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Posted Job Title
Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Job Profile Title
Director, Environmental Health & Radiation Safety
Job Description Summary
The Director of Environmental Health & Safety oversees the development and management of programs to promote health, safety and environmental protection in research, health care and administrative activities by providing guidance and assistance to Penn faculty, staff and students. This position will supervise five senior health safety staff and safety officer while providing leadership and direction to professional, technical and support staff within the department. The Director will also 1) insure compliance with all environmental, health and safety standards promulgated by all Federal, State and local agencies through developing and implementing onsite inspection, monitoring and training programs throughout all Penn facilities. 2) Interact with other regulatory offices to improve the Universityâ™s regulatory compliance. 3) Serve as EHRS liaison on campus wide learning management system and Penn Profiler upgrades. Interact with all groups on campus that are involved with construction activities.
Leadership: Directly supervise five senior staff, including Associate Director, Environmental Programs, Associate Director, Occupational Safety, Associate Director Biosafety and Institutional Biosafety Officer, Associate Director, Industrial Hygiene and Laboratory Safety, and the Facilities (FRES) Safety Director.Â Provide leadership and indirectly manage 12 other professional staff members and 5 environmental health technicians.Â Assisting the Executive Director and Associate Director, Admin and Finance to develop annual budgets and address budget related issues. Â
Management & Operations: Serve as EHRS liaison with all offices that conduct new construction or renovations:Â FRES Design and Construction, FRES small projects group, and the individual schools with programs in the Life Sciences (School of Medicine-PSOM, Vet School-SVM, Dental School-SDM, School of Arts & Sciences-SAS). Review all projects to determine the extent of EHRS involvement required.Â Either assign an EHRS staff member or serve as primary liaison or reviewer for the project.Â Determine the potential environmental hazards (asbestos, lead, hazardous chemicals) and consult on safety requirement of laboratories and vivariums.Â Develop training and guides for Pennâ™s project managers.Â Conduct industrial hygiene surveys of workplaces.Â Recommend methods of controlling workplace exposures to chemical, physical and biological hazards.Â Respond to hazardous materials incidents.Â Oversee the afterhours emergency response program.Â Assign staff to monthly rotations.Â Provide updated materials/resources for staff to be able to provide high level of response.Â Oversee accident investigations for reported injuries of Penn employees involving the use of hazardous materials or other adverse health and safety conditions.Â Determine cause and trends.Â Participate in public health issues with Student Health and Occupational Medicine (reports of Tb, meningitis, rabies).Â Maintain regular contact with local, state and federal regulatory agencies to consult on EH&S matters.Â Act as University liaison on inspections.Â Provide input and oversight on environmental compliance programs including City of Philadelphia Hazardous Materials licenses, underground storage tanks, Air Permits and and DOT shipping.Â Participate in University wide committees on issues such as the University City Preparedness Group, Institutional Biosafety Committee, University wide Risk Management group, Sustainability Committees.Â Keep informed of pending regulatory developments through reference sources and professional organizations.Â Develop/revise programs to achieve compliance.
Training: Provide oversight for EH section of the EHRS website and EHRS databases including Filemaker (Asbestos, EROID/injuries) EH&E and BioRaft.Â Assist Biosafety staff in the development of a new tool/database for recombinant DNA registration.Â Assess training needs and oversee the development of health and safety training programs for the campus community (faculty, staff and students).Â Ensure EHRS staff has adequate training and maintains certifications.Â Participate as a member of the working group to deal with campus wide issues with Knowledge Link (Pennâ™s Learning Management System) and Penn Profiler including evaluation and development of new systems that the University may consider putting in place.
Qualifications: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Masters degree in Environmental Health, Safety, Industrial Hygiene or related field and a minimum of ten (10) years experience in the environmental, health, and safety field or equivalent combination of education and experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Certifications (possessed or obtainable within 1 year) required by federal and state laws and regulations to perform essential functions and responsibilities (e.g. certificate of training in DOT hazardous materials transport, hazardous and toxic waste management, HAZWOPER). Previous supervisory experience. Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
$108,411.00 - $205,981.00
Affirmative Action Statement Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Internal Number: JR00007033
About University of Pennsylvania
Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff. Academic life at Penn is unparalleled, with an undergraduate student body of 10,000 from every U.S. state and around the world. The entering class of 2015 is the most talented and diverse in Penn's history. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, Penn welcomes an additional 10,000 students to our top-ranked graduate and professional schools.