Senior Director, Environmental Operations

Holland America Line Inc   •  

Seattle, WA

Industry: Hospitality & Recreation


8 - 10 years

Posted 24 days ago

Provide overall management of Environmental Operations for the four fleets within the Holland America Group and HA Group tour operations in Washington, Alaska and the Yukon. Additionally, oversee the management of all environmental programs and ensure regulatory compliance. Represent HA Group in interactions within the Carnival Corporation & plc. Group, with industry organizations and with governmental agencies as needed. Synthesize critical information and ensure appropriate escalation to senior management.

Reports to the VP Safety & Environmental Operations in Seattle, Holland America Group. Position has a direct line of communication as required to the HA Group EVP, Fleet Operations, brand presidents, and the Carnival Corporation Chief Maritime Officer. Position has 1 executive level direct report, 4 manager level direct reports and many indirect reports.The Sr. Director Environmental Operations leads teams responsible for the policies and procedures for the environmentally sound operation of our vessels and HA Group owned tour operations.

This role will typically be challenged with balancing competing priorities, complex systems and operational management. Position has the authority to represent the company with governmental agencies and make decisions with broad impact. Challenges include working within complex regulatory requirements, environments and organizations.

The Sr. Director Environmental Operations is responsible for providing strategy, leadership and oversight for environmental programs and compliance including, air, water, solid waste systems and regulatory requirements. Establish and maintain standards and climate for crew and land based employees to uphold the highest standard for environmental operations. Act as HA Group champion for excellence in environmentally sound practices. Responsibilities include but not limited to:

•Policy Development – 15%
-Represent HA Group in corporate and industry engagement on issues related to environmental compliance and sustainable operations.
-Ensure fleetwide implementation of the HESS-MS Environmental procedures.
-Report any HESS-MS Environmental procedure implementation obstacles to Company senior management and the Carnival Corporation Environmental Policy Director.

•Regulatory & Compliance – 35%
-Ensure systems and procedures conform to regulatory requirements, as well as Carnival Environmental and industry standards and agreements.
-Ensure compliance with applicable local, national and international environmental training standards, regulations, laws and company policies to ensure that vessel operations comply with existing and new requirements.
-Maintain awareness of environmental incidents or noncompliance and provide support for the appropriate notifications to local, state, federal and international authorities, as required.
-Ensure vessels are adequately staffed with properly trained “environmental officers” that oversee compliance with environment requirements.
-Remain current on industry trends and regulatory changes. Develop best practices, policies and procedures in support.

•Environmental Management Systems – 20%
Oversee the development, enhancement and maintenance of Environmental
-Management Systems including ISO 14001 certification.
-Provide oversight, policy and program guidance to shipboard Environmental Officers.
-Manage processes for monitoring and documenting performance of EMS systems. •Incident Management, Response & Reporting – 15%
-Consult on and support environmental incident investigation and response, track non-conformities, resolve “hotline” issues and develop processes to monitor operational status of pollution prevention equipment.
-Provide a channel of communications to the Senior Executives to ensure appropriate attention is provided to environmental issues.
-Conduct focused reviews of high risk environmental areas for the purpose of developing risk reduction strategies.
-Review internal and external audits, as well as monthly shipboard environmental self-assessments, committee reports, and pre-HESS audit reports to identify environmental issues requiring attention - monitor the steps taken to remedy same.

•Create and promote feedback rich environment to provide ongoing guidance, coaching and development for direct and indirect report employees. 15%

•Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, Master’s Degree preferred.
•7 to 10 years’ experience in the science, engineering, or technology fields; maritime and/or maritime regulatory experience strongly preferred. Environmental experience required, preferentially in a regulatory environment.
•Knowledge of environmental issues particularly as they relate to the cruise industry.
•A thorough understanding of international (MARPOL), regional, national, and local environmental regulations, and Company Environmental Procedures, including the application of their respective requirements.
•Proficient in computer software Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Excellent organizational skills, oral and written communication skills.
•Ability to synthesize large amounts of information quickly and communicate salient points as appropriate. Ability to display good judgment, manage multiple competing priorities, identify and mitigate systemic and operational risk factors in environmental systems, develop and deploy complex programs. Ability to lead local and remote teams. •Up to 30% travel, including domestic and international locations, may be required, including occasional visits to the ships in the fleets.Work beyond normal business hours will be required occasionally to support business needs, projects or operational support that may be required outside of normal business hours or on weekends.