Introduction : The candidate selected for this position will serve as the technical expert and lead in implementing SMUD’s Environmental Sustainability program. SMUD just wrapped up the first five (5) years of its Sustainability program and is drafting its 2030 Sustainable Operations Plan (Ops Plan), which will provide the framework for the next 10 years, in alignment with SMUD’s 2030 Clean Energy Vision (https://www.smud.org/en/Corporate/Environmental-Leadership/2030-Clean-Energy-Vision).
Responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:
Developing and implementing SMUD policies, procedures, and metrics for sustainability-related plans and programs.
Leading the Green Team, a cross-organizational group of employees developing and implementing various sustainability initiatives
Leading the preparation of SMUD’s annual CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) submittal
Providing periodic updates to SMUD’s executive Team and Board of Directors
Preparing the annual Strategic Direction 7 (SD-7, https://www.smud.org/-/media/Documents/Corporate/About-Us/Directives/Strategic-Direction/SD-7.ashx) report and presentation for the SMUD Board of Directors
Supporting SMUD’s participation in the California Clean Air Day campaign
Preparing communication around SMUD’s Sustainability program, including regular outreach through internal channels (SMUD’s Employee News Network and Daily Updates), monthly green tips and sustainability tips for meetings
Coordinating quarterly updates for the Carbon Footprint Dashboard
Assisting in the development of a bi-annual, outward-facing SMUD sustainability report for our customers and other stakeholders
Assessing and reviewing procurement practices and providing recommendations to address SMUD established recycling goals/criteria, recycling options, use of green products/materials, and project specific environmental issues. Liaison with SMUD management and employees relative to environmental sustainability goals as well as compliance issues.
Maintains positive relations and effective communication between SMUD and government agencies in addressing sustainability-related programs.
Overseeing contractors who perform work related to environmental sustainability program and projects. Providing technical guidance and direction as required to ensure that work performed is in compliance with SMUD requirements and with federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Additionally, SMUD will be creating a list for other EHS III positions within the Environmental Services team. We are looking for technical expertise and team leadership experience across a variety of Environmental Services resource areas, including water quality, hazardous waste, stormwater, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), biological resources, cultural resources, etc.
Purpose: Prevents and controls occupational health and safety hazards in SMUD work environment by supervising and performing the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of Continuous Improvement Safety, Loss Control/Prevention, Occupational Health, and Environmental/Hazardous Materials/Waste Management programs that pro-actively protect employees, the public and the environment.
Nature and Scope: Serves as a technical or functional expert or consultant providing expertise and/or direction in one or more areas of a professional discipline and assumes responsibility for resolving complex problems and overseeing complex projects. May also serve in a Lead role and assist in planning, coordinating, prioritizing, monitoring and evaluating the work results in assigned area and in selecting, training, motivating, evaluating and developing lower-level personnel.
Major Duties & Responsibilities:
Oversees and participates in the analysis of SMUD work environments and the design of programs to control, eliminate and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors.
Identifies potential health and safety hazards in existing or future systems, equipment, facilities, or processes; reviews the causes or effects of such hazards and evaluates the probability and severity of accidents that may result; develops plans to eliminate the hazards.
Informs SMUDs workforce of health and safety plans to prevent and control hazards and to help enforce compliance with state and federal regulations; sets up, manages and conducts training sessions for management, supervisors, and workers on health and safety practices and regulations.
Determines the effectiveness of safety plans and improvements and the necessity, if any, for modifications and/or new plans; monitors the progress of safety plans after implementation.
Investigates employee accidents and unsafe working conditions; studies possible causes and recommend remedial action where necessary.
Recommends policy, rules, practices and procedures dealing with all phases of occupational safety, health, accident prevention and industrial hygiene.
Communicates with management on a frequent basis providing counsel and preparing and presenting a variety of reports on the status of safety, health and environmental projects, activities and operations.
Provides direction and training to subordinates for completion of assigned tasks by administering SMUD policies; plans, coordinates, prioritizes, evaluates and adjusts work functions, practices, and schedules; monitors daily operations to ensure overall work quality, quantity and efficiency following established procedures and standards; assists subordinates as required; provides recommendations to management on staffing, discipline and termination actions, and staff training and development; performs ongoing, assigned operational tasks.
Assists in developing and administering the unit budget by monitoring budget expenditures in area of responsibility against plan; participates in identifying and reconciling budget anomalies; monitors and revises schedules, expenditures and assignments as warranted; reviews end-of-year budget results; develops area-of-responsibility budget recommendations for the next fiscal year; participates in the review of preliminary unit budget recommendations.
Performs related duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications :
Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in occupational health, risk management, engineering, behavioral sciences, public/business administration or a related field or equivalent experience (if no degree then 11 years' experience will be required).
Experience: Seven (7+) or more years of progressively responsible relevant work experience, including two (2) years of previous supervisory or lead project experience, in the development and implementation of comprehensive safety, occupational health and/or environmental/hazardous materials/waste management programs.
Knowledge Of: Industry trends, principles, procedures and practices regarding safety, occupational health & environment/hazardous materials/waste management policies, procedures and standards; practices and processes in conducting safety, loss control/prevention, occupational health and environmental audits, inspections and self-assessments; regulatory processes of the federal, state and local levels to effectively represent SMUD in environmental health and safety concerns; SMUD policies, procedures, and other special agreements; methods and techniques for planning, organizing, directing and controlling work activities; methods and techniques for training staff; methods and techniques for report preparation and writing; techniques and practices for problem research and resolution; basic budgeting techniques; mathematical principles; methods and techniques for record keeping; standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary standards.
Skill To: Promote regulatory awareness among business unit managers; drive integration of environmental health and safety compliance and risk reduction strategies; recommend changes to work processes to reduce risk and work closely with other for the implementation of changes; conduct trend analysis of incident and other performance data; understand the cost/benefits of a safe work environment and working safely; identify and analyze problems and recommend solutions; coordinate the work of the function or unit with other SMUD entities; plan, organize, direct, control, and review the work of others; identify and assess training needs for staff; plan, organize, prioritize and schedule projects; apply applicable laws, codes and regulations; assist in budget preparation and administration; utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job; communicate effectively orally and in writing internally/externally; establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally.
Required to obtain and maintain one or more of the following: Professional certification as Certified Safety Professional (CSP); Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH); California State Registered Environmental Assessor (REA) - Class 1; Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM); AHERA Certified; Department of Health Services Lead Certified.
Experience implementing or supporting a comprehensive sustainability program or other similar organization-wide program
Strong verbal and written skills to assist in the implementation of sustainability initiatives such as environmentally sustainable purchasing, solid waste management, material recycling, water conservation, GHG reduction plans and others.
Ten (10) or more years of progressively responsible work experience, including three (3) years of previous supervisory or project lead experience, in the development and implementation of sustainability programs or other environmental resource areas
Physical Requirements: Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.
The health and wellbeing of our employees and our community is our top priority. SMUD follows CDC guidance and adheres to all local, county and state orders. To this end, if you are scheduled to come on a SMUD campus, you will need to monitor your health (ensuring your temperature is below 100.4° and you’re free of COVID-19 symptoms), wear a face covering, and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
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