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Director of Environmental Health & Safety

Apply now Job no: 494921
Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale, Michigan
Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Facilities/Custodial/Skilled Trades


This position provides innovative and strategic leadership and is responsible for the delivery of environmental health and safety services at Grand Valley State University.


  1. Provide leadership to Environmental Health & Safety staff members in the development and implementation of various safety, environmental, and/or training programs to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  2. Administrative oversight of the University's environmental health and safety programs:
    1. Laboratory and Research Safety: Laboratory hazard assessments, chemical management system, safety inspections, safety procedures, compliance assistance.
      1. Chemical Hygiene
      2. Radiation safety (radioactive materials, radiation producing machines, lasers)
      3. Biological safety (bloodborne pathogens, infectious agents, rDNA)
    2. Occupational safety: Hazard assessments, accident investigations, respiratory protection, ergonomics, confined space, lockout/tagout, construction safety, driving program, etc.
    3. Environmental affairs: Waste management, air emissions, storm water, wastewater
      discharge, spill prevention countermeasure and control, environmental/regulatory compliance recordkeeping and reporting
    4. Fire and life safety: Fire prevention education, fire extinguisher program, fire evacuation, fire hazard analysis, fire and life safety inspections, fire protection system testing
  3. Coordinate with GVSU departments to support safety and compliance programs including:
    1. Incident reporting and workers' compensation
    2. Emergency planning  
    3. Research compliance
    4. Risk management and loss control
    5. Legal compliance and liability protection
    6. Facilities planning, development and management
  4. Responsible for departmental budget development, unit effectiveness planning, strategic planning, department procurement, department on-call and emergency response, and personnel management.
  5. Oversee safety and environmental compliance management systems, safety and environmental learning management systems, and website development.
  6. Engage institutional faculty, staff, and students to solve problems, respond to incidents, and provide compliance assistance for implementation of regulatory obligations and institutional policies/procedures. Maintain effective relationships with external regulatory agencies.
  7. Serves as the Environmental Health & Safety representative on Institutional, State University, or community working groups.  Provide University officials with information and cooperation on matters of concern regarding environmental health and safety, as necessary.
  8. Performs other duties as required/assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Occupational Safety/Environmental Health, physical sciences or related discipline
  • 10 years of related experience
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, problem-solving, formulating policy, and development and implementation of new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively work with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of Federal and State regulations related to safety, regulatory compliance and research in an institution of higher learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage a diverse team of staff, to include work allocation and prioritization, hiring, performance evaluation and management, training, and problem resolution.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and Microsoft Office software.

Salary: $95,000 - 103,000 commensurate with experience 

Department/Division: Facilities Services

Campus: Allendale

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, please call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline: Application review begins immediately. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. 

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University. Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State).

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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