The Director of Environmental Health and Safety implements and maintains the Institute EH&S efforts by developing, leading, and promoting an effective comprehensive environmental health and safety program which reduces risk while ensuring compliance with all federal, state and local regulations while establishing excellent working relationships. The Director will oversee campus-wide EHS programs including workplace safety, construction safety, industrial hygiene, radiation protection, hazardous waste management, environmental protection, and other specific and related programs.
The Director’s primary responsibilities include:
Manage the day-to-day operations, strategies, and initiatives in a way that builds a campus-wide culture of compliance, performance and reputation.
Serve as the primary EH&S leader on all matters affecting EH&S technical activities including long-range program planning, staffing, budgeting, assessment and resource allocation to meet goals.
Knowledgeable of, interpret, apply and enforce rules promulgated by EPA, OSHA, NRC and other federal, state, and local agencies related to EH&S which regulate chemical, biological, and other physical hazard use. Develop and implement specific Institute policies and procedures for programs, which utilize chemicals, biological agents, radioactive materials, non-ionizing radiation and produce regulated unwanted waste streams.
Working knowledge of principles of laboratory safety, occupational health and Safety, applicable building and fire codes relevant to academic research laboratories systems and laboratory ventilation requirements.
Provide guidance on regulatory matters and oversee federal, state, and local compliance inspections and activities to include OSHA, IOSHA, EPA, IDEM, IDNR, as well as air permit, MS4 storm water permit, and RCRA activities. This includes serving as the lead contact with these agencies and their representatives.
Work with faculty and other customers to increase awareness of the department’s activities and to provide exceptional customer service in order to facilitate compliance with applicable governing rules, regulations and policies. Advise administrators, faculty, departmental managers, and researchers regarding chemical regulations and operational safety; and, provide supervisory training, upon request, to enhance the level of operational safety in institutional laboratories.
Assist in emergency preparedness and response best practices to continuously improve the Institute’s emergency management capabilities. Serve as the alternate Incident Commander in the Senior Director’s absence.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Valid driver’s license required; acceptable MVR (motor vehicle report) required.
Required: A Bachelor’s degree in safety, chemistry, biology, environmental health and safety, emergency management, industrial hygiene, engineering, or related discipline with ten years of related experience. In lieu of ten years of related experience, additional and higher level degrees may be considered. Must have demonstrated experience in the management of comprehensive environmental, health and safety programs within a comparable organization. Comprehensive working knowledge of regulations such as OSHA, EPA, NFPA, NIOSH, ASHRAE, and FEMA. Must have demonstrated experience effectively leading and developing strategic and tactical plans to meet stakeholder needs. This leader will exhibit excellent communication skills and foster a collaborative and team building environment. This position requires a background in regulatory compliance, operations, and financial accountability. Must be highly motivated, energetic and innovative.
Preferred: Familiarity in higher education and work experience in a decentralized organization preferred. Preferred qualifications include recognition as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM), and/or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).
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