E H & S Officer

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Position Summary

This position reports to the Director, EH&S and assists the Director with various aspects of EH&S operations and programs management to include evaluating EH&S work methods and procedures while seeking to maintain and improve quality customer service. The EH&S Officer may work as the sole contributor on tasks assigned directly by the Director that require detailed knowledge of program areas assigned and general knowledge of laws, rules and regulations governing program areas. The EH&S Officer is responsible for being vigilant and proactive in anticipating, identifying, evaluating and mitigating safety and workplace problems before they occur. The EH&S Officer also supports the EH&S Team by administering assigned EH&S programs that require the EH&S Officer to: interpret EH&S regulatory requirements, develop EH&S programs, write EH&S guidance/update documents, develop & deliver training, provide EH&S program oversight (inspections, surveys, assessments and accident/incident investigations), perform recordkeeping tasks, track corrective actions to satisfactory closure, provide technical assistance (includes spill response and emergencies), analyze data, identify trends and develop continuous improvement solutions. Scope of work may include, but not limited to, industrial/worker safety, industrial hygiene, air quality, environmental hazards, fire safety, hazardous materials management, biological safety, chemical safety, radiation safety both ionizing and nonionizing, hazardous waste management, accident investigation, mold assessment, and ergonomics. The EH&S Officer will be assigned three or more of the disciplines within EH&S, and may also perform duties in support of other EH&S Team members and their assigned EH&S disciplines. The EH&S Officer is responsible for ensuring assigned programs are in compliance with Federal, state and local EH&S laws and regulations as well as best industry practices established by consensus organizations such as ANSI, NFPA ASHRAE and ASTM. The Senior Safety Engineer serves as a technical resource for EH&S subject matters by providing regulatory guidance, training, and operational consultation to internal and external stakeholders. The EH&S Officer responds to sensitive customer concerns and incidents. The EH&S Officer may serve as an effective member of cross-functional project teams by providing technical guidance on EHS matters in design, change management analysis, and risk assessment. May recommend procedural and/or resource changes to management. The EH&S Officer, in consultation with the EH&S Director, designs and implements training programs to educate the university population. The EH&S Officer also assists the Director with coordinating EH&S team member professional and technical skills development training.

Expected performance results are to reduce imminent danger and/or violation of public health standards or environmental and occupational safety issues that affect the safety and well-being of the W&M community and assisting the Director with strategic planning, marketing EH&S programs and initiatives, continuous improvement and EH&S Team readiness. The EH&S Officer shall make teamwork and service a priority in the execution of assigned responsibilities and shall perform all tasks safely with professionalism and integrity.

Required Qualifications

Advanced knowledge of business management or relevant EH&S technical programs or possess active professional certification (e.g. CSP, CIH, CRSP or equivalent)

Demonstrated minimum level of knowledge and skills in some or all of the following EH&S areas: Air Sampling & Instrumentation; Analytical Chemistry; Basic Science; Biohazards; Biostatistics & Epidemiology; Community Exposure; Engineering Controls/Ventilation; Ergonomics; Health Risk Analysis & Hazard Communication; IH Program Management; Noise; Non-Engineering Controls; Radiation – Ionizing and Non-ionizing; Thermal Stressors; Toxicology; and Work Environments & Industrial Processes.

Demonstrated ability to effectively participate or lead cross-functional teams addressing EH&S and broader organizational needs.

Working knowledge of federal (e.g. OSHA, EPA, DOT), state (e.g. VA/OSHA , VADEQ and VDH) and other related regulatory and consensus agency EH&S requirements.

Demonstrated ability to lead with and without authority.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, other departments, the general public and supervisor; must demonstrate tact and diplomacy.

Ability to design and use data management systems for collecting and validating risk information in order to evaluate safety, health, and environmental risk and for maintaining EH&S related records.

Ability to research applicable laws, regulations, consensus standards, best practices, and published literature using internal and external resources to develop benchmarks for assessing an organization’s safety, health, environmental performance and make recommendations for continuous improvement based upon resulting gap analysis.

Ability to perform complex functions, establish priorities, and resolve issues with minimal guidance from supervisor.

Must be able to wear a respirator. Ability to independently and safely move 40 pounds; bend; crawl, kneel and stand for extended periods of time. Ability to work varying hours, including evenings and weekends, when needed.

REQUIRED: Bachelor’s Degree in an environmental/occupational safety and health discipline (chemistry, biology, environmental health, industrial hygiene, occupational health, safety science) and eight or more years of relevant experience or Master’s degree with three or more years of relevant experience.
Current training in Hazardous Materials Management and DOT or ability to successfully complete training within 6 months of hire.
Experienced in conducting accident/incident investigation.
Experienced in EH&S training development and delivery.
Experienced in effective verbal and written communications with various levels of the workforce.
Demonstrated experience in interacting with regulatory agencies.
Demonstrated experience in managing third party service providers.
Demonstrated experience in working in collaborative, cross functional teams.
Valid Driver’s License.

Preferred Qualifications

Familiarization with FileMaker Pro and Velocity EH&S (SDSonline) software is desired.

Master’s degree in a business management or EH&S discipline.

Possesses active professional certification (e.g. CSP, CIH, CHMM, CRSP or equivalent).

Strong computer skills.

Experience in a research-based university.

Familiarization with National Incident Management System.

Experienced in data trending/statistical analysis and familiarization with performance metrics development.

Experienced in utilizing sampling equipment to assess potential workplace hazards.

Asbestos and Lead-based Paint Inspector training.

Familiarization with International Building and Fire Codes.

CPR/AED/BFA instructor certified.


Knowledgeable of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation safety program requirements.





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The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.




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Job No: Present Position Number FP510W
Posted: 12/20/2018
Application Due: 1/19/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Up to $72,000, commensurate with experience