Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A8098 / Dir,Environ Health & Safety
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16
HR Review/Approval:COMP

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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.


Directs the development and University-wide implementation of safety and regulatory compliance programs. Ensures compliance with all federal, state and local regulations and standards involving environmental management, chemical control, industrial hygiene, general campus safety and fire safety. Reviews and analyzes data and devises risk minimization programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Leads and oversees all areas of a regulatory compliance and safety program including strategic planning and campus-wide collaboration.
  2. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff.
  3. Develops and manages annual budgets for the organization and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  4. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  5. Coordinates federal, state, and locally required training programs targeted to reduce employee injuries and lost work time.
  6. Recommends, participates in the development of, and implements related University policies and procedures; advises University planning and policy committees on safety issues.
  7. Keeps abreast of pending regulatory developments through reference sources; obtains insight on legislative agendas at State and Federal levels.
  8. Represents the organization and the University to various institutional constituencies, as well as externally to corporations, funding agencies, government agencies, and other colleges and universities, as appropriate.
  9. 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.
  • 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 examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government.
  • Knowledge of current developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele and/or media sources.
  • Advanced analytical, evaluative, and objective critical thinking skills.
  • Strategic planning skills.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Ability to develop, implement, and enforce safety programs and protocols.
  • Ability to monitor and/or maintain quality control standards.
  • Ability to negotiate and manage contractual arrangements.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local safety regulations, protocols, and/or procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel in area of expertise.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
  • Skill in developing safety procedures and protocols.
  • Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

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

Revised Date: 02/21/2021