Job Summary/Basic Function: Job Summary: Nature and Purpose of Position Reporting to the Executive Director for Administrative Services for Lamar University (University), the Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Risk Management (RM) will provide leadership for environmental health and safety, risk management, and emergency management matters.
The Director will be responsible for assessing, developing and implementing EHS strategies and emergency management response programs, policies and programs focused on increasing risk avoidance, managing internal safety and environmental assessment systems, and ensuring compliance with best management practices, university policies, and local, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Primary Responsibilities: The Director of EHS & RM is responsible for such functions as but not necessarily limited to the following:
Directs the University Fire & Life Safety Programs and serves as the University Fire Marshal; State of Texas fire code compliance; and fire protection and life safety code compliance for University construction projects. Oversees the evaluation, inspection, testing, compliance, and replacement of all fire protection systems and fire extinguishers throughout campus on a regularly scheduled basis. Reviews construction plans for building and fire code compliance and audits fire safety issues in existing facilities. Issues hot work permits and/or standbys and confined space permits for in-house work projects.
Participates, plans and leads events for EHS and RM programs, such as: fire drills, responding to fire alarm emergencies, audit exercises.
Directs the University Emergency Management Response Plan, serves as University Emergency Management Coordinator, and holds a key University position within the Incident Command System (ICS) during campus emergencies. Participates in the response to campus emergencies involving environmental, chemical, radiation, bio-safety, laser, occupational, life, fire and overall student and research laboratory safety. Coordinates with the University Chief of Police regarding the University emergency management and disaster recovery planning; participates in the development of, revises, tests, and evaluates campus wide emergency plans through a cooperative effort with other University departments that have emergency response duties such as Public Safety, Facilities Management, Resident Life, and the University Health Center. Assists academic and administrative departments in developing individual emergency, business continuity, and disaster recovery plans for integration with campus-wide plans.
Directs the University Research and Laboratory Safety Program by providing oversight of hazardous waste, chemical inventory and management, and support to the lab community (e.g., radiation safety, bio-safety, chemical safety, etc.). Management of the campus fume hood program, including managing the certification schedule, tracking records, and ensuring adequate maintenance and follow up. Coordinates departmental compliance with the Chemical Hygiene Plan, Hazard Communication Program, Injury and Illness Prevention Plan, Laser Safety Standards,and other state and federal standards.
Directs the University Risk Management Program; serves as committee chair for University Risk Reduction Committee, and as University representative for the State Office of Risk Management. Minimizes the risk of job accidents, occupational injuries and Illnesses, and risk of state property losses by developing loss prevention and control programs. Monitors worker's compensation claims and supervisor's reports. Prepares and ensures adequate claims Investigation, reporting, and analysis to prevent recurrence. Establishes and maintains insurance coverage for vehicles, property and other assets. Reviews facility use/events and insures proper insurance coverage.
Provides safety, health, and property preservation training and education for managers, supervisors and employees.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Additional Department Summary: The successful candidate must have experience developing and implementing forward thinking systems and processes that have enhanced the EHS and RM culture and demonstrated compliance improvement. Further, the successful candidate with cultivate partnerships with campus constituents in order to synchronize safety and regulatory compliance with the University's strategic research goals.
Minimum Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:
Skills and Knowledge: Demonstrated leadership experience with managing EHS teams. Broad understanding and general knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations governing environmental health and safety. Specific expert knowledge in one of the EHS disciplines, including chemical safety, occupational safety, radiation safety, biological safety or fire safety. Strong oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated experience with improvements in safety, productivity, and teamwork.
Education and Experience Requirements: Bachelors degree in business, industrial hygiene, safety or related field and a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in an environmental health and safety or emergency management environment with at least four (4) years of experience in management or supervision of the same.
Additional Required Specifications: Must have a valid Texas drivers license and motor vehicle driving record acceptable to the universitys insurance carrier.
Working Conditions/Work Schedule: Typical schedule is M-F 8am-5pm; with some after-hours work during inclement weather, emergencies, or other University work curtailments or closures.
This position supports essential functions of campus operations and the incumbent may be expected to report to work during inclement weather, emergency and other University work curtailments or closures.
Work environment is varied and includes, but is not limited to work within laboratories, files, office, hazardous waste storage facilities, and shops.
EEOC Statement: Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin,disability or protected veteran status.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications Masters degree and five (5) years of progressive responsible EHS higher education management experience. May require advanced level training or certification.
Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.
Security Sensitive Statement: This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.
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Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana