JOB OPENING: Midstate Council for Occupational Safety and Health

Midstate Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) has a permanent job opening for a Co-Program Director starting ASAP. This will be a ¾ time position. Starting wages and benefits are $24.55/hr. This is a union position. The wage and benefit scale goes up to $35.05/hr. depending on experience. This position as Co-Program Director will have an emphasis on overseeing our Teens Lead @ Work program, as outlined in the job description. Please send a letter of interest and resume to apply. Questions are also welcome. Contact Tom Joyce, Midstate Council for Occupational Safety and Health, 701 W. MLK (State) St., Ithaca, NY 14850, 607-275-9560, www.

Job duties include health and safety training, grant writing and other fundraising and community organizing and advocacy. Our work includes ergonomic assessments and training in area workplaces, farmworker and immigrant worker health and safety advocacy and organizing and an active Teens Lead @ Work, a youth peer training program.  The position will begin with and include orientation and any necessary training by one of the current Program Directors and the Board Chairperson.  Bi-lingual Spanish will be an asset.

Midstate COSH is a local affiliate of a national network of workplace health and safety advocate organizations. Our work is in the southern Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions. Twenty-five years ago, the Tompkins-Cortland Labor Coalition created a program to promote occupational safety and health for local union and non-union workers. That program, backed by the labor-run Midstate COSH, remains committed to keeping Southern Tier workplaces safe from hazardous practices and conditions.

Job Description – Midstate COSH Program Director/Health & Safety Instructor/Fundraiser

  • Grant management – quarterly and final report writing, financials recordkeeping.
  • Be able to train on our core program modules, including training for trainers.
  • Fundraising and grant writing.
  • Facilitate and initiate outreach to current and prospective training partners.
  • Oversee Teens Lead @ Work program, including mentoring of Peer Leaders.
    • Coordinate and facilitate peer leaders’ meetings and curriculum development.
    • Organize training to be led by peer leaders.
    • Participate with and/or lead training teams, as needed.
    • Prepare for and lead training of new peer leaders.
    • Prepare for and lead training of current peer leaders in new training modules.
    • Continue to develop training skills and modules, as needed.
  • Organize Worker Memorial Day events, maintain awareness of area workplace fatalities
  • Maintain outreach and relationships with area union locals, regions and district councils
  • Support farmworker organizing efforts with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and New York State partner organizations.
  • Report to MESF Board at quarterly meetings.
  • Participate in all National COSH conference calls and annual conference.
  • Be prepared to speak publicly on behalf of MESF.
  • Maintain office space and coordinate programs with office partners and building manager.
  • Assist in maintaining COVID-19 protocols in the office and with in-person training.