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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: X7016 / Mgr,Hazardous Materials
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.


Develops, plans, coordinates and manages the hazardous materials disposal program and ensures compliance with all local, state and federal regulatory agencies and university policies and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develops, implements, and maintains comprehensive programs in the area of hazardous material disposal.
  2. Establishes and implements short-and long-range hazardous materials organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  3. Oversees 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.
  4. Directs and guides the development and presentation of training programs in the areas of spill response, infectious waste, hazard communication, asbestos, poly-chlorinated biphenyls and other and hazardous materials for the university community.
  5. Advises management on potential hazardous materials and makes recommendations as required.
  6. Oversees and directs the record-keeping of hazardous and non-hazardous waste manifests and associated documents.
  7. Oversees and directs the response to hazardous materials spills such as oil, acid and mercury; implement the clean-up plan.
  8. Serves on designated committees and advisory boards to maintain open communications with faculty, staff, and other constituent groups; may serve on University planning and policy-making committees.
  9. Ensures compliance in the area of hazardous materials handling with all local, State, and Federal environmental health and safety standards through development and implementation of on-site inspection and monitoring programs of chemical laboratories campus wide.
  10. Keeps abreast of pending regulatory developments through reference sources.
  11. Serves as a member of the SRS Duty Officer Team.
  12. Manages and supervise assigned personnel which may include hiring, work allocation, training, problem resolution and performance evaluation.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure Professional certification from a recognized independent safety certifying entity. DOT Transportation Certification, Certification for Hazardous Waste
  • 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

  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
  • Program planning, development, implementation, and leadership skills.
  • 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 safety regulations, protocols, and/or procedures.
  • Ability to develop, implement, and enforce safety and loss control programs and protocols.
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Ability to perform effective safety inspections and ensure compliance with OSHA safety standards.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of the operation of an institutional safety program within a self-insured environment.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Knowledge of use, storage, transport, disposal, and emergency response procedures for a wide variety of hazardous materials, including toxic gases, infectious agents, asbestos containing materials, and PCBs.
  • Ability to prepare formal procurement solicitations in compliance with University business policies and the New Mexico state procurement code.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
  • Knowledge of current and developing issues and trends in area of expertise.

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.
  • Must maintain certification status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

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

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

Revised Date: 03/20/2017