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Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: VP Auxiliary & Business Services
Department: Environmental Health & Safety
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Business / Accounting / Finance, Communications / Public Relations / Marketing, Executive / Director / Management, Law / Enforcement / Compliance, Other, Research / Scientific, Medical Professionals

Job Description

The Executive Director of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) provides innovative and strategic leadership to the delivery of environmental, health and safety services to the university community. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Public Safety, EHS is responsible for maintaining a safe campus environment by assuring that university activities are conducted in compliance with applicable environmental, health and safety policies, regulations and laws through the development, implementation and monitoring of preventive control strategies and initiatives. The work of the department is fostered through collaborative partnerships with other campus units and departments. EHS actively promotes a positive, responsible, integrated safety culture for the university community. It is an advocate for a safe and healthy living, learning, and working environment for all. The department provides leadership for university compliance with applicable regulations and mandates. EHS serves the entire university including the Blacksburg campus, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Graduate Centers, DC Area, Statewide Agricultural Research Centers, Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center, and any other facilities owned or occupied by Virginia Tech nationally and internationally.

Required Qualifications

• Masters of Science in industrial hygiene, life sciences, engineering, or a related field. Experience in a similar role with multiple direct reports may be considered in lieu of the educational requirement.
• Substantial management experience overseeing an environmental, health and safety programs in a higher education, research, or similar complex organization.
• Comprehensive knowledge of relevant regulations, policies, practices, and demonstrated ability to evaluate and implement regulatory requirements.
• Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with regulatory agencies, peers, and the university community.
• Ability to conduct comprehensive hazard evaluations and achieve necessary corrections in a timely manner.
• Ability to coordinate complex programs to ensure efficient and timely operation in compliance with state and federal regulations.
• Proven track record of developing strong collaborative partnerships.
• Demonstrated experience in financial planning and budget management.
• Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
• Demonstrated supervisory and team building skills to effectively recruit, train, evaluate, motivate, and build an effective service-oriented team.
• Proven ability to skillfully resolve conflicts.
• Must be on call 24/7 and able to respond to emergencies in potentially hazardous environments.

Preferred Qualifications

• Board certification in a recognized professional health, engineering or safety discipline.
• Supervisory experience to include creating professional development plans, performance plans and conducting personnel evaluations.
• Prior hands-on experience managing health and safety programs, hazardous materials, radioactive materials, BSL-3 operations, performing risk assessments.
• Prior hands-on experience with hazardous waste, air permitting and environmental regulatory compliance.

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Salary Information

Anticipated starting salary is $180,000 - $200,000, commensurate with education and experience

Review Date

July 5, 2023

Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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