Director, EHS & Risk Management #498975

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Position Information

Posting Number 20111442
Position Title Director, EHS & Risk Management #498975
Template Title
Position Type Staff
Position Number 498975
Department Risk Management

Position Summary Information

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:
Bachelor’s 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 driver’s license and motor vehicle driving record acceptable to the university’s 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.

EEO 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
Master’s 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.

Salary Commensurate
Work Hours

Application Information

Posting Date 11/09/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you claiming Veteran's Preference in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 805, Section 657.003? FAILURE TO EMAIL THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS PER THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY IMPACT VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: To claim Veteran's Preference under the law you must be: (1) a veteran, including a veteran with a disability; (2) a surviving spouse of a veteran killed on active duty who has not remarried; or (3) an orphan of a veteran if the veteran was killed while on active duty. If claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST immediately email to your specific supporting documentation at the time of application such as the DD Form 214 (member 4 copy), AND, if applicable, the Dept of Veteran's Affairs Verification of Disability Benefits Letter if claiming a service related disability, a DD Form 1300 to include qualifying Death, Birth, and Marriage Certificates if claiming surviving spouse/orphan. Your email MUST also include your name, position number, job title and the department for each position you are applying for. Documents received after a position closes will not be accepted.
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * What is the highest level of education that you have acheived?
    • Doctoral Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Associates Degree
    • Technical School Degree and/or Certificate
    • Some college credit(s) obtained
    • High School or GED
  3. * In what area(s) did you receive your degree(s).

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THEBC) maintains a list of Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas. A copy of this list can be found at: As part of your educational qualifications for this position, are you claiming a degree from any of the institutions listed on the THEBC website referenced above?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * How many years of full time supervisory experience do you have?
    • none
    • 1-2 years
    • 3-4 years
    • 5-6 years
    • 7 or more years

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Letter of Interest
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcript 1
  2. Unofficial Transcript 2
  3. Miscellaneous