Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College

Environmental Health & Safety Manager

  • Title: Environmental Health & Safety Manager
  • Category: Management
  • FLSA: Exempt
  • Grade: L

Job Summary

Under general direction, the Manager of Environmental Health & Safety plans, develops, implements, administers, directs, evaluates and maintains programs necessary to ensure a safe and healthful environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors, and to protect Portland Community College against losses. Ensures that District operations are in compliance with applicable codes and regulations.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Ensures a safe and healthful environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Conducts ongoing analysis and evaluation of District policy and compliance programs and implements changes as necessary.
  2. Serves as the primary representative for the District with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies and leads compliance site inspections.
  3. Supervises administrative professionals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff. Hires, evaluates, trains, disciplines and discharges staff as necessary.
  4. Consults and works collaboratively with a broad range of internal customers and stakeholders to maintain departmental compliance, implement changes, and provide education and training. Ensures that requests for reasonable accommodation are promptly evaluated and processed in collaboration with the ADA Coordinator.
  5. Directs, advises, supports, and/or serves on various committees as assigned.
  6. Reviews, revises, updates, and maintains EHS records and document tracking and instructs in their use. Develops communication systems for dissemination of environmental health and safety information. Ensures creation and submission of annual compliance program reports.
  7. Oversees and coordinates District-wide facilities inspection programs and reviews reports of accidents, hazard complaints, incident reports, injuries and near misses and investigates causes; identifies areas of high injury and accident rates and develops safety programs to address them. Collaborates with the Risk Manager and Risk Management Staff.
  8. Manages, coordinates and supports all fire prevention and code enforcement activities related to large gatherings/functions, including fire life safety inspections and building inspections.
  9. Supports emergency management and preparedness planning, activities, programs, and operations. Establishes priorities and develops policies and procedures. Works collaboratively with various departments, such as Department of Public Safety and campus Leadership groups on disaster preparedness and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
  10. Supports the maintenance of the approved emergency operations center and local department operations centers, as well as functions as the EOC Safety Officer.
  11. Manages District Environment Health and Safety education through the development and implementation of a variety of training programs.
  12. Supports larger FMS initiatives and acts as project manager as assigned. Develops project scope, specifications and cost estimates to bid as required.
  13. Develops and manages assigned program budgets while identifying cost effective strategies for maintaining District safety and environmental programs. Plans for and evaluates personnel needs, equipment needs and future compliance issues.
  14. Responds to various emergency situations after hours as required.
  15. Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements

Must be able to perform physical activities, such as, but not limited to, lifting heavy items (up to 50 lbs. unassisted), bending, standing, climbing or walking. Must be able to work safely in an environment containing hazardous chemicals using personal protective equipment/safety measures. Extended work hours may be required and incumbent is considered essential personnel. Travel within district regularly required, periodic out of district travel.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in health science, occupational safety, environmental management, or closely related field. Performing the duties of the position may substitute for the degree requirement on a year–for-year basis. Five years of progressively responsible related experience working in one or more of the EHS disciplines listed above including two years of supervisory experience.

Must have an Oregon or Washington Driver’s License, or be able to obtain license within 90 days of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Applicable local, state, federal laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding occupational health and safety;
  • Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Environmental Health, Environmental Management, and Risk Management best practices;
  • EHS industry standards and best management practices, including education and training in the field;
  • Basic Emergency Management Principles (e.g. Standardized Emergency Management System, National Incident Management System, and Incident Command System) and Emergency Operations Center functions;
  • General budget and accounting procedures;
  • Supervisory principles;
  • Continuous Quality Improvement principles and best program management practices and methods;
  • Construction and support project management of capital projects, renovations and improvement, especially in areas of safety, abatement (e.g. asbestos, lead based paint, mold), OSHA Contractor Safety Notification and environmental compliance;
  • Industrial hygiene principles and implementation including the use or ability to learn the function of common direct reading instruments.
Skills in:
  • Wide range of software programs, especially database applications, including spreadsheets, report and presentation applications, on a high technical level;
  • Understanding and analyzing complex documents, reports, codes and regulations;
  • Working cooperatively with and motivating District employees on all levels and backgrounds.
Ability to:
  • Promote a culture of sustainability in terms of the environment, the economy, and social equity;
  • Work with diverse academic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff;
  • Learn new concepts, techniques, regulations, certifications as required.

Reviewed: 12/2018

  • Established: 6/2016
  • Replaces: Safety & Risk Manager