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SANITARIAN IV, REGISTERED (***RE-POST***)

Health Facility Surveyor Sanitarian

Recruitment #19-000277-0005

GRADE

16

LOCATION OF POSITION

MDH/Office of Health Care Quality, 7120 Samuel Morse Drive, Second Floor, Columbia, Maryland 21046

POSITION DUTIES

This position will provide technical environmental health work to the Office of Health Care Quality. This position will also be expected to exercise a considerable level of independent judgment in a field operation, without the presence of higher-level administrative staff. This position will be required to apply his/her knowledge of environmental and public health for the oversight of the 42 types of health care facilities regulated by the Office of Health Care Quality. These provider types include, but are not limited to, long-term care facilities; hospitals; end-stage renal disease providers; residential treatment facilities; assisted living facilities, and ambulatory surgical facilities.

In addition, this position will conduct inspections and evaluate environmental conditions in health care facilities. This position will be required to independently make compliance determinations for Medicare and Medicaid certification, as well as state licensure, of the health care facilities. The scope of the environmental oversight requires knowledge of the environment of care within the facilities, including ADA compliance; infection control; pest control; water management; food service and HAACP; private well and septic facilities; waste management, including hazardous waste, and anti-ligature provisions.

Furthermore, this position will be required to conduct initial inspections for state licensure and federal certification, as well as complaint investigations and other survey types. This position will also be required to survey for Emergency Preparedness, under the recently enacted CMS regulations. As the Environmental Specialist on the team, this position will act as a technical resource for nurse surveyors and management, regarding environmental problems found in regulated facilities.

At the discretion of the lead Environmental Health Specialist and the Supervisor, this position may be called upon to assist with, or provide, educational opportunities on environmental health issues to non-environmental health staff, management, the providers, and the community in both formal and informal settings. This position will be required to complete all mandatory CMS-based on-the-job training, including the Life Safety Code. This position will also be required to conduct surveys related to fire safety at regulated health care facilities, when needed. This position may be required to work on a team or independently, depending on the nature of the assignment. However, this position will be required to testify at hearings or informal dispute resolutions related to his/her findings.

Additionally, this position will be trained to assist nurse surveyor teams as a generalist, in order to assess and evaluate the quality of care and life provided to residents in Long-Term Health Care facilities in Maryland. He/she will be required to review medical records, interview patients and observe patient care.

Finally, this position will be assigned to the Long-Term Care Unit, but will be expected to provide technical environmental health services to all units, as needed. This will require the staff to become familiar with all licensing and certification programs regulated by OHCQ. This position will be required to travel throughout the state of Maryland and, at times, stay overnight to complete assigned surveys.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Determined by the Maryland State Board of Environmental Sanitarians, under the certificate of eligibility requirements for Environmental Sanitarians.

Experience: Four years of environmental health work experience in the promotion, control and maintenance of environmental health.

Notes: 

1. Applicants may substitute a Master’s degree in Public Health or Environmental Health Sciences for one year of the required general experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a Commissioned Officer in Environmental Engineering classifications or Environmental Engineering specialty codes in the Engineering and Science field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The desired candidate should have training and experience as a Registered Sanitarian in a long-term care setting. He/she should also have the ability to make decisions regarding any long-term care setting's compliance with State and Federal regulations.  

Finally, the desired candidate should have experience with accurately documenting deficient practices.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1. Candidates for positions in this classification must possess a current license as a Registered Environmental Sanitarian from the Maryland State Board of Environmental Sanitarians. A photocopy of current registration must be attached to the application form (MS-100).

2. The licensure requirements are pursuant to State Environmental Article, Title 11, COMAR 26.07.01 through 26.07.04. The Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management cannot accept any substitutions.

3. Further information on eligibility requirements, to include application for license, may be obtained from the Administrative Officer, Maryland State Board of Environmental Sanitarian Registration, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland 21230.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application, based on your education, training and experience, as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. 

Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this, or other, State agencies.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload. If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to, 410-333-5689. Only additional materials which are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division, at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, at 410-767-4850 or Application.Help@maryland.gov

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service, at 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.