MCOSH - Midstate Council for Occupational Safety and Health

Midstate Council for Occupational Safety and Health

Program Director

Based in Ithaca, NY


The Midstate Council for Occupational Safety and Health (MCOSH) is hiring a Program Director to begin July 1. 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.

Over the years, these are a few of the many things we accomplished:

  • facilitated training grants for the Tompkins Cortland Building Trades Council
  • produced a newsletter for construction workers, the Steel Toe, from 1999-2004
  • conducted training with UAW Local 2300 to provide ergonomic training for its service and maintenance workers at Cornell University
  • produced health and safety newsletters for school employees, healthcare workers and office workers
  • organized multiple Workers’ Memorial Day events

In recent years, Midstate COSH has participated in OSHA Susan Harwood grants, providing training on An Introduction to OSHA Rights and Responsibilities, Identifying and Controlling Hazards in the Workplace, Chemical Hazards and Hazard Communications. These training have involved young workers, immigrant non-English speaking farm and service workers, workers in small hospitality businesses, temporary workers and supervisory staff. MCOSH has also had a focus on the construction industry, providing training to area construction employers and unions on fall protection, and chemical and electrical hazards. In the last six years, MCOSH’s Teens Lead @ Work (TL@W) peer training program has been training area youth in what is often their first workplace experience. Midstate COSH has provided ergonomics training to 700 workers annually in the past five years, covering office, custodial, construction, mechanics, bus operators, gardeners, food service and health care workers.

Program Director 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 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 the current Program Director.

The position will start at 3½ days but could become full time with additional fundraising by the new staff person. Bi-lingual Spanish will be an asset. Wages and benefits are $24.57/hr.

To Apply
Please send a letter of interest and résumé to apply. Questions are also welcome. Contact Tom Joyce, Midstate Council for Occupational Safety and Health, 701 W. State St., Ithaca, NY 14850, 607-275-9560, or by email at: midstatecosh@gmail.com.

Visit our site at: www. midstatecosh.org.

Job Description – Midstate COSH Program Coordinator/H&S Trainer/Fundraiser

  • Grant management – quarterly and final report writing, financials recordkeeping.
  • Coordinate all projects related to grant funded programming.
  • 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 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.

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