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Senior Director of Environment, Safety, and Health

UChicago Argonne
Lemont, Illinois, US
Closing date
May 25, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
Chartered in 1946 as the nation's first national laboratory, Argonne enters the 21st century focused on solving the major scientific and engineering challenges of our time: sustainable energy, a clean environment, economic competitiveness, and national security. Argonne is home to a staff of over 3,500 employees including over 1,500 scientists, engineers, and postdoctoral scholars and, with world-renowned scientific facilities, hosts over 6,500 facility users annually. Within this exciting and diverse research culture, Argonne is searching for a talented Senior Director to lead the Environment, Safety, and Health (ESH) Service Directorate.

The Senior Director provides leadership and vision to manage Argonne's environment, safety, and health programs to support the Laboratory's mission and enable exemplary safety performance aligned with Argonne's strategic plan. The role leads a highly visible laboratory wide environmental, safety, and health program of best practices, certifications, standards, guidance, procedures, and management systems. The Senior Director of ESH act a as a strategic partner to enable and assist laboratory line management in full implementation of ESH programs. This role will maintain centralized cognizance of, and serve as the single point of contact for, ESH 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.

The Senior Director also manages Argonne's Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, and Health and Wellness Program - which includes the Occupational Medical Clinic.

Environmental areas of responsibility encompass the full range of environmental programs including Hazardous Waste, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act regulations and permits. The ESH Directorate also operates and manages environmental and radiation field sampling sites/equipment and analytical laboratories.

The Senior Director of ESH 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.

The Senior Director manages a organization with a $30 million budget and approximately 175 employees. The position reports directly to the Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations/COO.

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Experiences:

  • Comprehensive leadership and management skills necessary to define and implement the Laboratory's strategic ESH 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.
  • Experience in implementing and improving enterprise-wide policies and programs where there are competing interests and goals of multiple constituencies.
  • This level of knowledge and skill would be achieved through advanced formal education at the Masters level or above and a minimum of 15 years working experience in the ESH field in research, management or operations positions.
  • Additional experience with radiological protection is strongly preferred.
  • Experience and knowledge of the DOE ESH regulatory environment is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Q clearance (requires U.S. citizenship).

Position Requirements

Job Family
Professional Technical (PT)

Job Profile
Environmental, Safety, Health and Quality Leader 5

Worker Type

Time Type
Full time

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department.

All Argonne offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes an assessment of criminal conviction history conducted on an individualized and case-by-case basis. Please be advised that Argonne positions require upon hire (or may require in the future) for the individual be to obtain a government access authorization that involves additional background check requirements. Failure to obtain or maintain such government access authorization could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or future termination of employment.

Please note that all Argonne employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful applicants will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination.

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