Recruitment #1909-4120-001


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Assuring programmatic compliance with all city, state and federal regulatory requirements relating to environmental health, the Home Environmental Health Director provides the administrative and strategic oversight of the Home Environmental Health (HEH) Division.

The HEH includes 40 staff members and an annual budget exceeding $3 million, of which more than $1 million goes directly to property owners for lead abatement.  Staff members working in the HEH use their technical expertise to provide case management, care coordination and inspection and enforcement of city, state, and federal regulations related to lead. 


The HEH Director provides guidance, consultation, and leadership for all facets of the HEH to address hazards in the home environment shown to impact children’s health, including a focus upon hazards related to toxic substances (lead), air quality (mold and other allergens), and personal safety hazards (trips/falls), as well as those hazards that serve as asthma triggers. 

Essential Functions

Programmatic  Oversight and Strategic Planning

·         Manage community and programmatic needs assessment, planning, coordination and evaluation, research activities, grant funding, and policy development.  

·         Provide guidance and consultation for MHD research opportunities, strategic planning, academic placement opportunities, and community health improvement.

·         Monitor national best practices for healthy homes and environmental health regulatory programs; utilize outcomes-based management and quality improvement strategies to implement strategies to improve divisional performance and outcomes.

·         Oversee the investigation of childhood lead poisoning cases with other divisions, departments, and other state, local and federal agencies. 

·         Manage federal and state grants, contracts and agreements, including those with the WI Division of Health Services and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

·         Formulate and recommend city policies, ordinances, resolutions and legislative positions related to a variety of environmental issues.

·         Maintain data management systems related to evaluation of outcomes, expenditures and revenues generated through divisional activities to validate effective and efficient program/project strategies.

·         Develop and implement strategies for the integration of technology into public health practice to achieve efficiencies in programmatic activities, including the implementation of anew electronic surveillance system.

·         Serve as department’s technical expert on environmental health issues.

·         Develop and oversee all work processes and functions to assure effective and efficient operation of environmental health programs, including  quality control of investigations, assessments and enforcement orders.

·         Prepare  programmatic summaries, project updates, special reports, technical papers, grant applications and reports; prepare annual reports and required assessments as delineated in municipal and state code

·         Participate as a member of the director-level leadership team, working with and advising the Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Health.

 Staff Management and Administration

·         Participate in the recruitment, selection and assignment of home environmental health personnel.

·         Implement and oversee human resources rewards and accountability tools, including career ladders, professional development programs and  employee evaluation systems.

·         Promote an environment of critical and creative thinking, professional growth, learning, open communication and collaboration.

·         Lead efforts to build morale, enforce accountability and improve performance.

·         Perform coaching, counseling and disciplinary functions.

Community Leadership

·         Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other city departments, state and federal regulatory and grant agencies, contractors, healthcare providers and community-based organizations; represent the department at community based events.

·         Serve as the spokesperson for the department on home environmental health issues, including but not limited to media requests and Common Council committee meetings.

·         Demonstrate understanding of the complex needs of the community including the impacts of racism, segregation, and redlining especially as it relates to access to quality housing in Milwaukee.

·         Articulate the Social Determinants of Health and the interplay in health outcomes especially among those that are most vulnerable.

·         Assist the alderpersons and their staff with constituent issues and questions; provide related assistance to citizens, Mayor’s Office, and other departments.

Conditions of Employment

  • Travel outside of the City of Milwaukee may be required.

    Minimum Requirements


    1.      Bachelor’s degree in environmental health, industrial hygiene, public health or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.

    2.      Five years of progressively responsible experience in public health program management, including planning, budget development and monitoring, contract development, staff management and quality assurance.

    3.      Registration as a Lead Risk Assessor and Lead Abatement Supervisor within one year of appointment and throughout employment.

    4.      Registration as an Environmental Health Professional/Registered Sanitarian by the State of Wisconsin and/or the National Environmental Health Association within one year of appointment and throughout employment. (https://weha.net/registered-sanitarian-info).

    5.      Possession of a properly insured personal vehicle for use on the job at the time of appointment and throughout employment.  An automobile allowance is provided.

    Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered.


    IMPORTANT NOTE: College transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be attached to your online application. Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and will be rejected. Student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your transcript must be legible and include your college/university name, your name, the degree completed (if applicable) and the date completed.


    Desirable Qualifications

    • Master’s Degree in environmental health, public health, human services, health education, nursing, social work, or a related field from an accredited college or university.
    • Experience in public health, health education, nursing, social work, or a related field. 

    Knowledges, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


    ·         Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.       

    ·         Knowledge of contact management systems, database, internet, project management spreadsheet, and word processing software.

    ·         Ability to contribute to the development of program budgets and to operate within budgetary constraints.               

    ·         Knowledge of management principles related to environmental public health issues.           

    ·         Knowledge of microbiology and chemistry related to environmental health.

    ·         Knowledge of the public health science and best practices related to lead abatement and other community environmental health issues. 

    ·         Ability to perform statistical analysis related to public health issues.            

    ·         Ability to maintain and oversee data management systems related to the evaluation of outcomes, expenditures and revenues.          

    ·         Knowledge of grant application and monitoring practices. 

    ·         Ability to formulate policies related to lead abatement and other community environmental health issues.           

    ·         Knowledge of prevention-focused public health practice and of applicable federal, state, and local regulations.     

    ·         Knowledge of the principles and practices of public health administration. 

    ·         Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. 

    ·         Ability to make decisions and recommendations to further the public health of the community that are based upon research and known mitigation strategies. 

    ·         Ability to identify and interpret emerging trends in public health and to provide information, analysis and interpretation to stakeholders and community partners.


    ·         Ability to create a sense of mission by articulating and modeling professional values and ethics.

    ·         Ability to develop policies and processes that translate mission and vision into action.      

    ·         Ability to facilitate and encourage the application of systems thinking.        

    ·         Ability to develop and implement performance management strategies and measures and to facilitate assessment and planning.        

    ·         Ability to facilitate and promote individual staff accomplishments toward organizational objectives, including shared responsibility, teamwork and acceptance of change.      

    ·         Honesty, integrity, the ability to maintain confidentiality and responsible stewardship of City resources.

    Organizational Skills/Strategic Management       

    ·         Ability to develop and implement strategic public health policies

    ·         Ability to translate policy decisions into organizational and community programs and services.      

    ·         Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, robust organization.     

    ·         Ability to work in a diverse setting in and outside of the office. ·

    ·         Ability to effectively plan, organize and manage competing priorities and challenges under pressure.      

    ·         Skill in short and long-term strategic planning.        

    ·         Ability to assess the organizational assets, resources and opportunities and to develop new organizational structures, systems and metrics that support accountability and efficiency in the delivery of public environmental health.  


    ·         Strong public speaking and presentation skills.                ·

    ·         Written communication skills to craft policies and procedures, reports, and correspondence. 

    ·         Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, boards of directors, media ,and legislative bodies.


    Relationship Building        

    ·         Ability to establish and maintain collaborative partnerships with private providers, community partners, and federal, state and local officials.        

    ·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, elected officials, representatives of City departments, community organizations and other stakeholders in public health, including citizens.       

    ·         Ability to ensure that the MHD has mechanisms for obtaining feedback and input from persons with diverse backgrounds and to ensure the consideration of the role of cultural, social and behavioral factors and in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of public health services.

    Current Salary


    The current salary range (1 IX) for is $75,478-$105,669 annually and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $77,743-$108,839 annually.  Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.  

      The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

    • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
    • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
    • Health and Dental Insurance
    • Comprehensive Wellness Program
    • Onsite Clinic Services
    • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
    • Alternative Work Schedules
    • Long Term Disability Insurance
    • Group Life Insurance
    • Tuition Benefits
    • Paid Vacation
    • 11 Paid Holidays
    • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
    • Flexible Spending Arrangement
    • Commuter Value Pass

    For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit http://city.milwaukee.gov/Benefits2019.

    Selection Process

    The selection process will be job-related and will consist of one or more of the following: an evaluation of related education, experience and accomplishments, written tests, interview, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

    Additional Information

    Applications and further information can be accessed by visiting www.jobaps.com/MIL.

    INITIAL FILING DATE: The selection process will be conducted as soon as practical after October 7, 2019  extended to October 11, 2019. Receipt of application materials may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.       

    Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.  

    If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or staffinginfo@milwaukee.gov.  


    EEO 104

    The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.