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Deputy Director, Community Sanitation Program

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Deputy Director, Community Sanitation Program

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is seeking a dynamic and self-motivated professional to serve as the Deputy Director for the Community Sanitation Program within the Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH).

The Bureau of Environmental Health works to protect communities, especially the most vulnerable, from the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards, which result in significant health disparities. The Bureau is committed to the principle of environmental justice that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, national origin or ability, have a right to be protected from environmental pollution, and to live and enjoy a clean and healthful environment.

The selected candidate will be responsible for assisting the Director in guiding day-to-day program operations and ensuring compliance with statutory mandates and departmental regulations related to housing, farm labor camps, recreational camps for children, public and semi-public pools, personal flotation devices for children, family type campgrounds, disposition of human remains, indoor air quality in ice skating rinks, nuisance conditions and prison, police station lockup and secured youth housing health and sanitation, as well as medical waste-management for health care facilities and the biotechnology industry. BEH’s Community Sanitation Program (CSP) helps prevent avoidable death and morbidity through enforcement of the State Sanitary Code. The CSP provides a wide range of education, consultation and enforcement activities in areas and disciplines associated with all aspects of the state sanitary code. The selected candidate should be committed to advancing the racial and health equity and environmental justice work of the Bureau.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Oversee and coordinate the various programs and activities in the CSP to ensure that established goals and responsibilities are achieved.
  • Monitor and oversee inspectional activities based on cooperative agreements with other state agencies and provide annual compliance investigations at state owned facilities (swimming pools, family campgrounds and secured youth residential establishments).
  • Assist CSP staff and local health professionals in responding to sanitary code inspections issues and other venues related to state sanitary code regulations.
  • Supervise and evaluate staff to ensure current knowledge of state and federal requirements and best practices, in order to recommend and implement sound program policies and procedures, as well as regulatory revisions.
  • Assist in the development of new program policies, protocols, and procedures; reinforce existing practices that ensure effective protection measures for vulnerable populations.
  • Review existing program reporting formats and assure that output measures are accurate and defensible in accordance with an internal quality control and quality assurance program.
  • Design, implement and update systems for collecting, tracking, and responding to written and verbal complaints from prison inmates, family members, housing occupants, and any other members of the general public.
  • Provide and update as required, internal and external forms and guidance documents to assist in the compliance of state sanitary code requirements and related policies.
  • Determine effective methods for collecting, processing, and assessing relevant data involving state sanitary code topic areas.
  • Participate in all aspects of regulatory review, revision activities and standard operating procedures.
  • Interpret new and existing statutory and regulatory requirements that directly or indirectly affect the state sanitary code and develop memorandums, advisories, guidance, policies, and procedures for implementation.
  • Develop and provide educational materials for local boards of health and various stakeholder groups on State Sanitary Code issues and topics.
  • Collaborate with local, state, and federal government authorities, civic leaders, industry specialists and other stakeholder groups to discuss and resolve issues related to program initiatives.
  • Partner with the Director to prepare recommendations and briefings to senior staff on emerging issues and complaints; Represent the Department, Bureau and Community Sanitation Program on applicable committees and advisory boards.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s in public health or related field.
  • Experience working in or managing a union workforce.
  • Knowledge of the utilization of resources in the collection, organization, and interpretation of data.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and maintain professional and cooperative work relationships with employees, stakeholders, industry professionals, special advocacy groups and the general public.
  • Capacity to work proactively and independently with attention to detail and the ability to prioritize inquires and tasks appropriately.
  • Experience directing, managing and/or supervising multi-disciplined public health related regulatory programs.
  • Knowledge of the methods of general, statistical, and technical report writing.
  • Talent for communicating effectively in both writing and oral presentations.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to build a unified, skilled, and effective team.
  • Skilled in problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, and team building.
  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams and Outlook.

Agency Mission:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance use, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and persistent health inequities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offers services to address the needs of populations made vulnerable by social and economic conditions. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages, and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

Learn more about our important work: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/bureau-of-environmental-health

Pre-Hire Process:

A tax & background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Human Resources Division prior to the candidate being hired.

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510- 4122 Ext. #2.



Applicants must have at least (A) five (5) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least one (1) year must have been in a project management, supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.

I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience.
II. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience.
III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience.
IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Official Title : Program Manager VI
Primary Location : United States-Massachusetts-Marlborough - 67 Forest Street
Job : Science
Agency : Department of Public Health
Schedule : Full-time
Shift : Day
Job Posting : Jun 30, 2022, 3:11:12 PM
Number of Openings : 1
Salary : 65,561.54 - 123,040.63 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator : Winston Pierre winston.pierre@mass.gov - 8573197225
Bargaining Unit : M99-Managers (EXE)
Confidential : No

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