Job Title:Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Company:Washington and Lee University
Location: Lexington, VA

Job Description:

Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Job Description:
Reporting to the Executive Director of University Facilities, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for all aspects of a college based environmental health and safety program. This includes, but not limited to: asbestos, building and fire safety, construction safety as it applies to University employees, emergency preparedness and response, environmental compliance, ergonomic safety, hazardous materials and waste, incident investigations and reporting, indoor air quality including mold issues, occupational safety and workers compensation reporting. The Director of Environmental Health and Safety oversees the College’s Safety Committee and works closely with the Facilities Department and the Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) and other campus personnel assigned to both safety and emergency response roles.

Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of expertise.

Essential Functions:
• Performs job safety analysis for employees and makes the appropriate recommendations for health and safety improvements. Assists employees with the proper selection, storage, training, and use of safety equipment, including personal protective equipment. Oversees industrial hygiene management.
• Inspects College areas, buildings, laboratories, shops, and equipment for code compliance as well as for health and safety concerns. Monitors asbestos abatement projects, coordinate asbestos inspections and air sampling. Responds to odor, mold complaints and other indoor air quality issues. Coordinates, inspects, maintains, and tests all health & and fire safety equipment monthly or annually, as required.
• Manages the Worker’s Compensation program including accident investigation, medical management, OSHA reporting and trend analysis. Investigates accidents and incidents involving hazards, fire, illness or injury and identify the root cause in order to recommend corrective action and prevent a recurrence.
• Determines room capacities for event planning.
• Creates system to maintain records for injuries, hazardous waste, inspections, testing, medical monitoring, equipment, training, abatements, and other health, safety and environmental issues, chemical inventory system and SDS files. Maintains fire log and complete fire portions of the CLEARY Report. Maintains the OSHA 300 Log and file the report to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Completes the Monthly Emissions Report and files the annual Through-put to DEQ. Files the annual SARA Title II Hazardous Materials Report.
• Provides support for the existing hazardous waste program, which includes overseeing the Main and Satellite Accumulation Areas (MAA and SAA), collection of hazardous waste and maintaining regulatory compliance.
• Participates in budget preparation and tracking and monitoring progress for all Environmental Health and Safety projects/programs.
• Conducts ergonomic evaluations and makes recommendations on corrective actions.
• Responds to all type emergencies, including but not limited to fire, hazardous materials or petroleum releases, as well as accidents, injuries and public health incidents. Utilizes, maintains, and calibrates all emergency detection and response equipment.
• Manages local, state and federal environmental compliance, as it pertains to clean air, clean water (NPDES / Stormwater etc.). Researches and tracks pending and current environmental legislation/regulations. Monitors developing environmental federal, state, and local regulatory requirements and risk initiatives; analyze potential impacts on system operations; provide operations and upper management with information as appropriate. Acts as liaison with all regulatory agencies at the local, state, and federal levels (City of Lexington, County of Rockbridge, OSHA/VOSH, EPA, DEQ, SFO etc.) for health, safety and environmental related issues.
• Advises on a fire safety program. Conducts annual fire safety training/fire extinguisher training for RA’s/CA’s.
• Conducts job specific employee Safety training when applicable. Conducts Annual Mandatory Training including, but not limited to: Asbestos Awareness, BloodBorne Pathogens, Hazard Communications, HAZWOPPER Awareness, Electrical 70E Awareness, and Hearing Conservation.
• Conducts other Safety training for the campus community, i.e. CPR/AED, First Aid, Confined Space, Forklift, JLG, Fire Safety, Fire Extinguisher and additional training as requested.
• Additional related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in an EH&S related field, or an Associate’s degree with 3 – 5 years of related experience. Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification preferred. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required. Experience training both small and large groups is preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication, time management, organizational and project management skill are expected. Demonstrated strong problem solving and judgment skills. Ability to take initiative, have attention to detail, work independently and collaboratively. Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word and Excel, and the ability to learn and use new software programs. Knowledge of and ability to interpret local, state and federal codes, regulations and standards, college policies and procedures, investigative techniques, reporting, root cause analysis, hazardous waste management principles, training development and facilitation. Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with peers and the public; works effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

Application Instructions:
Please apply online at

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Resume, cover letter and three professional references are required. You will be asked to provide contact information for professional references in the application questionnaire.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with occasional evening and weekend hours
Benefit Eligible
FLSA: Exempt
Minimum Pay: $80,057.00 Pay commensurate with experience.

Physical Requirements and working conditions of this position can be viewed on the posting at

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