Environmental Safety & Sustainability Specialist

Job description

Salary $43,784.00 Annually
Location Champaign, IL
Job Type Full-Time, Staff
Department Physical Plant
Job Number PhyPl10.2.18

Job Summary

The Environmental Safety & Sustainability Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing safety training programs, evaluating and analyzing current policies and compliance programs, conducting performance verification of projects, and tracking overall campus resources use (energy, water, and solid waste) and greenhouse gas emissions. Annual renewal of the position is contingent upon grant funding.

The Environmental Safety & Sustainability Specialist works on a schedule established by the Physical Plant Director. The Specialist must be able to work independently or with a team and prioritize tasks.

This position is a Grant-Funded, full-time, 12-month, Professional Support Staff appointment with an annual salary of $43,784

All applicants must submit:

  • An online Parkland College employment application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Essential Job Functions
  • Work with members of the Physical Plant, the Parkland Sustainable Campus Committee, and Administration to coordinate training and compliance efforts in order to optimize the college's environmental and safety programs.
  • Conduct research to identify potential resource conservation measures and propose the most promising measures to be financed through the Green Revolving Fund (GRF) to college administration for consideration.
  • Compile quarterly reports showing energy project savings (periodic and cumulative); create quarterly invoices listing energy and cost savings from each of Parkland's sustainability efforts for submittal to the Physical Plant Director and the College's Chief Financial Officer; maintain a database of associated information.
  • Research utility incentives and grant opportunities applicable to campus energy resource conservation projects.
  • Coordinate the development, implementation, and maintenance of a comprehensive environmental/sustainability safety management program for the College, including setting goals and objectives; identifying and analyzing perils, risks and hazards to which the College may be exposed; and developing and purposing related policies and procedures.
  • Determine the most effective methods of handling each risk exposure, and conduct an annual review of the College's environmental/sustainability safety management program and prepare recommendations to the Director.
  • Responsible for all college related Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS):
    • Coordinate with all departments that handle hazardous materials;
    • Compile and maintain an annual report for the Physical Plant Director of MSDS inventory;
    • Coordinate a working relationship with Champaign Fire Hazardous Materials unit to establish notification and to conform to city standards.
  • Review and make recommendations on storage related materials, equipment, and facilities associated with the safety of employees.
  • Assist the College in leading the delivery and mainstreaming of sustainable development initiatives.
  • Act as a referral point for the college on issues relating to safety and environment as needed.
  • Research and interpret environmental safety rules, regulations, and procedures for the College; provide updates to faculty, staff, administration, on new or changing safety and environment legislation.
  • Coordinate annual environmental hazard exercise.
  • Maintain and update college web site concerning safety and sustainability information.
  • Prepare presentations each semester for E-team and/or College Council.
  • Provide assistance to Sustainable Campus Committee on developing/coordinating campus initiatives; including coordination with SCC working groups.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Minimum Qualifications
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in Risk Management, Industrial Safety, Occupational Safety or related field. Proof of credentials required if hired.
    • Demonstrated understanding of commercial/institutional mechanical and electrical systems, along with the technologies and operational practices available to reduce the energy use of such systems.
    • Experience with energy metering, building energy dashboards and other tools and methods used to measure and track commercial building energy use.
    • Proficiency in Excel.
    • Excellent time management and database management skills.
    • Ability to independently and collaboratively research develop, and implement plans.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with diverse students, employees, and community members.
    • Ability to deliver presentations and/or training to staff and administrators.

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Certified Energy Manager or relevant Association of Energy Engineers certification (Energy Auditor, M+V Professional, etc.)
    • Use of and/or familiarity with ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager.
    • Experience in an educational environment.
    • Experience in a sustainability related position.

    Medical, Dental & Pharmacy Insurance
    Parkland currently offers one health insurance plan option to full-time employees. The plan is a Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP) with in-network deductibles of $4,000 for single coverage and $6,000 for family coverage. A separate deductible will apply for out of network providers. No monthly premium is charged for enrolling in the medical plan. Prescription benefits are included under the medical plan and are subject to the annual deductible.

    A dental plan is offered separately to full-time employees. There is no cost for employee only coverage. A premium of $4.50/month is charged for family coverage. Preventive services are covered at 100%, general services at 80% and major services and orthodontics are covered at 50%. There is a plan year maximum benefit of $2,000 per person as well as a lifetime orthodontic benefit of $2,000.

    Schedules of benefits for both the medical and dental plans are available through Human Resources. Employees are not required to enroll in the Parkland College medical and/or dental plans and do have the opportunity to make enrollment changes during Open Enrollment each year or if a qualifying event occurs. Please refer to the Summary Plan Description for more information.

    Flexible Spending Account/Dependent Day Care Account
    Parkland College provides full-time employees the opportunity to have pre-tax payroll deductions deposited into a Medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or a Dependent Day Care Account. Funds deducted for these accounts may only be reimbursed to the employee for eligible health or child care expenses as defined by the IRS. The annual maximum contribution for the Medical FSA is $2,600 and the annual maximum contribution for the Dependent Day Care Account is $5,000.

    Enrollment in the Qualified High Deductible Health Plan may make an employee eligible to enroll in a Health Savings Account on an individual basis. Please see a Benefits Team member for more information.

    Life Insurance
    Parkland provides twice the base salary in basic term life insurance benefits at no cost to the employee. This policy is double indemnity and has portability provisions if the employee separates from employment. During the first 30 days of employment the plan provides a guaranteed issue period where the employee may elect up to $150,000 in supplemental coverage for themselves and $100,000 in supplemental coverage for a spouse, no questions asked. Any coverage above those amounts or after the guaranteed issue period ends, will be subject to evidence of insurability. Child Optional Benefits can also be purchased in increments of $2,500 to a maximum of $10,000. Premium rates for supplemental coverage are available through Human Resources. Coverage is underwritten by Reliance Standard.

    Long-Term Disability Coverage
    The disability plan pays 60% of base salary after a 90 day elimination period. Coverage is underwritten by the Reliance Standard. This plan is provided at no cost to benefit eligible, full-time employees.

    State Universities Retirement System (SURS)
    Eligible employees will be certified in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS). A mandatory contribution of 8% will be deducted from gross pay. New members to SURS must choose from one of three retirement options within 6 months of their start date. This is a one time, lifetime, and irrevocable investment election. Failure to make an election within the 6 month time period will result in a default election to the Traditional plan. More detailed information will be provided by SURS soon after your start date. Information can also be found via their website at www.surs.org.

    In addition to the 8% contribution to SURS, full-time community college employees in the State of Illinois also contribute .5% to the College Insurance Program for retirees.

    Additional retirement savings options are available for employees via pre-tax payroll deductions to 403(b) and 457(b) plans. Account applications and salary reduction agreements are available in Human Resources. For additional information, schedule an appointment with the Benefits & Compensation Manager. There is no employer match for 403(b) or 457(b) contributions.

    Paid Time Off
    Professional Support Staff employees accrue sick, personal and vacation leave as defined under the collective bargaining agreement. Sick and personal leave are granted up front at the beginning of the fiscal year while vacation leave is accrued monthly.

    Sick leave - 13 days per year, granted on July 1st. Employees starting mid-year will accrue a pro-rated amount for the remainder of the fiscal year. Sick leave is not subject to carryover limits.

    Personal leave - 5 days per year, granted on July 1st. Employees starting mid-year will accrue a pro-rated amount for the remainder of the fiscal year. Personal leave not used by June 30th will roll to sick leave.

    Vacation leave - New employees earn 9.34 hours per month (14 days per year) during their first year of employment. Vacation accrual increases to a maximum of 14.67 hours per month over a 15 year period. (Maximum vacation is 22 days per year.) Vacation leave is subject to carryover limits based on years of service.

    Bereavement leave is available in the event of the death of a member of the employee's family. See the Professional Support Staff collective bargaining agreement for more information.

    Miscellaneous Benefits
    • Domestic Partner benefits for same and opposite sex domestic partners.
    • Wellness Reimbursement up to $200 per fiscal year for the development of an individualized weight loss or smoking cessation program as needed by the employee.
    • Employee Assistance Program that offers free, confidential counseling services for employees and members of their household.
    • Payroll Direct Deposit
    • Corporate Memberships at local fitness centers including The Fitness Center, Refinery and Mettler Center. Please contact these facilities directly for membership rates.
    • Free use of Fitness Center on Parkland Campus via registration in the non-credit course for Fitness Center use and submission of a tuition waiver.
    • Employee and Dependent Tuition Waivers for eligible Parkland courses.
    • 14 paid holidays annually.
    • Reduced work schedule during 8 week summer session with College closed on Fridays.


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    Posted: 10/10/2018
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