Senior Director, Chief Safety Officer

Requisition ID: 10069

Job Title: Senior Director, Chief Safety Officer

Position Summary:

Directs and leads a multidisciplinary unit of safety professionals that work to provide a safe environment for the Institute's staff, patients and visitors. Programs are designed, implemented and evaluated that reduce the risk of injury, illness or negative impact on the environment for all functions undertaken on the campus. The overall end result of this position is to ensure City of Hope is in compliance with a host of regulatory and credentialing agencies and organizations; patients, staff and visitors are protected from injury; the institution's physical assets are protected from risks detrimental to those assets; that activities of City of Hope do not adversely impact the environment; and that waste generated from operational activities are managed properly to prevent adverse impact on the environment.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Manages a team of 10 professional health and safety FTEs, 1 Administrative FTE and 5 contract services FTEs involved in waste management activities across the campus. Is responsible for their training, mentoring, evaluation, engagement and development as this team supports the significant growth of the City of Hope enterprise.
  • Manages up to a $1.5M operational department budget including contracted services for managing the institutions, hazardous waste and oversees an annual Hospital Preparedness grant of about $50,000. Analyzes previous spending. Aligns budget requirement with Strategic Planning process. Completes budget request templates. Reviews and approves all expenditures. Establishes spending policies for staff. Reviews budget and reconciliation with Division leaders.Acquires additional grant funds in support of the Department's mission, as appropriate
  • Manages the entire COH bio hazardous waste program including collection, processing, transport and disposal of chemotherapy and bio hazardous waste streams on campus and at off-site locations. Tracks all shipping documents and generates reports on waste volumes and activities to reduce the generation of waste from COH activities.
  • Provides vision for the structure and discipline of the Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OHSMS). Provides leadership and assumes overall responsibility for implementing, maintaining and monitoring performance of the OHSMS. Establishes policies procedures on staff responsibilities in analyzing, managing and reducing job-related risks.
  • Chairs or serves on various institutional committees including chairing the Environment of Care Committee and the Emergency Preparedness Committee, leads the Radiation Safety Committee and serves on the Occupational Safety and Biohazards Committee, Safe Patient Committee and many others.
  • Gathers, analyzes, and reports on key safety metrics and uses these insights to inform leadership in making appropriate safety enhancements to reduce worker injuries. Provides expertise to aid managers on selecting correct furniture and tools designed to reduce worker injuries.
  • Manages the Biosafety Program, the Accident Investigation Program, the Ergonomics Program, the Laboratory Standard Program, the Industrial Hygiene Program, the Laser Safety Program, the Defensive Driver Program, all other OSHA Required Safety Programs and manages all safety related Permits for use of hazardous materials.
  • Manages the institution's Radiation Safety Program on Campus and at the Corona, Arcadia and Antelope Valley clinics.Have responsibility for Diagnostic Imaging for the X-ray Compliance Program on Campus and at Clinics to ensure all clinical X-ray equipment meets regulatory requirements and is operating safely to assure the protections of staff and patients.,
  • Supports new clinical uses of radioactive material and x-ray producing equipment.Consults with patients being treated with radiation and their family members to aid in decisions on home care and appropriate isolation to protect family members and the public.Visits patients being treated with radiation while in the hospital or Hope Village to assure their safety, and conduct regulatory required surveys.
  • Develops, manages and delivers training programs including, New Employee Orientation (IIPP, Hazcom, Ergonomics, Emergency Preparedness, and Fire Extinguisher Hands-on), Introduction to Lab Safety, Radiation Safety, Safety for Managers, Incident Commander Training, Safe Patient Handling and many other OSHA required training programs and associated annual refresher training such as Beckman Training Day.
  • Attends various administrative meetings in support of the institution's mission. Prepares and reviews materials for meetings and is prepared to discuss key issues. Makes recommendations to improve performance and compliance.
  • Manages the Emergency Preparedness Program. Develops policies and procedures for responding to emergencies, provides training to key personnel and leadership on processes for handling an emergency, Prepares drills to test institutional readiness to respond to an emergency and revised the Emergency Operations Plan based on improvements identified from drills.
  • Supports all Foundations Clinics and off-campus research facilities.Inspects off-site clinics quarterly, oversee the inspections of off-campus research laboratory locations, provides training to staff, prepares emergency plans, performs evacuation drills and provides management of waste disposal programs at all off-site clinics and research laboratory locations.
  • Participates in planning sessions for integrations of new off-site locations including clinics, laboratories and office locations.Provides estimates of hazardous material use and other regulatory requirements to obtain appropriate permits.Assist in designing new space including furniture selection and ventilations equipment to protect staff handling hazardous drugs and laboratory reagents.
  • Maintains regulatory compliance with all TJC, CAP, Cal-OSHA, Cal-EPA, CA-DPH, and other Federal, State and local regulations.Keeps abreast of new regulations and develops plans to implement them as required.Liaises with regulatory agencies, tours them when on campus or at an off-site clinic or laboratory and develops plans and responses to violations identified during inspections.
  • Responds to emergencies including natural disasters, fires, flooding, hazmat spills, and utility failures.Manages the first response to the event and develops plans for mitigating the emergent situation to return operations to normal.Communicates effectively with other staff and leadership on the current status of the emergency, plans to mitigate the emergency and potential impact on operations.

Minimum Education and Skills Required for Consideration:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Health and Safety, Health Physics, Chemistry, Biology or other related field.
  • 8 + years of relevant job experience managing or assisting in an Environmental Health and Safety program preferably at an academic institution.
  • Must be able to complete OSHA 40 hour HAZWOPER certification, HICS training, NIMS training, Incident Commander training, Safe Patient Handling training and hands-on use of patient handling equipment.
  • Must be able to complete OSHA 40 hour HAZWOPER certification, HICS training, NIMS training, Incident Commander training, Safe Patient Handling training and hands-on use of patient handling equipment.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred Education and Skills:

  • Master's Degree in Business and/or Environmental Health and Safety Health Physics, Chemistry, Biology or other related field.
  • Formal academic coursework and/or personal development short course in Environmental Health and Safety related topics, as well as leadership courses and seminars. Business Continuity workshops for healthcare organizations.Managing Radiation Accident Victims.
  • CHEM, CHP, CIH, CSP or other recognized Health and Safety Certification.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with executives, professional staff, managers and front-line staff, ability to develop sound written documentation describing OHSMS and OSHA required programs, ability to manage a large budget, ability to develop and deliver presentations, ability to convince staff to comply with requirements.

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

City of Hope strongly supports and values the uniqueness of all individuals and promotes a work environment where diversity is embraced. City of Hope is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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