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Director of Environmental Health and Fire Safety

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Type: Full-time
Campus: Mount Carmel - Hamden, CT
Categories: Staff


Quinnipiac University's is seeking a Director of Environmental Health and Fire Safety to provide strategic leadership of the University’s environmental and health and safety initiatives.  The Director, in consultation with the Associate Vice President of Facilities Operations, will develop, execute, and maintain strategic plans and environmental, health and safety policies.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record establishing high compliance standards for a robust safety culture.

About Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 7,000 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time students in 100 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges issue. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review's The Best 380 Colleges. Quinnipiac has been named a Great College to Work For as determined by a comprehensive industry survey. For more information, please visit An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University's commitment to preparing graduates for 21st century careers and citizenship, creating an inclusive, excellence-driven community, nurturing and positively impacting internal, local and global communities and fostering lifelong connections and success. The University believes in educating a diverse student body to become valued and contributing members of their communities through vital and purposeful educational programs. Students engage with real-world issues through practice and considering different perspectives. The University's innovative curriculum further prepares undergraduate and graduate students to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community as well as the larger national and global communities.


  • Oversight of all aspects of environmental compliance, and health and safety compliance for all University operations, including programs for waste management (hazardous, universal, radioactive, and biological), air compliance, water compliance, chemical inventory reporting, emergency planning, chemical hygiene, occupational health, and contractor safety.  Develop and implement proper protocols and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements. Ensure that all required records are maintained

  • Serving as first responder in connection with safety related emergencies, including spills of hazardous materials

  • Conducting (or coordinating the conduct of) required environmental, or health and safety inspections of all areas, but will specifically work with faculty and deans in academic spaces (labs). Servicing as the University administrator for our chemical database and inventory software. Working closely with faculty and Dean’s offices in all schools to meet compliance goals and set policies or procedures to ensure campus-wide communication training about safety issues

  • Supervising (or coordinating) the activities of outside contractors to ensure compliance with environmental, and health and safety requirements.  This may include sampling of potentially hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, or PCB-containing materials

  • Developing, maintaining, and delivering (or coordinating) employee, faculty, and student safety training

  • Serving on and provide expertise to the campus-wide Safety Committee and Emergency Management Team and other groups as needed

  • Preparing, filing, and prosecuting applications for environmental permits, authorizations or approvals from regulatory agencies. Maintaining compliance with permit requirements

  • Acting as liaison with federal, state, and local environmental, and health and safety agencies. Serving as liaisons with state and local fire agencies as appropriate. Manage the inspection and testing of fire systems, responsibility for fire watch protocol and polices, semi-annual inspection of building exit signs and emergency lighting; recommend repairs, conduct annual testing of fire alarm pulls stations including and provide certification of residential housing fire systems

  • Investigating (or coordinating the investigation of) employee complaints related to environmental health and safety issues.  This may include coordinating such efforts with Human Resources, and working with the University’s workers’ compensation carrier, as appropriate

  • An advocate and resource for recognizing and promoting safety awareness and environmental stewardship

  • Other related duties as assigned

Education Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in physical or biological science, or related field is required. 
  • 5 to 10 years of progressively responsible experience in environmental health and safety
  • Environmental Health & Safety : Demonstrated knowledge of hazardous waste management under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, water pollution control (including Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Planning) under the Clean Water Act, air pollution control under the Clean Air Act, hazardous chemical emergency planning under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, toxic chemical management (including asbestos, lead-based paint and PCBs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act, and occupational health standards under the Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • Professional certification (CIH, CSP ) desired
  • Fire Safety Experience:  Demonstrated knowledge of state fire code, including fire detection and suppression system requirements and flammable materials storage requirements.  
  • Managing budget and experience with waste disposal costs
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated skills in developing and implementing environmental compliance and health and safety policies and training
  • Possess skills in working with management, technical and administrative staff
  • Evidence for understanding of the academic enterprise – able to work with faculty and students to address issues as they arise in a professional manner
  • Ability to create specialized training programs as required
  • Interest in working with and training students in Environmental Health and Safety policies, procedures, and protocols
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and a commitment to diversity and inclusion
Special Instructions to Applicants:


Applications must be submitted electronically and include a resume, cover letter addressing how your experience supports the requirements of this position and Quinnipiac's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and contact information for three references on the application form.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time faculty and staff which includes tuition remission and a culture that is inclusive and driven by excellence.

Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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