Health Department


Health Education/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

 
 

POSITION SUMMARY

This position is a leadership role in the Department, with responsibility to educate the community and staff with current public health information, lead staff training/ education and track training. The position is responsible for the direction and operation of the Health Education and Emergency Preparedness (HE/EP). Subject to executive policy approval, plans, organizes and conducts comprehensive public health education and emergency preparedness programs. Interprets programs and services of a local health department to health care consumers and providers of health care; establishes and employs methods for continual appraisal to evaluate effectiveness of public health programs; designs and executes programs to improve health awareness of the general public and promote positive changes in health behavior.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

  1. Provides leadership in planning, organizing and coordinating the local health department’s program of Health Education and Emergency Preparedness.
  2. Trains, Evaluates and Organizes the planning of educational conferences, institutes and workshops to further the public HE/EP program.
  3. Interprets the objectives and services of the public health agency to the general public, community agencies and professional groups.
  4. Oversee grants including but not limited to Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Tobacco Control and other related funding opportunities.
  5. Assists the Operations Manager in preparing budgetary estimates and supplies all supporting documents and funds associated with the HE/EP program; produces and manages public health grants.
  6. Provides consultation and technical assistance to program coordinators and other personnel in regard to planning, conducting and evaluating in-service training programs.
  7. Contributes to the improvement of HE/EP in the community, including schools, by encouraging the development of comprehensive education programs; provides consultative services to community agencies, services and groups in relation to health services, health instruction and health environment.
  8. Directs the preparation, selection, and distribution of HE/EP materials such as films, pamphlets, exhibits, reports, posters and news releases.
  9. Assists with formulating, implements and effectuates policies and procedures for the Department.
  10. Works with the Public Health Administrator and other staff to establish policies, budgets and other operational considerations for the Department.
  11. In the event of disasters/emergencies this position will assist administration in instituting control measures for the protection of public health and safety, in cooperation with appropriate agencies.
  12. Coordinates departmental plans including Strategic Planning, Emergency Preparedness, I-PLAN, Workforce Development, Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP)
  13. Maintains, reviews and updates OCHD All Hazard and Emergency Response plans. Works with County Emergency Manager on County Emergency Operations Plan and other preparedness activities.
  14. Designs, coordinates and/or participates in operational drills, and/or exercise scenarios designed to test, train and evaluate emergency response concepts, plans and standard operating guidelines.
  15. Acts as the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Ogle County Health Department.
  16. Other duties as assigned.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Should possess: 

Extensive knowledge of the principles, theory and social aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and their applications to public health programs at State and local levels.

Extensive knowledge of the principles of organization and administration of public health.

Extensive knowledge of the principles, methods, practices and possibilities of community organization and coalition building.

Extensive knowledge of the functions, activities, qualifications and contributions of various public health personnel.

Extensive knowledge of the structure, functions, and care of the human body and the elements of the more common pathological processes.

Extensive knowledge of Incident Management, Incident Command Structure (ICS), and National Incident Management Structure (NIMS).

Ability to plan, organize and direct local health department public HE/EP programs.

Ability to direct the planning and conducting of institutes, meetings and conferences on HE/EP.

Ability to evaluate personal, school and community health situations, to provide counsel and undertake appropriate action to upgrade public health programs.

Ability to establish and maintain close, cooperative working relationships with all agencies that may contribute to the furtherance of public HE/EP.

Ability to present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing. Skilled and comfortable with a multitude of software programs, able and willing to learn numerous programs. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

A bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Emergency Management, Health Education or other related field. Two years of field experience.

Complete FEMA and ICS courses 100, 200, 700, 800, 300 and 400 within 1 year of being hired.

Suggested MGT-314

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to operate office equipment; phone, copier, fax, printer and basic computer functions. 
  • Must be able to read, produce and interpret written materials. 
  • Ability to perform repetitive actions and manipulate with both hands. 
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds regularly and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 
  • Must be able to physically access a variety of community sites. 
  • Must have current Illinois Driver’s License.
Interested parties should email resumes and letters of interest to Kauman@oglecounty.org or by mail to the attention of Kyle Auman at:

Ogle County Health Department
907 Pines Rd
Oregon, IL 61061

Job Application for Health Inspector download

Environmental Health Inspector

 
 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Public Health Inspector enforces Ogle County Ordinances and Illinois State Food Code to ensure public health and safety. The Inspector must enforce codes uniformly while educating food handlers and the public about the importance of food safety. This position works closely with Communicable Disease to prevent the spread of disease through epidemiological methods. The EH Inspector will also aid the Public Health Administrator in daily operations to support department work.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

  1.  Conducts epidemiological investigations including but not limited to food borne illness outbreaks, seeking unhealthy conditions, and implementing methods of control and corrective actions.
  2.  Explains State laws, local ordinances, rules, and regulations, offers guidance of sanitation practices and principles.
  3.  Advises improvements or correction necessary to assure compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.
  4.  Conducts inspections and follow-up compliance inspections, as well as enforcing State and County regulations to determine compliance with health and sanitation standards, and enforces regulations concerned with such things as, good safety, vector, private water supplies, sewage disposal, and public nuisances. Reports serious public health issues to their immediate supervisor. Maintains documents as it relates to environmental health program areas. 
  5.  Maintain all records of inspections for food establishments, water systems, nuisance complaints and vector records as assigned.
  6. Selects, collects, prepares, submits and communicates results of food and water samples as appropriate and necessary for laboratory analysis. 
  7. Inspects public pools, tattoo parlors, retail compliance in accordance with Liquor Commission standards and Smoke Free Illinois Laws.
  8.  Assists to guide the work of all Environmental programs.
  9. Collaborate with other public health personnel in investigation, enforcement and controls public health environmental hazards.
  10.   Assist the Public Health Administrator, Board of Health, City and County Attorneys to update and rewrite local ordinances.
  11. Support other Environmental Health staff when advising civic and other officials in development of environmental health laws and regulations including IDPH.
  12. Support other Environmental Health staff to promote environmental health programs including educational materials.
  13.  Inform, Educate and Empower the public with trainings and the most current information as it relates to environmental health.
  14. Completes sanitary evaluations, septic system, and well inspections.
  15. Reviews all paperwork associated with water systems to ensure compliance with state law and county ordnance.
  16. Assists with program evaluation and compliance with state standards.
  17. Receive in-service training to meet program and licensure requirements.
  18. Approximately 75% of the time will be spent in the field going to inspection sites and gathering samples.
  19. Utilizes technology needed for various job functions to include computer, software, GPS, GIS software, etc.
  20. Performs other duties as assigned.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

  1. Working knowledge and understanding of the Illinois Food, Well and Septic Code and Ogle County Food, Well and Septic Ordinances.
  2. General knowledge of Well and Septic Systems.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively with contractors, restaurant owners, realtors, board members, directors and public health administrator.
  4. Ability to demonstrate commitment to exemplary customer services.
  5. Strong leadership skills.
  6. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  1. Must obtain a Food Managers Certifications no later than 6 months after hire date.
  2. Preferred eligibility to sit for Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner (LEHP) License and obtain LEHP 6 months after hire date. 
  3. Two years of full-time food handler’s experience, with two years in a public health department or a community agency which provides regulatory and enforcement duties preferred. 
  4. A Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental Health, Food and Nutrition, Public Health or closely related field from an accredited university Preferred.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Current Illinois driver’s license.
  • May occasionally require use of personal vehicle for use in carrying out required duties. 
  • Auto liability insurance mandatory.
  • Ability to travel to and from clients’ homes. 
  • Must be able to hear and speak on a telephone.
  • Must be able to produce, read and review written documents.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, less regularly, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Interested parties should email resumes and letters of interest to Kauman@oglecounty.org or by mail to the attention of Kyle Auman at:

Ogle County Health Department
907 Pines Rd
Oregon, IL 61061

Job Application for Health Inspector download
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