Health & Safety Director
Minnesota Department of Human Services - Saint Paul, MN

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Health & Safety Director
Anoka, MN
$55,645 - $80,137 annually

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The Minnesota Department of Human Services is seeking a Health & Safety Director to develop and implement a proactive health and safety program for the Direct Care & Treatment – State Operated Services (DCT-SOS) division. This position will ensure patient and employee health and safety through practices that promote a positive safety culture and a safe environment that is based on current best practices and adheres to regulatory mandates, including federal and state laws, licensing requirements, and accreditation standards.

DCT-SOS consists of an array of residential and treatment programs serving individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency, and traumatic brain injury, as well as people who pose a risk to society. These services are provided at nearly 200 geographically dispersed sites throughout Minnesota. Services are provided by more than 3,500 employees in a variety of roles such as psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, human services technicians, occupational therapists, social workers, and chemical dependency counselors.

Job Description:
The Health & Safety Director will promote good safety practices through the development of evidence-based policies and procedures for the prevention and management of infection diseases and emergency preparedness. This includes the responsibility to reduce the risk of infection disease spread, employee injuries, or exposure to unsafe or toxic conditions within the care environment through informal and formal education, data collection, analysis and communication, audits, and environmental inspection.

Specific areas of responsibility include:

  • Supervise the Health & Safety Unit;
  • Work collaboratively with administrators, directors, managers and senior leadership in DCT-SOS to ensure, develop and foster a vigorous sustainable health and safety practices;
  • Implement a Health & Safety function;
  • Support development of a safety culture that regards safety in all aspects of the care environment;
  • Assure that processes promote and sustain health and safety of all individuals;
  • Develop and manage teams of Safety Administrators, Infection Preventionists, and an Occupational Health Nurse that collaborate with DCT-SOS leadership and facility staff;
  • Ensure that the Health & Safety teams support DCT-SOS facilities and programs in planning, rehearsing, and improving emergency management plans, as well as strengthen the ties between DCT-SOS programs and the communities in which they reside;
  • Provide leadership and support to initiatives that promote organizational changes leading to increased efficiency, communication, and a safety culture;
  • Work with committees and workgroups both within DHS and the community to meet mutual goals related to patient and employee safety.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in safety management, industrial hygiene, or highly-related field;
  • Minimum five years' progressively responsible experience in Safety / Industrial Hygiene, preferably in a healthcare environment;
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or supervisory skills;
  • Knowledge of current best practices related to workplace safety, infection control, and occupational health;
  • Extensive knowledge/experience with health, safety, and environmental regulations;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all organization levels, including senior management;
  • Ability to effectively lead, influence, and motivate staff;
  • Ability to manage projects and drive change initiatives.

In addition to a competitive salary, the State of Minnesota offers excellent employee benefits, such as low-cost health and dental insurance, and affordable dependent coverage. Other benefits include:

  • Earn up to 29 paid vacation days per year
  • Earn up to 13 sick days per year
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Pension and retirement savings plan
  • Life insurance (family coverage available)
  • Long-term care insurance (spouse/parent coverage available)
  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Pre-tax benefits
  • Health care savings plan
  • Credit union membership available

Interested candidates MUST apply through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the state’s official hiring site. Below are detailed instructions on how to submit your resume and application. Please be sure to apply at your earliest convenience before the posting closes at MIDNIGHT on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21st, 2013.

Submit your resume:
1. Visit
2. Select “My State Job Search” (upper right hand corner)
3. Select “Create a My State Job Search Account”
4. Complete the instructions under New Account
5. Once your account has been established, select “Resume Builder”
6. Build a resume or paste a text copy of your existing resume
7. Use the “Job-Specific Questions” space for your cover letter (optional)
8. Complete required sections of “Supplemental Information”
9. You MUST click “Submit Your Resume” at the bottom of the page!

Apply for the Health & Safety Director opening after you have created your new account and submitted your resume (note: the state classification for this position is State Program Administrator Director):
10. Select “Apply for Jobs”
11. Select “Apply for Positions”
12. Enter this posting number: 13DHS001385
13. Select “Continue” and verify the position is correct
14. Select “Apply”


  • Save your user ID and password for future use.
  • Make sure your resume clearly states all relevant skills and experience, along with the beginning and ending months and years of each position you have held.
  • If you have any difficulties, contact the website helpdesk at 651-259-3637 or careers @

If you have questions, please contact:

Caroline Dillon
Recruitment Specialist
Phone: 651-431-3674 or 800-657-3643
Email: sos.recruitment @

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