shop sanitation and recreation and public place sanitation and safety; oversees the operation of the city Asbestos Identification and Assessment Program; monitors follow-up of identified problematic sites and directs the implementation of the asbestos removal phase of the program; receives all solid waste permit applications; reviews and evaluates applications related to the transfer, storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals or waste.


Milk and Food Control Assignment


            Establishes and reviews all milk and food sanitation program policies and objectives; adapts milk and food sanitation policies to changing milk and food technology; determines new areas where health code enforcement is needed and plans inspectional programs; develops procedures regarding the collection of milk and food specimens for laboratory examination of potentially hazardous food products and the collection of samples for the determination of adulterants; seizes or orders destroyed, any food or milk that is of questionable quality and may be injurious to the health of the general public; reviews equipment and building plans for restaurants and milk and food handling or processing establishments; makes recommendations to enable proprietors to comply with various health codes.


Operations Assignment


           Directs the city-wide field operations for all Environmental Health Services sections; determines and sets priorities of field personnel as they pertain to the accomplishments of section goals; allocates personnel and financial resources to meet the objectives and assignments of the programs; supervises the preparations of the EHS budget; allocates personnel and financial resources to meet budget requirements.


Vector Control Assignment


            Directs a city-wide vector control program including activities such as inspection, surveillance, education, animal management, baiting, extermination, neighborhood clean-up, sewer repair, and community organization; evaluates program effectiveness by the number of complaints received, including the incidence of animal bites, number of rat and insect infestations, and incidences of rat-borne and insect-borne diseases; evaluates program achievement in terms of obtaining community participation in reaching goals and objectives.






•           the laws, rules, and regulations applicable to public health sanitation

•           the theory, principles, practices, and objectives of environmental health programs, with special emphasis on those in the field of the area of assignment

•           the principles of public health epidemiology

•           chemical, physical and biological sciences as they relate to environmental health hazards

•           management methods and techniques

•           supervisory methods and techniques

•           the requirements of city, state and federal regulations pertaining to infectious and hazardous waste disposal storage and transportation




•           develop, organize and effectively administer an environmental health sanitation program

•           understand and translate governmental regulations into program policy.

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

•           express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing

•           plan, coordinate and direct the activities of a technical staff engaged in investigating and controlling environmental health hazards

•           evaluate and determine the effectiveness of on-going programs

•           make an assessment of programmatic needs and to institute program modifications as needed

•           establish and maintain effective working relationships with city, state and federal officials, local, community and business groups and the general public


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 3/11.)




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





            Five years of experience in environmental health work, two years of which have been in a supervisory capacity in the area of assignment.





            One year of experience at the management level managing an environmen­tal health program for the Health Department.




Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources that has included a bachelor’s degree in environmental health or related program and the specific experience as described above.


NOTE: A minimum of an additional three (3) years of experience managing an environmen­tal health program for the Health Department in the area of assignment may be substituted for the master’s degree requirement. No other substitutions will be permitted.


City of Philadelphia classes which typically meet the specific experience:


Environmental Health Program Manager (4J43)




            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 Administrator.


NOTE: Selective Factor Certification may be utilized, as needed, to fill specific positions. In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 11.032 - Selective Factor Certification – the appointing authority may request certification of eligible candidates with specified experience to fill specific positions in this class. Certification to fill such positions will be made from the two highest ranking eligible candidates on the eligible list who possess the specified experience.




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


            Class Established: CSC – 12/66; Ad. Board – 3/67

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

Spec. Revision: CSC – 2/11; Ad. Board – 3/11

Latest Spec. Revision: CSC – 2/14; Ad. Board – 3/14