Senior Director - Environmental Health and Safety Office

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Research Administration
Environ Health & Safety Office
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Research & Research Administration
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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  • Reporting to the Assistant Vice President (AVP) of EHSO, serves as the principal advisor to the AVP on all matters affecting EHSO, including long-range planning, staffing, budgeting, service level agreements, facilities, assessments and resource allocation.
  • Advises the AVP on the establishment of broad programmatic and EHS goals.
  • In the absence of the AVP, has authorization to make technical and executive/administrative decisions in all areas of functional responsibility including the assumption of budgetary and human resource responsibilities as appropriate and necessary for the ongoing operation of EHSO.
  • Directly manages the Environmental Program and Occupational Safety and Industrial Hygiene, and Outreach units. Provides mentorship and direction to professional, technical and support staff within EHSO to reinforce EHSO's mission and vision.
  • Informs, coauthors and periodically evaluates and updates EHSO's strategic plan, including prioritizing improvement objectives.
  • Implements EHSO's strategic plan by leading the review, tracking and updating of objectives and activities.
  • Prepares EHSO's annual report and updates EHS metrics including visualization of metrics.
  • Assesses, evaluates and analyzes environmental health and safety policies, procedures and programs.
  • Reports findings to the AVP to plan and facilitate organizational development.
  • Assists with management of financial resources to monitor costs and ensure optimum utilization of monetary and human resources within established objectives.
  • Manages confidential and sensitive information appropriately.
  • Keeps the AVP informed of important institutional and regulatory concerns.
  • Represents the institution (and AVP as necessary) to various institutional constituencies, as well as externally to corporations, funding agencies, government agencies, and other colleges and universities, as appropriate.
  • Represents the institutional perspective on various Emory University and Healthcare Committees that directly impact the research mission of the institution to ensures that the goals and objectives of the research enterprise are met.
  • Maintains working relationships with the Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Services, Instructional Technology, Emory Healthcare, and other stakeholders.
  • Leads the implementation and sustainment of EHSO's management systems using ISO 45001, 35001, and 14001 standards.
  • Identifies and analyzes institutional EHS risks.
  • Develops and implements controls to mitigate EHS risks.
  • Evaluates and acquires new technologies, equipment and services with potential to reduce environmental health and safety risks, improve operational efficiencies or streamline stakeholder interactions.
  • Serves as the technical liaison to the Office of Research Administration Information Technology (ORAIT) unit and assists with the strategic development and implementation of new databases/systems/programs.
  • Works with ORAIT to develop and optimize functionality, automation and its faculty-facing interface.
  • Promotes staff continuing education and development.
  • Identifies and provides opportunities for professional enrichment and advancement of staff.
  • Promotes environmental health and safety standards in all operations.
  • Ensures that direct reports receive appropriate and required EHS training and occupational health exams.
  • Plans for the continuity of operations and plans for recovery.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • Master's degree in public health, environmental engineering, occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene or another appropriate science-related field.
  • Ten years of environmental health and safety or related experience, including leadership experience over a large organization, preferably at an academic medical institution, with varied functions to include examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Experience in strategic planning to lead change and influence stakeholders across various functions and levels in the recognition, development, and implementation of process improvement opportunities through LEAN or Six Sigma principles.


  • Professional Board Certification required in related field, i.e., CSP (Certified Safety Professional), CIH (Certified Industrial Hygienist), CHP (Certified Health Physicist, BSP (Biosafety Professional), CHMM (Certified Hazardous Materials Manager), or PE (Professional Engineer).
  • Experience as Lead Auditor for ISO 45001, ISO 14001, ISO 35001, or similar management system.
  • Reporting and data visualization experience using SQL, Tableau, PowerBI, or similar system.
  • Ability to develop, implement and manage key performance indicators (KPIs) for each area of responsibility.
  • Excellent analytical skills with an ability to critically interpret and use scientific and clinical data to manage risk.
  • Effective communicator with outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills especially in the field of risk communication.
  • Proven ability to build relationships across multiple constituency groups.

NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location.  Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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