Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides a full range of safety, environmental and sustainability services to support teaching, research, service and patient care missions for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
As the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) leader for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), the Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and strategic planning for the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of EHS technical programs. The Executive Director develops new programs in response to changing regulations and keeps executive leadership apprised of major issues that affect VUMC. In this role you will serve as the VUMC technical representative with local, state and federal officials involved with areas of health, safety and environmental regulatory compliance. This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of VUMC and has significant independent responsibility for managing EHS programs within multiple disciplines including Hospital and Clinic Safety, Biological Safety, Radiation Safety, Chemical Safety and Hazardous Waste programs.
Lead and oversee all of the EHS programs, which encompass the following technical and diverse operational areas:
Hospital and Clinic Safety (includes JCAHO related EHS matters)
HazMat Emergency Response
Hazardous Waste Management
VEHS Hub - integrated EHS system management
Serve as the principal EHS leader on all matters affecting EHS technical activities including long-range program planning, staffing, budgeting, assessment and resource allocation to meet goals.
Provide the full range of supervision to senior technical program managers and support their supervisory efforts. Encourage teamwork within EHS particularly in understanding how technical activities are connected to one another and to the success of VUMC.
Evaluate and establish environmental health and safety programmatic direction, capabilities and need assessments.
Provide timely and appropriate communications to executive leaders and key support staff, including verbal and written updates. Provide and receive feedback appropriately.
Manage confidential and sensitive information appropriately. With COO, keep VUMC leadership informed and up-to-date on important VUMC, regulatory, media and departmental concerns.
Manage provision of technical EHS services and liaison with designated senior management at Vanderbilt University (VU) as it pertains to services contractually provided to VU. This includes written reports, budget analyses and other documentation related to operations and costs associated with services provided by EHS to VU.
Provide oversight and control of the EHS annual budget of over $3M. Oversee financial and personnel administration of the department.
Represent VUMC on EHS-related professional association boards, research panels and symposia.
Advanced understanding and working knowledge of industrial hygiene, biological safety, health physics, safety engineering, and/or other functionally-relevant field, with a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible and demonstrated effective EHS and management experience in a large academic medical center environment.
Functional knowledge of research laboratory scientific operations, including understanding of chemical, biological, radiological and physical processes, procedures, techniques and instrumentation commonly used in academic research and clinical laboratories and operations.
Functional knowledge of operations in patient-care areas including both hospital and clinic settings.
Broad and functional knowledge of local, state and federal environmental health and safety laws, as well as interpretations and advisory guidelines as applicable to a large, complex academic research organization and operations.
Advanced knowledge and understanding of good management principles and practices in directing a diverse, technical, personnel-based program.
Advanced communication and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate risks effectively, prepare professional-quality presentations, speak clearly and engagingly about complex issues before small and large groups with a wide range of knowledge of EHS technical information and activities.
Ability to develop and manage large, program budgets.
Demonstrated ability to function well while under duress and in high stress situations.
Must be knowledgeable of disaster and emergency situation response programs.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.
Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disea...se.
As the largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.
Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.