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Safety Coordinator

Under the guidance of the VP, Risk & Facilities Management, the Safety Coordinator contributes to the
success of the Chicago Zoological Society by developing, implementing and coordinating Safety policies,
procedures, audits and training in support of the organization’s goals related to sustainability through
risk management and achievement of safety objectives.

Primary duties and responsibilities:
• Work with the VP, Risk & Facilities Management (“VP”) to build a safety culture within the
organization. Conduct workplace and work practice audits and inspections to identify hazardous
areas/situations. Auditing includes employee tasks/areas, guest areas, general park properties
and construction/renovation areas. Evaluate operating procedures, state statutes, park rules
and regulations. Enforce and ensure compliance with existing policies, procedures and
applicable safety regulations.
• Work with the VP in the development of safety policies and procedures to be included in the
Health & Safety Manual based on regulatory requirements, safety best practices and results of
safety audits. Assist with the management of the Society’s Safety Representative Program,
including reviewing monthly reports and conducting appropriate follow-up.
• Develop, establish, and provide employee safety training programs. Coordinate training and
record retention for all OSHA-mandated and safety workplace training conducted.
• Under the direct supervision of the VP, responsible for assisting with the daily maintenance of
the Society’s fire alarm detection and suppression systems, including coordination of these
systems with outside contractors and local fire departments.
• Administer or actively participate on assigned teams both within the Risk Management and the
Society as assigned. Responsible for keeping supervisors informed in a timely manner of
incidents or situations that are not identified as routine or that have the potential to impact the
department or other departments within the Society.
• Conduct accident investigations for guest and employee incidents. Document findings of the
investigation with root cause analysis and work with department managers provide corrective
actions to mitigate identified causal factors of the incident.
• Maintain knowledge of hazardous material handling and environmental issues. Assist in
coordinating disposal of hazardous waste. Oversee the coordination of the hazard
communication policy/plan as regulated, including the inventory and retention of all safety data
sheets for hazardous chemicals/materials on CZS premise. Work with staff on hazard
identification and reporting, including unsafe work practices, inclusion of safety-specific details
in written reports, and coordination of safety training for the Police department. Coordinate and
follow up accordingly to reported incidents and verify that corrective actions are taken
immediately. Comply with safe work practices; inspect equipment and vehicles daily for any
defects, use personal protective equipment as assigned in the completion of duties.
• Perform or coordinate industrial hygiene surveys including personnel exposure and area
monitoring, noise surveys, and environmental exposures. Respond to questions and investigate
safety issues of employees and guests.
• Other related duties as assigned.

The requirements for this position include the following:
• High school diploma or (GED) equivalent.
• Bachelor of Science degree in safety or related field or eight years of equivalent training and
experience required.
• Two years relevant experience in the safety field.
• Specific knowledge of OSHA laws and regulations, EPA, DOT and NFPA regulations and codes,
Uniform Fire Codes, Uniform Building Codes, Compensation Laws, public health requirements
and other applicable legislations and requirements required.
• Strong ability to understand, communicate and carry out oral and written instructions, prepare
clear, comprehensive reports, and accurately review reports from subordinates.
• English fluency at a professional working proficiency.
• Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine proper course of action.
• Strong interpersonal skills, excellent rapport with others, excellent public relations, strong
communication and collaborative skills.
• Ability to handle sensitive information, maintain confidences, distinguish confidential materials
and apply Society standards for security and privacy.
• Strong problem-solving, decision-making and prioritization skills. Ability to work well under
pressure, meet critical deadlines, and manage time effectively. Position requires an eye for
detail and accuracy.
• Computer proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Cultural proficiency; experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse,
multicultural audience.
• Valid driver’s license required.

The preferred qualifications:
• OSHA-certified Safety Instructor for General Industry desired.
• Knowledge of life safety systems preferred.
• Safety Professional Certification desired.
• Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.
Additional Information: This position description summarizes the primary duties and functions of this
position, but should not be considered a complete listing of every duty the incumbent may ever be
called upon to perform. This is a full-time position, which includes working rotating weekends, evening
and holidays as assigned. This position also requires rotating 24-hour “on-call” status shared with the
VP. Incumbent must be an active participant in maintaining a high level of customer service and work
with staff to ensure the highest level of customer service is delivered. Individual must gain a strong
working understanding of department operations and procedures, the Society’s mission, vision, values
and operating philosophies and how work activities affects the operation of the Society and other

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more
details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile. Please visit our website at Please look for requisition number 2055BR.