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CUNY Environmental Health and Safety Director - Environmental Health and Safety, Division of the VP's Office (REOPENED) in New York, New York

Environmental Health and Safety Director - Environmental Health and Safety, Division of the VP's Office (REOPENED)

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Hunter College

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Hunter College invites applications for a Director of Environmental Health & Safety. In addition to general duties, the Director of Environmental Health & Safety will report to the Vice President for Administration to perform the following duties:

  • Directs and oversees environmental health and safety programs to maintain compliance with occupational, laboratory, environmental, and other safety standards issued by agencies having regulatory jurisdiction over the campus.

  • Develops, implements and manages policies, procedures, guidelines, and training to ensure activities are conducted safely and in compliance with regulatory requirements.

  • Maintains compliance with all OSHA, EPA, NFPA, NRC and New York State and City regulatory agency guidelines.

  • Oversees and manages all required facility inspections, program audits, and other environmental health and safety-related inspections by regulatory agencies having jurisdiction (NYCDEP, NYSDEC, FDNY, CUNY EHS, etc.).

  • Ensures all required reporting is submitted to maintain compliance.

  • Oversees management of the FDNY Lab Inspection Program including processing safety correction notices, communication with pertinent parties to resolve issues, and documentation of corrections.

  • Establishes environmental health and safety protocols to minimize risks.

  • Directs and oversees, leading where necessary, chemical hygiene, radiation safety, biosafety, hazardous material safety, occupational health and safety and management programs including development of policies, procedures, guidelines, and training to ensure activities are conducted safely and in compliance with regulatory requirements.

  • Ensures overall compliance with all hazardous waste (chemical, biological and radioactive) handling requirements including sampling and disposal regulations. Ensures proper response to hazardous material releases.

  • Develops and manages appropriate training programs and communications for faculty, staff, and students.

  • Directly oversees and is responsible to provide, leading where necessary, safety inspections and risk analysis services for all campus facilities and grounds. To include identification of safety hazards, risk/loss exposure, and abatement/mitigation strategies.

  • Oversees procurement and/or production of all documents, training manuals, brochures, posters, etc., required for environmental health and safety programs.

  • Directly responsible for the management of assigned budgets and resources to ensure accurate monitoring, tracking, analysis, and forecasting are conducted to ensure successful performance.

  • Directly responsible for personnel management and administration including hiring, retention, performance, corrective and/or disciplinary action, and resolution of issues while working closely with the VP of Administration and Hunter College Human Resources.

  • Responds to environmental health and safety complaints.

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

  • Attends weekly Vice President for Administration leadership team meetings.

  • Attends weekly Environmental Health and Safety Officer (EHSO) meetings held by the CUNY central office.

  • Serves as the primary liaison with regulatory agencies having jurisdiction as related to environmental health and safety requirements.

  • Assists with efforts to respond to campus emergencies as related to the assigned area of responsibility including active participation in CUNY EHS and serving in key positions of leadership within the campus structure.

  • On-call for meetings as needed or by appointment with the VP Administration.

  • Leads EHS team meetings.


  • 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.

  • Thorough knowledge all city state and federal regulations as they relate to academic institutions.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing a strong customer service approach to work efforts while motivating staff in a challenging environment.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of personnel management including interacting effectively with many levels of personnel, providing sound analysis and guidance to supervisory staff, performance management, dispute resolution, and team development.

  • Ability to analyze and interpret technical documents or regulations and then determine applicability and steps associated with achieving compliance.

  • Ability to effectively organize and present information, data, ideas and concepts in written or presentation format.

Vaccine Requirement:

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.


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.($82,233 to $139,076)

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.


Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 24877

Click on the "APPLY NOW" button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts; new users should follow the instructions to set up an account.

Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please include:

  • Cover Letter and/ or Statement of scholarly interests

  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume

  • Names and contact information of 3 references

Upload all documents as ONE single file-- PDF format preferred.



The search will remain open until the position is filled. The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on Dec. 27, 2022. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position/s remain open.


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.