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PUBLIC HEALTH SANITARIAN 1 - 3

  • 507527
  • PHOENIX
  • DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES
  • Full-time

DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES

The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules, flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefit package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Program, where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.

PUBLIC HEALTH SANITARIAN 1 - 3

DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES

Job Location:

Address:  150 N 18th Ave, Suite 220,

      Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $48,000 - $58,000 

Grade: 21

Job Summary:

This position will work closely with the program manager to provide consultative services to county health departments, conducting food safety and environmental health inspections (and/or complaint investigations), training and standardization of sanitarians, providing food code interpretations and clarification, and processing Cottage Food registrations. Inspections of state-licensed facilities include but are not limited to: prisons, children's camps, behavioral health facilities, public schools, trailer parks, bottled water manufacturers, food processing establishments, warehouses, marijuana facilities, and other types of establishments as needed. Experience in architectural plan review for new and remodeled covered establishments. Current FDA Retail Standardization is a plus.

This position will also be developing standard operating procedures related to internal work activities, license application, inspections, education, compliance, and enforcement; creating technical assistance documents, gathering and compiling data related to inspections which will be used to create annual reports. This position will interpret food safety regulations and provide technical assistance to food operators, county health departments, and other agencies. Employees will answer inquiries from the public on food safety and environmental topics, rules, and statutes. The position will also be responsible for continued database maintenance and other administrative activities as needed. Excellent interpersonal skills to build and foster relationships and represent the Department at meetings with internal and external stakeholders. The employee will be expected to make independent decisions and judgments based on their professional education, programmatic experience, and training. This position will be responsible for conducting environmental inspections/investigations and generating reports based upon information obtained, observations, and scientific principles.

Job Duties:

- Provide consultative services to county health departments, conducting food safety and environmental health inspections (and/or complaint investigations), training and standardization of sanitarians, providing food code interpretations and clarification, and processing Cottage Food registrations.
- Inspections of state licensed facilities include but are not limited to: prisons, children's camps, behavioral health facilities, public schools, trailer parks, bottled water manufacturers, food processing establishments, warehouses, marijuana facilities, and other types of establishments as needed.
- Developing standard operating procedures related to internal work activities, license application, inspections, education, compliance, and enforcement; creating technical assistance documents, gathering and compiling data related to inspections which will be used to create annual reports. Interpret food safety regulations and provide technical assistance to food operators, county health departments, and other agencies.
- Employees will answer inquiries from the public on food safety and environmental topics, rules, and statutes. The position will also be responsible for continued database maintenance and other administrative activities as needed.
- Participate in Environmental Investigations (including food and environmental sampling) and interviews associated with any foodborne outbreaks. Respond to food borne and non-foodborne complaints.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Public health practices, inspections, and investigation methods; Arizona Food Code, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's model food code, Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs), as well as other federal or state laws that may relate to this position.
- Communicable and environmentally caused diseases and their control, sanitation principles and practices, appropriate inspection protocols, and health education.
- Epidemiology and the scientific methods as applied to environmental control.
- Up-to-date scientific developments and advancements in food safety and environmental health.
- Program and project planning.
- Experience with Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Google Workspace applications. Knowledge of various software packages and how to provide reports, graphs, and spreadsheets in various formats.
- Agency and commission program policy and procedures, regulations, and operating procedures.
- Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Conducting food safety and environmental health inspections (and/or complaint investigations), training, and standardization of sanitarians.
- Providing food code interpretations and clarification.
- Oral and written communications, interpersonal skills as working independently and as a team.
- Interpersonal skills to build and foster relationships and represent the Department at meetings with internal and external stakeholders.
- Interacting tactfully with staff and the public in different circumstances.
- Effective communication will be required in order to educate operators, as well as gain compliance in regulatory matters.
- Communicating with a variety of individuals ranging from fellow state employees, technical experts, professionals, and members of the general public.
- Problem-solving.
- Coherent, organized, and effective communication, both verbally and in writing, such as for reports.
- Researching, collecting, and analyzing data to create concise technical program reports.
- Developing and implementing various improvement initiatives for assigned program areas.
- Architectural plan review for new and remodeled covered establishments.

Ability to:
- Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; work effectively with others; prepare concise technical reports; effect improvement in sanitary practices in the private sector and sanitary programs in the public sector; observe violations of the statute and identify the level of compliance in inspected facilities; collect, analyze and clearly document the outcomes and observations of an inspection or complaint in a report; appropriately plan projects and workload to meet the minimum inspections required; read and interpret architectural plans of new and remodeled food establishments; comprehend and make inferences from written material.
- Work with a wide variety of individuals and organizations; ability to develop and maintain spreadsheets.
- Perform assigned tasks in a timely, responsive, and accurate manner.
- Plan, organize, coordinate, and establish priorities among conflicting needs.
- Develop effective operating procedures, review work carefully for completeness and accuracy.
- Support county health department partners as a subject matter expert.
- Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

Selective Preference(s):

Bachelor's degree in a natural science, health sciences, or related field and 2 years experience as a Public Health Sanitarian or Environmental Health Specialist. Preference will be given to candidates with a food safety inspection and regulation experience, including the interpretation of regulatory codes.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Registered Sanitarian (RS)

Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).

Benefits:

The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

Retirement:

To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will make a contribution to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27 week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.

ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)

All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.