Hazardous Materials Manager and Chemical Safety Officer

Employer: 
University of Oregon

Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Environmental Studies, Chemistry

Department: Safety and Risk Services
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $80,000 - $90,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA08-Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Application Review Begins

December 5, 2022; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

In addition to your application, please include:
1) A current resume
2) A cover letter that clearly articulates how your skills and experience make you an ideal candidate for this position.

All applications must be submitted here, https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/530523/hazardous-materials-manager...

Department Summary

Safety and Risk Services (SRS) is a unit within the Finance and Administration portfolio. Finance and Administration is a vibrant and varied portfolio serving all aspects of campus life. Our employees perform a wide range of functions including offering essential financial tools and support to the university’s many departments, providing key resources to employees, and keeping campus safe, clean, accessible and beautiful.

SRS's mission is to collaborate with all campus constituents (students, staff, faculty, and visitors) and the surrounding community, to safeguard life and health and mitigate threats to the University’s core mission of academic excellence, research, and public service. Safety and Risk Services comprises Emergency Management and Continuity, Environmental Health and Safety, Campus Mapping, Risk & Insurance, and the University of Oregon Police Department. SRS fulfills its mission by providing a variety of professional services, technical assistance, training, and regulatory oversight.

Position Summary

The Hazardous Materials Manager and Chemical Safety Officer reports to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Radiation Safety Officer at the University of Oregon. This position is responsible for university programs guiding the evaluation and control of chemical hazards, and also for programs providing appropriate disposal of hazardous wastes. Scope of work includes providing specialty consultative services to university students, faculty, and staff, and proper management of regulated wastes disposed from the University of Oregon. In the execution of these responsibilities, this position coordinates EHS department activities, manages EHS waste disposal facility infrastructure and supplies/services budget, and directly supervises EHS program staff responsible for dangerous goods shipping, hazardous waste collection and disposal, universal waste collection and disposal, and radioactive waste collection and disposal. This includes designing, funding, and goal-setting for these projects and programs that is most often done in collaboration with a range of partners on campus and in the community. Supervision of these programs includes training, continuous improvement, communications and reporting. During day-to-day management this position may assign tasks to other staff and student employees, and will coordinate with campus partners to monitor completion of chemical safety and waste management requirements within their operations. This position performs the necessary research, outreach, process management, documentation, and evaluation to ensure programs meet objectives within established budgetary and time constraints. This will include gathering data, preparing analysis, and drafting reports as requested by department leadership.

This position will foster positive relationships with stakeholders and colleagues. Interactions occur daily with the campus community including working closely and collaboratively with faculty, subject matter experts, students, and data and business analysts. This position will make strategic decisions for SRS programs using direction from institutional polices and standards and in consultation with SRS unit leadership.

This position represents the University’s interest by taking or recommending actions implementing University policies, and local, state, and federal regulation. This position has the authority to make decision necessary to eliminate immediately dangerous hazards to student and employee safety. This position also serves as a campus response coordinator on the EHS Duty Administrator Team.

This position requires current 40-hour HAZWOPER certification, or will successfully acquire certification within 6 months of hire. This position requires a valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain UO Driver’s Certification.

Work Schedule

Participates in a 24/7 on-call response rotation to perform EHS functions and related duties during an emergency. Call is typically 1 week in 5 weeks. 

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor's degree with a focus in chemistry, chemical engineering, industrial hygiene, molecular biology, or environmental health & safety related science.
• Five (5) years professional experience with the assessment and control of chemical hazards or processes such as chemical synthesis, molecular biology, or hazardous production materials.
• Five (5) years professional experience with the appropriate characterization and disposal of hazardous wastes.
• Experience working directly with operators and leadership of chemical use and waste generation facilities.
• Experience working directly with regulators.

Professional Competencies

• Ability to understand human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability; personality and interests; learning and motivation.
• Strong, clear, and concise communication skills with a broad range of diverse stakeholders.
• Knowledge of the equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies of environmentally sound and compliant business operations.
• Effective interpersonal skills.
• Understanding of situational analysis. Ability to see patterns, organize information for efficient reliable access, make decisions and lead a process forward.
• Perform duties in a way that advances and supports the mission of the department and university.
• Work effectively in a diverse team environment and create effective relationships for problem solving and positive interactions.
• Take initiative, looking for what needs to be done and doing it.
• Pay close attention to detail.
• Maintain a safe and safety-conscious workplace.
• Maintain a respectful workplace and model a positive and proactive attitude.
• Model the highest ethical standards.
• Provide superior customer service.

Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced degree (M.S., M.Eng., Ph.D. or PE) with a focus in chemistry, chemical engineering, industrial hygiene, molecular biology, or environmental health & safety related science.
• Current professional certification attesting to expertise in chemistry, hazardous materials management, industrial hygiene, or related fields.
• Professional experience operating a RCRA hazardous waste management facility in a college or university setting.
• Three (3) or more years’ experience supervising subordinate staff.
• Experience writing educational, training, communications and/or publicity materials.
• Experience leading or facilitating teams of diverse and influential stakeholders.