Job Title: Environmental Public Health Project Director

Reports To: Deputy Director

Starting Wage Range: $135,357 – 150,396

Status: Exempt, Salaried

Classification: 1.0 FTE, Regular

Location: Portland, OR



Job Summary:

The Environmental Public Health Project Director (Director) leads NPAIHB’s Environmental Health Program in service to Portland Area American Indian/Alaska Native communities in the States of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. This position is currently funded by an annual P.L. 93-638 contract with the Indian Health Service (IHS) (Core EH Program). This position reports directly to the Deputy Director of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB).

Healthy environments where we live, learn, work, and play are recognized as a vital factor in a person’s overall health and well-being. Therefore, the purpose of the Core EH Program is to address environmental determinants of health in Portland Area American Indian/Alaska Native (Al/AN) communities to protect and improve public health and quality of life. Activities under the 93-638 contract are intended to identify and assess environmental conditions and prevent and control environmental risks and hazards to reduce and eliminate environmentally related disease and injury.

The Director is also tasked with oversight of the P.L. 93-638 Statement of Work for Environmental Health Services, and other federal and state grants, supporting Emergency Preparedness, Climate Change, and other environmental public health activities, including grant writing, budgeting and reporting; supervision of all Environmental Health Program staff; and building relationships with Portland Area Tribes, and federal and state agency partners.

Activities must be accomplished with minimal day-to-day supervision.

This position is based at NPAIHB’s offices in Portland, Oregon and requires frequent travel within the Northwest and occasional travel to other locations for national meetings.



Essential Functions:

Supervises Staff
Ensure that the EH Program work is implemented.
Ensure that staff receive appropriate training and development, encouraging both formal and informal training opportunities.
Verify staff working hours.
Evaluate staff at designated intervals using the HR approved software.
Prepare personnel action notices with the assistance of HR staff.
Ensure that staff follow the policies and procedures of the NPAIHB.

Serves as a member of the Management Team (upon completion of probation).
Participate in Board short-term, long-term, and strategic planning.
Work to make efficient use of all human and financial resources, integrate programs and services, and have effective coordination of organizational priorities.
Work collaboratively to create an organization that is proactive, and able to process decisions, authorizations, transactions, and services effectively, efficiently, and consistently.
Assist with special projects as assigned by the Deputy Director.

Meet IHS Environmental Health P.L. 93-638 requirements to provide services and technical assistance to Portland Area Tribes, which include:
Monitoring environmental public health status associated with food service; consumer, public, and enterprise operations (hotels, gaming, swimming pools, community sanitation facilities); and the built environment (Head Start and childcare centers, schools, residential sites, and community institutions) via consultations, audits, inspections, and investigations.
Providing clinical and occupational environmental health services.
Monitoring healthcare environments to assure infection prevention, patient safety, and risk management capabilities exist.
Conducting periodic assessment and analysis of environmental hazards as part of a community health assessment.
Conducting communicable, occupational, and environmental disease, injury, and incident surveillance and investigation.
Providing health communication, community education, food handler/operator training, and health worker training.
Providing program support and technical assistance in policy, institutional code development, and local permitting requirements.
Providing environmental public health program capacity development and healthcare accreditation readiness support.
Developing and supporting community-based special studies (or surveys) and public health projects.
Providing program planning, systems management, evaluation, and quality improvement.
Evaluating existing programs, identifying current resources, and determining specific activities and monitoring requirements which will ensure optimum performance, effectiveness, and continual improvement.

Comply with other requirements of the IHS Environmental Health P.L. 93-638 Contract.
Operate the EH Program within the framework of the Ten Essential Environmental Public Health Services and the Indian Health Manual, Chapter 3-Part 11.
Coordinate with IHS by the end of the 3rd quarter of each fiscal year to develop the annual RRM data report; and in October each year so that RRM is updated before the WebEHRS FDS RRM data freeze.
Provide a monthly written update to Deputy Director and Executive Director of program services and technical assistance (listed in #3 above) provided to Portland Area Tribes.
Provide an annual report to Executive Director by October 31st of each year with a narrative of program activities services and technical assistance provided to Portland Area Tribes (listed in #3 above), including any ongoing issues related to those program activities, administrative accomplishments and challenges, key personnel changes, and anticipated use of any carry-forward program funds.

Meet other federal and state grant requirements for funding from other federal and state sources.
Ensure staffing can meet project deadlines and deliverables.
Monitor budgets and review reports prepared by EH Program Staff.

Engage with federal and state agencies on environmental health and climate change matters.
Participate in federal and state meetings or consultations focused on environmental health and climate change; and provide comments and talking points, when needed, in collaboration with Director of Government Affairs/Health Policy.
Monitor federal and state funding for environmental health and climate in collaboration with Director of Government Affairs/Health Policy.
Build and maintain positive working relationships with federal, local, and state partners within the region.

Maintain positive working relationships with Tribes and Delegates.
Consult with Tribal governments, community programs and institutions, health clinics and other community health programs, and residents to address their environmental public health concerns and develop plans for improvement.
Provide updates to Executive Committee and NPAIHB Delegates on EH Program activities.
Attend NPAIHB Quarterly Board Meetings to represent the EH Program and to connect with Delegates.
Attend and co-Lead the NPAIHB Public Health Committee meetings, and/or attend other Committee meetings focused on environmental health issues and needs.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Deputy Director.

Standards of Conduct:

Consistently exhibit professional behavior and the high degree of integrity and impartiality appropriate to the responsible and confidential nature of the position
Consistently display professional work attire during normal business hours
Effectively plan, organize workload, and schedule time to meet workload demands.
Maintain a clean and well-organized workstation and office environment.
Exercise judgment and initiative in performance of duties and responsibilities
Work in a cooperative manner with all levels of management and with all NPAIHB staff
Treat NPAIHB delegates/alternates and Tribal people with dignity and respect and show consideration by communicating effectively.
Participate willingly in NPAIHB activities.
Abide by NPAIHB policies, procedures, and structure.
Research and, with the approval of supervisor, attend trainings as needed to improve skills that enhance overall capabilities related to job performance.


Master’s level degree in Public Health (with a focus on environmental health), Environmental Health Sciences, Healthcare Management, Occupational Health/Industrial Hygiene, or closely aligned field required.
Current license/credential as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist required.
Current Board Certified in Infection Control (CIC) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
A minimum of ten years of experience in project management, infection prevention and control, and institutional environmental health/clinical environmental health and safety with proven leadership and success.
Five years of experience working with tribal communities or tribal organizations.
Advanced user in Microsoft Office package (Access, Excel, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint).
Excellent writing skills.
Excellent communication skills.
Must be highly organized and motivated, and able to manage complex projects and carry out all responsibilities of the job requirements with minimal day-to-day supervision.
Must demonstrate discretion, tact, knowledge, judgment, and overall ability in working effectively with federal, tribal, and other professionals and facilitating participation and partnership in the activities of the program.
Must be sensitive to cross-cultural differences, and able to work effectively within their context.
Must be able to travel frequently.

Typical Physical Activity:

Physical Demands: Frequently involves sedentary work: exerting up to 10 pounds of force and/or a negligible amount of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

Physical Requirements: Constantly requires the ability to receive detailed information through oral communications, and to make fine discrimination in sound. Constantly requires verbally expressing or exchanging ideas or important instructions accurately,

loudly, or quickly. Constantly requires working with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm. Constantly requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands and/or fingers. Often requires walking or moving about to accomplish tasks. Occasionally requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time. Occasionally requires ascending or descending stairs or ramps using feet and legs and/or hand and arms. Occasionally requires stooping which entails the use of the lower extremities and back muscles. Infrequently requires crouching.

Typical Environmental Conditions: The worker is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions which provide protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions.

Travel Requirements: Travel will be required to multiple meetings, many of them in the state of Oregon, Idaho, and Washington, as well as national meetings.

Disclaimer: The individual must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing a significant safety threat to self or others. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and or skills required of all personnel so classified.

Except as provided by Title 25, U.S.C. § 450e(b), which allows for Indian preference in hiring, the NPAIHB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, politics, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, marital status, citizenship or immigration status, veteran or military status, genetic information, ancestry or any other characteristic protected by law.

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