Assistant Health Director (Temporary up 6 months~)

1 week ago
Job Type
Seasonal Full-Time
Health & Human Services
$60.00+/- per hour
Job Closing Date

Nature of Work/Essential Functions

The Assistant Health Director is responsible for the planning, coordinating and administration of a broad range of public health services for the Health Department including environmental health, food protection programs, Lead poisoning prevention program, rodent control, beach water testing and surveillance, emergency preparedness and response, and communicable disease surveillance.


This position will be expected to work full-time hours (37.5 hours/week), not to exceed 6 months.  This position is not eligible for any employer benefits or paid time off.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):

  • Responsible for staff recruitment, training and supervision of FTE employees related to programs listed above (combination of union and non-union).
  • Manages the Food Protection program through inspections, training, certification, policies and procedures, emergencies, licensing, complaint investigation, special events and  seasonal
  • Manages and/ or investigates Food Borne Illness and Communicable Disease
  • Administers the West Nile Virus Grant, providing training, trapping, communications with other agencies and the
  • Performs vestigial laboratory
  • Manages City's lead poisoning prevention program, providing information, inspections and enforcement
  • Manages City's rodent control program, investigating complaints, performing inspections, providing information, working with other City departments on rodent
  • Responsible for beach water testing program, including policies and procedures, testing, and grant
  • Performs Environmental Health activities including responding to clean air act complaints, citizen complaints, and aldermanic requests,
  • Represents the department on a number of internal and external committees including Civil Enforcement, Food Policy Climate Change, regional public health meetings, Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium and
  • Attends City and community meetings, some of which may be during evenings and
  • May act as Director of the Health Department in her absence.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Department May provide staff support to the Evanston Health Advisory Board, and other Boards and Commissions.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in public health, public health administration, biological sciences, science, or a substantially similar area from an accredited college or university. Possession of a Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Must possess five (5) or more years of progressively responsible work experience in the provision of environmental health services, preference in a public health setting, and must possess two (2) or more years of work experience in a supervisory capacity.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.
  • Must possess the following valid and current licenses from the State of Illinois: Environmental Health Practitioner, Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor, Pest Control Operator, and Food Service Manager.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, techniques and practices of public health
  • Working knowledge of theory, techniques and application of municipal management and supervision, including working in a unionized environment
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering and managing environmental health services including food protection, West Nile Virus, Lead, Rodent Control, Beach Water or similar programs
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City employees, City officials, community agencies, the food establishment, schools and the general public
  • Ability to learn, understand and incorporate federal and state laws and regulations, City Code, rules, regulations, and procedures into daily activities
  • Ability to problem solve, using analytic and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to gather and analyze complex data utilizing statistical methods and cost center analyses
  • Excellent verbal, written and listening communication skills, including public presentation skills
  • Ability to utilize personal computer hardware and software to include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, and desktop publishing  programs
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at one time, some of which may have conflicting deadlines
  • Ability to use own initiative to plan, execute and manage environmental health programs
  • Ability to read and understand manuals, journals, City Code, state and federal statues, newspapers, memos, letters, reports, legal documents and similar documents



The ability to work in a primarily sedentary position, with the ability to occasionally use force to exert up to 25 pounds to lift, carry or move objects, books, materials, etc. The employee is primarily subject to inside environmental conditions: protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from indoor temperature changes.


The employee is required to make field visits where may need to ascend and descend ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, and the like; needs ability to maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, or crouching on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces; ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach with hands and arms, handle objects, impart information to clients and the public, receive detailed information through oral communication, see objects at 20 feet or more as well as 20 inches or less, judge depth and space relationships, observe an area while keeping the eyes fixed, identify and distinguish colors.


The employee may encounter conditions or situations where there is danger to life, health, or bodily injury, including proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical shock, exposures to burns and radiant energy, exposure to toxic chemical and biological agents, fumes, odor, dust, mist, gasses and poor ventilation, walk-in refrigerators and freezers with a temperature of 0 degrees or less; kitchen temperatures of up to 115 degrees; construction sites where hard hats are required.

Additional Information


The employee has regular and frequent contact with City officials, service providers, City employees at all levels, union representatives, community groups, members of the public and representatives of federal, state and other local agencies. The employee is expected to provide excellent customer service to all.


To apply for this position, please apply online at on or before the closing date.


Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position.  Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.


The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.  The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY).


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