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Health & Safety Program Manager

Job ID: 7824

Updated: May 24, 2024

Location: Austin, TX, United States

Category: Security Governance


About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.
As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and alternative asset management; restructurings; high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,500 lawyers) operating from 20 offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

At the direction of the Associate Director of Physical Security and in close coordination with local office Operations teams, the Health & Safety Program Manager will be responsible for establishing Firmwide Health & Safety programs across all US and International Firm offices with the goal of mitigating workplace hazards, achieve regulatory compliance, and ensure the safety of personnel across the Firm. The Health & Safety Program Manager will be responsible for conducting assessments to determine current levels of compliance, identify gaps in current safety initiatives, make recommendations for improvement, implement new policies and procedures, and enforce regulations. The Health & Safety Program Manager will work closely with the Training & Support Coordinator to facilitate and host safety-related training and awareness campaigns. The standard hours for the position may require work after normal business hours coordinating operations across time zones to address emergency situations and to oversee after-hours work related to the essential functions of the position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as


  • Conducting workplace hazard and job safety assessments
  • Conducting accident, injury, and workers’ compensation investigations in conjunction with HR
  • Establishing an office ergonomics program
  • Overseeing floor warden/fire marshal programs
  • Overseeing safety equipment installation and maintenance
  • Coordinating and tracking of safety-related training and certifications
  • Promoting a culture of health and safety awareness
  • Developing training material related to safety initiatives
  • Establishing a firmwide safety committee and maintaining a safety manual
  • Providing consultation on building and fire codes as they relate to security and life safety systems
  • Maintaining a proficient understanding of federal, state, and local health and safety regulations in the US, as well as those which impact offices internationally
  • Establishing close working relationships with local office Operations teams, Human Resources representatives, base building personnel, and other stakeholders

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

The candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in occupational/workplace health and safety and a minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in a corporate or professional services environment.  Experience establishing  and managing Health & Safety programs in Class A office environments required.

Candidate must also possess the following skills:

  • A proven track record of outstanding work ethic, with at least 2 verifiable references from previous employers
  • A robust understanding of applicable occupational health and safety rules/regulations that govern office buildings and data center facilities including detailed knowledge of OSHA and NEBOSH requirements
  • An employment career with a proven record of positive career growth
  • Practical investigatory and interview experience
  • Ability to evaluate existing programs and make recommendations to management and leadership
  • Ability to always maintain a professional demeanor
  • Excellent punctuality and attendance
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to interact with personnel, vendor, and other third parties, at all levels, in a positive manner
  • Ability to make quick and accurate decisions


  • Microsoft Office suite of tools

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • Professional certifications, licenses, registrations, etc. in occupational health and safety and related disciplines are preferred

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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