LOCATION OF POSITION
6 St. Paul street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Main Purpose of Job
The main purpose of this position is to ensure this State's compliance with the sanitary and quality laboratory standards for all dairy products, their containers and closures. This is accomplished by periodically evaluating laboratories associated with milk producers, plants, container and closure manufacturers, receiving and transfer stations, and enforcement agencies under the requirements, agreements, and policies set forth in the National Conference of Interstate Milk Shippers (NCIMS) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Food Protection and Consumer Health Services (OFPCHS) Division of Milk Control (DMC) programs. This individual inspects and provides technical and regulatory review assistance to commercial and public laboratories Statewide, as part of the Department's quality public health laboratory activities to promote and preserve the health and well being of Maryland's citizens, and protect them from communicable and hereditary disease, and from environmental hazards. This individual performs on-site inspections and evaluations of laboratories and analysts at prescribed intervals, to assess quality assurance and compliance with federal and State regulatory requirements. Inspections and evaluations include review of analytical and procedural techniques used with milk and dairy products for compliance with standards required as a condition of Maryland's participation in the U. S. Food and Drug Administration's NCIMS program. Problems resulting in the potential downgrade or removal of a laboratory's certification status are communicated to OFPCHS and Laboratories Administration management before final decisions/actions are implemented. Downgrading the status of a laboratory means that it cannot run the milk and dairy product samples required for participation in the NCIMS program, and has a direct impact on the ability of the Maryland dairy industry to ship milk products to other states. Reports are prepared and filed with FDA, OFPCHS and Laboratories Administration personnel within the time frames specified by FDA. Subsequent responses from laboratories are reviewed and acted upon within specified time frames. As the Section Head, the main purpose of this position is to provide managerial expertise for a regional office of the Office of Food Protection and Consumer Health and to ensure adherence to sanitary and quality assurance standards regarding the manufacture and distribution of milk, frozen desserts and food containers and closures. This is accomplished by supervising the activities of regional environmental sanitarians within the Division of Milk Control. This position also serves as a program expert to other State and local authorities, and to the dairy industry. The position is also responsible for uniform interpretation of milk laws and regulations and monitoring the enforcement of such laws and regulations. In addition, the position administers, manages, plans, develops, implements, and evaluates the DMC Statewide regulatory program which allows the Maryland dairy industry to ship and accept milk and milk products of high sanitary quality in interstate and intrastate commerce, and the Statewide programs regulating the manufacture of frozen desserts and manufactured milk products.
MINIMUM EDUCATION OR GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Medical Technology, Pharmacy or Zoology from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Four years of experience working in a chemistry laboratory performing analytical tests on environmental, biological or multi-matrix samples; or four years of experience working in a medical or public health laboratory performing diagnostic or public health testing on human specimens.
Note: Additional graduate education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of thirty credit hours in the above noted disciplines for each year of the required experience for up to two years of the required experience.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated. 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. For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must accompany the application. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Applicants certified to list will receive eligibility for a period of one (1) year. Eligibility may be extended beyond one (1) year period. For Recorded Job Information Call: 410-767-6018. Online applications are highly recommended, however the paper application may be submitted to DHMH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted. Incorrect MS-100 forms will not be accepted.Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: (410) 767-1251or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.
STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS
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