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Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Facilities, the Senior Director for Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Office is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Institute's Environmental, Health and Safety program. The Senior Director has oversight and responsibility for campus compliance to applicable laws and regulations and ensures environmental and safety preparedness. The Senior Director also manages all aspects of the Institute's occupational safety, environmental, and loss control programs.
EH&S provides comprehensive safety oversight, training, compliance assurance and hazardous material management/disposal services for all campus operations. Develops and implements occupational safety programs that work to reduce risk and manage liabilities and claims. Coordinates and oversees EH&S responses to critical campus incidents and ensures appropriate hazard mitigation and remediation for hazardous materials incidents, in full compliance with applicable federal, state and/or local regulations.
The Senior Director leads campus safety initiatives and participates in various safety and compliance working groups and committees, as needed, to support campus health and safety initiatives, including the Institute Environment, Health, and Safety Committee (IEHSC).
This is a Campus Critical position. An employee designated as campus critical is expected to be aware of the campus emergency management plan and to report to Campus as soon as possible in the event of an emergency to assist in campus wide response and recovery efforts.
Essential Job Duties
This position is responsible for implementing and enforcing Caltech's EH&S program. Program areas include, but are not limited to, injury and illness prevention, air quality, asbestos/lead management, biological safety, chemical safety, emergency and spill response, hazardous material/waste management, industrial hygiene, laboratory safety, occupational health and safety, personal protective equipment, safety training, project design/review for health and safety topics, radiation and laser safety, water quality, and environmental regulatory compliance. EH&S stays abreast of national and state trends, emerging issues, pending legislation and regulations and works closely with the Institute's Office of General Counsel, the Office of Research Policy and Audit Services and Institute Compliance to strategically position the Institute to anticipate future impacts.
Responsibilities include: development, oversight and enforcement of the Institute's Injury and Illness Prevention Program; develops campus policies, procedures and programs necessary to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local environmental regulations and Institute policy; provide communications, training, education and outreach to campus constituents regarding health and safety topics; advise the campus executive leadership and the campus community on matters related to environmental health and safety operational and policy issues; assess campus health and safety liabilities and report to appropriate campus leadership; if necessary, suspend activities, operations and close areas where imminently dangerous conditions and/or non-compliance with regulatory requirements exist. Serves as the primary campus liaison to various federal, state and local regulatory agencies. Maintains appropriate communication and collaboration with agencies to ensure compliance with applicable regulations. Coordinates with agencies, on behalf of campus, regarding safety and environmental compliance issues. Continuously evaluates and assesses programs to maintain compliance, considering new and changing requirements and regulations. Report compliance issues to campus leadership.
Coordinate and oversee EH&S response to critical campus incidents. Implement 24/7/365 program to provide appropriate response activities for incidents involving hazardous materials, potential exposures and environmental releases. Ensure appropriate hazard mitigation and remediation for critical incidents in full compliance with applicable federal, state and/or local regulations. Coordinate response activities with various campus departments (Divisions, Security, Facilities Operations and Services, Housing, etc.) as well as external response agencies (Pasadena Fire Department, Pasadena Public Health Department, etc.). Provide timely communications to campus leadership regarding the status of critical incidents. Report incidents and releases to external regulatory agencies in compliance with requirements, including verbal and written notifications.
Collaborate on and support sustainability efforts related to environmental health and safety program areas, including waste reduction, hazardous materials recycling, chemical treatment, etc. Maintains partnership with the Divisions in providing support to research sustainability programs as feasible.
Develop and implement strategic, business, financial and operational plans for the EH&S organization to ensure proper coordination and cost effectiveness in support of the Institute's mission, goals, and objectives. Continuously evaluates business processes to ensure that the department is providing effective and efficient services to the campus. Provide effective management of fiscal resources, including development of and compliance with multi-year budgets that support the achievement of campus and departmental goals. Ensure departmental IT systems utilized for health and safety program areas comply with applicable federal, state and local regulations, as well as Institute policies. Maintain metrics and benchmarking data for applicable program areas, to ensure proper reporting and support for increasing EH&S resources to match campus research and infrastructure growth. Work cooperatively and collaboratively with the campus community to ensure an EH&S framework that is consistently responsive to the campus mission, goals, and objectives.
Develop and implement occupational safety programs that work to reduce risk management liabilities and claims. Track, investigate and address On-the-Job Injuries (OJIs), including development of benchmarking/metrics and reporting. Provides leadership to campus safety initiatives, oversees the Institute Environment, Health and Safety Committee, and participates in various safety and compliance working groups and regulatory committees, as needed, to support campus health and safety requirements and efforts (radiation, chemical, biosafety, human participants, animal care and use, as well as crisis management, Division and Departmental safety committees, technical advisory groups, etc.). Work closely with other campus leaders (AVP Audit Services and Institute Compliance, General Counsel, Chief of Security, Vice Provost for Research, Chief Research Policy Officer, Division Operations Officers, etc.) to promote safety culture and establish a unified approach regarding campus safety communications, evaluation of existing campus risks/liabilities, response to critical incidents, and other campus safety activities.
Responsible for management/supervision of EH&S personnel. Oversee and perform all departmental actions related to hiring, promotions, reclassifications, and disciplinary activities. Create and implement programs that act to retain employees and provide development opportunities. Provide leadership and management that emphasizes a positive team dynamic, good morale and collaborative working relationships to a highly diverse staff. Emphasize exceptional customer service and proactively communicate with the campus community about the services being provided. Ensure departmental goals related to inclusiveness and diversity are supported and align with campus priorities.
Candidates must have a Master's degree in engineering, science, safety or other related technical field.
Minimum 10 years of experience in an academic/research institution, including a significant period as a manager.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills to effectively lead, motivate, and influence others.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and the ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with diverse constituencies.
Ability to establish effective working relationships with institute officials, the campus community, and regulatory agencies.
Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups
PhD in a related discipline or equivalent experience preferred.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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