Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Position ID: 44934
Georgia Gwinnett College
Office of Operations
Position Description
Job Description: 

Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Job Category:



Office of Operations - 7010130


Business & Finance

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, Resume

Position Statement:

Founded in 2005, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is one of 28 institutions within the University System of Georgia. GGC is a premier 21st century liberal arts institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Serving nearly 13,000 students, GGC’s innovative practices, caring culture, and extremely affordable tuition are changing the game in higher education and changing the future for students at all levels, of all ages, and from all walks of life. Gwinnett County (pop. 920,000+) is home to a variety of businesses, including organizations involved in health care, education and information technology.


The Assistant Director of Environmental Health & Safety will serve in a leadership role assisting the Director in planning, developing, and administering a comprehensive environmental health and safety program with a high level of diversity, scope, dynamics and complexity involving multiple health and safety compliance issues. This position is the program manager for the fire safety and general industry occupational safety programs. The Assistant Director provides assistance to define, establish, and oversee the day-to-day designated environmental, health, and safety functions in support of the Georgia Gwinnett College mission. The Assistant Director will provide expert advice to support Environmental Health & Safety goals with due consideration of occupational safety regulations, building codes, laws and best practices. The Assistant Director will establish strategic performance improvement standards, manage emerging issues, develop safety management techniques, lead projects, manage daily operations, supervise staff, build partnerships, promote a proactive safety culture, and maintain regulatory compliance in the specialized areas of fire and general industry safety.


  • Anticipate and recognize health and environmental concerns arising from work operations, evaluate the magnitude, and provide controls or the proper response for the hazard. Shall be responsible for compliance with all local, state and federal regulations governing issues that protect the health of employees and students and the safety of their environment.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in fire and life safety programs and general industry occupational safety standards and regulations; lead technical meetings; represent EHS division during meetings and interact with internal and external customers and regulators.
  • Recommend program development, changes and implementation strategies to insure appropriate application and compliance with regulations and best practices. Develop, maintain, audit, and evaluate current policies, procedures, and documentation for regulatory compliance and continuous improvement.
  • Provide guidance and development to individual contributors, including internal and external contractors and staff.
  • Maintain budget for assigned areas.
  • Investigate and resolve problems, questions, or complaints received from within the organization, customers, government regulatory agencies, etc.
  • Ensure fire and occupational safety inspections are conducted, corrective actions are completed on time, and all necessary documentation is maintained. Ensures that facilities are maintained in a manner that provides a safe environment by developing departmental procedures and guidelines that address specific objectives.
  • May represent the College as a designated safety official when mandated by regulatory requirements.
  • Lead committee's and facility management to develop and maintain a strong series of programs in fire safety and occupational health.
  • Provide valuable input and perspective when discussing architecture and design planning for projects, as well as departmental standards.
  • Lead, administer and manage fire safety programs for GGC and ensure compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws, regulations and standards concerning fire and life safety.
  • Serve as the subject-matter expert on fire and life safety for the College including representing the EHS department on fire safety concerns at meetings and various committees.
  • Act as liaison with the State Fire Marshall, Gwinnett County Fire Department and other regulatory agencies as necessary.
  • Direct all activities associated with fire safety programs, including campus fire prevention and safety training and drills, manage the inspection and maintenance of fire protection systems and evaluate life safety implications in Georgia Gwinnett College facilities.
  • Review construction projects for compliance with fire and life safety regulations/codes, Georgia Gwinnett College standards, and USG criteria.
  • Provide technical guidance to College departments and personnel, attend departmental meetings and assist departments in implementing general fire safety policies, and site specific fire plans and measures.
  • Act as the EHS liaison with College Emergency Management, Public Safety, and Facilities, as required, and collaborate with other units / departments in promoting fire safety.
  • Collaborate with and provide technical input to fire alarm and fire suppression designers, contractors, architects and engineers regarding College's fire and life safety issues.
  • Responds to and / or provides guidance to hazardous materials release / spill emergencies.
  • Prepare, provide, and participate in fire safety and occupational safety training programs.
  • Supervise student assistants.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 4 Year / Bachelor's Degree in Fire protection engineering, biology, chemistry, environmental, occupational health and safety, engineering, industrial hygiene or a related field. 
  • Five years of professional experience in implementing and coordinating Fire Safety and EHS programs.
  • Two years experience inspecting fire safety suppression systems in various occupancy categories.
  • Demonstrated ability to select, interpret, and apply applicable international codes, federal, state, and local regulations to insure safety and compliance objectives are met.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist with conducting environmental health and safety related risk assessment, mitigation, and crisis management.
  • Must be able to pass a respiratory fit test, be able to wear a respirator and comply with OSHA requirements.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be approved to operate a GGC vehicle.
  • Proficient in technical writing, and written and verbal communication.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience using Honeywell, Notifier, and or Edwards fire alarm control panels.
  • Two years experience inspecting fire safety systems in multiple types of occupancy categories


  • Professional certification as a Safety Professional (CSP), Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) and 24 hour HAZWOPER training.
  • Demonstrated experience leading at least one of the following aspects of a large complex organization is highly preferred and sought after: occupational safety program, fire safety and emergency preparedness.
  • NICET Level 2 certification for Fire Alarm Systems • Knowledge and demonstrated experience using, troubleshooting, and repairing Honeywell, Notifier, Edwards fire alarm control panels.

Position Disclosure:

Due to the volume of applications, applicants may not receive a reply from the College unless an applicant is selected for an interview. Review of applications will continue until positions are filled. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and proof of eligibility will be contemporaneously required upon acceptance of an employment offer. Any resulting employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation and credit check if applicable to the position, as determined by Georgia Gwinnett College in its sole discretion. Georgia Gwinnett College, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or religion. Georgia is an open records state.


Required to travel for training events, to interact with community stakeholders, and representatives from USG institutions. Position may require local travel. Ability to lift and carry files and materials. Ability to move from one office to another office on campus. Adequate vision, hearing and manual dexterity to interact with people in person, on the phone and in writing. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations. 

Work Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mon - Fri

Position Status:




Application Procedure: 
Please see the below "Institution Employment Link" to view a complete job description, create an application, and apply for the position.
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CIP Discipline Code: 
Environmental Health and Safety (Admin code)
Environmental Health
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician
Public Safety (Admin code)
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
Degree Levels: 
Position Type: 
Required Qualifications
2 years
Application Deadline: 
Position Starting Date: 
Vacancy Status: 

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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
278 Brooks Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Tafara Makaya, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Kristopher Bolden, Assistant Director

Thomas Brazzle, System Coordinator