Director of Safety and Health


Neel-Schaffer is not just a place to work, it is a promise of a living, dynamic environment where people collaborate, innovate, build enduring relationships, excel, and grow professionally in a strong culture of ownership.

Do you have the desire to learn? The drive to excel and thrive in an engaged, client focused environment?

Neel-Schaffer, an ENR Top 250 engineering design, planning, and construction management firm with offices or projects in nine states, has an opportunity for a Director of Safety and Health to join our growing firm and work out of our Jackson (MS), Birmingham (AL), or Nashville (TN) locations.

The ideal candidate will direct, develop, and oversee the general health and safety policies and procedures of the organization. The Director will be responsible for the design and development of the company’s Health and Safety programs, procedures and processes and systems built on a continuous improvement model that champions and prioritizes a proactive safety culture focused on employee safety and occupational health.

This role reports directly to the General Counsel. The Director will develop, lead, and implement long term Health and Safety strategies and short-term initiatives, projects or methodologies that effectively manages all Health and Safety government compliance requirements (including reporting, audits, and inspections) along with risk mitigation objectives aligned with meeting the company’s operational needs.

The Director will monitor and advise the Board of Directors on regulatory developments related to Health and Safety as it relates to potential business impacts. The Director also builds proactive safety culture throughout the organization through direct and intentional engagement with stakeholders across geographic regions and disciplines.

The ability to travel across the company’s geographic footprint (Southeastern United States) is required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES may include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborates with management to develop, prepare, and implement safety policies and procedures.
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local safety laws, regulations, codes, and rules.
  • Ensures completion of required OSHA recordkeeping and reporting.
  • Ensures a safe workplace including safety orientations, skill training, emergency preparedness, proper job instruction, hazardous material disposal procedures and the use of protective equipment.
  • Develops a systemic process to collect data and analyze the causes of accidents and generate required reporting.
  • Regularly visits office and project locations to interact with key stakeholders and review compliance with safety policies and procedures.
  • Implement initiatives to reduce and prevent accidents, occupational illnesses, and exposure to long-term health hazards.
  • Manages occupational injury response and workers’ compensation claims.
  • Implements, oversees, and provides effective and continuous companywide safety training.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of proper PPE and programs to reduce exposure to injury or exposure.
  • Provide guidance on common inquiries or complaints, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Stops operations and activities that could harm employees or equipment.
  • Reviews safety training and recommends revisions, improvements, and updates and new training sources.
  • Conducts safety inspections and audits to assess employee compliance with safety regulations.
  • Reviews accident and incident reports.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Extensive knowledge of current company safety policies and applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct training.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. A degree in Health and Safety, Safety Engineering or Environmental Health would be a plus.
  • At least five years of occupational health and safety experience in an industrial, construction, or engineering environment required.

Equal Opportunity Employer