Public Health Compliance Specialist
Department: Environmental Health
Job Type: Full Time
Job Class: Non-Union
Work Shift: Day/Evening with Variable Start Time
Work Days: Primarily Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm with some evenings as needed
Date Posted: 06/07/2019
Requisition Number: hrq-89420
Job Purpose: This position serves the primary function of assuring the health and safety of people who live, visit, or work in Cambridge by conducting field inspections, enforcing state and local public health regulations through professional written and verbal communications and public hearings, and maintaining and updating records and permits for regulated activities, including Beekeeping, Body Art, Bodywork Therapy, Indoor Ice Rinks, and Tanning Establishments.
The Public Health Compliance Specialist will also assist in the resolution of environmental health complaints and address emerging environmental health hazards in accordance with applicable regulations, and through other means of assistance as necessary, including education, outreach, appropriate referrals, and policy development.
This position will report directly to the Director, Environmental Health
Duties/Responsibilities: 1. Perform inspections requiring technical and professional judgment in the areas of public health and environmental health. 2. Prepare and maintain inspection reports and records, including written violation notices and recommendations for compliance. 3. Perform administrative functions and permitting activities for the following regulatory programs: Beekeeping, Body Art/Tattoo Establishments, Bodywork Therapy Establishments, Indoor Ice Rinks, and Tanning Establishments. 4. Assist in migration of permit workflow and inspection reports to an online system and maintain electronic records. Work will involve creation and editing of forms in permitting and inspectional software. 5. Conduct research and stakeholder outreach to update regulations, particularly body art and bodywork therapy regulations. 6. Collaborate with other local and state agencies as necessary to address cross-jurisdictional and/or multi-disciplinary issues, and engage in investigation, research, problem-solving, and policy approaches to public health concerns related to environmental exposures that extend beyond the scope of existing regulations. 7. Oversee maintenance, calibration, and record keeping for analytical equipment.
Additional Duties/Requirements: 1. Participate in activities related to strategic plan and other plans as needed. 2. Occasional evening and weekend hours conducting inspections and/or attending meetings. 3. Other duties as assigned.
Education/Training: Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) in biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, environmental health, other basic health sciences or public health required. Master's degree in public health (MPH) with a concentration in environmental health preferred.
Licensure: MA Registered Sanitarian License (RS) preferred. Valid Massachusetts driver's license and vehicle registration, and the use of a private vehicle for work purposes required.
Certifications: National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) preferred; MA RS license may substitute.
Work Experience: At least three years of applicable professional experience preferred; masters-level training may substitute for some of the required experience. Recent graduates should demonstrate at least one year of professional experience in the work force. Experience drafting written communications in a business and/or legal context preferred.