DIR, Environ Hlth & Safety

Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 24, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Classification Title:

DIR, Environ Hlth & Safety

Job Description:

You belong at a University that is Rising

The University of Florida (UF) is rising in stature and now is ranked No. 6 among the nation’s top public research universities according to US News and World Report. The Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) helps to support this accomplishment by partnering with strategic leaders and researchers across campus to forecast, align and prioritize their needs as part of the mission of UF as a major research university. Further, the director oversees the strategic vision and planning as it relates to the EHS division and its core functions of research services, occupational safety/risk management, and facilities support services. While research is only one aspect of support, the University of Florida currently has over 11,000 active research projects, many of which have laboratory components, and it received $900M in research awards last fiscal year 2020. The university also has more than 200 research service and education centers, bureaus and institutes led by some of the best minds in their fields. The Director of EHS is expected to be a change agent, whose role includes ensuring a safe and healthy environment for a diverse community of faculty, staff, students, and visitors in a broad range of disciplines.

The Opportunity

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) , a division of Business Affairs and under the umbrella of Public Safety, is looking for an innovative and transformational leader to create a strategic vision, build a collaborative and high-performing team and serve as an expert consultant to the university’s leadership.

The director is responsible for the overall management and administrative direction of all aspects of EHS, including the direction for functional policies and programs, the management of assistant & associate directors, managers, and support professionals, and alignment with the overall strategic mission of the university.

The role and responsibilities of the director are as follows:

  • Plan, organize, staff, and direct all activities of the Division of EHS which consists of the following activities:
    • Research Services (animal research health & safety; biological safety; chemical and lab safety; hazardous waste management; and radiation safety in medical and non-medical areas

    • Occupational Safety/Risk Management (industrial hygiene; lab & clinical safety programs; diving safety; risk management; occupational medicine; occupational safety; insurance programs; and training support) Facility Support Services (building codes enforcement; fire safety and equipment; and pest control).
  • Prepare, coach and assign duties for members of the EHS team before, during, and after the University of Florida declares emergencies.
  • Oversee and coordinate University of Florida FEMA reimbursement requests.
  • Identify key positions within the organization required to respond to everyday emergencies on campus (e.g., fires, lab accidents, etc.). This may require an on-call delegate 24/7.
  • Serve as a member of the leadership team for the Assistant Vice President of Public and Environmental Safety, as well as an adviser to the President, Vice President for Business Affairs, and senior university officials on matters related to health and safety of the university and community.
  • Leverage business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, and the coordination of people and resources.
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement by developing departmental goals and objectives and ensure that they are communicated and attained.
  • Work collaboratively and build strategic relationships with colleagues, vendors and other stakeholders.
  • Implement new systems and procedures and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Develop and manage a $5.5 million-dollar annual operating budget within fiscal allocations.
  • Serve as liaison between the university and other state agencies/departments and other organizations on physical plant operation matters.
  • Represent the university at state committees, meetings and conferences as appropriate.
  • Serve as “essential personnel” and be available for emergency response after normal working hours.

The Division of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

The Division of Environmental Health and Safety, comprised of over 60 professionals, has a mission to provide a safe and healthy environment in which the university’s activities can be pursued. EHS departments includes the broad categories of Research Services (animal research health & safety; biological safety; chemical and lab safety; hazardous waste management; and radiation safety in medical and non-medical areas), Occupational Safety/Risk Management (industrial hygiene; lab & clinical safety programs; diving safety; risk management; occupational medicine; occupational safety; insurance programs; and training support), and Facility Support Services (building codes enforcement; fire safety and equipment; and pest control).

The Office of Business Affairs

The Office of Business Affairs has a vision of “one team, one goal” to exceed expectations together and support the University of Florida’s core mission of teaching, research, and service.

Working together to achieve the goals of the university, all 10 Business Affairs’ units focus their ambitious and focused philosophy on working collaboratively, building a culture of trust, fostering diversity and maintaining a positive outlook.

Our Commitment

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is committed to attracting, hiring, and retaining a diverse workforce and values diversity of thoughts, background and experience. We welcome nominations of, and applications from, individuals who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s vision and mission.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits and training.

The University of Florida

The University of Florida (UF), the flagship university for the state of Florida, ranked No. 6 among the nation's top public research universities by US News and World Report, is accepting inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Director, Environmental Health and Safety.

Located in Gainesville since 1906, UF has 16 colleges, a major academic health center, a championship winning athletic program, a top-ranked undergraduate online program and, in keeping with its land-grant mission, one of the nation’s most comprehensive agriculture and natural resources programs. All are based at the university’s 2,000-acre campus, joining its historic red-brick core with advanced facilities and preserved natural areas connecting to adjacent innovation, commercial and residential districts.

UF has 55,000 students, 30,000 employees, 5,500 faculty members, a $5 billion annual budget and more than 140 mission-focused units across the state of Florida. It is the Sunshine State’s only member of the Association of American Universities comprising the nation’s 60 leading public and private research universities. More than 51,000 students have applied as freshmen for the 2021-22 academic year — a new record.

Several qualities distinguish UF among today’s leading public research universities.

  • The first is its highly comprehensive breadth on a single campus, facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration among, for example, faculty within the adjacent colleges of journalism, engineering and medicine.

  • The second is its unwavering support from the state of Florida, which has endorsed UF’s drive to become one of the nation’s very best public research universities — supporting those efforts since 2013 with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding to grow its faculty ranks by 500 members.

  • UF’s third exceptional quality is its dynamism. Like Florida, the nation’s third-largest state and among the fastest-growing, UF is undergoing rapid transformation as it pursues the overarching aspiration to be "a premier university that the state, nation and world look to for leadership."

The City of Gainesville

Gainesville ( http://cityofgainesville.org ) is home to Florida's largest and oldest university, and so is one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. The University of Florida and UF Health/Shands Hospital are the leading employers in Gainesville and provide jobs for many residents of surrounding counties. The city is in a central location to both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, providing easy access within a day’s drive to beaches, nature preserves and water-based activities. Explore Gainesville in 60 Seconds.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and six years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and eight years of relevant administrative experience.

Valid driver license

Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in an appropriate area of specialization.
  • Ten years of relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding in some or all of the following areas: biological and general lab safety; ionizing and non-ionizing radiation control in medical and non-medical areas; industrial hygiene; risk management; occupational medicine; occupational safety; building codes administration; fire safety and equipment; pest control; hazardous waste management; and research diving.
  • Ability to identify program gaps, propose innovative solutions and execute.
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills with the ability to independently manage multiple projects, tasks, deadlines and goals.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong ability to build positive working environments and interact with people from a wide range of scientific experiences.
  • Ability to foster an inspiring work environment that motivates team members to succeed and think creatively.
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and coordinate work assignments within the department.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position requires a criminal background check, and a valid driver’s license prior to hire.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date March 24, 2021.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US.

The “government in the sunshine” laws of Florida require that all documents relating to the search process, including letters of application/nomination and reference, be available for public inspection upon request.

Health Assessment Required: No

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