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Program Associate I - Environmental Health & Safety

Date Posted: Sep 18, 2023

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Program Associate I – Department of Environmental Health & Safety

Location: Division of Operations

Salary: $64,467 - $84,323

Reports to: Assistant Director – Environmental Services

Bargaining Unit: AFSCME

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Telecommuting Eligibility: Not eligible for telecommuting

    In accordance with the Agreement between American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Board of      Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, the following vacancy is announced.


  Position Summary:

This position will be responsible for facilitating the resolution and timely response to safety/environmental concerns; conducting inspections of facilities to identify potential hazards and recommending solutions to prevent injuries or illness in the workplace; coordinating all hazardous and non-hazardous waste storage, handling, and disposal.

This position will provide direct oversight and administration of the following district services:

  • Environmental Testing
  • Hazardous Materials Removal
  • Solid Waste Removal
  • Elevator Maintenance
  • Pest Management
  • Wildlife removal

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in industrial hygiene, chemistry, environmental health, chemical engineering or a related physical and biological science field with some advanced course work in hazardous waste area from an accredited university.
  • A master's degree is preferred.
  • Must provide evidence of a minimum of three (3) years of investigative field experience in hazardous waste, environmental health or industrial-hygiene area.

Essential Functions:

  1. Monitor the six-month surveillance and three-year re-inspections of productivity of consultants under contract.
  2. Provide AHERA 2-Hour Asbestos Awareness and annual refresher training for District Facilities Maintenance personnel.
  3. Interface with asbestos abatement contractors and consultants to coordinate routine abatement and repair activities.
  4. Review asbestos abatement / demolition notifications prior to submission to state regulatory agencies.
  5. Attend meetings with contractors, construction management personnel, school personnel/officials, school board members, and/or community groups.
  6. Develop technical design specifications for asbestos abatement contracts.
  7. Review contractor invoices and recommend approval for payment.
  8. Perform bid coordination, administration and contractor pre-qualifications.
  9. Develop “Scope of Services” for request for proposal and/or qualifications (RFP and/orRFQ) as required.
  10. Prepare weekly status reports of asbestos abatement activities for review by the Deputy Executive Director or Assistant Superintendent.
  11. As requested by DPSCD employees preparing to perform work on building materials, provide information about which materials in a particular worksite contain asbestos.Ensure District compliance with all applicable OSHA, EPA (AHERA), MDEQ, and MDCIS guidelines and regulations.
  12. Ensures that all OSHA/MIOSHA and EPA/DEQ recordkeeping and reporting requirements are met.
  13. Ensure that all activities which could result in the disturbance of ACM or BACM be conducted in accordance with the District Operations and Maintenance Program.
  14. Ensure that no activities except Class III activities as defined in the O & M plan are carried out by outside licensed abatement contractors.
  15. Become the “Designated Person” as defined by EPA for the District.
  16. Ensure that appropriate work practices are implemented to protect workers, building occupants, and to limit the spread of airborne asbestos fibers.
  17. Ensure that procedures for evaluating the completion of the O & M plan are implemented.
  18. Ensure that all records for each O & M activity is appropriate inserted or filed in accordance with AHERA record keeping guidelines.
  19. Establish and maintain asbestos related work order database to ensure a timely response to asbestos related work orders.
  20. Coordinates the removal of unused chemicals and hazardous waste from DPSCD facilities and write reports.
  21. Implements a chemical inventory and disposal system for DPSCD.
  22. Responsible for recognizing dangers in workplace through evaluation and recommendation of necessary steps to control potential exposure to harmful substances and work practices.
  23. Responsible for the investigation into complaints and preparing reports regarding soil and air contaminants, chemical, biological and physical hazards.
  24. Coordinates and interacts with outside contractors regarding environmental assessments, cleanup and chemical removal projects.
  25. Participates in emergency response activities regarding chemical spills, physical and biological emergencies and provide technical assistance.
  26. Assists in the administration of various federal, state, local and other industry recognized safety and environmental standards, rules and regulations.
  27. Interacts with federal, state, local and other agencies regarding emergency situations and other environmental related issues.
  28. Responds to complaints regarding Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) and maintains a record of location and condition in accordance with state and federal regulations.
  29. Responsible for monthly maintenance and monitoring of district “Due Care” locations.
  30. Keeps abreast with new ideas and techniques in the environmental, health and safety field by participating in training meetings, attending seminars and reading governmental and professional publications.
  31. Develops program based on the Community Right-To-Know law for each school building where industrial companies are located near schools; to respond to emergencies situation created by accidental release of toxic substances from the company.
  32. Assists in the strategic planning of the department and implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Health and Safety Plan.
  33. Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  34. Conducts investigation into Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) concerns and makes recommendation for corrective action.
  35. Conducts inspection of early childhood program and District authorized charter schools for compliance.
  36. Investigate the adequacy of ventilation, exhaust, lighting and other conditions that may affect employee and/or student health, comfort or efficiency.
  37. Identify dangers in the workplace by evaluating work situations to determine harmful exposures and work practices.
  38. Investigate reports of disease and illness to determine work related incidents.
  39. Recommend measures for maximum employee protection.
  40. Assist in the development and implementation of a hazardous communication plan for the district.
  41. Perform other assigned duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Security Clearance: 

Internal Applicants 

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check. 

External Applicants 

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire. 

Method of Application: 

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered. 

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested. 

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897. 

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Questions? Concerns? contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202.


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