Manager IV

    Texas Health & Human Services Commission
    1100 W 49TH ST, AUSTIN, TX

    Job Description

    Manager IVPerforms complex management activities and provides direction and guidance in strategic operations and planning for the Environmental Surveillance and Toxicology Branch. Performs responsible administrative work in establishing the strategic plan, goals, and objectives for the branch; develops policy, reviews guidelines, procedures, rules, and regulations; establishes priorities, standards, and measurement tools for determining progress in meeting goals; coordinates and evaluates program activities; reviews and approves budgets; and provides scientific direction to the programs within the branch. Directs the review and revision of legislation and develops the agency position regarding legislative impact. Serves as the principal investigator for ATSDR's Partnership to Promote Localized Efforts to Reduce Environmental Exposure Cooperative Agreement. Serves as a statewide resource and provides environmental and occupational health consultation to other DSHS programs, state and federal environmental and health agencies, local health departments, public health professionals, community organizations, and the public. Testifies at hearings, trials, and legislative meetings on matters relating to branch programs, as appropriate. Coordinates or directs highly advanced reviews for various special projects as directed by senior management and interacts with senior management on policy issues as directed. Serves as Chair of the Toxic Substances Coordinating Committee (TSCC). Works under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports directly to the Environmental Epidemiology and Disease Registries Section Director.

    Essential Job Functions:
    Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

    Provides direction, guidance, and assistance for the environmental and occupational epidemiology programs, the health assessment, consultation and toxicology programs, the adult and childhood lead poisoning prevention programs, the pesticide surveillance program, and the Texas Fluoridation Project. Serves as principal investigator for ATSDR's Partnership to Promote Localized Efforts to Reduce Environmental Exposure cooperative agreement. Plans, develops, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates policies for Unit programs and associated registries. Plans, assigns, and supervises program managers in establishing goals and objectives and approves schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving goals. Identifies staff development and training requirements. (50%)

    Reviews the results of special investigations, internal audits, and research studies and provides overall direction to, and is ultimately responsible for the scientific validity of epidemiologic and toxicological investigations, health studies, surveillance activities, and public health assessments, and consultations. (20%)

    Provides consultation to other DSHS programs, state and federal agencies, local health departments, medical professionals, community organizations, and the public concerning Unit related activities. (15%)

    Testifies at hearings, trials and legislative sessions, directs the review of legislation, and develops the agency position regarding legislative impact. Serves as the agency point of contact for other local, state, and federal agencies and represents agency positions pertaining to program areas to the media. (10%)

    Performs related work as assigned. "Other duties as assigned include but not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participations may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location". (5%)

    Knowledge Skills Abilities:
    Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to program areas.
    Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and management.
    Knowledge of current and emerging industry practices impacting environmental health assessments.

    Skill in speaking to the public to effectively present highly technical information to the public, the health care community, and others.

    Ability to direct and organize branch activities; to establish branch goals and objectives that support the strategic plan; to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement solutions; to develop and evaluate policies and procedures; to direct the development of agency policies and procedures; to prepare concise reports; to make presentations, interact with the media, and testify at hearings; and to plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others.

    Experience as an epidemiologist and/or toxicologist in one or more of the following areas of specialization: environmental epidemiology, environmental toxicology, and occupational epidemiology.
    Experience working with federal and state environmental programs on environmental toxicology events and/or issues.
    Experience reviewing and writing ATSDR style public health assessments and consultations.
    Experience designing, conducting, and collaborating on epidemiologic or toxicologic studies or investigations.
    Experience in interpreting data and writing/submitting manuscripts for publication.
    Experience writing/submitting abstracts and presenting technical information at professional or scientific conferences/meetings.
    Experience writing/submitting and presenting technical information.
    Experience writing and applying for grants.
    Experience managing environmental toxicology activities and supervising epidemiologists and/or toxicologists and/or staff responsible for managing and implementing environmental health assessment related activities.
    Direct management experience over environmental programs.

    Registration or Licensure Requirements:
    Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with an advanced degree and graduate level coursework in epidemiology and/or biostatistics, toxicology or related field is preferred.

    Initial Selection Criteria:
    Graduate degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, toxicology or related field is preferred.
    Experience supervising program managers and/or staff in environmental programs.
    Work experience in the field of public health at the federal, state, or local level.
    Experience collaborating with federal and state environmental agencies
    Experience interpreting data and designing and conducting epidemiologic or toxicologic studies or investigations

    Additional Information:
    Experience supervising staff responsible for managing and/or implementing environmental health related activities.
    Knowledge of state or federal legislation relevant to program areas
    Direct management experience with programs responsible for assessing potential public health implications of hazardous substances in the environment.
    Experience communicating health risks associated with chemical exposures in the home, workplace, and at hazardous waste sites,
    Demonstrated experience writing and presenting technical information on environmental issues in multiple forums to diverse stakeholders (Ex: citizens in local communities; professionals in a conference setting; legislative staff in hearings or requested consultations).
    Knowledge of ATSDR's public health assessment process
    Experience reviewing and writing reports for federal or state environmental investigations and/or assessments.

    MOS Code:
    990, 20, MGT10, 8U000, 86MO

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    Posting ID: 552783582Posted: 2020-05-21