Position: Safety Director

August 2014

Position Summary

The Safety Director will oversee and coordinate all aspects of the Metropolitan Opera’s safety program to provide a safe working environment for all employees and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Update, administer and maintain the safety program.  Interface with Management and staff to effectively make sound health and safety decisions based on risk and legal and regulatory requirements at the federal, state and local levels.   
  • Conduct frequent and regular physical, documented inspections of all work areas, including shops, stage, engineering and public spaces within the Metropolitan Opera House and other buildings owned and/or leased by the Met for any unsafe acts or hazards or potential areas of improvement.  Such inspections should include machinery, equipment and general working conditions to ensure conformance to safety and sanitary standards and regulations. 
  • Prepare reports that analyze the safety program to identify the trends, problem areas and compliance within the Met.  Work to correct any safety deficiencies as soon as possible. 
  • Evaluate current personnel protective equipment and make recommendations for improvement. 
  • Review plans and specifications for major equipment slated for purchase or rent, construction projects, proposed facility modifications, and major events for compliance with safety requirements.    
  • Investigate, report and record all accidents and near miss incidents.  Analyze and determine the cause/contributing factors of accidents and appropriate measures and/or training to minimize possibility of recurrence.  Assist with the preparation of materials and evidence for use in hearings, lawsuits and insurance investigations. 
  • Work closely with the Human Resources department on the administration of the workers’ compensation program, including liaising with the insurance carrier to reduce losses and provide resources and training.  Analyze past loss history and make recommendations on steps to reduce future recurrences. 
  • Coordinate with insurance broker, outside agencies and other third parties when necessary.
  • Define annual safety training and developmental requirements for employees and perform or coordinate delivery of necessary training. 
  • Update, administer and maintain a record-keeping system, including OSHA required record-keeping.
  • Oversee and coordinate an evacuation plan in case of fire or other emergency, including managing fire drills and work closely with NYFD to ensure compliance of such plans.  Ensure adequate emergency first aid supplies are maintained. 
  • Review procedures for handling safety complaints from employees and the public.  Improve communications between all company personnel relating to safety awareness, including, among other things, the provision of information, posters, signs, barriers and other materials to warn of potential and actual safety hazards and to prevent access to hazardous conditions. 
  • Keep abreast of changes to federal, state, and local laws such as OSHA, NFPA and ADA.  Advise Met Management on such changes and communicate with and train employees to the extent appropriate to achieve understanding and compliance of same. 
  • Work closely with Production Department regarding stage safety and operational protocols.

Qualifications and Skill Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferably in Occupation Safety, Health and Environmental Sciences or Engineering.  A Master’s degree in a related field is a plus.
  • Ten years of progressively responsible work experience in entertainment, construction and/or safety related field. 
  • Necessary certifications as required by federal, state and local law.
  • Professional certifications such as CSP or CIH preferred. 
  • Experience conducting effective safety training programs.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing. 
  • Ability to operate and problem solve in a fast-paced, large organization. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to SafetyDirectorSearch@metopera.org

E-Mail (Preferred): safetydirectorsearch@metopera.org