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Director, Environmental Health & Safety

San Diego County, California, US
Closing date
Nov 27, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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Director, Environmental Health & Safety; Facilities Management
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Department Description:
The mission of the University of San Diego Facilities Management Department is to efficiently operate, maintain, and support the development of quality facilities, grounds, and services, and at the same time to support our campus community, students, faculty, and staff. Through our efforts we support the university's commitment to pursuing truth, academic excellence, and the advancement of knowledge.

University Description:
The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity's urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:
Designs and assists in the development and ongoing maintenance of full-scale environmental health and safety practices/program to provide for the safety of the campus community and surrounding environment.
Performs quality work throughout the full spectrum of environmental health and safety issues as mandated by City, County, State and Federal regulations related to; acquisition, storage, use and disposal of hazardous materials/waste, medical wastes, asbestos and waste water discharge, and fire safety.
Directly assists in implementation of City/County/Sate Federal Regulations with respect to compliance by departments and personnel. Serve as central resource for environmental health and safety questions or concerns.
Maintains campus chemical inventory and SDS files.
Conducts New Employees Safety Training, hazard communication training and various other industrial hygiene and safety trainings.
Coordinates air sampling and suspect material sampling.
Acts as first responder to hazardous materials and oil releases. Tracks environmental, health, safety and fire safety regulations\legislations.

Duties & Responsibilities:

General Management
Has primary responsibility for replying to all emails, phone calls, and communications from the University of San Diego community regarding any environmental health and safety
Creates systems which provide for compliance with City, County, State, and Federal Codes/Regulations with respect to hazardous materials, environmental health and safety items.
Acts as a liaison with regulatory agencies.
Develops budget proposals for all environmental health and safety projects/programs.
Maintains an acute awareness and interactive communication of the typical hazards of the work place as well as the special hazards that may be encountered at any University facility location about environmental health and safety.
Researches and executes any paperwork related to environmental health and safety issues.
Supervises Environmental Health and Fire Safety staff.
Participates in professional organizations.

Safety and Fire Safety Management
Coordinates safety inspections per the University Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
Monitor asbestos abatement projects. Coordinate asbestos inspection, sampling and air sampling.
Coordinates all the medical surveillance tests for respiratory users and ear protection users.
Coordinates all ergonomic evaluations.
Supervises all the fire safety inspections; annual, semiannual, quarterly and monthly fire equipment and system testing.
Supervises compliance of elevator safety inspections.

Environmental Management
Coordinates with end users of chemicals procedures related to safe handling, storage and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous materials and medical waste.
Maintains campus chemical inventory and chemical SDS files.
Acts as first responder in case of hazardous material release.
Researches and tracks pending and current environmental legislation.
Updates and informs end users of chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm (Prop 65).
Updates annual reports relate to Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste.
Coordinates all annual source tests for boilers and underground storage tank tests.
Coordinates and schedules with Cal/OSHA and Insurance Company for Permit to operate Air Pressure Tank.

Industrial Hygiene Management
Oversees the Lab Safety Compliances.
Coordinates biosafety hoods annual certification.
Conducts campus wide hazardous communication training and various industrial hygiene trainings.
Updates, coordinates and provides training for the blood borne pathogens and air transmissible disease program.
Coordinates and monitors indoor air quality and mold.
Coordinates Annual Respiratory and Hearing Conservation check up.

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

Require Bachelor's Degree in Science related field (Chemistry preferred), Environmental Science, Occupational Safety, or similar field of study
Minimum of five years related experience in Higher Education or similar environment

Preferred Qualifications:
Prefer Master's Degree in Public Health, Science or Industrial Hygiene or will consider other applicable majors

Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

City and County regulations including the Department of Health
Cal OSHA Regulations
Federal OSHA Regulations
Cal/Fed EPA Regulations
Fire safety regulations and best practices

Demonstrated managerial/supervisory skills including but not limited to sound leadership, evaluating, performance management program reviews, knowledge of University and Departmental policies, procedures and practices.
Must possess good interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.
Ability to maintain a professional working relationship with students, faculty, staff, trustees, consultants and neighbors.
Must possess the ability to work well with diverse personalities.
Be able and willing to represent the University in the most positive manner.
Establish and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues, staff, administrators, students, trustees, public agencies and the general public.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and proficient in use of computer and other office technologies as well as systems needed to perform job duties.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Hazardous Waste in California Certificate (Annual)
Hazardous Materials Transportation Certificate (Every 3 years)
Must possess a valid California Driver's License and may be required to drive University vehicles.

Special Conditions of Employment:
May be called back for emergency work.
May provide information to various regulatory agencies.
May be required to attend seminars or training sessions relating to interpretation of current regulations or updating knowledge of new or proposed regulations.
Act as first responder to hazardous material releases or other emergencies.

Tools & Equipment Used:
Computer, telephone, fax, and other related office equipment. Respirators, SCBA, sampling, air pumps and other response equipment.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

Special Application Instructions:
Visit to complete our online application and, for full consideration, please upload a resume to your application profile for the hiring managers' review. You are also strongly recommended to upload a cover letter to your application profile for the hiring managers' review. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at

Additional Details:
Hours: 37.5 per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

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The University of San Diego is committed to academic excellence, Catholic intellectual and social traditions, and providing a top-notch liberal arts education for scholars of all faiths. USD is located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The campus is renowned for its beauty, and features Spanish Renaissance-inspired architecture.
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