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Senior Director, Health & Safety

Date:  Jul 16, 2021

Broomfield, CO, US

Company:  Vail Resorts
Shift Type:  Year Round

We offer a variety of professional career opportunities at our corporate headquarters near Boulder, Colorado. Our corporate headquarters team shares both a passion for the outdoors and a drive to re-imagine the mountain resort experience around the world. Learn more about positions at our corporate office. Visit www.vailresortscareers.com 



Working out of the Vail Resorts corporate offices in Broomfield CO, the Sr. Director of Health and Safety will be responsible for oversight of the Health & Safety Center of Excellence (COE), which houses subject matter experts and support functions.  COE management responsibilities include setting and executing the strategy to ensure the safety of employees and guests across the company, oversight of H&S related program(s), and project management for H&S related projects across the enterprise.  The Sr. Director of Health and Safety will determine initiatives and metrics to support the strategy, create the right programs, and measure the effectiveness of our efforts including workers compensation, resort safety, regulatory compliance, and incident management for general liability.


The Health and Safety Sr. Director will plan, budget, oversee, and document all aspects of specific Health and Safety Programs implemented within their span of control.  She/he will work closely with Health and Safety and Operations leadership, as well as Legal and HR to create, build, implement and sustain key Health & Safety Initiatives. This person will lead, negotiate, and influence across all locations, engage within their local communities, support the efforts of their teams as required, to ensure successful safety program project completion.


The Health and Safety Sr. Director will contribute to the overall strategy of the Health & Safety function by anticipating business challenges and developing world-class H&S solutions for the enterprise.  She/he will set the strategic direction and oversee the implementation of the Health, Safety and Loss Prevention strategy for the network to achieve world-class safety performance.



  • Support the H&S VP in developing, implementing, measuring and sustaining Health and Safety programs, processes and initiatives.
  • Support the operational leadership as the key point of contact and subject matter expert for Health and Safety
  • Lead and support the H&S/LP strategic plan ensuring integration and alignment with regional operational goals.
  • Be a strategic thought partner for the H&S VP, as well as company executives. Pursue innovative and proactive strategies to prevent employee & guest injuries, and non-compliance issues.
  • Serve as a key driver and motivator of culture change, operationalizing Health, Safety and Loss Prevention while ensuring compliance to best practices and regulatory requirements.
  • Lead the development of H&S expertise and culture for the field operations team.
  • Lead and drive operational ownership in the development and implementation of a comprehensive incident prevention strategy and tactics to reduce guest and employee exposure.
  • Lead and educate local safety teams on programs and initiatives to further incident reduction and prevention programs.
  • Work collaboratively with H&S professionals, Operations, Legal and HR to accomplish collective goals and objectives.
  • Maintain good communication between team members and key stakeholders. The ability to operate and influence in a matrix environment without having specific authority is critical to success in this role.
  • Oversees and advises on implementation and sustainment of programs/projects.
  • Integrates third parties, as required, into plans and execution, e.g., monitor & hold accountable.
  • Conduct trend, ROI/cost-benefit, and best practices research and analysis; prepares reports of findings and develop recommendations and presentations for the H&S Leadership based on research.
  • Supports the execution and tracking of all H&S fiscal year initiatives and provide regular updates to the organization.



The following describes the general qualifications normally associated with performing the essential functions of this position. In compliance with federal, state or local law, the company will consider varying or modifying these standards to provide individuals with disabilities an equal employment opportunity or to otherwise comply with law.


  • Bachelor’s degree in safety, environmental, or a related field is preferred
  • 10+ years of experience successfully planning and executing in a matrix environment is preferred
  • Professional certification in safety, health or environmental:  e.g. CSP, GSP, CIH, CSHM (preferred, but not required.)
  • Expertise in safety standards (e.g. LOTO, Work At Heights, Confined Space) and best practices, as well as excellent safety program management skills is required.
  • Experience identifying and implementing safety program and process improvements in an operational environment is required.
  • Extensive knowledge of OSHA, DOT, and NFPA regulations, including Canada is preferred
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and ability to focus on the big picture
  • Experience successfully leading and implementing change
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment with strong ability for operating in ambiguity
  • Experience accomplishing objectives through others


The budgeted range starts at $125,500 - $175,000 + annual bonus + equity.  Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience.


The perks and benefits include

  • Free ski passes for employees 
  • 401(k) retirement plan  
  • Accrued Sick Time 
  • Discount lift tickets for friends and family 
  • Free ski lessons 
  • Discounted lodging, food (including $5 meals), gear, and mountain shuttles 
  • Discounted bike haul & golf 
  • Excellent training & professional development 

Seasonal Full Time roles are eligible for the above, plus…

  • Critical Illness and Accident plans
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance (only available once eligible employees work 750 hours)  
  • Free ski passes for dependents


Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts.  As a community of adventurers and discoverers, Vail Resorts delivers an experience of a lifetime to our guests and our employees. Our team is made whole by the brave, passionate individuals who ambitiously push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Whether you’re looking for seasonal work or the career of a lifetime, join us today to reach your peak. 

Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Requisition ID 327775

Nearest Major Market: Denver