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  • 502573
  • Full-time


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 Pilot 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.



Job Location:

Address:   150 N 18th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $70,000 

Grade: 22

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for the oversight and management of the Food Safety & Environmental Services Program. This position is responsible for the coordination of food safety and environmental services activities and serves as the staff expert in matters pertaining to the environmental control of disease transmitted via food and to environmental sources. Manages and sets priorities for sanitarians and support staff. Coordinates work activities with other supervisors in the Office of Environmental Health and other Offices in the Department. Is responsible for managing the Statewide environmental health food safety and sanitation activities. Is responsible for interpreting and implementing State policy and rules on environmental health, food safety, and sanitation. Coordinates county environmental health department evaluations. Manages the preparation of monthly data and annual program reports, ensures appropriate document quality. Is responsible for the quality and quantity of program inspection activities by professional staff. Oversees the school garden program and develops and revises the school garden guidelines as necessary. Administers and manages the program budget and grants as applicable. Manages preparation and implementation of county health department delegation agreements. Coordinates the Statewide standardization and training of county health department environmental health Sanitarians. Serves as the Sanitarian Council Chairman; and coordinates the annual conference for Registered Sanitarians. In absence of the Office Chief, this position assumes the responsibilities of the Acting Office Chief.

Job Duties:

- Manage and direct subordinate staff (work assignments, setting priorities, hiring, discipline, providing training, approving leave requests, and preparing evaluations). Coordinates food safety and environmental sanitation activities.
- Leads collaborative efforts with counties and businesses to evaluate scientific, technical, and legal opinions to develop and implement resolutions of emerging issues.
- Interprets and implements state policy and rules, as well as program SOPs and policies.
- Manages grants, prepares new applications, interacts with fellow recipients and funding personnel, writes reports, and coordinates submission of documents to funders.
- Serves as the Chairman of the Arizona Sanitarian Council and coordinates the annual conference.
- Works with ADHS Administrative Rules Office to create/update rules pertaining to food safety and environmental services.
- Oversees the School Garden certification program.
- Oversees and develops monthly data reports (inspections and school garden visits) and the Food Safety and Environmental Services annual report.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Grant writing and management.
- Budget management.
- Word processing, graphic presentations, statistical analysis, and database manipulation using software such as MS Office Suite.
- The regulatory role and functions of county health departments, Indian Health Service Units, Tribal Health Units, and other agencies.
- Communicable and environmentally caused diseases and their prevention as well as control.
- Federal and State Public Health laws and regulations (existing as well as new legislative developments).
- Epidemiology and the scientific method as applied to environmental control.
- Sanitation principles and appropriate sanitation inspection protocols.
- Up-to-date scientific developments and advancements in food safety and environmental health.
- Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.
Skills in:
- Managing and motivating personnel.
- Technical writing and analyzing researching, collecting, and analyzing data and reports.
- Establishing priorities among conflicting needs.
- Rule writing.
- Planning and coordinating prevention and mitigation public policy strategies to protect public health from environmental contaminants.
- Assessing the significance of human environmental exposures and evaluating and interpreting health-based data.
- Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
- Supervising, managing, and motivating.
- Developing and implementing various improvement initiatives for assigned program areas.
Ability to:
- Review and evaluate the effectiveness of health program activities.
- Interpret rules and substantive policy statements to assist the county health departments as well as the citizens of Arizona.
- Exercise sound judgment in making technical decisions.
- Lead collaborative projects with representatives from multiple agencies.
- Communicate and coordinate with employees and other agencies.
- Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
- 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.
- 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 Health Science, Public Health or relevant science and 2 years experience as a Public Health Sanitarian Senior or equivalent experience and 1-year experience in a lead, project management or supervisory role. Experience with food safety inspections, compliance enforcement, and or public health programs is preferred.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

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).

Must hold a currently registered sanitarian (R.S.) credential through the state of Arizona at the time of hire.


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


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.


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.