The position jointly reports to the University’s COO/SVP for Operations and the Provost for the Grenada, West Indies campus. This position influences and guides University processes and practices by bringing a systematic approach to risk, environmental, health, safety, quality and sustainability issues. This position prepares reports and/or presents to the University’s President, CEO, Board of Directors, and other academic committees, as requested.
This position involves a high volume and considerable diversity of work. Problem solving ranges from routine to complex. Impacts of decisions and other activities, departmental or campus-wide. Major stressors involve critical timeframes for action, emergency response conditions, potential injury management, and legal ramifications related to issues or events. The Executive Director may be called upon to work off-routine hours or on an emergency basis.
The Executive Director is the key person accountable for the management, administration, recruitment, budget, and operations of the Department of Environmental Health & Safety. The Executive Director’s primary function is to reduce occupational injury and violations by maintaining and evolving appropriate certifications and assisting the University in meeting and monitoring voluntary and regulatory compliance.
The Executive Director must develop excellent working relationships within the diverse internal and external community to problem solve issues within the campus environment. Excellent working relationships, within the Executive Director’s scope of influence, is essential to meet risk, environmental, health, safety, quality and sustainability objectives with entities such as Public Safety, the local union, the Faculty Association, the Graduate Students Association, contractors, academic and research groups and others. The Executive Director is the key liaison and representative for the University in dealing with: Grenada Environment, Grenada Workplace Health and Safety, Grenada Nuclear Safety, Grenada Public Health, and other regulatory agencies.
Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):
Oversee the staffing and evaluate business cases for all new initiatives
Provide support to the Provost and receive strategic direction from the COO, on the allocation and use of resources to achieve strategic objectives
Provide expertise and guidance to the management team (Provost, COO, IT, Security, Business Administrator, Maintenance and Deans)
Provide expert consultation and leadership on all risk, environmental, health, safety, quality and sustainability matters; act as the senior liaison with relevant regulatory agencies
Develop departmental key performance indicators and ensure that resources are available to meet these and any associated benchmarks
Establish departmental goals and objectives that are consistent with the University’s strategic priorities
Guide the planning, organization, direction and on-going evaluation of the EH&S department
Maintain effective working and communication relationships with all levels of staff and management to work with these areas to share information, solicit input, and improve processes
Build regular reports on activities, indicators and outcomes related to the Integrated Management System and regulatory compliance
Communicate effectively with senior members of all University Departments to ensure participation in the programs within the Department of Risk, Environmental, Health, Safety, Quality and Sustainability
Liaise with external departments, government bodies and others as required
Provide regular reports to campus senior management that give status updates, analyze trends and form the basis for business plan development and action plans
Liaise with the University architect’s office to ensure the consideration of Risk, Environmental, Health, Safety, Quality and Sustainability in the design, construction or acquisition of new University facilities
Assist in the investigation of high profile and major accidents or incidents and notify management and the relevant Committee of the results
Participate as required on health and safety committees including The Biosafety Committee, The Radiation Safety Committee and The University Health, Safety and Security Committee
Management Systems and Compliance
Responsible for the overall development, implementation, and management and auditing of the University’s Integrated Management System.
Develop and approve all Policies and Standard Operating Procedures related to Risk, Environmental, Health, Safety, Quality and Sustainability.
Interpret and provide guidance for compliance with all applicable policies, legislation and regulations, impacting Risk, Environmental, Health, Safety, Quality and Sustainability.
Provide recommendations for improvements and work with management of the University faculties and departments to develop action plans to address these issues.
Conduct regular gap analyses of the level of the University's compliance with applicable Risk, Environmental, Health, Safety, Quality and Sustainability codes and regulations and legislation
Risk, Environmental, Health, Safety, Quality and Sustainability
Develop and lead the requirements of the University's Risk, Environmental, Health, Safety, Quality and Sustainability Policies
Develop and implement the expectations of the University's Integrated Management System (IMS) and applicable Faculty/Departmental/Unit specific Risk, Environmental, Health, Safety, Quality and Sustainability policies and procedures
Ensure that all work conducted is in accordance with the Grenada Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code and other health and safety legislation as applicable
Qualifications / Requirements:
Minimum of 15 years of experience with progressively increasing responsibility in the field of Occupational Health and Safety
Five or more years in a leadership role in a large complex organization, dealing with budgets and business planning; preferably in a University or medical school setting.
A Master's degree in related discipline or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Professional designation from the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals, Board of Certified Safety Professionals, Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists, or American Board of Industrial Hygienists is preferred.
Excellent leadership, communication and teamwork skills
Experience in risk assessment practices and identifying key risks
Ability to establish priorities and plan and organize effectively
Knowledge and ability to evaluate compliance levels with relevant occupational health and safety legislation
Advanced knowledge of international Risk, Environmental, Health, Safety, Quality and Sustainability legislation and standards as they apply to the University environment, and experience dealing with regulatory authorities
About University Support Services/St. George's University
University Support Services supplies administrative support to St. George's University from its Long Island location in Great River, NY. St. George’s was founded as an independent School of Medicine in 1976. St. George’s University has evolved into a top center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies. Students attendi...ng St. George’s enjoy the benefits of a thriving multicultural environment on the True Blue campus, offering all the amenities and technologically-advanced facilities of a world-class institution.