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Director, Environmental Health and Safety
About the Position: Western Washington University invites applications and nominations for the position of Environmental Health and Safety Director for Western Washington University. 

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Director is responsible for all components of the University’s environmental health and safety program which includes overseeing the Department of Environmental Health and Safety and workers’ compensation management. 

The EHS Director reports to the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs. As a leader within Business and Financial Affairs (BFA), the EHS Director is expected to share the division’s vision to serve Western with best in class services and with BFA values which include: integrity; serving our University; communicating effectively; innovative thinking; competence; professionalism; respect for self, people and place; diversity; and partnerships. The BFA division is committed to Western’s strategic goal of recruiting and retaining a diverse work force and welcomes applications from diverse candidates.

About the College/Department: Environmental Health and Safety
Position Responsibilities:
  • Coordinates and manages all activities related to handing of chemical, biological, and radioactive waste; organizes and directs response to releases or spills; supports on-going compliance with radioactive materials regulations and state license requirements. Develops and implements campus safety and training programs; acts as consultant in all environmental health and safety activities. Develops and prepares budgets. Develops and implements a systematic department inspection and safety audit program. Supports laboratory safety, including: chemical, biological, radiological and physical, and lasers.
  • Responsible for campus emergency management activities including plan development, response team coordination, information management, and campus training. Prepares and regularly updates hazardous material management and fire plans for buildings where required. Maintains familiarity with all applicable state and federal regulations. Periodically evaluates safety-related university-wide policies and issues such as drug and alcohol abuse prevention, bicycle or skateboard safety, and air quality. Chairs the University’s Emergency Management Committee; chairs the University’s Institutional Biosafety Committee; reports on activities related to recombinant DNA organisms as federally required. Works with local officials to integrate university and municipal hazardous material and emergency response protocols. 
  • Ensures cost-effective and responsive management of workers’ compensation claims. Ensures implementation and promotion of the institution’s injured worker return-to-work program. Evaluates and suggests safety-related minor capital projects for implementation.
Required Qualifications:
  • Baccalaureate Degree in environmental health or science, chemistry, engineering or related field
  • Five years of relevant experience in safety, health or industrial hygiene
  • Comprehensive knowledge of relevant federal statutes and regulations governing environmental health and safety
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with the public, university officials, governmental authorities and employees with diverse backgrounds, goals, and agendas
  • Strong written and oral communication; experience in building and leading a team
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree or PhD in environmental health or science, chemistry, engineering, or related field
  • Administrative experience in higher education, research laboratories, environmental consultation, or comparable institutional environment
  • Certification as an industrial hygienist or certified safety professional
Academic Emphasis: N/A
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: This is a full-time, 12 month administrative position with an excellent benefits package. Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Bargaining Union: Not applicable
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: The application process at Western is done entirely online. To submit your application via Western’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE), please log in at https://jobs.wwu.edu/  and provide the information listed below. (Note: You will need to use Internet Explorer to utilize the online application system.) 

Requested information: A resume and cover letter addressing your experience related to the position responsibilities and to the required and preferred qualifications; and contact information for three references are to be submitted electronically as explained in the EASE application procedure. 
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For more information, please visit the division's website at http://www.wwu.edu/depts/bfa.  Potential applicants may inquire confidentially to Nancy.Phillips@wwu.edu, 360-650-3407.  

Western Washington University was established in 1899 as a normal school. The University is located on a picturesque campus in Bellingham, Washington – a Pacific Rim city of over 76,000 nationally recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship. With two major urban centers, Seattle and Vancouver, BC, located within 90 miles, Bellingham residents also have easy access to urban attractions. Western enrolls 14,979 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs. Consistently highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Western was recently named the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest in the publication’s 2011 college rankings. Western strives to fulfill a mission supported by the core values of excellence, engagement, diversity, community service, integrity and innovation.
Job Posted: 7/17/2013
Closing Date: 9/15/2013
Recruitment #: 130369
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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