Director, Environmental Health and Safety

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


Summary of Position:
The EHS Director is responsible for establishing, implementing and administering a comprehensive environmental, health and safety (EHS) program, which ensures that the University is in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

Primary/Principal Responsibilities: 
  • Management and execution of EHS regulatory responsibilities for the University in compliance with Suffolk University policy, and Federal, State and Local applicable laws, regulations, and legal precedence as mandated by Federal, State, and other governing agencies including but not limited to EPA, OSHA, DEP, MWRA, DPH, NFPA, and DOT. Oversee environmental, health and safety in University owned property on the Boston campus. Provide consultation to Suffolk employees and outside contractors on EHS issues in University owned property on our Boston Campus as well as Properties located in Maine and would serve as consultant if required for Madrid.
  • The Suffolk University EHS Director serves as the Chemical Hygiene Officer.  The EHS Director must be qualified by training or experience to provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of the Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHO).  The CHO must:
    • Work with administrators and other employees to develop and implement appropriate chemical hygiene policies and practices
    • Monitor procurement, use, and disposal of chemicals used in the lab
    • See that appropriate audits of chemicals are maintained
    • Help project directors develop precautions and adequate lab facilities
    • Know the current requirements concerning regulated substances
    • Seek ways to improve the chemical hygiene program.
  • In conjunction with Facilities Management, ensures implementation of program of inspection and testing of building safety-related items, including, but not limited to, elevators, fire pumps, fire sprinklers, fire escapes, fire extinguishers, emergency generators, etc.  Verify satisfactory completion of such inspection and testing.
  • Timely and accurate reports to management of possible regulatory deficiencies and recommendations for appropriate corrective action as well as preparation for senior management approval of written responses to regulatory agencies as required.
  • Timely and accurate assistance to the academic laboratories (science lab and art departments) in assuring compliance with regulations affecting labs.  Provide safety training for faculty and student lab assistants.  Coordinate the management and disposal of all chemical wastes, signs off on manifests and keeps up-to-date records of such.  Works directly with upper level faculty of the appropriate departments in carrying out laboratory safety functions.
  • Up-to date maintenance of a central file containing inspection, safety and environmental compliance records and other data required by regulatory agencies.  Serves as a liaison with regulatory agencies.  In conjunction with the Risk Manager, develops and implements a regular program for safety inspections.
  • Serves as a resource and provides technical assistance to employees concerning safety and environmental issues.  Performs periodic monitoring of facilities regarding potential employee exposure to chemical or physical hazards.
  • Working with Human Resources and Facilities Management, develops and conduct appropriate employee safety training including New Employee Orientation, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure, Universal Waste, Electrical Safety, Lock Out Tag Out, Fall Protection, Confined Space Entry and others as required.
  • Working with University Employees and Lab Personnel develops and conducts training programs relative to Lab Safety/Hazcom, Fall Protection, Hazardous Waste, Shelter in Place, Floor Warden/RA, CPR/First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, etc.
  • Works with police, facilities management and risk management to establish and maintain emergency plans (i.e. emergency action plan, fire evacuation, chemical spill response, shelter in place and fire drills). Serves as a facilitator on two safety committees: Lab Safety Committee and Suffolk Safety Committee, chemical hygiene office and member of the Incident Support Team (IST).  Periodically coordinates and hosts Large Group IST tabletops.
  • Has the authority, with the prior approval of the Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration/Treasurer, to stop a particular activity if it is determined that if it is continued, the activity has a high likelihood of resulting in serious injury to people or damaging release to the environment.
  • Develop and fully implement contingency plans, which may be required at the University.
  • Provides EHS services to the campus community, assisting with concerns, complaints and providing regulatory compliance and provide guidance and Conducts Accident/Incident Investigations on behalf of the University in order to determine root-cause and develop corrective actions, in order to prevent future related injuries.
  • Conducts ergonomic evaluations and training, compiles information, recommends corrective measures, reports summaries and findings, and proposes ergonomic equipment selection and long term plans and programs for the University.
  • Manage the University-wide Universal Waste recycling program.  The University sends out approximately 14 tons of waste annually. The University owns this waste “from cradle to grave” meaning if there is an issue, Suffolk could become involved even though the waste was taken off campus years ago.
  • Responds to safety concerns/issues and reports, injuries, accidents, and/or near misses, completes investigative reports, initiates corrective actions, and ensures all activities are completed. Responds to environmental emergencies. Supervises clean-up of small chemical releases and coordinates with outside agencies in the event of a major spill or release of materials which have the potential to threaten human health or the environment.
  • Supervises the Environmental Health and Safety Specialist position.
  • Other EHS duties and special projects as assigned or appropriate.


  •  BS/BA degree in a science or engineering field such as, Occupational Health, Environmental Science, Industrial Hygiene or related field. 
  • 5-7 years of experience in an EHS position.
  • Prior experience supervising staff.
  • Knowledge of applicable OSHA, DEP, EPA, NFPA and MWRA regulations. 
  • Experience with hazardous waste codes and manifest requirements.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience preparing and presenting EHS trainings, recordkeeping and reporting.
  • Strong computer and organizational skills
  • Current HAZWOPER/RCRA/DOT training.
  • Must be able to walk around campus quickly, climb ladders, bend and crawl. 
  • Incumbent must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Experience in a higher education environment is helpful