Public Health Specialist

Recruitment #220511-X17B-05

Introduction

 

 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service.

OSDH is seeking a full time Public Health Specialist II or III  providing support to  Consumer Protection Division. This position will cover the following counties: Beckham, Caddo, Carter, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Love, McClain, Stephens, Tillman, and Washita. This is a state employee position PIN 34001717 governed by the Civil Service Rules, in state government Duty location to be determined upon hire. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits packet, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link  Plan Year 2022.

The annual salary for this position is based on education and experience.
Level II - up to $47,000.00 based on education and experience.
Level III - up to $50,802.00 based on education and experience.

Position Summary:
Positions within this job family are assigned responsibilities for planning, performing or supervising technical and professional work involving consumer protection and public health services. This includes performing inspections, surveys, and investigations to identify and eliminate conditions hazardous to life and health, providing consultative services and assistance in assigned areas of responsibility, ensuring corrective actions are taken to eliminate public health or other hazards, and ensuring compliance with applicable statutes and regulations.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions:
The functions within this job family will vary, but may include the following:

• Conducts inspections, surveys, and investigations of food manufacturing, food warehousing, and food salvage establishments, Prison based food establishments, Tattoo and Body Piercing establishments, Bedding manufacture and germicidal treatment establishments, and other regulated facilities to identify public health hazards, environmental conditions which are detrimental to life and health, provide training and technical assistance, and ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.  
• Responds to complaints concerning food borne illnesses, adulterated foods, food tampering, recalls, insect or rodent infestation, or other issues related to regulated.
• Reviews and acts on various epidemiological reports and complaints; conducts environmental assessments and other surveys related to regulated establishments.
• Provides emergency response services for complaints concerning food borne illnesses, fires in food establishments, accidents involving the transportation of food, incidents concerning food or water contamination, and power outages or natural disasters involving food products; conducts inspections or investigations on an as needed basis including on weekends and at night.
• Conducts field tests using evaluative instruments; collects and transports food samples as required to determine adulteration, contamination, sources of pollution, and/or microbiological quality; maintains legal chain of custody to preserve evidentiary requirements.
• Directs the embargo and disposal of food products found unfit for human consumption; conducts evaluations to determine imminent hazards to life or health which warrant the closure of a facility.
• Prepares records, reports, and correspondence concerning regulatory actions as needed; conducts follow-up inspections and surveys to ensure corrective actions have been taken and that public health hazards are eliminated; testifies at hearings and court proceedings concerning regulatory actions as required.

Other Duties:
Demonstrates knowledge of and supports mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.  Works effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Level 2: Required at this level include those identified in Level I PLUS ability to make recommendations concerning the implementation of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HAACP) systems and verify implementation; to conduct pre-operational inspections to determine compliance with approved plans; to assist in planning and presenting education and training programs; and to ensure that corrective action have been completed to eliminate health hazards.

Level 3: Required at this level include those identified in Level II PLUS ability to plan and conduct field investigations; to analyze and interpret engineering plans and specifications; and to assist in developing HACCP plans for the regulated food industry.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Work is typically performed an office setting with a climate-controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level.  While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms; carry light items; driving an automobile. This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone.

Travel Requirements:
Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position. Occasional in state overnight and weekend travel may be required.

 

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Level 2: Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of the statutory requirements of Title 59 O.S. Section 1150.7, (A 2): A bachelor’s degree with a major in public health, environmental health, environmental science, physical science, natural science, biological science, agricultural science, or equivalent, from an accredited college or university with at least thirty (30) semester hours of work in physical, natural and biological science, public health and/or environmental health or environmental protection or both environmental health and environmental protection, plus one year of professional public health or consumer protection and successful completion of state standardization to conduct food establishment inspections; or a master’s degree in a listed field and successful completion of state standardization to conduct food establishment inspections.

Level 3: Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of the statutory requirements of Title 59 O.S. Section 1150.7, (A 2): A bachelor’s degree with a major in public health, environmental health, environmental science, physical science, natural science, biological science, agricultural science, or equivalent, from an accredited college or university with at least thirty (30) semester hours of work in physical, natural and biological science, public health and/or environmental health or environmental protection or both environmental health and environmental protection, plus three years of professional public health or consumer protection and successful completion of state standardization to conduct food establishment inspections; or a master’s degree in a listed field and successful completion of state standardization to conduct food establishment inspections and two years of professional public health or consumer protection.

NOTES

REQUIREMENTS:
If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview. 

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.

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