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EH Director announcement

Classification Title: Environmental Health Director II
# of Positions: 1
Entry Salary Range: $80,115 – $83,721
Regular Benefited
Grade 81

Job Location:  Buncombe County, Health & Human Services, North Carolina.

Cut-Off Date: 08/13/2014

Job Description
The primary purpose of this position is to lead the division of Environmental Health in effectively performing all duties associated with the specific program objectives while ensuring compliance with all local, State and/or environmental health rules and laws. (#958)

Additional Information
All applicants will be given credit only for information provided in response to this announcement. No additional information will be solicited or considered by this office; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training, and experience. Applicants will not automatically be given credit based on their position title. If work history involves part time work, you must state the number of hours per week to receive credit.

Example Work
Lead efforts to identify strategic objectives for programs that are consistent with Buncombe County’s Mission and implement best practices to meet objectives; Personnel Management: Oversee the hiring, development, counseling and evaluation of employees (including all disciplinary actions) performed by division supervisors; provide direction and consultation to the Food and Lodging, On-Site Wastewater supervisors and other staff in evaluating team performance – establishing priorities, meeting objectives, and managing the workflow within the division and monitoring work performance. Assure compliance with all applicable policy, rules and governmental statutes (local, state, and federal) specific to program area including providing technical advice; administer and assure compliance with all County and human resource policies including those covered by local, state and federal laws; develop and maintain a positive team work environment; foster continuous quality improvement in all areas of work; ensure that complaints received from the public related to environmental health issues are responded to timely, accurately and in accordance to established policy; serve as a liaison with Animal Control, the Humane Society, EPA, DENR and DHHS on any environmental issues related to groundwater protection. Provide leadership across Buncombe County HHS and in the community on environmental issues that affect the public’s health. Participate in and/or lead preparedness activities that meet Agreement Addenda and accreditation requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of the principles of supervision and organizing; ability to establish and maintain working relationships with state and local agency individuals; ability to express ideas effectively orally and in writing; considerable knowledge of modern construction practices, inspection codes, and environmental rules and laws. Ability to analyze and comprehend a variety of technical and administrative regulation, records, and reports; ability to set priorities, implement changes and organize; ability to exercise sound judgment and deal tactfully with a wide range of the public while enforcing public health laws and rules. To perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision; interact professionally and courteously with other employees, customers and partners; work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments; understand the necessity to efficiently and effectively interact, communicate and coordinate work efforts with other employees and organizations in an effective manner to accomplish common task; function in highly stressful circumstances; maintain a high level of professionalism and to conduct business in an ethical manner at all times. Safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with ADA and ADAAA, FMLA and other federal, state, and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards; maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA and ADAAA, FMLA and other federal state and local standards; ability to apply environmental health knowledge and techniques in the investigation of environmental health problems. Experience in CQI, public health accreditation and preparedness preferred.

Education and Experience
Six years of experience in professional environmental health work at the environmental health specialist level or above in a health department, with three years of administrative management or supervisory experience.

Special Requirements
North Carolina Registered Environmental Health Specialist; must maintain and secure the minimum number of continuing education hours required to practice as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.

How can I apply for County Employment?
Applications are accepted for posted position vacancies only. You can apply online or pick up a job application at the County Human Resources office.


The full application package contains the Buncombe County application for employment, work history continuation sheet, Buncombe County authorization for release of personal and confidential information and the Buncombe County drug screening through urinalysis applicant consent form.

A college transcript must accompany applications for Social Worker positions. Please attach a copy or have your college send one to:

Buncombe County Human Resources
200 College Street, Suite 403
Asheville, NC 28801

Should you require special assistance to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources at 828-250-4166.

2014 Richard R. Dideriksen Public Health Professional Development Award

The nominations are now open for the 2014 Richard R. Dideriksen Public Health Professional Development Award.

NCEHSA is seeking qualified applicants for the Richard Dideriksen award to be presented at the spring 2014 meeting in Aberdeen. The award will be presented at the banquet on Thursday Night. (4/10/14)

All nominations are due by March 7, 2014. Please consider nominating a deserving staff member for this prestigious award.

Download the nomination packet here.

Spring 2014 Conference announcement

See our Conference page for the details of ncehsa.org’s 2014 Spring Conference.  You can find the agenda and a downloadable registration form.

For the minutes from our Fall 2013 Conference, please goto this link.

2013 Nominations for Supervisor of the Year are now open.

Nominations for the 2013 Environmental Health Supervisor of the Year Award are now open. All nominations must be received no later than 5:00 PM March 15, 2013. The award will be presented as a part of the Thursday night banquet at the spring meeting in Aberdeen.

Nomination information and instructions follow. Download the complete instructions here.


Nominations for the North Carolina Environmental Health Supervisors Association (NCEHSA) Supervisor of the Year may be submitted by an Environmental Health Specialist, Environmental Health Program Specialist, Environmental Health Programs Coordinator, Environmental Health Supervisor, Environmental Health Director, or a Health Director working in a local health department within the state of North Carolina. [See instructions below]

The nominee must presently work as an Environmental Health Director, Environmental Health Supervisor, Environmental Health Programs Coordinator, or Environmental Program Specialist with at least three full years’ experience.

The nominee must be actively engaged in the field of Environmental Health and an active member in good standing in their district of the NCEHSA.

These nominations must be received no later than 5:00 PM on March 15, 2013 in order to provide the award committee with enough time to evaluate the submissions.

The following format is to be used for the submission of nominations:

§ Letter from person or persons making the formal nomination [required] Be sure to include your contact information.
§ Photograph of the nominee [recommended]
§ Description of personal facts regarding the nominee [recommended]

§ List of formal education as well as special training and experience regarding the nominee [required]

§ Record of places of employment, including dates and scope of responsibilities of the nominee. [required]

§ Organization affiliation(s), detailing offices and committee responsibilities regarding the nominee. [required]

§ Contributions worthy of interest that are to the betterment of environmental health sciences or the environmental health profession of the nominee. [required] These can include publications authored or co-authored by the nominee; significant scientific or applied research; accomplishments in the development or implementation of new, broader, and/or improved concepts, procedures, or techniques in the practice of environmental health.

§ Significant contributions by the nominee to the professional status of Environmental Health Specialists not covered in other categories above. [recommended] Such contributions may include civic or school activities or affiliations.

§ Inclusion of letters of reference or endorsement for the nominee. [required]
§ Copies of publications (or proper reference to source), and other significant support documents of the nominee. [recommended]

Please mail all nomination materials to:
Bob Whitwam
Forsyth County Department of Public Health
PO Box 686
Winston-Salem, NC 27102-0686

(Please, no Fax or e-mail of nominations / materials)

Remember to follow the above format and instructions exactly.

Central EHSA meeting, winter 2012

Central North Carolina Environmental Health Supervisors Association’s quarterly meeting will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at Hayley Bales Steakhouse at 211 E. 11th St. Siler City (Chatham County).  Please see the attached agenda.

We will be electing our officers for the 2013 calendar year at this meeting, in addition to nominating the President Elect for 2013.  We will be requesting 3 CE hours from the REHS board for this meeting.

Participation is very important, so I hope to see you there!