State Of Washington Tumwater , WA 98511
NOTE: This recruitment will remain OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Applicant review begins October 1, 2018.
Assistant Secretary (EMS Band 4)
Division of Environmental Public Health
About the Washington State Department of Health
We at the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) are committed to diversity and inclusion. Guiding our work in this area are two formalized groups: The Diversity and Inclusion Council and the Health Equity Workgroup. In addition, we encourage all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day, as we believe this enriches our culture and our ability to provide public health services for all in Washington.
We strive to live our values and principles as an organization and to support our workforce to ensure that we are an employer of choice. In this vein, we have implemented an Infants at Work policy/program, which allows parents/guardians to bring their infants 6 weeks to 6 months of age to work, so long as the work environment is safe for an infant. We are also expanding our "modern workplace" initiative by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers. DOH supports a healthy work/life balance by supporting flexible/alternative work schedules, as well as mobile and telework options. Learn more about Work@Health.
Our work is driven by our vision that people in Washington enjoy longer and healthier lives because they live in healthy families and communities. We work to achieve that vision by engaging in collaborations and partnerships to leverage the knowledge, relationships, and resources necessary to influence the conditions that promote good health and safety for everyone.
The main DOH campus is located in Tumwater, with Public Health Laboratories located in Shoreline, and satellite offices in Richland, Kent, and Spokane. DOH works with the state's 35 Local Health Jurisdictions, 29 federally recognized Tribes, and the State Board of Health to deliver public health services to the people of Washington State. Together these entities make up the decentralized public health system. This system is characterized by strong relationships and shared leadership. To learn more about the agency, visit our website, DOH Infographic, and see what it's like to Work@Health!
The Assistant Secretary reports to the Chief of Staff and serves as a member of the Agency Leadership Team. The Assistant Secretary works directly with the Secretary and members of the agency executive team on high-level policy and strategic issues. They are responsible for the vision and leadership of the Environmental Public Health Division which includes four offices, over 200 staff members, a diverse set of partners and a wide range of programs and projects to improve the health of individuals, families and communities in Washington. The division oversees a broad portfolio of services and works extensively with federal, state, local, and tribal partners to protect and improve the health of Washingtonians. The biennial operating budget for the division is $77.6 million and the capital budget is 200 million that supports drinking water system infrastructure improvement projects across the state. Here are a few examples of the innovative work the division is currently engaged in:
Lead in our environment
On May 2, 2016, Governor Inslee issued Directive 16-06 (the directive) in response to the growing concerns about lead being found in drinking water in schools and homes across the state. The Division is providing leadership to meet the directive and reduce exposure to lead and other environmental hazards where children live, learn, and play.
Foundation funding for environmental issues.
Environmental public health services touch the lives of everyone in Washington. After a century of effectively preventing death and illness and increasing the quality of life of our residents, today we face the dual challenges of a severe funding crisis, expanding pressures from traditional environmental health issues and emerging issues in the field that include:
Changes to our shorelines, sea levels rising, patterns of infectious disease, air quality, and the severity of natural disasters such as floods, droughts, and storms.
Preparedness for the environmental impact of natural disasters as well as disasters of human origin includes planning for our community's health needs and the impact on public infrastructure, such as drinking water and waste water.
Exposure to unknown contaminants and hazards as hundreds of new chemicals are introduced. Many of these contaminants present new, unexpected challenges to our community's health.
The Assistant Secretary will need to help the public health system reimagine how we do our work if we are to:
Sustain our past successes protect the capabilities of our core environmental public health work: clean drinking water, sanitation, safe food, radiation protection, clean air.
Confront our emerging challenges new unregulated contaminants, changing temperatures, zoonotic diseases new to our state, and responding to new business models and environmental health threats to communities across our state.
Use our available resources most effectively and efficiently forge new partnerships and use technology to shape a better, more effective public health system. Environmental health is a dynamic and evolving field. While not all complex environmental issues can be predicted, some known environmental public health services are instrumental in preventing or controlling disease, injury and disability related to the interaction between people and these environmental hazards.
What "Health Equity" means to the division
Ensure every person in Washington has an opportunity to meet their health potential.
Identify environmental health inequities, highlighting populations with higher exposure to harmful substances or lack access to health-supporting environments;
Develop solutions promoting equity, such as healthier built environments or the use of health impact assessments; and
The Division has four offices: Office of Drinking Water, Office of Radiation Protection, Office of Environmental Health and Safety and the Office of Environmental Public Health Sciences. All of these offices have innovative work underway and passionate leaders and staff supporting this work.
Vision: Healthy Places Healthy People
Washington State is a place where people live, work, and play in healthy communities with clean water and air, healthy food and a safe environment.
Mission: The division of Environmental Public Health works to improve the health of the people in Washington State by preventing and reducing exposures to health hazards in the environment and supporting healthy places where people live and play.
The division's core work includes:
Protecting the health of the people of Washington State by ensuring safe and reliable drinking water.
Working with local, state, federal and tribal agencies and stakeholders to identify, evaluate, and prevent exposure and adverse human health impacts associated with environmental hazards.
Protecting the health of the people in Washington State by working to ensure that exposure to radiation is as low as reasonably achievable.
Improving the health of people in Washington State by reducing and preventing, where possible, human exposures to a variety of environmental hazards and disease pathogens associated with the treatment and disposal of wastewater, the food we eat, the schools our children attend, and the places we recreate and overnight.
Building Strong Strategic Partnerships - Environmental public health protection is a shared responsibility between the states, tribes, and local government. Service delivery models will adapt to reduce duplication and build centers of excellence throughout the system.
Promoting increased efficiency of core business activities.
Implementing methods that ensure responsiveness to customer needs, including timely response to customers and constituents.
Seeking to increase the Environmental Public Health Division's workforce diversity.
What we're looking for
Success in this position requires that one be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions and having excellent people skills. We are looking for someone that is able to prioritize and manage many competing demands, delegate to their team while supporting and growing that team, enjoys working in an innovative, nimble environment and believes that collaboration and partnership are key strategies to successful outcomes. Equally important is being able to successfully problem-solve complex issues and effectively work with other agency leaders on cross-cutting interventions and solutions.
We are looking for someone that loves a challenge, takes calculated risks within our authorizing environment, is prepared to recover quickly from a mistake and move forward and thrives on fast-paced work. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, leadership and positively improving health outcomes for all people.
The preferred candidate is a strong leader who maintains a strategic focus and can harness the expertise, knowledge, and passion of the division team and work with their peers in addressing agency priorities. Preference may be given to candidates with the following education and experience:
A Bachelor's or a Master's degree in an environmental discipline, public health discipline, Public Administration, leadership or similar field and six years of management experience.
Increasingly responsible leadership portfolio with demonstrated program, policy, budget and supervisory experience (preferably having supervised supervisors).
Demonstrated experience in the following:
Familiarity with and use of environmental and/or public health sciences, theories, and models.
Working with environmental public health, including technical and policy considerations and how they apply to a larger public health picture.
Successfully leading multiple, diverse programs and managers.
Working with governmental agencies and tribes.
Working with public health systems and understanding the roles of and relationships between state, local and federal environment and health agencies.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership competencies in the following:
Being Resilient Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations.
Builds Effective Teams Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
Builds Networks Effectively builds formal and informal relationships.
Cultivates Innovation Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
Drives Vision and Purpose Painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that motivates others to action.
Demonstrates Self-Awareness Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.
Instills Trust Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
Manages Ambiguity Operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
Manages Complexity Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
Persuades Using compelling arguments to gain the support and commitment of others.
Plans and Aligns Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
Situational Adaptability Adapting approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations.
Values Differences Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
Reporting to the Secretary of Health, the range of annual salary for this position is between $80,076 and $137,964, depending on qualifications.
Washington State offers a full benefits package including health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; vacation, sick, military and civil leave; dependent care assistance program; employee advisory service; deferred compensation plans; educational benefits program; 11 paid holidays; and state retirement plans.
Intrigued? We'd love to hear from you. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Linda Riggle at (360) 236-4226 or Linda.Riggle@doh.wa.gov.
This position will remain OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Applicant review and screening begins October 1, 2018, and will be on-going until the position is filled.
Individuals interested in applying for this position should select "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:
A detailed Letter of Interest that addresses your qualifications, as they relate to the position.
Five (5) or more professional references, to be included in your profile.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce. Applicants wishing assistance or alternative formats in the process should contact Cher Williams at (360) 236-4545, Cher.Williams@doh.wa.gov, or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.
Live and Work in a Great State
Washington State offers a total work/life package of pay, benefits, flexibility and workplace opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and out of life. Washington State is a great place to work, play, and be a part of a community. Washington offers a quality of life that is unsurpassed. From the high-energy urban center of Seattle, one of the nation's top-ranked cities, to the more relaxed pace of our rural communities, Washington's distinctive Northwest lifestyle blends a progressive, creative culture with a casual nature.
The position is located in Tumwater, Washington, right on the edge of Olympia, the state's capital. The Tumwater/Olympia area has a vibrant city with a small-town feel conveniently situated between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Mount Rainier and the rugged Cascade Mountains provide majestic scenery to the east while Washington's Pacific Coast is just an hour's drive to the west. Tumwater enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well-supported school system, with two universities and a community college within a ten-mile radius. Learn more about the City of Tumwater, and about the Olympia and the Thurston County area.