County Industrial Hygienist (Administrative Manager I)

CAREER DESCRIPTION
County Industrial Hygienist
(Administrative Manager I)

This position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:
Effective July 3, 2020 – 2.5% increase
Effective July 2, 2021 – 2.5% increase
Effective July 1, 2022 – 3.0% increase

Mandatory Employee Retirement Contributions will decrease on the following dates:
Effective July 3, 2020 – 1.2% decrease
Effective July 2, 2021 – 1.2% decrease
Effective July 1, 2022 – 0.5% decrease

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.
This recruitment is open to the public and is being held to establish an Open Eligible List to fill the current vacancy for a County Industrial Hygienist (Administrative Manager I). This list may also be used to fill future vacancies throughout the County in similar and/or lower classifications.
The recruitment will be open until Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

THE COUNTY

Orange County residents enjoy a nearly perfect climate in which parks and beaches provide abundant opportunities for outdoor activities. Orange County is the home of exciting professional sports, a wide range of tourist attractions and quality venues for visual and performing arts. Orange County boasts a thriving business economy and a well-educated work force. The County of Orange is a regional service provider and planning agency whose core businesses include public safety, public health, environmental protection, regional planning, public assistance, social services and aviation. There is no doubt that Orange County is a great place to work, live, and play.

THE DEPARTMENT

The Office of Risk Management preserves and protects the human and capital assets of the County of Orange to allow County departments and agencies to meet their missions without unnecessary cost. The Office operates as an "insurance company" for the County of Orange and manages numerous programs. Each of these programs are designed to protect the human, financial and physical assets of the County and reduce both the direct and indirect costs of accidental loss to County departments and agencies.

For more information regarding the department, click here.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The County of Orange, County Executive Office (CEO)/Office of Risk Management has a challenging opportunity under the direction of the County Safety Manager to develop, administer, plan, organize, provide technical consultation and training services, and implement a comprehensive County-wide Industrial Hygiene program in support of the County's Safety and Loss Prevention Program. The successful candidate will:
  • Plan, organize, and conduct a County-wide program in the investigation and evaluation of occupational health hazards and indoor air quality concerns.
  • Review current and proposed State (CA) and Federal workplace laws and regulations impacting industrial hygiene issues to determine compliance and impacts to County operations.
  • Conduct specialized studies involving the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of chemical, physical, and biological stressors in the work environments.
  • Collect, review and analyze data to evaluate hazards for complex industrial hygiene problems.
  • Make specific recommendations to mitigate unacceptable hazards or improve effectiveness of existing controls.
  • Prepare standards and procedures for the healthful conduct of work in hazardous environments and prevention of stressors in the workplace.
  • Oversee and perform technical field and laboratory work supporting the studies identified above, including collection of samples and measurements using Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other standard methodologies used for collecting and analyzing environmental and industrial hygiene samples.
  • Perform and provide training for calibration, operation, and maintenance of industrial hygiene instruments and testing equipment.
  • Give technical assistance and guidance to County employees; prepare informational bulletins and news releases, as requested, related to industrial hygiene topics.
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance, as requested, with reference to specific problems encountered by the County Safety Office; provide resource material and give staff training on industrial hygiene topics.
  • Direct and review the preparation of correspondence, reports, and studies related to the field of industrial hygiene.
  • Stay current on technical advances for performing duties, as well as staying abreast of proposed regulatory changes that could impact the industrial hygiene program.
  • May supervise staff.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & CORE COMPETENCIES
The ideal candidate will have:

Seven or more years of experience performing comprehensive industrial hygiene services, including indoor air quality and chemical/biological/physical agent exposure assessment

OR

Five or more years of experience performing comprehensive industrial hygiene services, including indoor air quality and chemical/biological/physical agent exposure assessment and possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in industrial hygiene, public health, chemical, biological or physical sciences, or engineering.

OR

Four or more years of experience performing comprehensive industrial hygiene services, including indoor air quality and chemical/biological/physical agent exposure assessment and possess a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in industrial hygiene, public health, chemical, biological or physical sciences, or engineering.

The ideal candidate will also possess extensive experience in the key competencies and attributes described below:

Technical Expertise

Thorough knowledge of and experience with:
  • The physical, chemical, and biological factors affecting employees in a work environment, such as waterborne, solid, and airborne contaminants.
  • Principles, techniques, and methods for identifying, measuring, and controlling occupational health hazards in a work environment.
  • Protective devices and equipment used to protect employees in a work environment.
  • The principles and use of environmental survey equipment used to determine environmental conditions and exposures.
  • Analytical techniques to interpret data, including statistical analyses.
  • Experimental and study design concepts.
  • Occupational and environmental health standards, laws, and regulations.


General knowledge of and experience with:

  • Principles and techniques of program planning, implementation, and administration, including budgetary practices and controls.
  • The general principles of risk management.

Proven ability to:
  • Conduct studies independently and in a professional manner.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on industrial hygiene matters.
  • Interpret and consult on County, State, and Federal laws, regulations, and standards governing the health and safety of County workers and processes.
  • Communicate and interact in situations requiring instruction, persuasion, and counseling; participate in conferences, group discussions, and individual interviews.
  • Define problem areas; oversee the collection, interpretation, and evaluation of data; use principles of inductive and deductive reasoning to validate conclusions; define and select alternatives; persuade, rationalize, and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations; plan, coordinate, and initiate actions; implement decisions or recommendations.
  • Effectively articulate rationale and arguments to support conclusions and recommendations.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on industrial hygiene matters.

Leadership | Supervision
  • Lead, guide, and motivate high performance, results-oriented team to implement agency goals while balancing competing needs and objectives
  • Be proactive and assertive in a way that develops staff in an equitable and accountable manner
  • Effectively manage performance issues
  • Empower staff to achieve short- and long-term goals
  • Leadership skills that reflect the capacity for team building
  • Demonstrated skills adapting to changes in procedures, staffing and environment
  • Establish and ensure staff expectations are met by providing oversight of staff performance.
  • Train and/or arrange for appropriate staff training to ensure excellent performance of assignments, duties and tasks
  • Conduct regular performance interviews and reviews with staff. Document and timely address, any issues per Office and County directives
  • Assess and coordinate training to familiarize staff with each team assignment;
  • Maintain balanced assignments of staff by evaluating resources and time needed to accomplish tasks
  • Assist in recruitment for hiring new employees
  • Maintain positive working relationships with staff

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
While not required, the ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • Certification in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene as issued by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
  • Possession or qualifications as a Certified Asbestos Consultant, Certified Lead Assessor and Supervisor, and/or Certified Safety Professional
  • Extensive knowledge with indoor air quality studies and building systems
  • Experience working in the public sector, or in industries representative of public sector functions and activities
  • Experience with respiratory protection, aerosol transmissible diseases, hearing conservation, hazard communication, ergonomics

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications and physical requirements for the Administrative Manager I classification.


In addition, the following are physical requirements specific to this position:
  • May need to wear personal protective equipment, such as respiratory protective devices, hearing protective devices, safety glasses and/or goggles, hard hat, safety shoes, and protective clothing, including gloves
  • May be exposed to fume, gases, odors, toxic materials, molds, spores, allergens, chemicals, oils, pesticides, animals, and/or firearms

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials to identify qualified candidates based on the minimum and desirable qualifications. After screening, qualified candidates will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All candidates will be notified via email of their status in the process.

Application Screening (Refer/Non-Refer)
Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for desirable qualifications. Only those applicants that meet the qualifications will be referred to the next step.

Structured Oral Interview (Weighted 100%)
Candidates will be interviewed and rated by a panel of subject matter experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Eligible List
Once the assessments have been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

EMAIL NOTIFICATION

Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the GovernmentJobs.com site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "governmentjobs.com" and "ocgov.com." If your email address should change, please update your profile at www.governmentjobs.com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Joan Mountain at (714) 834-3169 or joan.mountain@ocgov.com.

EEO INFORMATION
Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,
encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.