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Division Director, Safety Services

Date: Jul 28, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6134 

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Environment, Safety, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) Directorate is seeking a qualified person to serve as the Director of the Safety Services Division (SSD). The mission of the SSD is to support the world-class ORNL research & operations though the deployment of effective and efficient safety programs and services. The SSD Director works closely with line management across the Laboratory and with SSD staff to identify, assess, and control hazards in the workplace and instill safe work practices and safety-conscious behavior to prevent workplace injuries and operational events. SSD is responsible for leading implementation of a full range of programs in the areas of occupational safety & industrial hygiene such that potential workplace exposures to physical, chemical, and biological hazards are minimized and comply with applicable requirements. SSD is also responsible for providing field-deployed safety professionals to line management to assist in the day to day performance of work and implementation of safety programs.


Major Duties/Responsibilities


The SSD Director is the ORNL Safety Management System Owner (MSO) and is responsible for implementation of an effective safety program for the Laboratory. The role requires strong leadership and communication skills with experience in balancing compliance risks with needs of enabling safe work performance. The role requires effective collaboration with other MSOs, line management, union leadership, the Department of Energy, and senior management.  Specific responsibilities include:


• Serve as the ORNL Safety Director, responsible for overall development & delivery of effective & efficient safety programs that comply with applicable regulatory requirements as defined in the UT-Battelle Prime Contract (e.g. 10 CFR 850, 10 CFR 851, etc.).

• Provide technical leadership and direction to field-deployed industrial hygiene & industrial safety representatives, including interaction with line management to ensure field support is effective and meeting customer needs.

• Provide leadership of safety improvement actions, including supporting safety culture improvement initiatives through use of the UT-Battelle Safe Conduct of Research principles.

• Provide leadership of SSD employees, with emphasis on maintaining a diverse & inclusive workforce focused on professional staff development & succession planning for the future.

• Monitor safety performance at the Laboratory and work proactively with line management to positively influence staff behavior with the goal of effecting continuous improvement of safety performance.

• Serve as the communication leader with DOE, the Leadership Team, UT-Battelle employees, and other ORNL DOE Prime Contractors in matters related to safety performance.

• Interact with other Battelle and DOE National Laboratories to benchmark safety program performance and share lessons learned. Actively participate on the Battelle Health & Safety Community of Practice (COP) as the UT-Battelle representative.



Qualifications Required


Requirements for this position are a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a technical field (e.g., a Physical Science, Public Health, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety, Engineering or related technical discipline), at least 15 years of relevant safety-related experience within an industrial or laboratory environment, and at least 5 years of successful line management experience leading a technical organization. An equivalent combination of education & experience will be considered, as applicable.


The position requires excellent communication skills, both oral and written. The successful candidate must demonstrate proven leadership ability through prior work experience. A working knowledge of applicable safety laws and associated regulatory requirements at a DOE

facility (e.g., 10 CFR 850, 10 CFR 851) is required.  A professional certification (e.g., certified safety professional) and prior experience working in the field of emergency response at a DOE facility is highly desirable.


This position will be required to participate in the ORNL Emergency Response cadre, including formally being “on call” to respond to an Operational Emergency.


This position will be required to obtain and maintain a DOE “Q” security clearance which requires US Citizenship.


This position is a Workplace Substance Abuse program (WSAP) testing designed position which requires passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program in which employees are subject to being randomly selected for testing. The occupant of this position will also be subject to an ongoing requirement to report to ORNL any drug-related arrest or conviction or receipt of a positive result.



Benefits at ORNL:  UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.   


Relocation:  Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.


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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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