Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator

Rank: Administrator III
Search Number: S23-016
Job Posted: Director of Environmental Health & Safety

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 direction of the Director of Environmental Health & Safety, the Coordinator is responsible for a variety of activities related to environmental health and safety and/or life safety systems, including but not limited to the coordination of hazardous waste activities, assistance with regulatory compliance issues and inspections, spill response, fire code compliance and system maintenance, life safety system inspection and maintenance, and ergonomics. Related duties include record keeping, reporting, and training.

Supervision Exercised

May supervise Professional Staff, University Assistants, and Student Employees.

Position Responsibilities

Assists with directing, planning, organizing, and providing technical services and waste removal and disposal from the campus. Ensures waste streams are disposed of in a timely manner.

Collects, inventories, labels, segregates, and stores hazardous waste containers from satellite accumulation areas and maintains, inventories, and inspects hazardous waste containers in main accumulation areas. Maintains an inventory of spill response materials.

Conducts bulking activities for hazardous waste disposal including but not limited to collecting, bulking packages, and preparing shipments of waste as needed.

Inspects and monitors equipment, campus facilities, work areas and work practices and procedures for compliance with established hazardous materials and regulated waste management regulations and OSHA requirements including coordination of inspections and maintenance of Environmental Health and Safety programs.

Inspects campus construction projects to ensure safety and health standards are met. Operates and calibrates environmental health and safety equipment.
Conducts internal audits to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory agencies and life safety system maintenance requirements.

Manages and maintains campus Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and records ensuring regulation and/or code compliance. May assist in emergency management planning, training, and after-incident review.
Responsible for record keeping management of all inspections, annual reports (code, fire safety, etc.) and other code/regulation compliance documentation. Compiles information and statistics for the annual fire safety report.

Acts as secondary liaison with State Fire Marshall and life safety system service providers.

Assists with ergonomic and IAQ assessment and accident/incident investigations.

Assists with providing interpretation of rules and regulations to University administration and staff and educating the campus community on hazardous materials, regulated waste and health and safety.

Assists with development, documentation, and maintenance of training documents and programs. Acts as instructor for training related to EHS programs.

Evening and weekend hours are required as needed. Event support and emergency response are also required, as needed.

May serve as a representative of the Director of EHS on administration matters in their absence.

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


Bachelor's degree in environmental science, industrial hygiene, safety, health physics, or a related field. Minimum of three years relative experience with hazardous waste operations and/or health and safety programs. Valid driver's license. Demonstrated knowledge of Federal and State regulations related to health and safety programs.
Demonstrated knowledge of chemical properties and segregation techniques. Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others. Must be innovative, service, and self-motivated, team oriented, adaptable, and capable of managing competing priorities. Ability to communicate effectively with both the technical and non-technical personnel. These requirements may be waived for individuals with alternate experience.

Preferred: Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training. Experience in industrial and/or construction safety.


For full consideration, please submit a cover letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Laura McKay at MckayL1@southernct.edu by June 21, 2023. 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.