Montclair State University

  • Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety

    Job Locations US-NJ-Montclair
    Posted Date 1 month ago(1 month ago)
    # of Openings
    University Facilities
  • Overview

    Reporting to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), the Associate Director of Environmental Health and Safety works independently, under strict deadlines and changing priorities, to ensure campus compliance with various laws, regulations, standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures where physical, biological, and chemical hazards may be present. This position supports staff, faculty, and others in developing standard operating procedures; maintains and updates employee safety and hygiene manuals; and works to create consistency across plans and procedures.

    The Associate Director maintains constructive and positive communications and works with various University campus safety committees, the Institutional Review Board, and various business units to ensure compliance with the Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA/PEOSH), Environmental (EPA/DEP), National Institute of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other Environmental Health and Safety regulations or guidelines. The Associate Director reviews research protocols and activities, conducts periodic inspections of research facilities, and is responsible for reporting significant problems and violations of applicable laboratory safety requirements.   

    The Associate Director additionally assists the Director with establishing and maintaining efficient business operations within the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.


    General Safety

    • Ensures University compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Comprehends, interprets, and applies established University, industry, and government regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
    • Performs safety inspections and audits; documents findings; creates, routes, and tracks reports with recommended action items; and evaluates audit trend metrics to identify and create initiatives to address program gaps. Performs Job Hazard Analyses as needed
    • Inspects, organizes and maintains inventory of safety equipment including, hazardous materials equipment and personal protective equipment, and air monitoring equipment.
    • Conducts comprehensive vulnerability assessments of University facilities.
    • Assists the Director with waste removal activities.
    • Responds to safety-related issues that may arise (spills, malodor complaints, unsafe environments, etc.)



    • Provides access to or plans, develops, implements, and delivers safety-related training sessions, workshops, and presentations (with supplemental materials) for students, faculty, and staff. Trainings include chemical inventory system, biological safety, radiation safety, annual stand-downs, OSHA 10 & 30 Hour, etc.
    • Serves as EH&S system administrator in Cornerstone Learning Management System.
    • Manages online platform, maintains training materials, assigns appropriate modules, and sets refresher preferences in Click4Course system.



    Chemical Safety

    • Manages online chemical inventory system, ensures that all departments are updating inventories regularly, and ensures that employees working with high-hazard chemicals have proper SOP’s in place.
    • Radiation Safety
    • Receives radiation packages as per NRC and NJDEP guidelines and delivers to addressed laboratories.
    • Performs monthly contamination surveys (swipe tests) and inspections in all rooms with RAM.
    • Teaches end users how to use scintillation counter properly.



    EH&S Administration

    • Assists the Director and acts in the absence of the Director to execute business unit operations, including but not limited to: plan development; laboratory safety compliance; campus site safety surveys; construction site visits; training; equipment research, inventory, and upkeep; review, evaluation and processing of service contracts; procurement activities; review of income; budget recommendations; and inspection activity reports.
    • Arranges with outside vendors to provide services as needed (industrial hygiene, equipment maintenance, training, etc.)
    • Creates Standard Operating Procedures as needed.
    • Works with internal and external partners to revise, and update environmental response plans.
    • Attends monthly University committee meetings as a safety representative, takes notes and distributes summaries.
    • Arranges and participates in meetings with internal partners, external partners and advisory board members to coordinate safety activities as needed.
    • Recruits and supervises part-time and student employees.
    • Maintains accurate Environmental Management records.
    • Attends additional personal training and certifications, courses, seminars and safety conferences.
    • Is required to learn the software systems used by the Division, which may include, but is not limited to Cornerstone Learning Management, ProjectMates Construction Management, Kronos Workforce Management, and Maximo Asset Management.
    • Applies critical-thinking and proactive problem-solving skills to execute multiple projects effectively.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.


    The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position. Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time.



    • A Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Industrial Safety or Hygiene, Environmental Science/Engineering, or other applicable program of study supplemented by a Master’s degree
    • Four years of progressive experience in developing and/or monitoring environmental protection, health and safety programs, including training of personnel.
    • Working knowledge of OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour training, CHMM, Haz/Mat Technician, and EPA rules and regulations
    • Knowledge of emergency and hazard response procedures
    • A valid Driver’s License
    • Ability to walk/stand for extended periods of time, wear Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and Personal Protective Equipment up to Level A
    • Ability to respond to campus to provide emergency response services, as needed (including rotating on-call/off-hours services)
    • Ability to work outside of standard business hours, when required
    • Ability to travel between campus locations and to and from community events.
    • Ability to occasionally climb ladders and stairs, and occasionally enter substations or small areas.
    • Ability to occasionally lift 50 pounds.
    • Ability to work with small tools and equipment.
    • Ability to use computers, audio visual equipment and sound meters and devices.
    • Outstanding human relations and leadership skills and the ability to function in a team environment
    • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office suite  

    Note: Candidates who do not possess a Master’s Degree may substitute required experience on a year-for-year basis.


    • Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP); Certified Safety Professionals (CSP); Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH); Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM); Certified health physicist (CHP), or the education, training and experience sufficient to become certified in the Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) profession
    • Experience working in a university setting
    • Familiarity with the software systems used by the Division, including, but not limited to: ProjectMates Construction Management, Maximo Asset Management, and Workday  


    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed