Environmental Director

Sacramento, California

The Department
Environmental Management Department (EMD) protects public health and the environment by ensuring compliance with environmental regulations. EMD provides Sacramento County businesses and residents a wide variety of education and training programs in addition to inspection and enforcement services. The Department consists of two (2) primary divisions:

Environmental Health – Programs and services include the Retail Food, Public Pool & Spa (Recreational Health), Plan Review, Tobacco Education, Employee Housing, Detention Facilities, Noise Control, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, and Waste Tire programs.
Environmental Compliance – Programs and services include Regulatory Compliance/CUPA and Solid Waste, Storm Water Compliance, Small Water Systems, Cross-Connection, Septic Systems (Liquid Waste), Medical Waste, Wells, Business Recycling and Multi-Family Recycling, and Site Assessment & Mitigation programs.

EMD is a part of Sacramento County Social Services Agency, which provides local, State, and federally mandated services and programs to the citizens of the seven cities and the unincorporated areas of the Sacramento County.

EMD employs 118 full-time employees and the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Budget is $27.4 million, which includes multiple funding streams, including Federal, State, and Grants.

The Position
Reporting to the Deputy County Executive – Social Services, the Director of Environmental Management is responsible for the overall planning, organization, and evaluation of all Department operations and activities. The Director of Environmental Management establishes the Department’s short and long-term goals and, as the Department’s appointing authority, has the ultimate responsibility for advising and assisting County officials, staff, boards, and commissions with respect to environmental compliance and regulation matters. The Director ensures adherence to laws and regulations and maintains effective working relationships with staff, County leaders, internal and external stakeholders, advocacy and community groups, and special district agencies to create, implement, and achieve shared goals and initiatives.

The Ideal Candidate
The County of Sacramento is seeking a dynamic and collaborative leader with extensive high-level experience leading and developing environmental health and compliance programs. Ideal candidates will demonstrate high-level experience with as well as an ability to:

- Demonstrate extensive knowledge and understanding of the laws and regulations affecting environmental health and compliance
- Be a hands-on, self-driven and results-oriented strategic leader Lead and empower staff to develop new ways in which to provide education and training programs and services to the public
- Be personable and approachable and enthusiastically motivate peers, stakeholders, and members of the community Exemplify personal integrity and dedication to public service
- Demonstrate passion for and commitment to protect public health and the environment
- Have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and possess excellent verbal, analytical, organizational, and written skills
-  Work well with elected officials, board members, officials from all levels of government, public and private agency leaders, business owners and residents, advocacy groups, the general public, and the media
Have five or more years of experience managing a wide variety of environmental health and compliance programs and services for a large governmental agency, including regulatory compliance, safety education, protection, inspections, and investigations
- Possess a valid certificate of registration as a Registered Environmental health Specialist in the State of California
- Possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in biological science, public health, health science, or a closely related field

The County of Sacramento offers an excellent compensation and benefits program. The salary range for this position is $174,578 - $192,489 annually, including a 3.35% management incentive.

The attractive benefits program includes:
Retirement – The County’s defined-benefit pension plan is provided by the County Employees’ Retirement Law of 1937 and is managed by the Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) Board of Retirement.
Auto Allowance – $450 per month.
Medical Insurance – Choice of HMO and High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP), to include Kaiser, Sutter, and Western Health Advantage.
Deferred Compensation – A deferred compensation program is available through the County 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan. The County will match contributions to the 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan up to 1% of the monthly gross salary into a 401(a) plan as long as the contributions to the 457(b) are at least 1% of gross salary continuously throughout the year.
Life Insurance – $50,000 in life insurance coverage for the employee and $2,000 for all eligible dependents. Employees have the option to purchase up to $1,000,000 in additional life insurance coverage.
Holidays – 13.5 paid holidays per year. Vacation – Two to five weeks (based upon length of service) of paid vacation. Sick Leave – 15 days per year.
Flexible Spending Accounts – Employees may set aside funds on a pre-tax basis to pay for eligible medical and/or dependent care expenses.
Other Benefits – The County contributes $25.00 per pay period into a Retiree Health Savings Plan.

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To be considered for this incredible opportunity, applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application and supplemental questionnaire via the County’s jobsite using the Apply Now link on this posting.

The initial filing cutoff is Monday, April 25, 2022. To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please apply by April 25, 2022. This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled.