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Director, Environmental and Occupational Safety

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

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University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a dynamic, mid-sized public university that’s redefining higher education. We’re on a mission to provide transformative, hands-on learning experiences for students of all backgrounds and aspirations. Our multi-faceted approach to education offers a wealth of opportunities, with over 70 academic programs, including certificates, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. We’re committed to building a diverse community that mirrors Arkansas’s rich tapestry, reflecting our dedication to serving the state’s varied population while enhancing the quality of our institution.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life, and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10 percent of employee salary.

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Nestled along the Arkansas River, this vibrant city offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Old West at the Fort Smith National Historic Site, explore the eclectic local art scene, or take a scenic stroll along the picturesque riverfront trails. With a welcoming community, diverse dining options, and a thriving downtown, Fort Smith is the ideal destination for history enthusiasts and those seeking modern amenities.

Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you will find details for the position including any supplementary documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting your application. For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at (479) 788-7080.

If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process please contact Human Resources at 479-788-7080. Applicants are required to submit a request for each position to which they have applied.


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Summary of Job Duties:

The Director will lead the newly designated Environment and Occupational Safety Department. The position reports to the VCFA.


Required Education and/or Work Experience: Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, occupational health and safety, or related fields; and, three years of supervisory experience. Other job-related education and/or experience may be substituted for part of these requirements.

Preferred Education and/or Work Experience: Preferred education includes an advanced degree in chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, occupational health and safety, or related fields; and, at least five years of health and safety-related experience. Higher education experience is a plus.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Director, Environment and Occupational Safety, provides leadership and direction for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating the university-wide Environmental and Occupational Safety program ensuring the safety and health of faculty, staff, and students. The Director oversees hazardous waste management; communicates verbally and in writing with regulatory agencies; oversees laboratory safety and compliance; enforces policies and procedures deemed unsafe or contradicts environmental or safety protocols; and, co-chairs the UAFS Safety Committee. This position reports to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.
  • Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork and by providing leadership to subordinates.
  • Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty.
  • The ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others is necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of environmental and occupational safety and health
  • Special knowledge of and/or experience in one or more the following areas: chemical hygiene and laboratory safety, radiation safety and health physics, biological safety, job safety, fire and life safety, and plan review
  • Knowledge of fire and life safety codes and of regulatory requirements imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), and Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), and of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards as adopted by the Arkansas Department of Labor (ADOL)

Additional Information:

Working Relationships: The Director will interact with a variety of personnel on campus. They will closely work with the Physical Plant Director, the Director of Public Safety, and the department heads of all laboratories that produce hazardous and medical waste on campus. The Director will also need to develop a working relationship with state environmental and occupational safety agencies.

List Employees Supervised: The Director will supervise one individual, the Environmental and Occupational Safety Technician.

Special Job Dimensions: Work performed primarily in an office setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. The employee will frequently walk around campus to monitor safety issues and spend a lot of time doing administrative work from a desk on a computer. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee regularly talks and hears. Employee occasionally lifts items up to 50 pounds. Routine work schedule Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm with occasional overtime and travel required

Background Check Requirements. Criminal Background Check and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check.

Salary Information:

$75,000-85,000/year, commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, please apply by June 30, 2024.

Recruitment Contact Information:

Human Resources 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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Occasional Physical Activity:

Lifting, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Standing

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