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Director, Environmental Health & Safety

Apply now Job no: 509353
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San José
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time


Job Summary

Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President and in collaboration within the Department and colleagues across the campus, the Director of Environmental Health & Safety is responsible for the leadership, administration, management, and supervisory oversight of all services and functions of the Environmental Health & Safety unit within Facilities Development & Operations. The unit provides a comprehensive environmental health and safety program for the University at all of its properties, leased or owned, to guide University programs, activities, and services in a safe and effective manner for our students, faculty, and staff.

As part of this role, the Director is responsible for technical guidance, training, inspection, and risk analysis for University programs, activities, and services to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental and health regulations and also serves as the primary University liaison with Federal, State, and local agencies having jurisdiction (i.e., Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, etc.,). The Director also participates with other senior managers to develop, establish, and implement Department strategic and operational plans and initiatives.

The Environmental Health & Safety unit of Facilities Development & Operations provides services to a University campus spread across five sites comprised of +170 acres, 52 buildings, and more than six million gross square feet whose programs and services are used by over 30,000 students, +2,500 faculty and staff as well as by the general public and visitors. The Environmental Health & Safety unit, when fully staffed, is comprised of 7.5 full time employees and works closely with colleagues across the campus to maintain overall safety and compliance with environmental and other governing regulations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides management oversight for all aspects of the University’s environmental health and safety programs including development, implementation, administration, and evaluation
  • Directs and oversees environmental health and safety programs to maintain compliance with occupational, environmental, and other safety standards issued by agencies having regulatory jurisdiction over the campus. This includes development of policies, procedures, guidelines, and training to ensure activities are conducted safely and in compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Directs and oversees, leading where necessary, chemical hygiene, biosafety, hazardous material safety and management programs including development of policies, procedures, guidelines, and training to ensure activities are conducted safely and in compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Ensures overall University compliance with all hazardous waste handling requirements including sampling and disposal regulations. Responds to hazardous material releases
  • Directly oversees and is responsible to provide, leading where necessary, safety inspections and risk analysis services for all campus facilities and grounds as well as construction sites. To include identification of safety hazards, risk/loss exposure, and abatement/mitigation strategies
  • Oversees management of the campus EPA Municipal Separate Storm Water Sewer Systems Program (MS4) in collaboration with other units within Facilities Development & Operations
  • Oversees management of the California State Fire Marshal Title 19 Annual Building Inspection Program including processing safety correction notices, communication with pertinent parties to resolve issues, and documentation of corrections
  • Oversees and manages all required facility inspections, program audits, and other environmental health and safety-related inspections by regulatory agencies having jurisdiction (i.e., CalOSHA, EPA, State Fire Marshal, State Water Board, County Public Health, etc.,)
  • Oversees procurement and/or production of all documents, training manuals, brochures, posters, etc., required for environmental health and safety programs
  • Directly responsible for the development and implementation of the unit’s mission, goals, objectives, and initiatives in a manner dovetailed with the Department’s overall direction
  • Directly responsible for personnel management and administration including hiring, retention, performance, corrective and/or disciplinary action, and resolution of issues while working closely with the Business & Administrative Services unit and University Personnel
  • Directly responsible for the astute management of assigned budgets and resources including working with the Business & Administrative Services unit to ensure accurate monitoring, tracking, analysis, and forecasting are conducted to ensure successful performance
  • Serves as the primary liaison with regulatory agencies having jurisdiction as related to environmental health and safety requirements
  • Assists with efforts to respond to campus emergencies as related to the assigned area of responsibility including active participation in emergency management teams and serving in key positions of leadership within the campus emergency management structure


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental health and safety regulations governing a University environment within the State of California and ability to provide insight, guidance, advice, and leadership necessary to ensure safety of the campus and its students, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing a strong customer service approach to work efforts while motivating staff in a challenging environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of personnel management including interacting effectively with many levels of personnel, providing sound analysis and guidance to supervisory staff, performance management, dispute resolution, and team development
  • Ability to analyze and interpret technical documents or regulations and then determine applicability and steps associated with achieving compliance
  • Ability to work effectively with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions
  • Ability to effectively organize and present information, data, ideas and concepts in written or presentation format
  • Ability to foster teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere while establishing effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economic justice, social justice, environmental justice) into all aspects of performing job duties


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health & Safety or a directly related field OR which may be obtained through equivalent experience such as through ten years of professional work experience, of which a minimum of three are associated with progressively responsible management of multi-faceted environmental health and safety programs in a large and complex organization
  • Designation as a Board-Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • Seven years of professional work experience associated with progressively responsible management of multi- faceted environmental health and safety programs in a large, complex organization, including management of staff


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Environmental Health & Safety or a directly related field
  • Designation as a Board-certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and/or Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) by the California Department of Public Health
  • Designation as a Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC) by the California Division of Occupational Safety & Health
  • Supervisory experience within a collective bargaining and represented staff environment
  • Experience in the management of a broad spectrum of environmental health and safety programs typical of a college or university, or other large-scale, multi-facility complex organization


Classification: Administrator III
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.


Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

This position is open until filled.


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CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).



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Last Updated May 23, 2022