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Job #: R-00034321
Location: Centennial, CO
Category: Safety
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

About the Antarctic Support Contract:

Leidos Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) is the prime contractor to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). Leidos supports the NSF’s Office of Polar Program’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics by aligning with their Mission and Vision Statements:

  • Vision:  Expanding our scientific reach in Antarctica through increased operational and logistical effectiveness.
  • Mission:  To provide the operational and logistical platform necessary for the U.S. to conduct world-class science in Antarctica and maintain its active and influential presence on the continent.

Leidos ASC operates and maintains over 430 buildings & structures encompassing approximately 900,000 GSF of space year-round, across three geographically remote research stations; McMurdo Station, Palmer Station, and South Pole Station and several deep field sites across Antarctica. Each station or field site supports world class research and the facilities are a critical part of this mission and supports over 1300 people living, working and performing research across Antarctica.

Job Description:

Leidos is seeking a Field Risk Manager (FRM) to join an exciting team as part of the Field Area within the Antarctic Support Contract. The FRM is responsible for the development and implementation of organizational systems to provide for the health and well being of all USAP participants engaged in field work. The FRM will oversee and guide Field Area strategies, practices and policies to enable the USAP program to fully support USAP field work. The FRM will research and understand risk management topics and issues and educate USAP participants on risk management strategies, practices, and performance. The FRM is responsible for overseeing training as well as assessing their effectiveness and usefulness.

The Field Risk Manager will help develop USAP-wide direction, priorities, and policies for all participants.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Advise Field Area Manager on all matter of Field Operations, policy, and strategic field safety/cultural vision.
  • Oversee program-wide risk management trainings and monitor risk management performance.
  • Conduct organizational trainings on Field Risk posture.
  • Build and maintain a field risk management register.
  • Report risk management performance to the risk management committee, SLT, NSF leadership team, field operations team, safety committee, field staff.
  • Provides guidance to directors and managers from risk management perspective.
  • Develop, maintain and advance field practices. Write, edit and compile USAP field risk management policies, best practices and position statements.
  • Monitor professional standards in outdoor programming.
  • Integrate with EHS, Mission Assurance to align policies that overlap in the field and on station.
  • Organize and/or conduct incident reviews of significant incidents.
  • Plan for and advise the USAP on risk management policies, procedures, equipment, practices and staffing recommendations.
  • Identify and share information regarding trends in injuries, incidents.
  • Research risk management information outside of the USAP including health concerns, accident reports and reviews, and injury prevention in outdoor recreation. Educate the USAP staff on these topics.
  • Oversee the process of the FRAM from the beginning of the season until the end. Report out at the end of season.
  • Assist in project review and offer input as it pertains to Field RM.
  • Create program RM trainings that are short, to the point and focus on building a culture of sharing, problem solving and support.
  • Provide risk assessment and risk management training to the USAP community.
  • Develops tools to track and manage incidents.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 10 years in the outdoor industry working with robust industry standard Risk Management programs
  • 10 years of risk management experience - supervising staff, training's and policy building
  • Must be a US Citizen or green card holder to meet contractual requirements

Expected Skill Sets:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Leadership experience
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Ability to execute in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Detailed oriented
  • Strong Microsoft Office suite skills
  • Tolerance for adversity and uncertainty is paramount for this position, as working in Antarctica is a dynamic, ever-changing work environment

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Antarctic, Arctic or remote cold region field safety experience is preferred
  • Incident Command System (ICS) certified
  • Demonstrated experience managing, teaching and evaluating organizational field risk
  • Thorough understanding of the USAP program, as well as the challenges, demands, and risks encountered when working remotely in Antarctica

PHYSICAL AND / OR OTHER SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Deployment will be required in this position. This position requires successful completion of the National Science Foundation (NSF) physical, dental, and psychological examinations for deploying to Antarctica. Failure to meet these requirements may result in withdrawal of employment offer or other employment action. US citizenship or permanent residency is required.

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