Director of Environmental Health & Safety

University of North Texas System

Denton, TX

Job posting number: #7190797

Posted: November 2, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Department Summary
The University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas is a Tier 1 research institution with an enrollment of close to 47,000 students with 185 buildings and 12 residence halls on 900 acres. Risk Management Services’ programs provide proactive support for the strategic, operational, and financial foundation of the University of North Texas. We help identify, analyze, and mitigate risks to prevent loss and provide a safe and healthy campus environment so that the UNT community can freely pursue opportunities for growth and advancement. To achieve our goals, we work together with the UNT community to help them proactively manage risks, implement preventative measures, plan for their challenges, and work through any issues that occur.
Position Overview
This position is responsible for the direction and oversight of the University’s environmental, health, and safety (EHS) programs. The Director provides leadership to a number of EHS professionals with ultimate oversight of programs involving environmental regulatory compliance, sustainability, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, hazardous materials, laboratory safety, radiation, public health, food safety, mold, and asbestos. The position provides consultative assistance and technical guidance to leadership and the greater campus community. This roll participates with all levels of the campus organization to develop and implement appropriate policies and practices while continually evaluating established procedures for compliance with federal, state, and local requirements.

Additional Posting Details
Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in a physical or life science, engineering, safety, environmental science
or related field and 4 years of associated experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work effectively in a
culturally and professionally diverse community.
• Ability to lead and manage multiple operations; ability to manage a variety of tasks simultaneously.
• Capable of working side-by-side with faculty, staff, students, compliance, legal and other professionals to produce results that meet and/or exceed expectations.
• Act as the primary point of contact for regulatory agencies and auditors to resolve issues and represent the institution in a positive manner.
• Knowledge of the fundamentals and principles of a wide range of EHS topics and the ability to communicate on critical technical and administrative topics with all levels of the campus organization.
• Skill in the use of technology associated with EHS work.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree in a physical or life science, engineering safety, environmental science or a related field and 7 years of associated experience. Certifications such as Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or other relevant designations are a plus.
Required License / Registration / Certification
Work Schedule
Monday – Friday, 8AM – 5PM with some overtime
Driving University Vehicle Yes
Security Sensitive This is a security sensitive position.
EEO Statement
The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification Title Dir of Envirnmntl Hlth & Sfty
Physical Requirements Carrying, Driving, Kneeling, Lifting up to 25 pounds, Sitting, Squatting, Stooping, Bending, Standing, Walking, Writing, Grasp, Ability to communicate
Job Duties
Plans and implements policies and procedures surrounding EHS to maintain compliance with federal, state, and rules and regulations. Serves as primary contact with federal, state, and local authorities regarding related matters.

Provides strategic vision for EHS programs and provides leadership to professionals with wide ranges of experience.

Provides ultimate oversight of environmental program that includes components such as hazardous waste management, stormwater, wastewater/pretreatment, air, pollution prevention, Tier II, asbestos management, training, and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC).

Provides ultimate oversight of occupational health and safety program that includes components such as respiratory protection, indoor air quality, hearing protection, hazard communication, ergonomics, mold, general shop safety, food safety, training, and public health.

Provides ultimate oversight of laboratory safety program. This program encompasses elements such as chemical safety, biosafety, radiation safety, hazardous materials compliance training, and other general laboratory safety topics.

Develops and promotes outreach programs aimed at creating productive collaborations with faculty, staff, and student groups regarding EHS topics.

Partners with stakeholders at all levels of the institution to achieve goals and objectives.

Contributes to the success of others by responding in a timely, courteous and accurate manner. Strives to enhance the customer’s experience. Demonstrates a positive attitude towards customers.

Supports a workplace culture in which all individuals are valued, appreciated, respected and included.

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