The Assistant Director for Occupational Safety will provide risk assessment support and hazard control guidance to the Facilities Management Department leadership and staff regarding various occupational health and safety programs to minimize risk associated with exposure to workplace and campus-wide hazards, promote an enhanced safety culture, and maintain compliance with University policies as well as federal, state, and local regulations. This position will report to the Director – Office of Institutional Risk & Safety Programs (OIRSP), but will be functionally embedded within the Facilities Management (FM) Department for dedicated collaborative support.
Development and effective management of occupational safety programs requires technical insight on the recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards in the workplace. Anticipation of changes in work processes requires applying management of change principles to counteract potential for work related injury or illness, or otherwise affect the well-being of workers. The Assistant Director for Occupational Safety will support staff within the Facilities Management team as a technical expert in occupational safety, as well as cooperatively participating in health and safety programs established in other areas within the University.
The Assistant Director for Occupational Safety will develop and update industrial hygiene and occupational safety programs, as well as conducting baseline surveys and safety performance evaluations to determine the extent of exposure to hazardous chemicals and other hazardous conditions, especially within the facilities operation and construction teams. Collaborative interaction and risk management requires expertise in reviewing and evaluating facility construction, operations, and maintenance programs, especially while incorporating investigation into environmental air quality or other exposure concerns as part of a multi-faceted campus general safety program.
Additional responsibilities include leadership for designing and conducting safety awareness training of faculty, staff, and students in safe work practices for campus-wide activities that may present potentially hazardous environments. Duties also include assisting in the preparation of training programs and other informative outreach materials to promote safe work practices and environmental conscientiousness for working with hazardous materials. Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work in a diverse environment are essential. The Assistant Director for Occupational Safety must be able to develop and maintain strong collaborative and professional relationships with all University customers, while actively promoting a progressive safety culture.
Bachelor's degree in related field. Three plus years relevant professional experience. Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Master of Science degree in public health or occupational safety related field. MS degree may replace 2 years of related work experience.
Qualifications as a Certified Safety Professional or Certified Industrial Hygienist highly desirable.
Familiarity with Lean Six Sigma methodology for collaborative process improvement.
Bilingual. Highly desirable for candidate to speak and write English and Spanish fluently and have applied experience in developing and delivering professional safety information/training in both languages.
Knowledge of environmental health and occupational safety principles as well as ability to understand and interpret complex written regulations and technical reports.
Experience with OSHA requirements and best management practices for training employees and students on safe work practices when handling hazardous materials or equipment.
Experience developing and implementing comprehensive safety programs. Expertise in topics including worker exposure assessment, confined space, asbestos, bloodborne pathogen exposure control, hearing conservation, vehicle safety, control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) and electrical safety, hazard communication, PPE, excavation safety, fall prevention, fire prevention, hearing conservation, respiratory protection, and scaffolding is paramount.
Experience with promoting and implementing safety within a facilities management program.
Excellent coordination and communication skills are needed to effectively negotiate and appropriately influence the safety behavior of personnel and vendors toward best procedures to implement demonstrated safety management practices.
Proficient at standard computer software packages including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerBI, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Office 365, TEAMS, and Outlook in performing work assignments.
Excellent customer service skills to interact with senior managers at multiple academic or administrative departments.
Excellent time and project management skills, including planning, prioritizing, and scheduling multiple ongoing projects
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