Assistant Director (Public Safety EEHS Specialist 3 - MR11)
Safety and Risk Management
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
The Assistant Director will use knowledge of industrial hygiene to provide professional expertise for the campus community. This position will manage the operations and personnel in the laboratory (chemical, biological, radiation hazards) and occupational safety programs within the department of Safety and Risk Management. The Assistant Director will ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, national consensus standards, and UT/UTC policies and procedures. Additionally, this position will provide unit-wide support to the Director in planning, department operations, and staff professional development.
Duties and Responsibilities
Leads the development, implementation, and maintenance of systems for university-wide industrial hygiene, safety training, and laboratory safety, to include chemical management, biohazard mitigation and disposal, and radiological documentation; supervises the Safety Specialist, who has duties for occupational safety, including indoor air quality.
Recommends program development, changes, and implementation strategies to ensure appropriate application and compliance with regulations and best practices; and develops, maintains, audits, and evaluates current policies, procedures, and documentation for regulatory compliance and continuous improvement.
Develops goals and objectives for the Safety Specialist on interpretation of institutional policy, goals, and the Director's vision; manages emerging issues, develops safety management techniques; leads projects; supervises staff; builds partnerships; promotes a proactive safety culture; and maintains regulatory compliance for occupational safety, chemical management, biohazards, and radiation settings.
Prepares the department's annual operating budget in coordination with the Director, as well as the supplemental budget and other financial budget requests received throughout the fiscal year; proposes and prioritizes Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to best document and track efficient business operations; and performs audits of department functions to identify gaps and opportunities for continuous improvement.
Leads the research and implementation of new initiatives, such as software, to improve whole department operations; mobilizes the needed personnel (within and outside the department); identifies procedural gaps; develops new processes and procedures; compares and tracks expenditures; and presents findings to the Director and higher-level management.
Oversees the management of the Safety and Risk Management website and other campus-reaching communication; drafts blog material that requires minimal corrections; creates presentations that are easy to ready, listen to, and that are eye-catching; and serves as the Director's designee to campus committees as assigned.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
Knowledge of environmental, health, and safety standards, particularly those for chemicals, biohazards, radiation, and workplace safety.
Knowledge of higher education institutional operations and culture.
Ability to lead group discussion and goal setting.
Ability to communicate effectively, in both written and verbal forms, to disseminate information to all stakeholders.
Skilled in building teamwork and investing internal and external partners in joint projects and goals.
Skilled in building training materials for in-person and online media.
Review of applications will begin October 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received bythis datewill receive priority consideration.
Minimum Qualifications:Typically requires a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and five years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree with eight to ten years of experience in progressively challenging EHS positions of responsibility; three to five years of supervisory experience; and a strong background in one or more of the following: industrial hygiene, safety engineering, safety systems management, environmental compliance, hazardous materials management. One or more of the following certifications is desirable: Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or other recognized EHS certification.
The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an engaged, metropolitan university committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of the region through strategic partnerships and community involvement.