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$ 31.65-$ 45.55 hourly, $ 66,085-$ 95,108 annually

Date Posted:   03/12/2014
Closing Date:   03/26/2014
Working Title:   Section Manager
Hiring Agency:   Health Department
Division/Bureau:   EH/Indoor Env & Radiation
Location:   Freeman Office Bldg., St. Paul
Who May Apply:   Open only to current state employees
Posting Number:   14HEAL000074
Employment Conditions:   Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required:   yes
Job Grouping:   General Administration
Classified Status:   Classified
Job Description:   This position is located in the Indoor Environments and Radiation Section of the Environmental Health (EH) Division within the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

As Section Manager, this position will manage the assigned activities of the Indoor Environments and Radiation Section in order to protect the health of the public. Activities include program responsibilities assigned through statutes to the clientele identified below; policy identification and implementation; fiscal and personnel administration; and program development. The section includes four units: the Radioactive Materials Unit, the X-Ray Unit, the Indoor Air Unit and the Asbestos and Lead Unit.

Main duties include:
*Provide leadership for the public health professionals within the section of Indoor Environments and Radiation so that they focus priorities and resources to solve environmental health problems that they are uniquely qualified to address.

*Ensure that the educational, regulatory and incentive activities of the programs of this part of the division are balanced to the extent possible so that they maximize the program contribution to protecting public health and preventing disease, premature death, injury, and exposure to environmental hazards.

*Support the department through collaborative relationships and partnerships with external and internal entities impacted by the programs so that the state can maximize the effectiveness of public health protection.

*Institute performance management that ensures a continuous improvement process that defines and clarifies goals and performance expectations, reviews progress, helps employees to develop themselves professionally and recognizes program and individual staff achievements.

*Ensure sound fiscal and resource management practices are practiced within programs to ensure that the department meets its obligation to act as a responsible steward of the public resources and maintains public trust.

*Assure effective emergency preparedness and response plans for section staff in the event of natural or man-made disasters or emergencies requiring response efforts.
Minimum Qualifications:   A Bachelor's degree in public health, public health administration, management, environmental sciences, natural sciences, or a closely-related field AND
Three (3) years as a manager or supervisor of professional staff in an environmental or public health program area.


A Master's degree in one of the above listed areas AND
Two (2) years as a manager or supervisor of professional staff in an environmental or public health program area.


A Bachelor's degree in in one of the above listed areas AND
Five (5) years in a leadership role of professional staff in an environmental or public health program area.

Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to operate in stressful situations or under pressure to solve problems where the health of the people of Minnesota is involved.

Excellent interpersonal skills to deal with a variety of people in a variety of complex and difficult situations.

Ability to effectively explain technical information and policy to management staff at the MDH, other state agencies, the Governor's office and the media.

Ability to present scientific and administrative concepts clearly, both orally and in writing to diversified audiences.

Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling with arm and/or leg.

Requires a Class D Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications:   Knowledge of state and federal public and environmental health laws, regulations and policies that impact section programs.

Experience administering or supervising a federal or state regulatory program.

Advanced management skills and the ability to recognize, evaluate and provide solutions for complex problems which may affect the health of the people of

Thorough knowledge and experience in the principles and practices of public health problems management, administration, supervision and training.

Ability to plan, organize and direct the activities of the section and its staff, many of which are highly technical in nature.

Understanding of the legislative process and ability to develop and adopt rules and standards, and provide technical consultation to the individuals and communities involved.
Selection Process:   The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. All applicants who apply to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

Recently Separated Veterans (RSV) - Effective July 1, 2009, legislation provides that the top five RSV applicants who apply and meet the qualifications for a vacancy be granted an interview. To qualify as a RSV, you must meet all of the following criteria: 1) have separated under honorable conditions from any branch of the armed forces of the United States; 2) have served on active duty for 181 consecutive days or more or for the full period ordered to active duty or have separated by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty; 3) be a United States citizen or resident alien; and 4) have served in active military service at any time on or after September 11, 2001, as shown on your DD-214 form. To be considered under this legislation, you must: 1) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting; 2) meet all of the above RSV criteria; and 3) submit a copy of your DD-214 form by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779. Failure to submit your DD-214 form will affect your consideration for an interview under the terms of this legislation. Note that all vacancies will be filled in accordance with applicable union contract provisions.

Certain Disabled Veterans - Effective August 1, 2012, legislations provides state agencies with the option to appoint certain disabled veterans on a noncompetitive basis if you meet the following criteria: 1) meet service requirements and has verified service-connected disability rating of at least 30%; 2) provide qualifying documentation verifying the disability; and, 3) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting. To be considered under this legislation you must submit all documentation by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779.
How to Apply:   This vacancy is open to all current State of Minnesota employees. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please do one of the following by the closing date:

1) Submit your resume through the on-line Resume Builder at You may copy and paste your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. After you've completed your on-line resume, apply directly to this job posting (#14HEAL000074) by checking the "Apply for This Job" box and then clicking the "Apply to Selected Jobs" box at the bottom of the posting.

2) If you are unable to apply on-line via Resume Builder, submit your resume and a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), 200 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Please include this job posting number (#14HEAL000074) on your application. The paper application is available on the MMB website at or by calling 651-259-3637.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to your current or anticipated Human Resources office.
Contact for More Information:   Dale Dorschner, 651-201-4603 /