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Senior Director, Environmental Health & Safety

Position Title:
Senior Director, Environmental Health & Safety

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Hiring Range:

$125,000 – $172,400 annual; commensurate with experience

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The Sr. Director of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) provides and coordinates programs and services that minimize safety, health, environmental and regulatory risk to the SCU community in support of advancing its teaching, learning and research activities. Through the promotion of a safe and healthy campus environment, the Sr. Director ensures the EHS Department maintains high standards of customer service in fulfilling its mission to:

• Provide a safe campus learning and work environment

• Ensure a process of regulatory compliance

• Minimize future liabilities

• Protect and enhance SCU’s reputation


Reporting to the Associate Vice President of University Operations, the Sr. Director manages the EHS Department personnel including full time employees, part-time student staff, consultants and contractors.


• Acting with considerable independence, direct activities to ensure campus-wide EHS compliance and drive personal ownership and accountability for safety and compliance for all campus community members

• Manage multiple campus EHS programs within multiple disciplines and the staff responsible for implementing these programs

• Ensure SCU has policies, programs and procedures in place to address applicable EHS laws, regulations and requirements

• Interpret and appropriately apply EHS regulatory requirements for a university setting and effectively communicates these across all campus organizations

• Partner with key stakeholders across all facets of the campus utilizing a customer service-oriented approach to deliver safety and compliance services

• Coach campus leaders to be visible EHS advocates in their respective areas of responsibility, including Vice Presidents, Deans, Provost, etc.

• Recruit, manage and mentor EHS staff to advance the department and their professional careers

• Develop and implement EHS training programs that foster a compliance culture across the University

• Serve as SCU’s lead EHS representative with external contacts including regulatory agencies, city officials, insurance representatives, etc. Serve as SCU’s lead internal EHS representative on University committees, task forces, working groups, etc.

• Ensure a robust accident/incident review process to prevent recurrences and ensure accurate root cause analysis and thorough resolution of EHS incidents

• Provide project management and contractor/consultant supervision for the successful outcome of EHS projects and programs and in support of SCU capital projects

• Oversee EHS budgets and expenses, ensuring compliance with budgetary allocations

• Provide emergency response coordination for incidents in support of the Universities Emergency Plan and actively participate as a key member of SCU’s emergency operations organization


• Perform other professional duties required by the Associate Vice President of University Operations


Knowledge: Comprehensive knowledge of local, California and federal EHS regulations including but not limited to:

• Environmental protection programs including air permitting, stormwater and groundwater, soil contamination, tanks, pesticides, etc.

• Laboratory and research safety programs including chemical, radiation and biological safety

• Health and safety programs including IIPP, hazard communication, ergonomics, indoor air quality, accident investigation, hearing conservation, respiratory protection, bloodborne pathogens, hazardous materials inventory management and reporting, etc.

• Fire protection programs including fire protection service, maintenance and testing requirements

• Facilities, construction and contractor safety programs including fall protection, confined space, hot work, electrical safety, asbestos, lead, etc.

• Thorough knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques; human resources and EHS management planning

Skills and Ability

• Utilize excellent interpersonal skills to effectively lead, motivate and influence faculty, staff, students and contractors

• Apply a customer service mindset in the delivery of EHS services to the campus

• Successfully collaborate in a multi-generational and diverse work environment

• Manage multiple projects simultaneously and ability to prioritize accordingly

• Superior written, verbal, analytical, organizational and presentation skills

• Demonstrated project management skills including managing EHS focused capital projects

• Ability to achieve results by working effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and with little supervision

• Perform work in a highly ethical and compliant manner

• Proficient in Google Workspace applications, Microsoft Excel, and other EHS software


• Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Industrial Hygiene, Public Health, Safety or related scientific field required or equivalent combination of experience and/or education.

• CSP, CIH, or CHMM professional certifications preferred

• Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.


• 12 years or more of progressively responsible EHS management experience or 10 years with a master’s degree

Work Environment

• The work environment described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

• This is an onsite position

• Considerable time spent at a desk using a computer

• Frequently walk between buildings on campus

• Occasional lifting and carrying, stooping, kneeling, crawling, reaching high and low, climb stairs and ladders. Frequent standing, walking, sitting.

• Comfortable spending time in locations with hazardous materials including chemical, radiological and biological hazards

• Required to travel to off campus locations on occasion

• Ability to wear PPE including N95 respirators, safety eyewear, gloves, laboratory and cleanroom garments

• Infrequently respond to incidents outside of normal business hours.

• Able to respond to campus in person within one hour

• Must have a valid California driver’s license

• Occasional need to attend campus related events outside of normal business hours.

COVID-19 Statement

The health and safety of the university community is a top priority. All Santa Clara University students, and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or request a medical or religious exemption. Please visit our for additional information.


Santa Clara University is registered to do business in the following states: California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Illinois. Employees approved to telecommute are required to perform their work within one of these states.

EEO Statement

​Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Information about Title IX can be found at Information about Section 504 and the ADA Coordinator can be found at, (408) 554-4109, Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Clery Notice of Availability

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services . To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Santa Clara University affirms its commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at

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