Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Director of Compliance, the Associate Director is responsible for management and execution of all compliance activities and the overall processes/procedures associated with the operations of the Facilities Operations Department.
The Associate Director develops, maintains and promotes policies, procedures and programs for compliance with environmental health and safety codes, standards, and regulations. The Associate Director interfaces with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies (e.g., Environmental Protection Agency, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and Department of Buildings). He/She serves as an expert technical resource on occupational safety and environmental compliance programs and advises management regarding the impact on Facilities operations. The Associate Director is authorized to perform unscheduled audits in building spaces (e.g., mechanical rooms, trade shops, storage rooms) to evaluate compliance with environmental, health and safety programs.
The Associate Director develops and coordinates the implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive occupational health and safety program designed to prevent injury, occupational illness and damage to property. Applicable safety programs may include respiratory protection, confined space, blood borne pathogens, electrical safety, hearing conservation, personal protective equipment, lock-out/tag-out, hazard communication and fall protection. The Associate Director develops and conducts an effective training program by establishing training objectives, plans and schedules. Works with management to implement best practices and promotes a safety-conscious work environment. Develops and implements accident investigation, data analysis, and recurrence prevention programs and procedures. He/She conducts and supervises facility and site inspections, job hazard analyses and other evaluations to identify hazards and potential risks. He/She responds to employee and supervisor questions regarding safe work practices and environmental hazards. The Associate Director has the authority to shut down or stop work if he/she determines there is a potential risk of harm and danger to staff and building operations.
The Associate Director is responsible for the management and oversight of regulatory environmental compliance programs such as air emissions, solid waste - hazardous and universal waste, petroleum bulk storage, oil spill prevention, used oil, pesticides, emergency planning, community right-to-know and asbestos. He/She is responsible for identifying the recordkeeping and reporting requirements, and conducting periodic peer reviews. Will perform audits of chemical storage and work areas to determine compliance with environmental regulations and best practices. He/She works with the Facilities group to implement corrective actions.
Develop training presentations related to environmental, health and safety topics. Provide training to Facilities personnel including union staff and management. Ability to interpret regulations and provide clear guidance on the requirements and best practices. The Associate Director provides annual and as-needed trainings to employees working the first (7am-2pm), second (2pm-9pm) and third (9pm-7am) shift.
Respond to emergency incidents and spills which may occur after normal business hours or on weekends. Perform other duties and special projects as assigned. The Associate Director is responsible for enacting procedures described in the Emergency Action Plan. The Associate Director is designated 'essential personnel' and may need to be present or available during weather emergencies or incidents.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree desirable. Minimum of 5-7 years of related experience required. Minimum of 5-7 years of progressively responsible environmental, health and safety program administration experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Degree in Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Sciences, Engineering or related field preferred. Candidate must possess or have the ability to obtain necessary certifications as required by federal, state and local laws. This includes appropriate Certificates of Fitness for NYC facilities.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to write clearly and communicate complex topics effectively. Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple projects. Solid analytical and problem-solving ability. Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment. Proficient in, but not limited to Microsoft Office products. Ability to prepare professional quality presentations and speak clearly and engagingly about complex issues before small and large groups.
Ability to wear a respirator. Ability to stand, walk, and negotiate occasional awkward work locations and paths of travel. Ability to work in a variety of physical environments, including weather/temperature extremes, potential confined spaces, elevated locations; ability to periodically perform short duration physical exertions, including stairs or ladder climbing in support of safety investigation, area or operation survey, or emergency response.
Ability to work some evenings and weekends for projects, trainings, special events, or emergency response. Employees are required to be Tuberculosis (TB) negative, submit to periodic TB testing and a chest x-ray if a positive TB test is read. Proven ability to motivate, direct and coordinate activities of direct reports.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications: - 40 Hour OSHA HAZWOPER - 10 Hour OSHA Construction Safety Training - Experience using industrial hygiene or environmental monitoring equipment - Certified Safety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienists, Professional Engineer, or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager
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