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Environmental Health & Safety Director

University of Puget Sound
Fircrest, Washington, US
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Sep 25, 2021

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Environmental Health & Safety Director
University of Puget Sound

Job ID: 6107
Location: Facilities Administrative E&G
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Staff Posting Details
Appointment: regular, full-time 1.0FTE

Position Summary: This position serves as the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director for the University. The EHS Director ensures that the University complies with all federal, state, and local regulations involving environmental, health and safety issues. In addition, this position provides a conduit for technical and regulatory support, communication, training and knowledge. The EHS Director supervises the Occupational Health & Safety Manager.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

* Develop, maintain and coordinate the college environmental health and safety programs to ensure compliance with relevant local, state and federal laws and regulations. Update programs, policies and procedures as laws/ regulations change. Prepare, maintain and file required reports.
* Provide the strategic leadership in Environmental Health and Safety in accordance with the college Strategic Plan. An important aspect of meeting this responsibility is to effectively and consistently coordinate and communicate with University Administrators, Research representatives, Faculty, Deans, Chief Risk Management Officer, and Associate Vice Presidents across campus.
* Monitor compliance with local, state, and federal regulations including, but not limited to, worker health and safety, environmental, laboratory management. Prepare plans and ensure implementation to comply with all WISHA, OSHA, Labor & Industry, Department of Ecology, Fire Marshal, Health Department, and other local, state and federal agency regulations.
* Prepare all annual reports required by local, state, and federal agencies regarding environmental, and employee health and safety.
* Develop safety-training programs/courses. Ensure training for all staff including faculty and student staff on work place safety in an ongoing effort to prevent work place accidents.
* Cite deficiencies in, enforce, and monitor compliance with safety programs.
* Coordinate and respond to federal, state and local inspectors including the timely response to safety violation citations.
* Monitor the purchase, use, documentation, and disposal of chemicals.
* Coordinate the campus hazardous waste disposal program. Provide related information to the community regarding proper disposal procedures; supervise the removal of hazardous waste; maintain hazardous waste inventories, and ensure hazardous waste disposal complies with local, state and federal regulations.
* Maintain the asbestos compliance program. Identify and label all materials containing asbestos, and conduct inspections to identify asbestos and oversee the abatement or removal of the asbestos.
* Perform periodic inspections of facilities and operations to identify and evaluate risk factors. Submit recommendations designed to eliminate or maintain optimum control of risks. Provide training to supervisors to implement a self-inspection program.
* Work collaboratively with the Chief Risk Management Officer and other leaders to ensure appropriate safety policies and procedures are in place and adhered to.
* Promote awareness of health and safety requirements at the College; communicate with staff and faculty regarding safe operating practices and requirements.
* Develop and maintain manuals, systems, and records that provide for the proper evaluation, control and documentation of environmental, health and safety operations; prepare reports as required.
* Contract with consultants to perform monitoring, take samples, review or write policies, or evaluate environmental and safety risks.
* Maintain master files of MSDS, training completion, and other relevant information.
* Perform other related duties as assigned.
* Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

* Oversee Occupational Health & Safety Manager and student staff members.
* As the director, this position will work as a team member in providing services and support to all areas. This is accomplished through regular meetings and interpersonal relationships in support of the overall strategic objectives.
* In support of the mission and strategic goals of the university, the manager is responsible to develop, sustain, and continually assess and improve the effectiveness of Facilities Services.
* Identify and participate in resolution of departmental/institutional challenges with continuous quality improvement as a goal.
* Work collaboratively with the Facilities Services team in support of our mission.
* Participate in staff meetings, other meetings, and professional development/training workshops and seminars.
* Promote and support a professional environment that welcomes students, faculty, staff, and vendors, and enables them to access our services in an encouraging, organized, effective, and helpful way.
* As a member of the Facilities leadership team, this position is responsible for developing direct reports, managing and measuring work, and building an effective team.
* The manager, in coordination with HR and the associate vice president for facilities services, will hire, train, conduct performance reviews, take corrective action, provide positive rewards and feedback, and respond to complaints. This includes upholding the standards in the Code of Conduct and other university policies, modeling professionalism in all interactions, and respectfully hearing staff input and concerns either directly or from Human Resources.

Budget Responsibilities:

This position has no direct budget management responsibilities but is expected to utilizes university resources responsibly.

Minimum Requirements:

* Requires Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Environmental Health & Safety, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Hygiene or other related disciplines.
* 2-4 years' experience as an environmental health and safety professional or related work experience.
* Excellent interpersonal communication skills are required. Anticipate problems and communicate solutions before college staff and students are in jeopardy of injury.
* In-depth knowledge of chemistry.
* Communicative skills, both verbal and written.
* Knowledge of computer systems and software.
* Management skills.
* Supervisory experience.
* Demonstrated Problem-solving skills.
* Experience in developing and conducting safety-training programs/courses.
* Experience in implementing policies and rules related to work place safety and chemical hygiene.
* Must be able to respond to emergencies on campus during off hours as part of the on-call emergency response team.
* Must either have or obtain the 40-hour OSHA hazardous waste operating and emergency response training.
* Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.

Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:

* Resume
* Letter of Interest

Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment. All new hires will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or approved exemption.

Diversity Statement:

* We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
* We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
* We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nations most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA

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