Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Rank: Administrator V

Search # S21-036

Job Posted: 12/7/2021

Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  Founded as a teacher’s college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university of more than 10,000 students, offering graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.
Under the supervision of the Associate Vice President for Capital Budgeting & Facilities Operations or his or her designee, the Director is responsible for the development, implementation, management and administration of programs, policies and procedures that support a healthy and safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors at the University. The Director will monitor, manage and administer the inspections, maintenance and repair of systems to include (but are not limited to) fire alarm and sprinkler systems, emergency lighting, elevators, boilers, underground fuel tattles, asbestos abatement, generators, Federal and State OSHA regulations /compliance, chemical and hazardous material handling and removal, PCB monitoring and provide technical and consultative services to the Campus Community.
Position Responsibilities:

Directs and administers the preparation and maintenance of all mandated environmental regulatory licenses, records, and permits on behalf of the University. 

Develops, implements, and administers technical training programs for University personnel on all appropriate safety issues including the handling of hazardous material to insure compliance with appropriate regulations and train incident responders.

Inspects University work facilities and equipment and consulting as needed with department chairs, faculty, and supervisors to determine if planned experiments and research activities or any other University sanctioned work involving the use of hazardous materials meet safety standards.

Monitor, manage and determine if equipment (such as elevators, generators, boilers etc.) and work facilities conform to health and safety standards; consulting with physical plant, engineering and construction personnel on renovations or new proposed projects.

Develops standards for hazardous materials exposure limits for personnel, safe working methods, decontamination procedures and hazardous waste disposal.

Serves as a technical expert on behalf of the University in interactions with local, state and federal regulatory agencies in areas of Occupational Health and Safety.

Develops, implements and administers a University wide fire safety program and ongoing systems testing, including maintenance contracts.

Develops and articulates procedures for a University emergency options plan.
Conducts regular safety meetings on campus and serving on the University Safety Committee. 

Develops and implements special programs such as the Employee Committee Options (ECO) Program in accordance with the Federal Clean Air Act and the State of Connecticut Enabling legislation.
Administers and manages the University's fire and alarm system and all other life safety systems. Monitors the procurement, reception, distribution, storage, and removal of regulated hazardous

May supervise administrators and other staff as necessary.

Assists in the development of the budget for Environmental Health and Safety. May require night and weekend hours as needed.

Performing other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position.

Bachelors degree in industrial hygiene, safety, health physics, or a related field; Minimum of five years relative experience with at least 2 years managing a comprehensive health and safety program. Ability to communicate effectively with both the technical and non-technical personnel. Master's degree preferred. 

These qualifications may be waived for individuals with appropriate alternate experience.

For full consideration, please submit a letter of interest, resume and contact information for three professional references to Paulette Philson at  For full consideration, please submit application materials no later than January 11, 2021.  The position will remain open until filled.


Southern Connecticut State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.