Executive Director

Executive Director

EHS Manager 3 (0475U)
Job Requisition # 23623
Highly Competitive Benefits Package

The position will remain open until filled


Job Summary
The Executive Director of the Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) is responsible for providing innovative and strategic leadership for a comprehensive campuswide environmental, health and safety program (Program) at the University of California, Berkeley. The Program impacts the teaching and research mission of the campus, the campus community, and its physical plant. The Executive Director (ED) has oversight and lead responsibility for campus compliance to applicable laws and regulations; key environmental, health and safety implementation programs; and direct services to manage hazardous waste and prevent pollution, fire, and accidents. This campuswide Program has political and public implications and is constantly impacted by external constraints due to federal and state regulation. The ED maintains extensive and frequent interaction with campus executive management; members of the national environmental, health, and safety directors’ community; representatives of federal and State agencies who have a vested interest in environment, health and safety issues; the campus community; and the surrounding municipalities. The ED provides leadership and encourages collaboration on EH&S issues amongst campus departments, UC campuses, and universities throughout the nation. 

Generic Scope: Oversees through subordinate Managers a large, complex organization with multiple functional disciplines/occupations, OR manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Has significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Oversees through subordinate Managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Reports to an Associate/Assistant Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, or Dean.

Custom Scope: The Executive Director (ED) is the top technical professional on the campus in this highly complex field. The position has the interpretive and advisory responsibility on campuswide environment and health and safety subject matter, recommends campus policy and procedural enactment for review and endorsement by campus senior executives, the campus Research & Advisory Compliance Committee, and other officials with ultimate approval by the Chancellor unless otherwise delegated. The ED has delegated authority to negotiate and execute EH&S Safety Permits and Licenses; and Licenses for Radioactive Materials for the campus.

The position partners, interacts, and influences campus leaders within and across organizational lines resulting in substantive impact on campus compliance efforts. It independently and collaboratively contributes significantly to campus long-range planning and objectives put forward by the highest levels of campus management.

The ED represents the campus and has an active liaison role with UC Office of the President-Risk Services, contributing to or influencing systemwide environment, health and safety compliance and policy, serving on technical advisory committees, and generating proposals for procedures and policy. UCOP-RS sponsored programs include Center of Excellence and Be Smart About Safety programs.

The ED develops and establishes campus procedural guidelines and specific programs to implement campus policy for prevention, mitigation or abatement of environmental, and health and safety risks to the campus community. These programs directly impact all research and teaching buildings, research and support buildings beyond the central campus, nearly 3000 research laboratories and the safety equipment contained therein, 45 food services centers, all residential buildings, childcare centers, and several field stations throughout the state. These programs must consider and impact an average population of nearly 50,000 faculty, students, staff, and visitors on the campus during most business days within an a large urban environment that also includes the surrounding Albany, Berkeley, Oakland and Richmond communities, and the San Francisco Bay.

Key Responsibilities
Ensures all subordinate managers understand and support the EH&S mission and vision. Models leadership that is decisive, communicates vision, and provides employees with the support and feedback they need to do their best work. Promotes and contributes to a successful team oriented work environment ensuring interdependence and cooperation, constructive and positive communications, and mutual support. Demonstrates, promotes, and recognizes campus, divisional, and departmental high standards for excellent customer service, effective use of resources, professional development, personal accountability, and continuous improvement.

Key Responsibilities

Serves as the top campus EH&S position, and leads the office in the mission of EH&S to "promote health, safety and environmental protection in teaching, research, public service and administrative activity by providing expertise, programs, direct services and compliance assistance" and support the shared office vision.

Directs the overall operation of the campus central EH&S Office, including management of regulatory compliance and overall program management. Directs and has lead responsibility for campus compliance requirements or programs to implement applicable environmental and health and safety laws, and regulations for:

  • Biosafety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Controlled Substances
  • Construction Compliance
  • Diving Safety
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Environmental Impacts to Air and Water
  • Field Safety
  • Fire Prevention and Life Safety
  • Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Disposal
  • Injury and Illness Prevention
  • Laboratory and Research Safety
  • Radiation Safety
  • Sanitation
  • Shop Safety
  • Special Projects: Contaminated Site Remediation, Workers Compensation Cost Reduction, Other Projects

Oversees and influences satellite departmental safety organizations that may have specific technical needs.

Advises campus senior management on short and long-term strategies regarding EH&S compliance.

  • Develop long-range strategic planning and initiatives to ensure campus compliance with changing standards of environmental, health and safety regulation.
  • Propose new campus policy or revision to existing policy via the EH&S Policy Committee that, if implemented, will help to prevent, mitigate, or abate environmental, and health and safety concerns.
  • Monitor and assess statutory and regulatory environmental, health, and safety requirements that impact the campus with potential programmatic, policy, and budgetary implications.

Responsible for comprehensive personnel administration including selection, performance management, corrective action as required and providing leadership and direction to EH&S subordinate managers.

  • Build and maintain a strong EH&S management team to effectively manage the array of specialized functional areas with differing regulatory and compliance drivers. Provide guidance to senior managers to effectively liaise with regulators, campus stakeholders, researchers, and university leadership in addressing emerging or ongoing issues.

Develops, prioritizes, and implements a complex budget portfolio and resources for EH&S functions. As recommended, see revenue generation as appropriate and maximize current funding streams to support EH&S and campus priorities.

Average Operating Budget:   $10 million
Permanent Fund Sources:  19900, 69750, 75041, 67690, 67691, 67692
Staffing: 68
Direct Reports: 6 MSP
Indirect Reports: 62 FTE
Facilities: Hazardous Materials Facility, 3rd Floor University Hall
Vehicles: 10 (fire, hazardous materials, emergency response and general use)

Develops and implements campus safety policy and training programs. Determines campus' compliance or non-compliance with new regulations and the best means by which the campus must or will comply.

  • Holds interpretive and advisory responsibility on campuswide environment and health and safety subject matter.
  • Ensures inclusion of the academic and research community in environmental, health, and safety issues that directly impact their activities.

Maintains extensive and frequent communication with campus executive management

  • Partners and collaborates with various campus departments including Facilities Services, Capital Projects, University Health Services, Community Relations, Office of Human Resources, Office of Risk Management, Applied Risk Management, and others to ensure effective campus organizational coordination in environmental and health and safety programs.
  • Represents the campus and has an active liaison role with UC Office of the President-Risk Services.

Serves as the campus's environmental, health and safety representative or respondent, acting for the chancellor or members of the executive branch in regulatory and legislative processes (e.g., hearings, policy or legislative development participation); with local, State, and federal bodies; in responses to the media and other information inquiries, and responding to citations, notices, or legal correspondence in coordination with appropriate legal affairs counsel.

Directs the liaison program with the surrounding community on issues related to the use of potentially hazardous materials and environmental health and safety concerns.

Select local, state and federal agencies, include, but not exclusive to:
Local/Regional: City of Berkeley (fire, public works, public health, and toxic management division), Certified Unified Protection Agency, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Bay Area Air Quality Management Board;
State: Cal/OSHA, Cal/EPA, Department of Toxic Substances Control, State Water Resources Control Board, California Air Resources Board, Office of the State Fire Marshal, California Department of Public Health-Radiologic Health Branch;
Federal: Department of Energy, US EPA, Drug Enforcement Agency

Directs the coordination of the risk assessment and chemical emergency response programs.

  • Oversees investigation programs for accidents, fires, chemical, biological hazards and other relevant environmental, health and safety incidents.
  • Oversees emergency response program to assure appropriate EH&S response to campuswide disasters, including ESF-10 Hazardous Materials (as part of campus Emergency Operations Plan), serving in the campus Emergency Operations Center, or, as a responder to off-hours emergency hazardous spill incidents.


Knowledge and Skills

  • Comprehensive and advanced knowledge and understanding of all relevant technical requirements, logistics, materials, operations, policies, rules, regulations, and compliance regulators in health and safety, environmental protection, and environmental health disciplines.
  • Advanced management skills to effectively lead and direct a comprehensive EH&S program.
  • At least fifteen years of experience in EH&S roles, including at least six years senior leadership/management experience to coach, motivate, lead and direct subordinate managers and staff, including advanced skills in comprehensive personnel administration.
  • Advanced skills in managing highly complex budgets, that serve many stakeholders, including the ability to prioritize budget requests and make decisions based on sound judgment and full knowledge of the scope of departmental needs, preferred.
  • Advanced skills to appropriately and efficiently respond to and direct the response to emergencies and critical situations, including follow-up evaluation and critique of response efficacy; creates, develops and implements changes to emergency response as required.
  • Experience in risk communication and risk management for various target populations.
  • Advanced written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills to effectively address complex and potentially sensitive subject matter, including expertise and skill to interact successfully with a diverse array of technical, scientific, legal, political, and public entities. Includes ability to communicate effectively in a full range of forums with a stakeholder-focused approach.

Education and Training

  • Advanced degree and/or professional certification required, in sciences and/or equivalent experience/training in a high-performing laboratory safety culture.

Licenses or certifications, if any:

This is a sensitive position and requires a criminal background check.


To apply, visit http://jobs.berkeley.edu/, Job # 23623