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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: D7001 / Mgr,Safety
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 15

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under limited supervision, develops, plans, coordinates and manages campus safety programs, including the management and implementation of those programs to ensure the safety of the University's physical environment for employees, students and visitors, and to ensure compliance with applicable university policies and local, state, and federal regulations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees the development, management and implementation of a variety of safety programs to ensure regulatory compliance as mandated by local, state, and federal agencies.
  2. Oversees the management, implementation and coordination of the campus safety program to reduce or eliminate occupational injuries, illnesses, deaths, and financial losses; develops accident-prevention and loss-control systems and programs for incorporation into operational policies of the University.
  3. Oversees the management, implementation and coordination of the University fire safety program to reduce or eliminate injuries, death, financial and property losses due to fire related incidents; oversees the development of fire prevention programs for incorporation into the operational policies of the University; ensure compliance with Clery Act requirements.
  4. Oversees and manages the response to and investigation of reports of hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions; reviews recommendations and/or takes appropriate action in order to mitigate potential safety, health, and environmental risks.
  5. Oversees the supervision of assigned personnel, which includes hiring, work allocation, training, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
  6. Coordinates the division annual budget and assists in the development of capital expenditure budgets related to environmental, health and safety programs; develops and justifies budget requests.
  7. Develops or assists with the development and implementation of policies and procedures consistent with those of the organization to ensure efficient and safe operation of the unit.
  8. Establishes and implements short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates operational effectiveness and effects changes required for improvement.
  9. Ensures contractor code compliance by managing the interaction between departmental personnel and contractors, facility planning and physical plant personnel; oversees plan review coordination with facility planning and physical plant and the developed recommendations and remedial actions as appropriate.
  10. Represents the department to various institutional divisions/departments as well as the University, and externally to governmental agencies, the media and the community.
  11. Oversees the development and presentation of environmental health and safety training programs in field of expertise.
  12. Oversees the development and implementation of systems to maintain records on employees, equipment inventories, and compliance activities.
  13. Oversee implementation of SRS Construction Safety Manual.
  14. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Skill in the use of computers, preferably in a PC, Windows-based operating environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to develop, implement, and enforce safety programs and protocols.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local radiation safety regulations, protocols, and/or procedures.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, cost estimating, monitoring, and fiscal management principles and procedures.
  • Skill in developing and examining operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of chemical, hazardous waste, industrial hygiene, and/or environmental health standards.
  • Skill in developing accident-prevention and loss-control systems.
  • Ability to supervise and train assigned staff including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to direct project inspection programs and ensure contractor code compliance.
  • Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Considerable physical effort. Requires heavy lifting, handling, pushing, or moving objects up to 50 lbs. Must be able to climb and work from ladders up to 36 feet. Constant standing/walking.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017