Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the population of Georgia as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending on the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Land Use Program Director in the Division of Health Protection, Office of Environmental Health.

Won’t you join us?

Job Responsibilities:

The Director is responsible for directing the activities of the Land Use Program comprised of the On-Site Sewage Management System Program, the Non-Public (well) Water Supply Program, and Portable Sanitation Program.  This position serves on the EH Section leadership team and assists the Department with legislation and rule making; serves on the DPH Technical Review Committee, oversees reviewing alternative technology; and serves as a subject matter expert to District/County Environmental Health Specialists, as well as builders, developers and contractors.  Directs and/or provides technical assistance, training, and interpretation of rules and regulations for the onsite sewage management, portable sanitation, and non-public drinking water program to public health districts, industry, and citizens/visitors of Georgia.  Develops policies and procedures for the Land Program and directs subordinate staff. Oversees the evaluation of district/county land use programs for compliance with State and /or federal guidelines and departmental goals.


Plans, organizes and directs the work of the program unit to provide continuous service to internal and external clients.
Creates and maintains a high-performance environment characterized by positive leadership and a strong team orientation.
Manages human resources and employee functions.
Participates in the development and administration of the Environmental Health program budget.
Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of environmental health services and programs for assigned area.
Assures environmental health services provided by the Department are adequate, appropriate and accessible for assigned area.
Set priorities and implements goals and objectives to meet or resolve environmental health problems.
Participates in or assesses internal/external customer needs and develops policies and plans based on data collection, activity reports, planning documents, program plans and objectives.
Develop long-term (five year) and short term (one year) goals and objectives for the assigned environmental health program and participates in the environmental health sections strategic and operational planning.
Plans and organizes assigned environmental health program structure to meet environmental health section organizational and programmatic objectives.
Maintains professional knowledge of current laws, policies, trends and developments in the field of environmental health and applies pertinent new knowledge to performance of other responsibilities.
Knowledge of EH Emergency Response plan and ESF 8 responsibilities; and Incident Command Structure.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Environmental Health, Public Health or related field AND Three years professional level experience performing work related to area of assignment, One year of which was in a supervisory role
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university which included the completion of 27 semester hours (or 40 quarter hours) in laboratory science (e.g. chemistry, biology, geology, physics, etc.) AND Five years of professional level experience performing work related to area of assignment, Two years of which were in a supervisory role.

Preferred Qualifications:

Completion of a Master’s Degree in Environmental Health, Public Health or related field.
Holds a current Georgia Level II Inspector Certification for the On-Site Sewage Management Program.
Completion of the Fundamentals of Georgia Performance Management Plans or equivalent training.
Completion of NIMS 100, 200, 300/400, 700, 800.
Current registration as a registered environmental health specialist or registered sanitarian by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), or the recognized credentialing board of a state or country having equivalent standards as NEHA.

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.