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Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Colleges of the Fenway
Simmons University

Date Posted Apr. 11, 2022
Title Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Colleges of the Fenway
University Simmons University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Environmental Health and Safety
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Environmental/Occupational Health

To apply to this position, please visit the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) applicant portal:

Primary Tasks and Areas of Responsibility:
  • Develops and implements all required EH&S programs in order to ensure compliance with EH&S regulations including but not limited to US EPA, US OSHA, Boston Fire Department, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).
  • Oversees and seeks to continually improve all programs related to environmental health and occupational safety including but not limited to fire safety, laboratory safety, OSHA compliance, chemical waste control and disposal, accident and injury investigation and reduction, safety training and industrial hygiene; Oversees all equipment for compliance. Proactively facilitates compliance with EH&S policies, governmental regulations and industry standards and guidelines.
  • Assesses environmental workplace conditions related to chemical exposure and physical agents such as heat, noise, etc. Recommends corrective actions where necessary.
  • Oversees and/or provides employee training for environmental compliance, worker safety, and laboratory safety programs
  • Develops shared training programs for the three institutions as feasible and appropriate.
  • Serves as Chemical Hygiene Officer, supervising the laboratory and classroom, including art and photography studios, safety program; works with chemical hygiene coordinators to development and implement chemical hygiene plan (CHP).
  • Serves as Biological Safety Officer, working with the Institutional Biosafety Committees on each campus to provide support, expertise, and technical knowledge on proper biological safety
  • Performs annual review and all necessary updates of the various health and safety policies including but not limited to the CHP, Exposure Control Plan, Biosafety Manual, and others.
  • Develops and manages the Asbestos Control Program; working with outside support where needed and approved.
  • Manages OSHA programs such as respiratory protection, permit required confined space programs, lockout/tagout, hazard communication program. Provides training related to OSHA compliance and/or selects outside training partners.
  • Assists Physical Plant/Facilities, as needed in acquiring permits and preparing and submitting regulatory reports including but not limited to MWRA permits and report, hazardous waste, Tier 2 reporting, and air permits.
  • Coordinates the industrial hygiene equipment management program to assure that all monitoring equipment is calibrated and certified for use.
  • Conducts/coordinates laboratory safety inspections, managing follow-up to assure proper close out of any observations.
  • Conducts accident/incident investigations and reports findings to campus supervisors and related committees as needed
  • Presents EH&S information to risk, compliance or appropriate senior leadership on an annual basis or as requested
  • Serves as a member of various safety committees including; Chair of WIT IBC, Chair of Simmons IBC, and other appropriate committees on each campus.
  • Supervises the hazardous chemical, universal, and biological waste collection and disposal program on each campus. Manages onsite hazardous waste contractors.
  • Responds to hazardous materials emergencies. Provides control and remediation of hazards.
  • Develops and maintains a measurement system to track EH&S performance metrics (number of safety incidents etc.). Compiles, reviews, analyzes and interprets data and communicates with the Safety Committee and other stakeholders using clear, concise reporting mechanisms to achieve EH&S improvement and compliance.
  • Provides technical consultation and recommendations to all departments in matters related to occupational health and safety including but not limited to risk assessments, personal protective equipment selection and usage, and engineering controls.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor(s), or as may be required to meet emergency situations.
  • Attends Colleges of the Fenway staff meetings and meets regularly with the COF supervisor and campus supervisors individually and collectively to coordinate and balance the work.
  • Commits to learning, navigating and working within the established decision-making process on each campus.

Background and Experience
  • This position requires a bachelor's degree in an area related to environmental science/health, environmental/civil engineering, safety, chemistry, biology - preferably in an academic or research setting. Master's Degree preferred.
  • Director-level applicants must have 5+ years' experience in EH&S management in a university, biopharmaceutical, healthcare, industrial hygiene or other high technology setting. MS degree in a related field (safety, industrial hygiene, chemistry) is preferred, B.S. is required. Professional certification or certification-eligible, such as CIH, CSP, CHMM, active membership in a professional organization, working knowledge of US OSHA and EPA standards, and OSHA 24-hour HAZWOPER training are preferred.
  • COF will consider applicants with a minimum of one year of experience in an EH&S role; however, the job title, oversight responsibilities, and compensation level will be commensurate with the applicant's level of experience.
  • Strong meeting facilitation, project management, organizational, negotiation and interpersonal skills; ability to foster trust and build interpersonal relationships; excellent attention to detail; excellent diplomatic, analytical, written, and oral communication skills; ability to take initiative, work independently and with groups, and manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Reporting Relationship: This position reports directly to the Colleges of the Fenway, Senior Director of Collaborative Business Services and indirectly to the designated supervisor for each campus.

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Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Bostons historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.

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