Director, Environmental Health and Safety
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada 89557

Job Description

Director, Environmental Health and Safety

University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting for a Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). This position is located on the University of Nevada, Reno main campus and reports directly to the Associate Vice President, Research Administration.

The Director directs programs to assure a safe and healthy campus environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors as well as the surrounding community. The Director proactively accesses and implements the new programs and policies, while successfully collaborating with other administrative and academic units across the campus. The Director is responsible for campus lab safety, hazardous waste management, radiation, occupational health and safety. Manages and implements education, training and outreach programs to provide faculty, staff, and students opportunities to become informed and understand their respective laboratory and environmental safety roles. Designs emergency safety protocols and participates in the tabletop emergency exercises. This individual ensures compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations that govern EH&S related activities and acts as a public spokesperson for the University regarding environmental health and safety. Develops and maintains applicable reports and metrics related to EH&S programs. Also, the Director provides leadership of IT program development internally or purchasing externally which contain regulatory information.

The Director promotes diversity and inclusion, positive employee relations, and teamwork, as well as fair and equitable treatment of their employees. This position oversees and manages all of the EH&S human, financial and physical resources; creates and ensures an organizational culture that values transparent, timely and collaborative communication. The Director also maintains and promotes a strong safety culture and follows all safety policies, procedures and regulations; identifies and communicates workplace hazards and corrects or seeks assistance in correcting unsafe actions or conditions.

Required Qualifications:

Master's Degree and 5 years of related management experience; OR

Doctorate Degree and 3 years of related management experience.

Related experience: Management experience in a multi-component, complex, environmental health and safety program at an academic, government, or industrial institution with scientific and technical research programs.

Certification and Licensure

A successful candidate will have at least one nationally recognized certification in an environmental health and safety discipline such as Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Health Physicist or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.

Schedule or Travel Requirements

Occasional overnight travel for conferences

Compensation Grade

Administrative Faculty - E

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Administrative Faculty by Grade. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

Remarkable Retirement

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 15.50% contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow! All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.

Perks of Working at UNR
  • Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance
  • Generous annual and sick leave and life insurance - Faculty Benefits
  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options. E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups
  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate
  • No state income tax!

Grants-in-aid for Faculty Employees

The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee's spouse or domestic partner. Faculty Grants-in-Aid

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Department Information

EH&S specializes in a multitude of program areas to minimize risks across the University and to allow students, faculty and researchers to do their work safely while reducing environmental impacts. For more information please visit:

Contact Information

Freddie Welch -


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment(s) viewable to you will be the attachment(s) to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment(s) to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment(s) will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

Please attach the following attachments to your application

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for three professional references

4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

This posting is open until filled.

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

University of Nevada, Reno

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Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevada’s land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a "Top Tier” Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

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Preferred Years Of Experience:

5 Year(s)

Education Required:

Masters Degree - MS

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Date Posted : 01/09/2023