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Promoting Health and Wellness for all Arizonans”


Food Safety and Environmental Health Program Administrator

Division of Preparedness / Bureau of Environmental Health

Location: 150 N. 18th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007


COME WORK WITH US! The Arizona Department of Health Services is hiring passionate and dedicated individuals looking to make a difference in the public health industry. We offer a robust benefit package, which includes the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Pilot Program where employees may be eligible after 6 months of employment. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.


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This position is responsible for the oversight and management of the Food Safety & Environmental Services Program. This position is responsible for the coordination of food safety and environmental services activities, and serves as the staff expert in matters pertaining to the environmental control of disease transmitted via food and to environmental sources. Manages and directs the work activities of four environmental staff and one administrative assistant. Is responsible for managing the Statewide environmental health food safety and sanitation activities. Is responsible for interpreting and implementing State policy and rules on environmental health, food safety and sanitation. Coordinates county environmental health department evaluations. Manages the preparation of monthly data and annual program reports, ensures appropriate document quality. Is responsible for the quality and quantity of program inspection activities by professional staff. Oversees the school garden program and develops and revises the school garden guidelines as necessary. Administers and manages the program budget and grants as applicable. Manages preparation and implementation of county health department delegation agreements. Coordinates the Statewide standardization and training of county health department environmental health Sanitarians. Serves as the Sanitarian Council Chairman; and coordinates the annual conference for Registered Sanitarians.


What will I be doing in this job?

  • Managing Food Safety and Environmental Services Program staff
  • Coordinating food safety and environmental sanitation activities
  • Interpreting and implements state policy and rules
  • Serving as the Chairman of the Arizona Sanitarian Council and coordinates the annual conference
  • Overseeing the School Garden certification program
  • Managing program grants and budgets
  • Working with ADHS Administrative Rules Office to create/update rules pertaining to food safety and environmental services
  • Overseeing and developing monthly data report (inspections and school garden visits) and the Food Safety and Environmental Services annual report

What does this job require?

  • Knowledge of program and personnel management
  • Knowledge of program administration, program evaluation, budget monitoring, resource utilization and prioritization
  • Knowledge of word processing, graphic presentations, statistical analysis and database manipulation using software such as MS Office Suite
  • Knowledge of food safety, environmental health, and public health
  • Knowledge of the regulatory roles and functions of county health departments, Indian Health Service Units, Tribal Health Units, and other agencies
  • Skills in managing and motivating personnel, strong skills in technical writing and analyzing and assessing the significance of human environmental exposures
  • Skills in rule writing
  • Skills in planning and coordinating prevention and mitigation public policy strategies to protect the public health from environmental contaminants
  • Skills in strong analytic skills as applied to the evaluation and interpretation of health-based data
  • Skills in organizational and interpersonal when initiating and achieving objectives
  • Skills in oral and written communication and how to communicate effectively based on an individual’s level of understanding
  • Skills supervising, managing and motivating
  • Ability to review and evaluate the effectiveness of health program activities
  • Ability to interpret rules and substantive policy statements to assist the county health departments as well as the citizens of Arizona
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in making decisions with regards to compliance and enforcement
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making technical decisions
  • Ability to demonstrate ability to communicate technical information both orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships
  • Ability to communicate and coordinate with employees and other agencies
  • Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.



The ideal candidate will have:

  • Must be a Arizona Registered Sanitarian or able to meet registered sanitarian credentials
  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Health or relevant science and 4 years’ experience with food safety inspections, compliance enforcement, public health programs and experience supervising or managing similar programs OR
  • A Master's Degree can substitute for 2 of the years of experience


Licenses and Certifications?

Driving is required for State Business.

  • Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).


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The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Wellness program and plans
  • Life insurance
  • Short/long-term disability insurance
  • Defined retirement plan
  • Award winning Infant at Work program
  • Credit union membership
  • Transit subsidy
  • ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program


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ADHS Mission

To promote, protect and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona.


ADHS Vision

Health and Wellness for all Arizonians


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results. State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.


Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


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