Job Summary: The Research Scientist Manager (Chemical Services) (hereinafter “RSM”) is the Chief of the Exposure Assessment Section (EAS), and serves as Program Lead and Principal Investigator for Biomonitoring California (also known as the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program, established by H&SC Section 105440 et seq.). Biomonitoring California is a high-visibility, tri-departmental program conducted in collaboration with the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
The RSM provides management guidance and leadership in planning and directing scientific research studies and public health investigations that have advanced broad statewide scientific scope, complexity, and the highest sensitivity and policy impact. Under broad administrative direction, the RSM provides programmatic, technical, and scientific leadership; plans, initiates and directs biomonitoring and other exposure assessment studies; makes original, independent decisions on complex scientific problems; directs the analysis of all relevant scientific, technical and public health information, as well as the integration of this information into the public health policy decision-making process. The RSM also serves as CDPH liaison to other State agencies and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on biomonitoring and assessment of human exposure to toxic chemicals.
Under the RSM’s leadership, over three dozen staff and consultants in the three departments conduct scientific analysis on body burdens of over 100 environmental chemical pollutants in blood and urine samples from diverse populations of California residents. Results are used to: (1) evaluate human exposures to toxic chemicals; (2) investigate potential exposure pathways from consumer products, environmental pollution, and other sources; (3) identify emerging toxic chemical exposures of potential public health importance; and (4) inform regulatory and other governmental actions intended to prevent adverse public health effects of chemical exposures.
Supervision Received: The RSM receives broad administrative direction from the Public Health Medical Administrator I, Chief, Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB).
Supervision Exercised: As Chief of EAS, the RSM directly supervises 6 Research Scientists, 1 Staff Toxicologist, and variable numbers of contract staff. In addition, the RSM provides management guidance and leadership to over two dozen Research Scientists (I - III) and Research Scientist Supervisors (I and II), as well as another RSM in other programmatic components of Biomonitoring California in CDPH, DTSC and OEHHA.
Description of Duties: The RSM is required to analyze and draw conclusions from research studies of chemistry as related to public and environmental health. Research study conclusions are used to improve detection and identification of chemicals in people, particularly toxic chemicals and metabolites. The RSM directs the evaluation of human exposures, effects, and risks; and the investigation of methods and technologies with the potential to prevent adverse public and environmental health effects of chemical exposures.
Percent of Time Essential Functions
40% Serves as the CDPH Program Lead for Biomonitoring California. Manages and collaborates with a large group of scientific and nonscientific staff, including supervisors and non-supervisors. Makes original, independent decisions regarding the complexity, scope and direction of biomonitoring studies throughout California. Serves as the Principal Investigator on a 5-year Cooperative Agreement with the CDC to support and augment Biomonitoring California.
Conceives, plans, organizes, directs, and provides technical support and guidance on advanced, complex and highly original biomonitoring research studies and related public health investigations. Provides leadership and coordinates scientific research studies and scientific investigations involving State and Federal public health agencies. Directs the analysis of all relevant scientific and technical information within the Biomonitoring California program, and the integration of this information into the decision-making process. Directs the interpretation of biomonitoring findings; provides leadership and direction for short- and long-term studies of chemical exposure. Consults with department management and others in areas appropriate to their qualifications, and participates in the development of public health policy.
As a leading expert in the field, provides scientific technical expertise, advice and guidance to top management of CDPH, Cal/EPA and others on the most critical scientific public health matters concerning the effects of chemical exposures and body burdens of chemical pollutants in humans. Directs the interpretation of biomonitoring findings for use in public health policy development by upper management. Provides scientific support and direction for legal, legislative, and regulatory actions that occur in the development of public health policy to prevent adverse health effects of chemical exposures. Serves as the principal CDPH liaison to other State agencies, the University of California, and the U.S. CDC on biomonitoring and the evaluation of human exposure to toxic chemicals.
Directs the preparation of proposals and grant applications for extramural funding for biomonitoring and other exposure assessment projects. Directs the writing and publication of scientific research and investigations conducted in communities or on a statewide basis.
30% Supervises the activities of EAS staff on a day-to-day basis; resolves conflicts; approves time off; administers corrective action, as necessary. Develops and manages budgets and budget change proposals.
5% Plans, directs, and provides technical support and guidance on statewide emergency response issues, including nuclear and/or chemical exposure incidents. Consults with local health officers and others to evaluate health risks associated with chemical and biological exposures, including wildfires, accidental industrial releases, hazardous waste sites, transportation spills, and landfills.
5% Provides technical advice and content for training programs for county health officers and staff, health care providers, and others on biomonitoring and the impacts of chemical exposures on public health. Consults with CDPH staff, local health departments, and other agencies on cases of apparent individual or mass exposure to acutely toxic chemicals, and oversees the development of protocols for surveillance and laboratory testing.
5% Reviews proposed legislation and regulations; prepares reports and bill analyses; oversees preparation of grants and contracts. Participates in planning future activities.
5% Represents and serves as a spokesperson for CDPH at public hearings. Makes presentations to State and national public health experts and the community. Participates in planning sessions and meetings, organizes advisory committee meetings and conferences.
Percent of Time Marginal Functions
5% Maintains professional competence; reviews scientific and technical literature; and attends professional education and technical courses to maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of biomonitoring, toxicology, and chemical exposure assessment.
5% Performs other duties as required.
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