Director of Risk Management and Environmental Health & Safety
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a long-standing commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. To see our mission at www.berea.edu/about/mission/
Berea is a small quantity hazardous waste generator. Regulated under a conditional major source air permit that includes boilers, spray booths, emergency generators and small asbestos abatement projects. The College also reports EPCRA Tier II for chemicals stored on site.
Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top three of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.
Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at www.berea.edu.
Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.
Director of Risk Management and EHS
Brief Summary of This Position:
Under the Direction of the Associate Vice President of Human Resources, the Director of Risk Management and EHS is responsible for developing and implementing policies, procedures and programs designed to protect the College from risk that could have adverse consequences to College Operations. The span of responsibilities include environmental protections, occupational health and safety, campus fire safety programs and/or other related loss prevention and control functions. Development of student workers is a significant responsibility of this position.
· Responsible for the supervision and direction of the Fire and Occupational Safety Manager Position and five (5) primary student labor positions and two (2) secondary labor positions.
· Ensures the College has programs and procedures in place to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Standards, Fire and Life Safety Codes, and Environmental laws and regulations
· Responsible for Department budget oversight and management
· Works with Department leadership to develop Risk Mitigation Plans that address training, emergency response, communication systems and procedures, Job Safety Analysis (JSA), process guidelines, documentation and reporting.
· Serves as a full-time member on the Campus Safety Committee and Compliance Oversite Team. Consultant to campus departments on ergonomic issues, safety and health, indoor air quality, environmental compliance, and emergency response
· Investigates or oversee the investigation of incident reports and/or complaints in cooperation with Public Safety. Incidents include near-miss incident reports, work-related injuries or illnesses, non-work-related incidents and safety issues associated with the college’s commercial business activity.
· Develops and presents safety and environmental training programs and participates in the development of new programs, initiatives, and incentives to improve both campus and workplace safety. Measures and evaluates program effectiveness.
· Manage the College’s Worker’s compensation self-insured status with the state of Kentucky as well as mange the OSHA 300 log.
· Conducts periodic risk prevention audits and oversees inspections performed by outside agencies.
· Interprets laws, policies, and procedures to ensure College Risk management programs are in compliance.
· Builds support and visibility for risk management and loss control programs and initiatives to communicate program goals and objectives.
· In support of Berea College’s great commitments, this position requires student supervision. The fourth great commitment is to promote learning and serving in community through the student labor program, honoring the dignity and utility of all work, mental and manual, and taking pride in work well done. The Supervision would include scheduling, assigning and approving work performed. Developing students about common workplace acumen and giving them tangible work experience is an expected outcome. To learn more about the student labor program and requirements on this position see: Labor Program Goals
Minimum Qualifications Required:
Education required to ensure success in this position:
• Undergraduate degree in Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Science, Industrial Hygiene, Engineering (Master’s degree preferred)
Experience required to ensure success in this position:
• 3- 5 years preferable in higher education and experience in safety, accident/incident prevention, loss control, industrial hygiene, environmental and safety regulatory compliance, and program management and supervision.
Special skills, knowledge and abilities:
• Supervisory Principles
• Public Administration Principles
• Financial control practices and procedures
• Environmental and Safety Hazard identification methods
• Legal processes and procedures
• Risk Management and loss control principles and practices
• Knowledge and understanding of applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Budgetary Principles
• Proficient in the development, implementation and management of comprehensive risk management and safety programs
• Good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
• Ability to prepare technical reports and analysis and maintain appropriate records
• Able to respond to emergency situations and provide critical event analysis and written reports
License, certification, or registration necessary:
• Valid Driver’s License
• Specific training related to the management of hazardous materials and hazardous waste and knowledge and job specific training related to the transportation of hazardous materials as per DOT requirements
• Preferred: OSHA 30-hour Certification, CSP, CIH, CHMM, CRM, ARMP or ability to obtain is desirable
• May require occasional walking, stooping, bending, or standing, lifting (no more than 25 pounds) Ability to see, hear, and verbally communicate with co-workers, students and clients.
The work is performed in both office and field environments with occasional exposure to noise, chemicals, machinery and other hazards. Must have ability to wear and work in personal protective equipment.
Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment:
• Motor vehicles, portable radios, basic office equipment , computers and related software, emergency notification systems
Berea College is always looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team. If you think you are ready to be a part of an exciting team, then we encourage you to apply using the Apply Now link on this posting.
Visit the Departmental website at: https://www.berea.edu/ehs/