• Head, Environment, Safety & Health Division

    Requisition # 2019-10837
    Date Posted 1 month ago(9/9/2019 1:50 PM)
    Environemental Safety and Health
    Full-Time / Part-Time
  • Overview

    The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), operated by Princeton University for the Department of Energy (DOE), is seeking a results-driven Environment, Safety & Health (ES&H) Department Head to lead the Lab’s ES&H Division.  This position serves as a key member of the laboratory leadership team and is a leading stakeholder and collaborator with the research and development community. 


    The ideal candidate would be equipped to create a vision and lead PPPL’s environment, safety, and health programs to support the Laboratory mission and enable exemplary safety performance aligned with the Laboratory`s strategic plan. This role will establish and lead a highly-visible laboratory wide environmental, safety, and health integrated program of best practices, certifications, standards, guidance, procedures and management systems.  This critical role is responsible for providing leadership, technical direction, strategic oversight, and policy development that enables line management to maintain a safe workplace, promotes safety as an institutional core value, and ensures that scientific and technical research activities are conducted in compliance with applicable policies and regulations. It is expected to enable and foster a proactive and integrated safety culture that promotes a sense of urgency based on safety observations, assessments, open line feedback, risk reviews, trend analysis, root cause analysis, metrics and data to mitigate risk and identify hazards.


    Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Director of Operations, the ES&H Division Director will also actively support Lab-wide initiatives, responsible for stewardship of the Lab’s safety and security across the Lab while promoting PPPL’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion. The ES&H Division Director shall act a as a strategic partner to enable and assist laboratory line management in full implementation of ES&H programs. This role will maintain centralized cognizance of, and serve as the single point of contact for, ES&H programs, including radiation protection and the functional areas as designated by 10 CFR 851, Worker Safety and Health Program: construction safety, fire protection, firearms safety, explosives safety, pressure safety, electrical safety, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, biological safety, motor vehicle safety, and chronic beryllium disease prevention. This position also leads the laboratory in the development, implementation, execution and continuous improvement of effective quality systems as well as ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

    This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic, world-renowned research institution and further its work to strengthen our ES&H technical programs and expertise, develop innovative and efficient solutions to foster line management stewardship of ES&H, and promote a healthy work and safety culture for PPPL


    • Lead, direct, and oversee all ES&H operations, including accountability for the Waste Management, Radiation Protection, Environmental Services, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety, and Health Services functions, to maintain a safe and healthy environment for Laboratory employees, guests and visitors in support of the scientific mission of the Laboratory.
    • Contribute as a member of the laboratory leadership team providing leadership, guidance and support to operational initiatives. Advise management on latest developments in all areas of responsibility, and on actions and progress towards meeting the goals and objectives in those areas.
    • Lead by example to proactively promote principles of stewardship, safety, inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability.
    • Conduct ongoing long-range planning to identify and implement new programs and policies to ensure compliance with changing governmental guidelines and regulations, achieve performance goals, and pursue best management practices.
    • Develop and implement the Division’s short- and long-term strategic operating business plans, management system, policy, procedures, and practices.
    • In partnership with leadership, champion a meaningful safety culture and in implementing that vision throughout the organization.
    • Develop and implement policies and procedures that ensure effective administration of safety programs.
    • Proactively build partnership relationships with all levels of the Laboratory community, including effective collaboration with Department of Energy (DOE), external regulatory agencies, the general public, other National Laboratories, and Princeton University, to deliver quality and excellence in customer service.
    • Provide leadership and direction to fulfill the ES&H Division’s continuous process improvement program, including measurement systems, benchmarking, and surveys.


    Education and Experience:

    • Bachelors’ degree and 15 years of progressive experience in a related ES&H discipline or engineering field, and/or equivalent experience and education required. Advanced degree in a related field, preferred.
    • A minimum of 8 years in an operational management role in a research environment, preferably leading an ES&H or scientific organization.
    • Demonstrated experience leading and managing a complex organization, including organizational growth, as well as providing effective oversight and guidance of operational, people management and administrative matters. Experience hiring, developing, mentoring and coaching staff for high performance.
    • Demonstrated record of integrating ES&H concepts and best practices into strategic business plans, and ability to lead and manage diverse ES&H disciplines.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively influence, negotiate, advise, translate and present to senior technical and administrative managers.
    • Superior interpersonal skills to effectively build/maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, including regulatory agencies, and the ability to collaborate at the highest level of management.
    • Experience in implementing and improving enterprise-wide policies and programs where there are competing interests and goals of multiple constituencies.
    • Additional experience with radiological protection is strongly preferred.
    • Experience and knowledge of the DOE ES&H regulatory environment is strongly preferred.
    • Previous DOE experience highly desired.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Board certification in a related professional discipline (e.g., CIH, CSP, CHP, PE).
    • Experience managing within a Federal contractor, government owned/contractor operated (GOCO) organization, and/or a union environment.
    • Experience working within DOE programs related to safety, security and emergency response.
    • Comprehensive leadership and management skills necessary to define and implement the Laboratory’s strategic ES&H program and services.
    • Skill in building and sustaining consensus and collaboration among key stakeholders.
    • Ability to drive change, including cultural impact.
    • Ability to lead multidisciplinary personnel, including the ability to develop strategies to attract, develop and retain a high-performing diverse staff.
    • Ability to conceptualize, launch and deliver safely multiple projects on time and within budget.
    • Ability to leverage project management and utilize metrics and analysis to deliver results.
    • Organizational skills and ability to manage central resources and leverage directorate resources to drive excellence.
    • Skills in communicating issues with senior leadership and management in order to devise responsive, efficient business solutions to program-critical tasks, including demonstrated ability to present complex issues in clear, concise terms.
    • Oral and written communication skills and the ability to work within regulatory guidelines, with internal and external contacts of varying level of expertise and authority, and to achieve assigned goals to the benefit of the organization and the Laboratory.


    Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

    Salary Grade

    ADM, 10

    Standard Weekly Hours


    Eligible for Overtime


    Benefits Eligible


    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


    Physical Capacity Exam Required


    Valid Driver's License Required



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