Environmental Epidemiology Branch Chief-1514

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Denver, CO3.5

Department Information

This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Make a real difference . . .

Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a healthier Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to contribute to its mission to protect and improve the health of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people at CDPHE. Our tobacco-free, walkable campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near the Cherry Creek bike path, Whole Foods, Glendale City Set, RTD bus lines, and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

Health Links certified Family Friendly Business
Tuition assistance for current enrollment in college coursework
Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules and a variety of employee resource groups
Employee wellness program including locker rooms, bike storage lockers, on-site yoga, and health insurance premium savings
Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
?Internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
Strong retirement benefits through the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)
Medical and dental health insurance plans
State-paid life insurance and short-term disability and optional employee-paid long-term disability
10 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave, paid volunteer and parental academic leave, and educational leave

Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service?

Description of Job

Work Unit

This position is the branch chief of the Environmental Epidemiology Branch within the Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division. The Environmental Epidemiology Branch provides epidemiologic research, surveillance data, toxicology and health risk assessment assistance and consultation to CDPHE management, divisions and programmatic units; federal and local public health and environmental agencies and officials; and businesses and the general public.

The Environmental Epidemiology Branch responds to community concerns about environmental and occupational exposures and disease clusters. Staff members provide expertise and oversight for state and community-based environmental, toxicological and occupational health research, health surveillance, and biomonitoring. It conducts health risk investigations and evaluates environmental exposures, hazards and the health status of communities. The Environmental Epidemiology Branch also provides environmental, toxicological and occupational health education to health professionals, students and the public and works with its partners to foster scientifically informed analysis and public health policy development.

About the Position

The main purpose of the position is to provide leadership, strategic direction, oversight, programmatic management expertise and scientific guidance to the Section, including direct supervision of program managers. Specific duties include:

Section Management and Leadership

Manage and administer the Environmental Epidemiology Branch within the Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division.

Establish overall vision and adopt a team approach to set scientific and public health priorities for the section.

Develop and implement a strategic plan with specific objectives for the section that support division and department strategic priorities.

Develop and implement policies and procedures for the Section.

Develop budgets and determine funding allocations.

Determine how work is allocated to best achieve Section objectives.


Provide direct supervision to section program managers and general oversight to all branch staff.

Oversee, initiate, and/or approve: hiring, layoff prevention, corrective actions, definition and redefinition of job duties, performance planning and appraisal.

Resolve worker performance problems and authorize personnel actions.

Principle Investigator

May act as principal investigator or support staff in select grants and cooperative agreements such as the Environmental Public Health Tracking Grant.

Review and report project progress to the sponsor as outlined in the terms of award

Pursue new funding opportunities that support further understanding of environmental and occupational health concerns.

Ensure appropriate utilization of funds in accordance with federal, state, and grant funder requirements, rules and regulations.

Other duties

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal partners and external stakeholders at the local, state and federal level, including local environmental and public health agencies, national officials, community groups, and academic institutions.

Provide subject matter expertise in the fields of environmental epidemiology and occupational and environmental health through presentations, lectures, workshops, and informational meetings.

Lead and facilitate select scientific and technical advisory boards/committees.

Provide information and consultation to other leaders at CDPHE including the Executive Director, Chief Medical Officer; Health Programs Director, Environmental Programs Director, and Directors of the Division of Water Quality, Division of Air Quality, Division of Hazardous Materials and Waste Management, Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability, and local health agencies as needed.

Oversee the response to inquiries or reports of environmental health or occupational health incidents.

Participate in Tox Call, a rotated coverage of phone calls that come to the Department and have an environmental health concern.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in environmental health, environmental science, environmental engineering, occupational health & safety, epidemiology, public health, or a closely related field.


Six years of professional experience in environmental and/or occupational health which included at least three years supervision of a professional level staff and two years of professional public or business administration experience which included establishing goals and objectives and developing and managing a budget to achieve program goals and objectives. Must also have some background in epidemiology and managing public health epidemiology programs.


A combination of work experience in environmental and/or occupational health may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year-for-year basis.

A graduate degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Health Physics, or a closely related field may be substituted for the bachelor's degree two of the six years of experience.

The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. Your resume will not be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications; only the work experience section of your application will be reviewed to determine this. "See Resume" statements on the application will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.

A copy of your college/university transcript must be submitted at the time of application (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)

Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies

Master's or Doctoral degree in Public Health, Environmental Health, , or Occupational Health & Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Health Physics, Epidemiology, or related field.

Experience presenting information to technical experts in the areas of environmental or occupational health and/or publishing those topics in peer-reviewed publications.

Experience in communicating the health risks of environmental or occupational hazards to lay audiences.

Experience in epidemiology, including designing and/or conducting epidemiologic studies.

Proven management experience supervising senior level managers or second level supervisors and a staff with diverse professional experience and qualifications. Preferably in a local or state public health department.

Proven experience in policy analysis, development, and implementation.

Highly critical thinking with demonstrated talent for analyzing and assessing all sides of a question or an issue in order to make a more informed decision.

Demonstrated commitment to public and customer service.

Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.

Proven relationship builder with unsurpassed interpersonal skills and team work

Conditions of Employment

A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.

On Call Status: Must be willing to be on-call in the event of an emergency (e.g. bio-terrorist attack, chemical attach, disease outbreak, or all hazards) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

On Call Status: Must be willing to be on-call in the event the activation of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

Supplemental Information
Applicant Checklist: The following must be submitted by the application deadline.

A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via colorado.gov/jobs by the application deadline.
A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your colorado.gov/jobs application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement.
If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214 attached to your colorado.gov/jobs application.
If using education to qualify, a copy of your college/university transcripts. Transcripts can be attached to your colorado.gov/jobs application.

The Selection Process: Applicants will be notified at each step in the selection process via email. Emails will come from info@governmentjobs.com.
All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.
Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.
A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position or that as a result of no longer being considered, you were discriminated against, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. If an applicant seeks to have an allegation of discrimination reviewed by the Board, that person must file an appeal (petition for hearing) within 10 days of the action or receipt of any final written selection decision. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb. A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also applies to all charges of discrimination.

E-Verify: CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Katie Flood at katie.flood@state.co.us at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.