Environmental Health programs serve to protect the public from environmental related issues: food, water, vector borne diseases, and environmental health threats. The nature of the work is complex due to the numerous environmental health concerns and regulations and the high profile of the activities conducted.

Environmental Health includes several major projects and programs: Inspections, Vital Records, Food Handlers, Healthy Homes & Families, Program and Policy Development, and Vector Control.

Job positing can be found at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/jobs/2137100-0/environmental-toxins-program-specialist-senior-open-until-filled?utm_campaign=go

The Environmental Toxins Program Specialist Senior position’s purpose is to reduce toxics exposure through pathways related to the built and natural environments, and to work on Issues related to the built environment, including air quality, toxics exposure, planning related to land use, environmental justice, and emerging environmental health concerns.

This position advises County leadership, partners, and residents on health-protective actions during public health emergencies related to toxic exposures. As the Environmental Toxins Program Specialist Senior you will:

• Act as the county’s subject matter expert and technical lead in public health related air quality and brownfield (contaminated property) work, and advising program leadership, departmental leadership and elected officials on policy and program development of a range of politically sensitive topics

• Provide assessment, consultation, community engagement, policy, project management, grants administration, technical expertise, supervision of interns, and program development and execution

• Be the driver of policy and program development and execution, under the oversight of program and divisional management

• Rapidly process highly technical content and skillfully deliver critical Information to a variety of internal and external stakeholders of matters of high concern to the county and its constituents

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don’t just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health, Policy and Program Development or a related field


  • Five (5) years of increasingly responsible and major program development, policy analysis, or program compliance/monitoring and evaluation experience
  • Ability to represent the Department and/or County in public and private meetings and other gatherings related to areas of the Environmental Toxins Program
  • Effective skills in managing team/group, organizational dynamics, and consensus building.

Required: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities –

  • Knowledge of toxics exposure through air quality, toxics exposure, planning related to land use, environmental justice, and emerging environmental health concerns.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of US Environmental Protection Agency air and land, and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality policies and programs.
  • Experience as subject matter expert and technical lead in public health actions and program development related to air quality and brownfield (contaminated property) work.
  • Experience with analysis and development of proposed and current federal, state, regional and local policy, programs and legislation pertaining to air and land quality.

Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

• Knowledge and experience with environmental justice, health equity and the built environment.

• Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.

The Application Packet: 1. A completed online application 2. Responses to the supplemental questions

The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.

We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:

• Initial review of minimum qualifications

• Supplemental question review

• Phone screen

• Oral exam

• Consideration of top candidates

• Language assessment (if applicable)

• Background, reference, and education

checksNote: Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.Type of Position: This hourly union-represented position is eligible for overtime Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference for this recruitment. Review our veterans’ preference website for details about eligibility and how to apply. Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711. Questions? Keri Caffreys, SHRM-SCP, Recruiter Health Department 421 SW Oak St, Rm 210, Portland, OR 97204 Keri.caffreys@multco.us 503-988-7472 Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract

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