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CUNY Environmental Health and Safety Director - Advanced Science Research Center in New York, New York

Job Title: Environmental Health and Safety Director - Advanced Science Research Center

Job ID: 21993

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center invites applications for an Environmental Health and Safety Director (EHSD). Reporting to the Director of Security and Public Safety, the Environmental Health and Safety Director (EHSD) is responsible for maintaining compliance with all OSHA, EPA, Fire/Life Safety, and New York State and City regulatory requirements. The incumbent will manage and provide leadership in academic and administrative operations regarding environmental health and safety, and supervise the applications and enforcement of all federal, state, and local environmental health and safety regulations, and related University policies.

In addition to the "CUNY Title Overview", duties include but are not limited to:

  • Oversees campus and environmental sustainability management programs.

  • Recommends engineering and administrative controls, and/or personal protective equipment.

  • Oversees general inspection, maintenance, testing, and validation of safety equipment.

  • Provides training and maintains training records relating to environmental health and safety to faculty, staff, researchers, and students at the ASRC.

  • Serves on committees relating to environmental health and safety including CUNY EHSD Council, IACUC, biosafety, and radiation safety, amongst others.

  • Maintains ASRC licenses relating to environmental health and safety; keeps records of corresponding paperwork; acts as the point of contact for regulatory bodies.

  • Participates in emergency management planning, implementation, and response.

  • Acts as a resource for ESH related topics for ASRC faculty, staff, and students.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's Degree and eight years' related experience is required. An advanced degree in environmental science, risk management, industrial hygiene, chemistry, or related engineering, public or business management discipline is preferred. Knowledge of OSHA, EPA, NFPA, New York State and City regulations, and a familiarity with current applicable standards and procedures is required.

A preferred candidate should have:

  • Knowledge of Fire/Life Safety regulations.

  • Previous college/university campus-related experience.

  • Advanced degree in Environmental/Occupational Health, Safety Management or Chemical/Safety Engineering from an accredited university.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal oversight or direct supervision.


Manages and provides leadership in academic and administrative operations regarding environmental health and safety; supervises the application and enforcement of all federal, state, and local environmental health and safety regulations, and other University policies.

  • Establishes environmental health and safety protocols to minimize risks

  • Oversees inspections of all facilities, including research and teaching laboratories, to ensure safe operating conditions

  • Manages biological, chemical, and radioactive waste disposal programs

  • Provides for appropriate faculty, staff, and student training programs and communications

  • Selects and implements techniques for identifying hazards, assessing risks, and conducting investigations

  • Facilitates faculty and administration participation in projects with environmental health and safety implications

  • Plans and formulates environmental health and safety policies and coordinates efforts with University-wide programs and policies

  • Responds to environmental health and safety complaints

  • Maintains records of, and reports, required information related to environmental health and safety matters

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Environmental Health and Safety Director


Higher Education Officer




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on June 15, 2020


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.