Director of Environmental Occupational Health and Safety

Industry: Facilities Management
Location: District of Columbia - Washington
Sector: Higher Education
Search ID: 20-0904-17
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Robert H. Dible
Robert H. Dible
Howard University has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure a Director of Environmental Occupational Health & Safety (EOHS).

Summary and Basic Job Functions

Reporting to the EVP / COO, the Director of Environmental Occupational Health & Safety (EOHS) manages the development, implementation, and administration of programs, procedures, and policies for maintaining the University’s compliance with applicable federal, state, and local statutes as well as regulations governing environment, occupational health, and safety. The Director acts in a senior management capacity over other positions; orienting and training others and assigning and reviewing their work. Internal contacts include departmental senior officials, officers, and staff along with University administrators, faculty, and students. External contacts include federal, state, and local agencies, and the general public.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Implements, maintains, and monitors environmental, occupational health, and safety programs to ensure the University’s timely compliance with environmental, occupational health and safety regulations as well as laws governing hazardous waste, fire safety, air and water emissions, industrial hygiene, infectious waste, laboratory safety, and underground storage tanks.
  • Ensures the University’s compliance with OSHA, EPA, federal, state, and local statutes by evaluating existing programs and mechanisms that advance the University’s awareness of environmental, occupational health, and safety issues and regulations which govern the above stated areas.
  • Monitors proposed changes and new developments in environmental, occupational health, and safety laws. Advises management of the impact of such changes and developments on the University’s policies, procedures, and programs. Recommends appropriate courses of actions, as necessary.
  • Communicates policies, procedures, changes, and new developments in applicable issues and regulations to management and University employees to provide understanding and to ensure compliance.
  • Serves as the Chief Inspection Officer for incidents involving safety of University students, employees, and property.
  • Supervises safety inspections and audits of University buildings, laboratories, underground storage tanks, among other facilities and equipment. Responds to and reviews concerns, test results, and citations from OSHA and other agencies.
  • Inspects University buildings grounds; recommends necessary actions to eliminate safety hazards.
  • Coordinates safety-related activities with other University units and state and federal safety agencies.
  • Compiles and organizes safety and Worker’s Compensation data for reports and briefings to management.
  • Prepares, executes, and reviews department budget. 
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

  • Comprehensive knowledge of OSHA, federal, and district statutes and regulations governing environmental, health, and safety including, but not limited to, fire and building codes, laboratories, air and water emissions, underground storage tanks, hazard waste management, and hazardous communications.
  • Knowledge of technical methods and analytical techniques used to evaluate compliance with environmental, health, and safety laws.
  • Knowledge of research methods and techniques.
  • General knowledge of computer programs, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.
  • Enhanced skills in the use of both oral and written English with the ability to read technical literature, write administrative reports, and provide public presentations that are succinct, persuasive, and articulate.
  • Able to handle confidential information and manage multiple projects, programs, and issues concurrently.
  • Excellent skills in public and customer relations with the ability to use tact, diplomacy, and decorum.
  • Able to negotiate and successfully navigate internal and external politics.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule and be on call during a 24 hour a day, seven days per week timeframe.
  • Able to establish and maintain harmonious and effective work relations with department senior officials, security personnel, students, university officials, staff, faculty, outside agencies, and the general public.
  • Able to work inside or outside, in hot or cold temperatures, and in noisy, uncomfortable, and hazardous environments.

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. To date, Howard has awarded more than 120,000 degrees in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities. The historic main campus sits on a hilltop in Northwest Washington blocks from the storied U Street and Howard Theatre. The campus is two miles from the U.S. Capitol where many students intern, and scores of alumni shape national and foreign policy. Howard’s campus covers 258 acres with 115 buildings and equipment valued at more than $1.2 billion.

The University's motto Veritas et Utilitas, Truth and Service, represents a key part of its identity. The more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students dedicate hundreds of hours each year to service in nearby LeDroit Park, around the nation, and far-flung places around the world. Over the U.S. Peace Corps' 50-year history, more than 200 Howard graduates have served as volunteers around the globe, the highest number among historically-Black colleges. The University remains committed to further enhancing its strategic positioning as one of the top research universities in the nation.


Located in Washington, D.C.

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Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in a field related to environmental and/or occupational health, and safety and six (6) years of experience in the management and administration of an environmental, occupational health, and safety program; or Master’s Degree and four (4) years of management experience or; in lieu of the above, the equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Certification as a Safety Professional and/or a doctoral degree preferred.
  • Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The University has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.

Howard University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
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