This Wastewater Epidemiology Project and Engagement Supervisor position will provide leadership, coordination and subject matter expertise for the initiative of building and increasing network for wastewater surveillance on a local, state and national level. To be successful, this person must engage and build relationships with stakeholders and partners, leading the effort to ensure the success of building capacity around wastewater surveillance for COVID-19 to serve as a foundation for surveillance of other diseases and substances.

This recruitment is for a full-time, project Health Services Consultant 4 (HSC4). This position is part of the Wastewater Surveillance Project and is currently funded through July 31, 2024 there is a potential for the project end date to be extended. It will be located within the Built Environment section as part of the Washington Wastewater-Based Epidemiology (WAWBE) program and would require the incumbent to be in-person in a variety of settings or locations.

Currently, this position may be located anywhere within the State of Washington. Telework (mobile work) is expected. When approved to return, the incumbent will work with their supervisor to identify an appropriate work schedule and balance, including telework and reporting to the Richland, Spokane, or Tumwater, WA duty station, whichever is closest to the incumbent, for work activities.

We have a similar opportunity for a Health Services Consultant 3 (HSC3) that you should consider. Click here to learn more. Be sure to apply for both positions if you are interested in both roles!

About The Department Of Health

The vision of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is equity and optimal health for all. Our mission is to work with others to protect and improve the health of all people in Washington state.

Our Values

Our Values Are

Good organizations know what they do and how they do it. Great organizations also understand why they do it.

  • Human-centered: We see others as people who matter like we do and take into account their needs, challenges, contributions, and objectives.
  • Equity: We are committed to fairness and justice to ensure access to services, programs, opportunities, and information for all.
  • Collaboration: We seek partnership and collaboration to maximize our collective impact. We cannot achieve our vision alone.
  • Seven Generations: Inspired by Native American culture, we seek wisdom from those who came before us to ensure our current work protects those who will come after us.
  • Excellence: We strive to demonstrate best practices, high performance, and compelling value in our work every day.

The Washington State Department of Health acknowledges that our locations statewide are on the homelands of Native people, who have lived in this region from time immemorial. Currently, within the boundaries of Washington State, there are 36 tribes, 29 of which are federally recognized, that share traditional homelands and waterways in what is now Washington State. Some of these are nations and confederacies that represent multiple tribes or bands. We express our most profound respect for and gratitude toward these original and current caretakers of the region. As a public health agency, we acknowledge our responsibility to establish and maintain relationships with these tribes and Native peoples, in support of tribal sovereignty and the inclusion of their voices in public health programs and policies. We pledge that these relationships will consist of mutual trust, respect, and reciprocity.

Benefits Of Working For DOH

Washington is America’s Top State, according to U.S. News (2021), and provides one of the most competitive and offers one of the most competitive benefits package in the nation that is designed to meet the needs of you and your family.

We Also Offer

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for many positions.
  • Growth and development opportunities.
  • A wellness program that offers education, access to healthy food, and fitness classes.
  • Opportunities to serve your community through meaningful work.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
  • An Infant at Work Program based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.
  • Employee resource groups that provide forums for employees to gather and share ideas about matters that affect their personal and professional lives and support career development.

Duties Include

The incumbent will coordinate the work between the wastewater sampling collection and strategy, public health lab, and epidemiologists to ensure the cohesive development of analytical tools and flexible sampling strategies for SARS-CoV-2 (and potentially variants) wastewater surveillance. This includes occasionally traveling to wastewater treatment plants for recruitment and retention meetings.

Provide operational oversight and leadership to the program including grant reporting and budget requirements, program monitoring and logistics required for success.

  • Coordinate with agency partners to ensure all grant reporting and budget requirements are met, coordinating with Epi team for submission of surveillance data.
  • Develop maintain and monitor comprehensive project work plans encompassing tasks, activities, roles, and responsibilities required for the success of project.
  • Manage programmatic logistics including overseeing the development and implantation of contracts. Contracts encompass those for sample shipping and third-party sampling and testing.
  • Provide facilitation and leadership to the program for the development, maintenance, and implementation of short-term and long-term strategies and activities.

Build wastewater surveillance at the local, state and national levels.

  • Engage with stakeholders and partners at the local, state, national levels (including LHJs, Tribes and Universities) as well as with public and private entities, building networks and maintaining relationships.
  • Work to understand stakeholder’s needs, objectives and perspectives so that the program and its projects are successful, bring value and are sustainable. In person and virtual meetings required.
  • Provide leadership to routine groups necessary to implement the program. This entails coordinating with the project team and partners to identify content, facilitating meetings, managing membership and tracking attendance.
  • Lead effort in the recruitment of wastewater treatment plants including the formalization of agreements with wastewater treatment plans, on-site systems, large onsite sewage system, and institutional systems.
  • Oversee communication and material development required for building and maintaining the program. Work with agency partners to develop a communication plan, create program materials to communicate with agency leadership, Tribes, LHJs and the public.

Provide subject matter expertise on the program, attending local, state and national meetings, and representing the department of health as appropriate.

  • Have a clear understanding of project requirements, and situational awareness including stakeholder interests and perspectives and concerns.
  • Lead or participate in multi-division work groups within the Department to apply wastewater-based epidemiology to Covid-19 response and other emerging public health concerns.
  • Coordinate responses to media requests, ensuring a timely and efficient response that impacted agency and program staff are included.
  • Attend local, state and national meetings, both virtually and on-line, representing the department of health as appropriate.

Provide leadership, supervision and direction to staff.

What We’re Looking For

Our ideal candidate has a driving passion for the work, brings humility to their job and interactions, and understands how their actions affect others. They see the needs and objectives of others and take them into account while achieving their objectives, and they adapt their approach and expectations accordingly. Our ideal candidate demonstrates resilience to model outward behaviors including seeing people like ourselves whose goals, objectives, needs, and challenges matter.

Core Competencies For This Role Include The Following

Interpersonal Influence

Possesses the ability to influence others within the organization to be excited, enthused and committed to furthering the organization’s objectives.

Relationship Building

Builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, mutual respect. Models effective group process behavior, such as listening, discussing, negotiating, rewarding, encouraging, and motivating. Seeks to resolve confrontations and disagreements constructively. Treats everyone with dignity and respect; respect the opinion, talents, and contributions of all individuals.

Facilitating Groups

Enables cooperation and productive group interactions. Prepares for group meetings by identifying the key issues, goals, and stakeholder expectations. Identifies resources that are most likely to help the group with its task. Clarifies the agenda and objectives, and allocates time for topics. Leads the group in its initial stages, outlining issues, communicating direction and desired outcomes, and helping participants understand their tasks, roles, and contributions to the process. Sees when the group is off-track and redirects the conversation toward productive channels. Allows ownership of the process by group members. Highlights group successes, and builds a sense of shared accomplishment.

Planning & Organizing

Coordinates ideas and resources to achieve goals. Creates realistic schedules for projects and follows them. Effective at maintaining the high-level view of a project, and skilled in retaining appropriate knowledge of what is being accomplished by those to whom the tasks are delegated. Able to evaluate a situation, identify priorities, anticipates the impacts and risks, and develop a path forward to meet project goals. Values open, clear communication to keep stakeholders informed of changes or new developments. Seeks and uses others’ input about critical actions. Sees potential challenges and opportunities, and adjusts plans based on input.

Written Communication

Effectively conveys ideas and information in writing using language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the reader. Consistently follows standardized rules of language regarding spelling, punctuation, grammar, word usage, sentence structure, and composition. Composes clear, direct, and succinct written messages that effectively convey ideas or information to the intended reader. Proficient in reviewing documents written by others to ensure accuracy and consistency with other program documentation.

Analysis and Problem Solving

Demonstrates ability to address problems with new and effective solutions. Able to identify key facts in an array of data; able to detect when information may be incorrect, missing, or require verification. Able to accurately select and apply mathematical formulas and statistical techniques to data in order to calculate figures. Effectively develops and uses performance measures and data to identify opportunities and measure process improvement. Recognizes the scope of problems and understands the impact of change on others.

Required Qualifications

Option 1: Five (5) years of experience coordinating or leading a health services, environmental program, or governmental program.

Option 2: A Bachelor’s degree in public health, environmental sciences, social work, health care administration, public or business administration, or allied field AND four (4) years of experience coordinating or leading a health services, environmental program, or governmental program.

Option 3: A Master’s degree in public health, environmental sciences, social work, health care administration, public or business administration, or allied field AND two (2) years of experience coordinating or leading a health services, environmental program, or governmental program.


Minimum of one (1) year of experience in the following:

  • Leading and managing multiple, complex efforts at the same time.
  • Integrating community voice, feedback, needs, and preferences into program plans, projects, and initiatives.
  • Coordinating and facilitating groups.
  • Creating clear and concise written materials intended for varied and diverse audiences.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of wastewater management systems or wastewater surveillance
  • Experience managing all phases of grant management.
  • Intermediate or higher-level experience using MS Word and MS Excel.
  • Provide leadership, supervision and direction to staff.

Application Process

Intrigued? Click “Apply” to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications and why you are interested in this position.
  • A current resume.
  • Three (3) or more professional references included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) someone you have managed or led.

Important Note: Do not attach documents that are not requested in the Application Process. Please ensure that the documents that are attached are not password protected or contain a photo or private information (social security number, year of birth, transcripts, etc.). Documents not requested will not be reviewed.

Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please remove or cover any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers and year of birth.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. We prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, genetics, or disability.

Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions

All employees engaging in work for the Department of Health are required to be fully vaccinated before their hire date. Proof of vaccination will be verified by the Office of Human Resources after an employment offer has been extended.

This position requires an onsite/in-person presence. I understand that a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine requirement cannot be accommodated at this time. Please reach out to HR@doh.wa.gov if you have any questions.

With or without accommodation, I am willing and able to:

  • Legally operate a state or privately-owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
  • Work 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday and flex work schedules as needed, including evenings and weekends, to conduct priority activities or meet deadlines. Alternative work schedules may be considered upon request from the incumbent and approval of the supervisor.
  • Occasionally travel within and outside of Washington State which may include evenings, weekends and holidays to attend in-person meetings and conferences

If you have questions, need alternative formats, or other assistance please contact Andrea Thieme at andrea.thieme@doh.wa.gov or (360) 918-6601. TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1. Technical support is provided by NEOGOV, 855-524-5627 (can’t log in, password or email issues, error messages).