The Director of Environmental Health & Safety is responsible for the overall strategic planning and management for the creation, development, implementation/administration, and continuous improvement of comprehensive energy, health, safety and environmental programs and policies for New York Medical College, The Director acts as the institutional Radiation Safety Officer, as the Responsible Official for NYMC’s Tier 1 BSAT program and provides oversight for the BSL-3 laboratory program. The Director performs similar functions for the Touro College and University System as a whole, with dotted lined reporting to the Senior Vice President for Operations at Touro.
Manages and develops EH&S objectives for the campus via the continuous improvement cycle and communicates results to senior management via reports and dashboards. Sets and monitor goals/objectives/assignments, provide adequate coaching, develops/monitors employee development plans, and administers succession & salary planning processes for EH&S Department.
Develops and oversees the annual EH&S operating budget. Performs workflow analyses, studies possible sources of cost reduction and/or control, and performs operational budget forecasting. Oversees all departmental outsourced service vendor contracts.
Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management & Technical Program Management
Responsible for ensuring personal and College compliance with all Federal, State, local and College regulations, policies, and procedures relating to health and safety. Briefs senior administration on critical and/or sensitive issues. Serves as Responsible Official for NYMC’s Tier 1 Select Agent program and manages the institution’s Biosafety Level 3 program. Sit on the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) as well as the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Serves as institutional Radiation Safety Officer. Serves as Compliance Officer for Touro Dental Health (TDH).
Building/Infrastructure Design & Construction
Provides review and direction regarding design and operational requirements for all campus laboratory construction and/or renovation. Oversees the design, construction and maintenance of structures and infrastructure systems as they relate to environmental, health and safety compliance.
Emergency Management & Life Safety In conjunction with Director of Emergency Preparedness, develops new policies, procedures and plans as needed to meet state and federal regulations. Develops mutual aid agreements with all applicable local and state agencies and maintain strong communications and joint working relationships through shared planning and tabletop exercises. Manages the College’s fire and life safety services to implement and enforce applicable safety codes, policies, and procedures.
Committee Participation & Administration
Serves as Executive Secretary for Radiation Safety Committee. Chairs Touro College & University System Laboratory Safety Committee. Serves as voting member on Institutional Biosafety Committee. Serves as voting member for the TCDM infection prevention committee and quality assurance committee.
(A) Education requirement:
Bachelor’s degree in biosafety/lab, research, science, engineering, or related EH&S discipline/degree required. Master’s Degree in a related field strongly preferred.
(B) Licenses or certifications:
Preferred training or certificates in: RCRA EPA Hazardous Waste Management, DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation or IATA Training, Radiation Safety Officer with Radiation DOT Certification, and Biosafety Officer or Biosafety training. Training or teaching experience in physical science is desired.
(C) Technical/computer skills:
Advanced or expert knowledge/understanding of broad range of EH&S fields and familiarity with all EH&S fields. Advanced knowledge of/experience in emergency preparedness planning, Demonstrated project management skills. Ability to quickly interpret complex issues and provide/explain a recommended course of action in an easily understood manner. Ability to shape change by challenging the status-quo. Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills, including advanced political acumen and skill to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies is essential. Strong negotiation skills.
(D) Prior experience:
Minimum 10 years relevant experience that encompasses 5 years in a management role; a minimum of 3 years in a healthcare and/or higher education environment is strongly preferred.
Physical and Environmental Demands
Physical: Ability to wear a respirator. Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
Environmental: Ability to work in a variety of physical environments, including weather/temperature extremes, confined spaces, elevated locations, etc.