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Itasca, Illinois
United States
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EH&S Corporate Director/Manager
Safety Corporate Director/Manager
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Charity / Non-profit
Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Safety Director

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Join the National Safety Council's mission to save lives and prevent injuries.

National Safety Council (NSC) is a nonprofit, public service organization headquartered in Itasca, IL. For more than 100 years, with more than 55,000 member organizations, NSC works with business, labor, government and individuals passionate about making our world safer.

Director, Work To Zero

Directs Work to Zero program, including strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, research, and knowledge dissemination efforts. Serves as the primary source and primary authority for workplace safety technology subject matter expertise for the National Safety Council. Supervises Work to Zero team.

Ensures technical accuracy and consistency is integrated into all workplace products, services offerings and marketing communications. Responsible for improvement and innovation of existing Work to Zero work plan. Additionally, the Director, Work to Zero may, serve as an expert resource on other aspects of workplace safety related to the National Safety Councils mission and vision.


Strategic Leadership and Direction (55%)

  • Responsible for leadership, day to day management and strategic oversight for the NSC Work to Zero program in three main areas; research technologies that have the greatest potential to eliminate workplace deaths, knowledge dissemination to NSC membership and the safety profession and stakeholder engagement.
  • Direct Work to Zero staff on major projects, including research white papers, stakeholder engagement, communication and marketing, and event concepts and content. Work closely with the Director of the Campbell Institute and Work to Zero team and other NSC departments to successfully execute on key deliverables.
  • Lead and guide an Advisory Board comprised of internal and external stakeholders, including academics, researchers, solution providers, EHS professionals, and others aimed at helping the National Safety Council address causes of death and injury on the job through technology. Develop and implement a communication and engagement plan for the Work to Zero Advisory Board.
  • Manage, steward, and grow Work to Zero funding in collaboration with the NSC Development department and ensure that Work to Zero overall strategic objectives are achieved.
  • Oversee the Work to Zero budget and manage to the level of funding.
  • Supervise the Work to Zero staff

Technical Expertise (25%)

  • Provide technical expertise and conceptual and practical knowledge around the topic of technology, innovation, and digital transformation in environmental, health, and safety for the purpose of advancing the Work to Zero mission of eliminating death in the workplace.
  • Ensure content produced by the Work to Zero initiative is not only technically accurate but representative of good practice.
  • Review and edit Work to Zero materials per the project plan, with some direct writing responsibility on key pieces.
  • Provide additional technical expertise to National Safety Council staff across numerous departments (Membership, Safety Education & Training, Campbell Institute, etc.) on issues related to workplace safety.

Stakeholder Engagement (20%)

  • Engage safety professionals, academics, researchers, media, conference audiences, and other stakeholders on the Work to Zero initiative.
  • Promote the mission and vision of the initiative in a confident and consistent manner via media appearances, interviews, listening sessions, focus groups, and conference speaking roles in addition to other activities.
  • Serve as key contact for internal and external stakeholders on Work to Zero, including the NSC Executive Team, Board of Directors, and major funders of the initiative. Prepare reports and presentations and communicate with key stakeholders on a regular and seamless basis.


  • Bachelor's degree in safety, business, engineering, technology, or a related discipline required.
  • Master's degree related to the above disciplines preferred.
  • 10 years of working experience in the environmental, health, safety, and/or sustainability field, with progressive responsibility.
  • Experience as the leader of an organizations EHS or sustainability group/department preferred.
  • 5 years of working experience (concurrent with above) leading technology or digital transformation projects in EHS/sustainability, including software, data/analytics, wearables, sensors, automation, additive manufacturing, VR/AR, or other disruptive technologies.
  • Experience in delivery of information/communication to large audiences as well as high-level stakeholders, including boards, conference attendees, etc.
  • Experience in research development and delivery preferred.
  • Strong strategic leadership skills.
  • Supervisory skills
  • Fiscal management
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

National Safety Council offers competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits package.