The Douglas County Health Department is seeking a Lead Program Specialist who, under the direction of the Health Director or designee, conducts activities in the lead program and performs a variety of duties involved with the screening, testing, and reporting of children with suspected and confirmed cases of elevated blood lead levels. Conducts investigations; coordinates environmental inspections to determine possible causes; conducts family and group educational sessions to educate the public on causes, remedial actions, environmental controls, and prevention methods.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Process all cases involving children with confirmed elevated blood lead levels as received from the State Department of Health laboratory. Inform parents/legal guardians of test results, possible causes, and remedial actions. Complete medical questionnaire and evaluate responses. Coordinate a home inspection and analysis with the Lead Risk Assessor. Document tests performed, and review test and inspection results.
Perform on-site capillary screening of children at homes, daycare centers, clinics, and physicians’ offices as requested. Collect blood samples. Prepare elevated samples for submission to designated laboratory for additional analysis.
Coordinate follow-up procedures for all elevated test results with clinics, physicians, and parents/legal guardians.
Conduct education and training sessions with groups, organizations, and medical staff as requested or directed by the supervisor. Assist medical clinics and physicians in setting up for lead screening.
Remain current on issues regarding the Lead Program by reading brochures, pamphlets, articles, etc.
Attend various training sessions, courses, seminars, workshops and conferences to maintain updated knowledge base of job-related skills and techniques.
Prepare and maintain various records, reports, correspondence and other departmental documents, including mileage sheets, inspection reports and documentation. Prepare drafts of notices, hearing and court letters and forward to secretary for typing and mailing.
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Social Sciences, Human Growth and Development or a related field, which must include at least 30 hours in the basic natural sciences.
One year of directly related work experience.
Must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of hire, and maintain it throughout the course of employment. Must possess own mode of transportation.
Successful completion of a criminal records check and drug screening test.
Registration as a Sanitarian in the State of Nebraska preferred.
Registration as a Lead Risk Assessor in the State of Nebraska required upon completion of orientation/training.
Applicants with directly related work experience preferred.