Date: September 9, 2020
Application Deadline: Open until filled

Position Title: Health & Safety (H&S) Officer

FLSA: Exempt

Department: Technical Trades Department

Rate: Commensurate with education and experience

SUMMARY: The Health & Safety (H&S) Officer is responsible for management, implementation and oversight and involved in the planning and direction of the Northern New Mexico College overall safety plans, programs and practices as it relates to the College operations and related public/personnel safety including the College radiation protection certificate and AAS degree program. This assignment resides at all NNMC property and locations including the campuses at Espanola NM and El Rito NM. He/she will be also be responsible for all H&S compliance, certification and training activities for College personnel and contractors, as needed. Our ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge of OSHA, NFPA, DOE, EPA, ANSI standards, orders, and regulations as well as experience conducting assessments.

The H&S Officer works independently reporting to the Chair of Technical Trades. Work is performed with a broad framework of general policy, and requires collaboration, creativity, resourcefulness, and autonomy to accomplish goals and objectives. All work is expected to be carried out in an ethical, organized, accurate, secure, timely and confidential manner. The H&S Officer will take a leadership role in the development and implementation of H&S compliance programs that meet and exceed all applicable federal, state and regional requirements and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) programs, including applicable EPA standards and requirements.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

• Researches, develops, evaluates, implements, and enforces safety policies and procedures in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local rules and regulations proactively, prior to effective due dates.
• Prepares and oversees the preparation of all policies, procedures, and forms related to H&S for College employees.
• Conduct assessments of College laboratories to ensure mission centers and programs are implementing requirements outlined in industrial hygiene/industrial safety principles, theories, and concepts.
• Safely maintains hazardous material inventory for College Laboratories.
• Mentor staff in developing assessments and reviewing work control documents that have sophisticated hazards with little or no precedence.
• Provide innovative safety engineering when little is known about the process or materials used or created; provide support on programmatic programs and procedures.
• Develop, recommend, and implement programs, policies, and procedures associated with the recognition, measurement, evaluation, and control of chemical, physical, and biological health hazards.
• Develops, coordinates, documents, and conducts employee training on a wide range of safety, security, and emergency response issues, including finding applicable training materials prepared by others or preparing and presenting College-specific presentations.
• Coordinates Third party expert trainers when necessary or requested.
• Prepares, coordinates, and implements emergency preparation and response plans.
• Monitors H&S legislative and regulatory changes proactively; evaluates implications for College policies, programs, operations and recommends changes to ensure compliance; stays abreast of upcoming industry practices and trends.
• Conducts special and periodic inspections of College facilities, structures, and operations to identify safety and environmental hazards; prepares and follows up on inspection reports of hazards and required abatements.
• Uses a well thought out, root cause analysis methodology, to conduct accident investigations.
• Provides statements of investigative findings to federal, state, and local legal authorities in support of any fatality, injury/accidents of employees, non-employees and company properties involving all equipment.
• Implements programs, training and equipment changes needed to correct identified causes of accidents, responds to the scene of accidents, including vehicular, and prepares required reports on employee accidents.
• Coordinates with HR for routine confidential employee health screening and evaluation of employees who are ill or injured at the workplace.
• Assists in the administration of the College workers compensation, liability, and property insurance programs; coordinates inspections and tours for the insurer; implements or tracks implementation by others of recommendations from the insurer; and coordinates the processing of certain claims.
• Receives and responds to employees’ inquiries regarding workplace safety.
• Purchases, distributes, and maintains inventory control on College safety equipment.
• Selects, maintains, provides and documents required training on all Personal Protective Equipment in use by College employees.
• Responsible for the Hazardous Communication program including Safety Data Sheets.
• Provides safety and communication support to contractors and partners, as needed.
• Responsible for the day-to-day oversight and implementation of College safety policies and practices in all departments.
• Proactively identifies, investigates and documents reports of safety defects and hazards to recommend solutions for corrective actions.
• Schedules and acts as chair of College Safety Committee meetings with meeting documentation and follow up, to maintain continuity.
• Implements and manages H&S systems safety change control.
• Ensures maintenance of public safety signage program.
• Possesses sound judgment and integrity and must be a team player whose positive approach motivates employees to maintain an atmosphere of safety throughout the College.
• Prepares, reads, interprets, and effectively utilizes management reports.
• Maintains electronic records of objective evidence of correspondence and compliance on central share file.
• Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other College employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
• Performs related duties as assigned.

• Strong leadership skills and methodologies.
• Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, recommending ideas in support of departmental goals.
• Interpreting and applying federal, state, local laws and regulations including College policies.
• Regulations, principles, policies, practices, and methods for developing and administering a comprehensive risk management program including emergency preparedness, safety, hazardous materials, health, safety, and claims.
• Utility operations and activities.
• Applicable regulatory requirements. Perform other related duties as appropriate or required.
• A Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university. Four years of related experience. Or a combination of education/experience totaling eight years may be substituted.
• Proficient in MS Office Suite

• Master’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university
• Certified Safety Professional Certification (CSP)
• Certified Radiation Safety Officer (RSO)
• Experience working in Higher Education environment
• 5 years experience in an industrial safety environment, or related field, including at least two years in a leadership role.

• Strong administrative skills.
• Strong leadership skills in a highly regulated setting.
• Strong computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database software).
• Working independently as a member of a highly collaborative team and exercising sound judgment in a variety of situations.
• Tactfully and professionally providing guidance on job related matters.
• Attention to detail.
• Taking initiative and being dependable.
• Working in a constant state of alertness with good situational awareness and in a safe manner.
• Leading, training, evaluating, and motivating in a labor union environment.
• Ensuring compliance with policies, rules, and regulations.
• Interpreting and applying oral and written instructions in a consistent manner.
• Interpret regulations and implement programs and procedures necessary to ensure College compliance.
• Adapt communication style to suit different audiences.
• Facilitate group discussions.
• Write clear, accurate, and organized plans and procedures.
• Develop policies, programs and lesson plans based upon regulatory requirements and the specific needs of various departments and divisions at the College.
• Plan, schedule, organize, and prioritize work to ensure that critical functions are completed on time and within budget.
• Work off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays, when needed, to help support the College Perform the physical requirements of the job.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and in a field environment; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; walk on uneven terrain, loose soil, and sloped surfaces; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations; to operate equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Must be able to lift and carry in accordance with safe working practices, climb ladders, climb stairs; have dexterity to climb in and out of and ability to work in close quarters. Requires the use of respirators and other PPE including safety hats, belts, harnesses, face guards, safety glasses and goggles, safety shoes, protective clothing including Arc Flash/FR clothing, ear protection and other safety equipment, where necessary.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in both inside and field settings, with some travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dirt, dust, hazardous material; will work irregular hours; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; frequent opportunity and requirements to interact with the general public and property owners, contractors, suppliers and state, federal, county and other public agencies.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: A complete application must include: 1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) names/address/telephone numbers of 3 professional references 4) copies of unofficial transcripts conferring required degree.

Required application materials should be sent to:


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